ACGS - Quality Fishing, with Quality People



Hi Guys,

veryone good, Safe and Healthy? I hope you are. We have been fine here, with very little problems. This wearing masks, disinfecting, and social distancing is working very well. It has almost become second nature to us, just like wearing seat belts have become, so simple?! I really don`t see why it is such a problem elsewhere?!


Summer is always our slowest time of the year in both fishing success and and the amount of fishermen coming. But in spite of all time record heat, our guys did very well as you can see by these photos from this past month. Most of the largemouth photos you see here, are from our lake, Long Pond, right behind our lodge! Also, as you can see, we are catching a lot of Walleye on Champlain now, which is a wonderful surprise!! I think within a year or two, guys will be able to come here and actually target these fish instead of catching them by accident. It has been a long time since their populations have been up, probably close to 40 years now! So that is really great news!! But I must say, on the other hand, our Landlocked Salmon fisheries has been just the opposite, a steady decline in the past 40 years?! New York State`s landlocked salmon restoration program here, in my opinion, has been a complete "Failure" ?! Take my advice, no matter what you might read, it is a waste of time to come up to exclusively fish for them. It is now a fish you might catch by accident now? Ours use to be the best fishery for them in the "Country"?! I am very sad about that, cause Landlocks were once, at one time, our most sought after fish, with almost 100% success?!


Right now we are in the "dog days" of summer, as I mentioned, record heat?! We had over 20 days in the 90s when the average is about "3" ?! It is just Crazy?!! In "recent " years, The fall cool down has been late Sept/early Oct. As the waters cool, bass and pike follow the bait into the shallows and we start the fall season using topwater lures, shallow crankbait sand jerkbaits, inline spinners and spinnerbaits, and Senko type baits. As we get into mid Oct the fish move deeper and we switch over to Jigs, ned rigs, dropshot, deep suspended jerk baits and crankbaits and we basically use them thru the rest of the season, which is about Mid Nov. Our trout, salmon, come near the surface and shore lines from about late Oct thru mid Nov and we cast and troll for them with spinners,spoons, Rapala type lures, and flies. In recent years, right around Thanksgiving, the water temps dropped very quickly and we were ice fishing with in a couple of weeks, no gradual change at all?!! Fall is definitely the "very best" time of the year to catch the biggest fish of the year in almost all species, but it is also the "Windest"!



Fishing dates for this fall are booking up pretty fast, a few weekends are already gone! For those of you who booked dates for the fall earlier this year and haven`t confirmed, please give me a call,OK? 518-963-7351. Anyone is planning to come to fish with us this fall and hasn`t yet booked, have several dates in mind in case your first choice is booked. Sorry to say, as of this writing , New York`s border is closed to people from 35 states, including Delaware, Maryland and South, and probably won`t open for the rest of the year?! But. you never know?! You guys from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania "Behave Yourselves" PLEASE!!!

Well Guys, I guess that`s it for now. I hope to see ya up here soon, It`s the last good fishing of the year before that L-O-N-G winter ahead , especially this coming winter!!

Be Safe

- Pete

The Guide Service

ACGS Boat on Lake Champlain

Adirondack-Champlain Guide Service specializes in Lake Champlain fishing for smallmouth bass in the trophy category. We have been guiding clients for over 36 years working out of our Lodge on Long Pond, located in Willsboro, NY. Our extensive knowledge of Adirondack fishing is unsurpassed, combined with our intimate knowledge of Lake Champlain has made us the number one guide service in the Northeast. Fishing in the Adirondack inland lakes is another service we provide and excel at. Adirondack fishing can be challenging and very rewarding plus you’re surrounded by so much natural splendor. Also visit our About Us page to learn more about the Guide Service. We are offering some great Guide Service Rates this year. Learn more about the guide service or our fishing packages.

The Long Pond Lodge

TLodge_Picture_small.jpghe Lodge provides a vast array of fishing packages and can accommodate up to 18 people who come to fish. We provide meals and lodging packages, guide service only packages and full service packages where we combine all our services. We have support from 14 local guides who work with us to provide the best in service and knowledge. Long Pond, which is located directly behind our Lodge, is an excellent Adirondack Park fishery. It contains quality large and smallmouth bass, northern pike and a good mixture of large panfish. Rowboats are provided, free of charge, on all Lodge fishing packages. The fishing packages we offer for the pond do not include the guide service.  This is a great way to reduce your overall expenses and still enjoy a great fishing opportunity.  We do provide a detailed map that reflects all the hotspots and weedbeds. We also provide various ice fishing packages during the long winter on Long Pond. Learn more about the guide service or our fishing packages.