Double duty: When trout and bass fishing overlap
The calendar indicates that it’s officially summer, but tell that to an Adirondack trout fisherman. The wet, cold spring we have endured in the North Country – which included roughly 50 days that saw precipitation occur – has basically extended the trout season and is keeping bass in spawning mode during the early part of the bass season.
I did very little trout fishing this spring thanks to the weather and my turkey hunting addiction. So as a mid-June camping trip my wife and I had planned for the northern Adirondacks approached, I began to anticipate some bonus trout action. Typically, I’m focused on bass during my June camping trips as they usually coincide with the opener. Not this time.
And so, on opening day of bass season I was watching the morning mist rise off a small Adirondack trout pond. I had hauled my lightweight kayak a short distance to this pond, which I’d only I’d hiked to once before to do some shore fishing. This was the first time I’d been on it in a boat. My first pass around the edge of the pond didn’t produce any bites, so I decided to criss-cross back and forth over the middle and deeper sections of the pond. I had an in-line spinner on one rod and a small Daredevl on the other.
The latter turned out to be the lure of the day. On my first pass I had a nibble but did not land the fish. Next time through I was more alert and quickly set the hook and brought in a small brook trout. Although I did not see this pond on any stocking lists, I had to assume it had been stocked, as over the course of the morning a few more similar size brookies found their way to my net, and back in the water. The keepers, say something in the 14-inch range, never materialized. Satisfied, I moved on to another body of water that was a little more popular, and occupied. The area was starting to get busy.
The next day my wife and I headed for a paddle on some much bigger waters. My rule when paddling with my wife is to just bring one rod and, given that it was bass season and this was a bass lake, I simply brought along a medium-action rod rigged for rubber worm fishing.
I expected more action than I got, but then again, when accompanying my wife I make a fraction of the number of casts I would if I were thoroughly working a pond. At one point I paddled up ahead of her and stopped to work some structure when I made the catch of the day – a 17-inch smallmouth. I snapped a quick selfie and got the fish back in the water as fast as I could.
It’s not often that I get to enjoy both bass and trout fishing on a weekend excursion, and I came away quite happy with the results. Any day on an Adirondack lake or pond is a good one in my book.
In the weeks ahead trout action will likely start to dwindle as the weather warms and trout anglers back off pursuing their favorite fish. At the same time, bass fishing will intensify. But for now, at least in this part of New York, an angler can have the best of both worlds.