Fishing in the Whiteface Mt. Area

The Adirondack Mountains are world famous for fishing, and the Whiteface Mountain area is no exception. It is home to the famous West Branch of the Ausable River. Besides the West Branch, there are many local ponds, Lake Placid, and the Saranac River that also offer good fishing opportunities.  The Willkomen Hof has fishing access to the West Branch just out the front door or the Flume Catch & Release Section is just a 5 minute walk away.  Guide service and guided packages with lodging are also available. 

Adirondack Brook Trout                        Brown trout

Major Fly Hatches On The West Branch

Hatch Emergence
Hendrickson May 5 - June 1
Caddis All Season
Grey Fox June 5 - 15
March Brown June 7 - 15
Green Drake June 20 - 30
Light Cahill June 1 - July 15
Trico's July 15 - august 30
Isonychia August 15 - October 15
Winch, Owens, and Copperas Ponds - 1.5 mile hike Brook and lake trout
  • 1. Turn right out of the driveway towards lake Placid .
  • 2. Take Rt. 86 approximately 4 miles through the Notch.
  • 3. Look for trail head parking lot just west of the Notch.
  • 3. Trail begins of south side of the highway up the hill.
  • West Branch of the Ausable River

    West Branch - Ausable River "Catch and Release" Sections:

                                 1.  From River Rd. in Lake Placid for 5 miles to the Town of Wilmington
                                        2.  From the bridge at Whiteface Mt. Ski Area downstream to the Rt. 86 bridge justg above the Flume Pool.

    West Branch of the Ausable River

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    contact Bert Yost, phone: 518-946-7669 or