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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Great Sacandaga Lake in New York.

Great Sacandaga Lake, NY

Well served by marinas, Great Sacandaga Lake is an ideal destination for boating, particularly if you enjoy fishing. This 27,000-acre lake, in the east-central part of the state, is loaded with numerous species of fish.

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Great Sacandaga Lake, located in upstate New York, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a tranquil and rewarding angling experience. Spanning over 29 miles and covering more than 42 square miles, Great Sacandaga Lake offers a diverse fishery and stunning natural beauty. The lake is known for its populations of fish species such as northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and panfish.

Northern pike are one of the prized catches in Great Sacandaga Lake. These aggressive predators can reach impressive sizes and provide thrilling battles for anglers. Techniques such as trolling with large spoons, casting with swimbaits or spinnerbaits, or fishing with live bait are effective in enticing these toothy predators.

Walleye, another highly sought-after species, are plentiful in Great Sacandaga Lake. Anglers can target walleye using techniques such as trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with minnows, or casting with crankbaits. These elusive fish offer a challenge for anglers, especially during low light conditions when they are most active.

Great Sacandaga Lake also boasts populations of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers can find smallmouth bass near rocky structures, drop-offs, and points. Techniques such as casting with jigs, soft plastics, or crankbaits are effective for enticing these hard-fighting and acrobatic bass. Largemouth bass can be found in the lake's shallow weedy areas, providing additional opportunities for bass anglers.

Yellow perch and panfish, including bluegill and pumpkinseed, can be found in abundance in Great Sacandaga Lake. These smaller fish provide excellent opportunities for family fishing trips or for those seeking a relaxed angling experience. Anglers can use techniques such as bobber fishing with worms, small jigs, or live bait to target these panfish species.

Great Sacandaga Lake in New York offers a diverse fishing experience with its variety of fish species and scenic beauty. Whether targeting pike, walleye, bass, or panfish, anglers can enjoy the thrill of the chase and the rewards of a successful catch. Boating and camping amenities further enhance the outdoor experience, making Great Sacandaga Lake an enticing destination for anglers and nature lovers seeking a memorable fishing adventure in a serene and picturesque setting.

Bass enthusiasts can work the 125 miles of shoreline in search of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. The lake is stocked with 12,000 rainbow trout annually, as are some brown trout. Additionally the lake sports quality schools of walleye, big northern pike and several sunfish species. There are 4 boat launches on the lake to serve the boating public, plus areas for portage of canoes, kayaks and row boats. Rental boats, camping, RV hookups, supplies, lodging and dining are all easily accessible around the lake. Ice fishing for most of the species in the lake is permitted once the ice is safe.

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Primary fish species residing in Great Sacandaga Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Redbreast Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Great Sacandaga Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Great Sacandaga Lake, with marinas and boat launches available for easy access to the water. Anglers can explore the lake's numerous bays, coves, and channels, finding their preferred fishing spots and enjoying the serene surroundings. The lake's calm waters make it suitable for various water activities, including water skiing, tubing, or leisurely cruising.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Edinburg Marina & Powersports
Rentals: Pontoon boats
518 863-8398

Family Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
516 983-4467

Majestic Mountain Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
518 696-3727

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Broadalbin Public Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Boat Launch Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Northampton Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Houseman Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Sacandaga Lake Boat Launch
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, off N Shore Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Sacandaga Lake DEC Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off State Route 30, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Cranberry Cove Marina
1840 State Highway 30
Mayfield, New York 12117
518 661-5616

Edinburg Marina & Powersports
140 N Shore Rd
Northville, New York 12134
518 863-8398

Griffis Road Marina
412 Griffis Road
Gloversville, New York 12078
518 883-7009

Lakeside Tavern & Marina
306 Woods Hollow Road
Gloversville, NY 12078
518 883-5253

Thompson's Marina
284 Houseman St.
Mayfield, New York 12117
518 863-3437

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Camping facilities are available near Great Sacandaga Lake, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campers can enjoy peaceful evenings under starlit skies, cook freshly caught fish over a campfire, and wake up to the sounds of nature. The camping options range from primitive campsites to more developed campgrounds, catering to various preferences and comfort levels.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Griffis Road Marina Campground - 518 883-7009

Northampton Beach Campsite - 518 863-6000

Birch Haven Campground - 518 883-3796

Dun Logging Campground - 518 883-4554

Rainbows End Campground - 518 924-2111

Great Sacandaga Lake NY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Great Sacandaga Lake
Griffis Road Marina
412 Griffis Road
Gloversville, New York 12078
518 883-7009


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