The majority of the hatches are over for the season and now
anglers are using Woolly Buggers or stonefly nymphs for best
results on the West Branch of the Ausable River.
Other northern rivers are also fishing great. With the cooler
temperatures and improving water levels, the end of this season’s
trout fishing will be memorable. Rainbow trout are hitting from the
Village of Malone upstream to Westville Center along Flatrock Road
on the Salmon River.
Wild brown trout were active on the Chateaugay River from the
Route 11 bridge upstream to the Chasm Falls Dam, and especially
along Sam Cook Road.
Salmon and lake trout are hitting on area lakes and ponds.
Anglers report spoons such as Crocodile and Little Cleos are
working well on Lake Placid and Moose Pond in the Town of St.
Armand. Fly-fishermen might try smelt patterns such as Mickey
Finns, and gray or black ghosts.
Lower Saranac Lake, Middle Saranac Lake, Chateaugay Lake and
Lake Flower are still offering some great northern pike
Bass are also still very active in the Tri-Lakes area. Numerous
large smallmouth bass have been reported on Upper Chateaugay Lake.
Anglers report black and orange spinnerbaits are working.
There is little to report from Lake Champlain. Richard’s Bait
& Tackle in Plattsburgh reports perch being caught near Monty
Bay on minnows. There haven’t been any reports of any lake trout or