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to the Adirondacks for a Fly Fishing Vacation or for the Remote Lakes
Whether you're a diehard fisherman, an occasional angler or a first timer,
Adirondack Fishing is for you. The
Adirondack Park comprises about 26 percent of the entire land area of
New York State. This region contains hundreds of streams and tons of lakes
the inside scoop on the best places to go fishing, where to stay,
Aquatic invasive species, such as spiny water flea, didymo (aka rock snot), alewives, water chestnut and Eurasian milfoil, can have significant impacts on the ecosystem of waters, the fish communities, and human recreation. People - mainly boaters and anglers - are most common cause of the spread of aquatic invasive species. People can prevent their spread by following these steps:
INSPECT your fishing and boating equipment and remove all mud, plants and other organisms that might be clinging to it.
DRY your fishing and boating equipment before using it on another body of water.
CLEAN your fishing and boating equipment if it cannot be dried before its use in another body of water.
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Fishing the St Regis Canoe Area
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and surrounding areas!
The NYS DEC Report on fishing
Fishing Regulations The number of allowable lines for angling in freshwater in New York State has been increased to three, with the exception of Lake Champlain where the limit remains two.
Trout- Statewide trout season (brook, brown, and rainbow, also lake trout, splake, and landlocked Atlantic salmon) is open.
See the DEC press release on the opening of trout season for more information, scroll down to the section titled
"Adirondacks/Northeastern NY (DEC Region 5)"
There are many special regulations which apply to trout angling, be sure to check the Region 5 special regulations section of the fishing regulations guide.
bass season is closed. However, "catch and release fishing" for bass
is allowed in the following Region 5 counties: Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington,
Saratoga, and Fulton.
season is closed.
Pike & Pickerel
pike and pickerel seasons are open all year on Lake Champlain.
There are three other new catch and release sections in the region. Two sections are on the Saranac River in Clinton County: from the Sand Pond/Rt. 22 intersection upstream to Kent Falls Dam and from 100 yards upstream of the confluence of the North Branch Saranac River upstream to Stord Brook. A catch and release fishing opportunity has also been expanded in the West Branch Ausable River in Essex County with a new section starting at the Whiteface Ski Center bridge downstream to the Rt. 86 crossing above the Flume. As in the Batten Kill, year-round fishing (artificial lures only) is permitted. The three new northern sections are all scheduled for stocking this spring.
Many regional streams and rivers will be stocked in April and May. However, it is likely that few, if any, streams in the northern part of the region will be accessible or warm enough for stocking prior to opening day. If possible, yearling brook trout will be stocked in the Chateaugay River in Franklin County before the season begins. Rainbow trout may also be stocked in the Saranac River within the Village of Saranac Lake prior to April 1.
of smaller streams contain wild brook and brown trout. Try fishing deep pools
and riffle areas with live bait where it is allowed. Fish slowly, especially if
the water is cold, high, and swift. Contact the regional fisheries office for
a brochure listing many of the wild trout streams in Region 5.
Ice-out may not occur until later on many northern lakes. During the beginning stages of ice-out, excellent trout fishing should be available in open water areas near the shoreline. Once waters are ice free and temperatures rise, surface trolling for salmon and lake trout is a good bet on the larger lakes. Brook trout pond fishing is good from ice-out through May.
Anglers are reminded that in many Adirondack ponds the use of fish as bait is prohibited. For a list of these waters check the "Special Regulations by County" section in the Fishing Regulations Guide, or contact the DEC's Region 5 Fisheries Office in Ray Brook at (518) 897-1333. A variety of leaflets are also available from the regional office including stocking lists for Region 5, top fishing waters in Region 5, a list of reclaimed trout ponds, and others.
up-to-date information on fishing conditions in the region, anglers can
call the DEC Region 5 Fishing Hotlines at (518) 891-5413. The hotline
is also available on the DEC website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/reg5/hotline.html.
maps are available. These maps
can be downloaded and printed out to provide detailed locations for stream
sections with purchased and deeded public rights for angling. Maps are
also available from the regional office.
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