Camping/Fishing Lake Placid
Lake Placid-Whiteface Mt KOA Campground
800-562-0368 (Reservations Only)
North Pole Campground and Inn
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park at Paradise Pines
Fish Creek Pond State Campground
Meadowbrook State Campground
Rollins Pond State Campground
Saranac Lake Islands State Campground
Whispering Pines Campground
Largemouth bass and white crappie are the most popular sportfish in the reservoir. Largemouth bass are abundant with frequent reports of large fish being boated. Spotted bass are there, too, and provide good fishing. Although crappie fishing varies from year to year, respectable catches are not uncommon in the cooler months of the year. Channel catfish are the most abundant catfish species, although blue catfish are present in moderate numbers. Bluegill, redear and other sunfish species are abundant and can provide excellent fishing for the young and old.
Tips & Tactics
Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on Lake Placid during the spring, fall, and winter months. Popular baits include spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits, and unweighted soft plastic worms or jerkbaits. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, or Pop-R’s, presented very early or very late in the day near visible cover, are popular and can be productive throughout the day if cloud cover is present. Flipping jigs, plastic worms, or tube baits in shaded cover are often productive when other baits fail to produce. Crappie fishing is usually best with live minnows near submerged brush in the cooler months of the year, although small jigs in white, pink, or black and chartreuse also produce nice catches when dabbled near submerged brush or vegetation. Catfish anglers can find channel catfish throughout the reservoir. Blue catfish numbers vary from year to year but still provide a fishery. Although most catfish anglers prefer deeper water, blue and channel cats are often found in relatively shallow areas near flooded terrestrial vegetation. Cheesebait and cutbait produce good catches, while live minnows, bluegill, or shad sometimes pay off with larger fish. Sunfish species such as bluegill and redear are abundant in Lake Placid and can provide hours of enjoyment fishing with worms or crickets under a bobber.