Adirondacks

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Schroon Lake: A couple of big northern pike (43.5 and 41.5 inches) highlighted the catches in the annual Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby earlier this month. Lake Champlain: You might be able to find pockets of safe ice still, but use extreme caution if you head out. Most of the hard-water anglers have hung it up for the season. Categories:…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Lake trout action has been good. Find the smelt and the lakers shouldn’t be far away. It’s a big weekend on the lake with the March 5-6 derby. Lake Champlain: Ice was still available and anglers were picking up perch up north, panfish and pike down south. South Bay was also offering safe ice but no detailed fishing…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Ice conditions continue to improve ahead of next month’s ice fishing derby. The north end has the most ice and has even seen some truck traffic. Lake Champlain: We’re getting reports that smelt fishing, while not as red hot as in the past, has finally improved this season on Bulwagga Bay in Port Henry. Keep a close eye…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Anglers were icing a decent number of lakers and the occasional salmon. The best ice conditions at last check were at the north end (which is always the first to lock up) and off the town beach. Lake Champlain: Anglers have been out on the ice, with decent perch action in the north end and panfish and pickerel…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Surprisingly, ice fishing activity remains stalled a bit due to conditions. Steve Koop at Adirondack Outdoor Co. in Lewis (Essex County) reports that one of the hottest spots of late – and one of the few hard-water options – has been Upper Saranac Lake, where smelt fishing has been good. Lake Champlain fishing remained on hold, with the exception of…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

We typically hear some ice fishing reports now, but it just hasn’t materialized even in the North Country this winter. Small-game hunting has been a decent options; until the recent snowfall hunters have been taking advantage of bare ground conditions and scoring on the white-furred hares, which stood out easily without the snow. Categories: Adirondacks, New York Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

Deer hunters in the Northern Zone are literally taking their last shots with the late muzzleloading and archery seasons. It’s been another productive year for some hunters, and a frustrating one for others, which is typical up north. One of the biggest bucks taken was a 170-class 15-pointer downed by Bill Watters in Saratoga County. A great website to check…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

While we won’t hear much on the fishing front now until safe ice arrives, Northern Zone deer hunters are out in full force as the height of the season arrives, with rutting activity kicking in and hunters hoping for snow at least in the higher elevations. Some noteworthy bucks have already been taken, including a massive 15-pointer felled in the…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – October 15th, 2015

Most of the attention has now turned to deer hunting, with the Northern Zone’s popular, weeklong muzzleloader deer and bear season opening Oct. 17 and followed by the firearms season. Waterfowlers, too, have been scoring primarily on a mix of woodies and mallards. Categories: Adirondacks

Adirondacks Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

Not hearing a lot on the fishing front now that the archery deer season has kicked off in the Northern Zone and the early bear season opened last month. But it’s a great time to take some final shots on the West Branch of the Ausable River, where stripping streamers can yield a big, colorful brown trout. Lake Champlain bass…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

We didn’t hear a lot of fishing reports during the early September heat wave than enveloped the entire state. Lake Champlain anglers should be back plying the waters for bass and lake trout, which have been offering up superb fishing this year. Schroon Lake was yielding a few landlocked salmon. On the region’s trout waters, including the West Branch of…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

This is a great time of year to fish the West Branch of the Ausable, with the Trico hatch as well as Isonychias offering up consistent action as water temps cool. Stripping streamers can also yield a big brown. On Lake Champlain, lake trout continued to offer up good action, with a double-digit fish a possibility. Bass action was goodl…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

The Hungry Trout Fly Shop in Wilmington reports cooler temps have brought the river down to ideal water temps for trout, although low water has now created a challenge. Fishing was solid on the West Branch of the Ausable, but more water must be covered as many stretches are lacking their usual amount of holding water. Small nymphs, BWOs, Tricos, and attractor dries…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – July 10th, 2015

The region’s trout streams, including the West Branch of the Ausable, were running high at last check. But if you use caution you can do well fishing tight to the bank and pitching streamers. Some big browns are always caught during these conditions. On Lake Champlain, lake trout action remained very good, and smallmouth anglers were doing well on post-spawn…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

Even though bass season opened June 13 on Lake Champlain, we’ve been hearing more about the fine lake trout action, with some double-digit fish being taken. And Champlain’s South Bay has been yielding catfish and northern pike. The West Branch of the Ausable, as well as other trout waters in the region, benefited from a shot of heavy rain and…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

A good shot of rain late last month had the West Branch of the Ausable flowing high and off color, but it has settled down since then. Both the East and West branches of the Ausable received another stocking recently. Bryce Collins of Eastern View Outfitters, fresh off a memorable spring gobbler season in which over two dozen birds were…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015

Hatches have been picking up on the West Branch of the Ausable, and that should continue now as waters warm a bit. The region’s stocked trout streams have been go-to spots for anglers.  Lake Champlain has been offering up decent bass action, but keep in mind it’s a catch-and-release deal until the June 13 opener. Categories: Adirondacks

Adirondacks Fishing Report – May 15th, 2015

Backcountry brook trout anglers are humping into their favorite waters now, and the area trout streams are starting to warm up and offer good fishing. Nymph fishing on the Saranac River and the West Branch of the Ausable has been productive, and other area trout streams have been stocked.   Categories: Adirondacks

Adirondacks Fishing Report – April 3rd, 2015

Several waters, including areas of Lake Champlain and Schroon Lake, had safe ice as of last week. But conditions were changing rapidly, as they always do this time of year, and few anglers were out so it was tough to get a read on the fishing. Use extreme caution if you go. Trout anglers were playing the waiting game before…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 20th, 2015

Lake Champlain was yielding a few perch of late, but the smelt fishery is virtually nonexistent again, a product of the arrival of alewives. Schroon Lake was producing a few smelt and the occasional laker or landlock, but the going was tough once you got off the truck tracks. Most of the region’s waters have plenty of ice, but travel…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 20th, 2015

Snow accumulations have made for difficult travel on the ice on most North Country waters, including Lake Champlain and Schroon Lake. Fishing has been hot and cold, and more like lukewarm on the good days instead of red-hot. Still, anglers were getting out in good numbers, especially those with ATVs or snow machines. Piseco Lake: Lakers always seem to be…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 6th, 2015

Lake Champlain: Plenty of ice, and plenty of perch, but you’ll likely have to do some sorting. Chazy Lake: Smelt, and if you’re patient and a little lucky you might tie into a solid laker. Rollins Pond: Good smelt action of late. Tupper Lake/Simon Pond: Plenty of ice, but we’re not hearing a lot on the quality of the fishing….