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Kayak Fishing Lake George pt. 1

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Kayak Fishing Lake George pt. 1 Photograph by Gregg Crisp

Having grown up on Lake George this lake will always be a magical place in my mind. However, unlike so many childhood memories that rarely meet expectations when you try to relive them, Lake George has actually exceeded mine. Having spent time kayak fishing on this lake for the majority of the last 30 summers I have been able to watch this fishery and lake recover from overuse and in some cases abuse.

diamond islandDiamond Island in the Fog taken 1991


Lake George is a glacial lake 32 miles long and over 3 miles wide located in the Adirondack Park in NY. It has 109 miles of shoreline, covers over 28,000 acres, has 395 islands and plunges to over 200’ deep. It is known for having crystal clear water and visibly of 20’-30’ is possible. The lake is known as “The Queen of American Lakes” and being located 200 miles north of New York City it has been a playground for the rich and famous for well over a century.

The lake supports a large variety of game fish including Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pike, Salmon, and Lake Trout. Pan fish include Pumpkin Seed, Bluegills, Yellow Perch, and Rock Bass. Plus there is a variety of baitfish including Smelt. With this diverse fishery there is almost always something biting, the trick is figuring what and where.

Kayaking on the Lake

Many people use kayaks on the lake as it is a popular pastime. However, lots of people use the lake in many diverse ways and power boating is by far the most common way for people to enjoy the lake. Because of this you need to protect yourself because NY State does not. NYS does not have any education requirements for operators over 18 years of age unless they are operating a PWC. So the only requirement is being able to afford a boat, so in my opinion the majority of boat operators on the lake have inadequate knowledge and skills to be out on the water.

My Wife out on Lake George 2011My Wife out on Lake George 2011

Additionally because of the boat traffic the water can be very rough at times and thunderstorms can pop up seemingly out of nowhere, and when the wind blows 3’ swells are possible.

For these reasons I believe you must protect yourself out on the water. I would recommend kayaks that are high visibility, always where you’re PFD, and the use of a flag mounted on a 3’ pole. I know, as someone who also operates powerboats, how easy it is to lose sight of a kayaker in the waves. And I have also had boaters stop and thank me for having a flag because it made me easy to see. I also recommend that during the middle of the day kayakers should stay closer to shore when possible and out of the main body of the lake. Additionally, I do the majority of my fishing in the morning or evening when the boat traffic is less, especially when I fish the middle of the lake.


My 7 Year Old Son Exploring a Creek Inlet 2011My 7 Year Old Son Exploring a Creek Inlet 2011

Over the last 4 years I have spent many days on Lake George without an incident, as well as taking my family on the lake. If you pay attention and protect yourself kayaking on this majestic lake can be a rewarding experience, and that’s even before we start fishing.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.


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