Capital District

Capital District Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Ice anglers have pretty much taken their last shots, and open water awaits. That said, we won’t likely hear much until trout season kicks off April 1. Chances are some area waters may be stocked with trout ahead of the opener, given that conditions are way ahead of where they typically are in mid-March. The Battenkill, Mettawee River and Kayaderosseras…

Capital District Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Lake George: Some spots were still offering up safe ice at last report, but use caution and watch for bubblers. Perch were running hot and cold, but anglers were picking up some landlocked salmon and marking a lot of smelt. Saratoga Lake: Panfish and plenty of pickerel, whether you want them or not. Categories: Capital District

Capital District Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Lake George: Not hearing much as of press time. Whether the cold spell locked up some of the popular bays remained to be seen. Saratoga Lake: Panfish action has been decent and ice conditions have improved. No word on walleye of late. Great Sacandaga Lake: Offering up perhaps the best ice conditions as well as the best fishing, with some…

Capital District Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

Deer hunters were taking their last shots in both the Northern and Southern zones, with many of the region’s hunters taking advantage of their location to hit both sides of the line. You can check out some of the success stories online at the popular www.nyantler-outdoors.com site. Categories: Capital District

Capital District Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

Fishing pressure has dropped off and will continue to do so now that the Northern Zone archery deer season has opened and the muzzleloader and regular seasons are approaching. But it’s a great time to hit Lake George, Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake and trout waters like the Battenkill and Mettawee. Categories: Capital District

Capital District Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

On Lake George, the folks at Fish307 say landlocked salmon fishing has been surprisingly good, with fish being taken near the thermocline. Smallmouth bass are being located anywhere from 30 to even 50 feet; forget the docks and drag tubes. Lake trout were on the bottom in 120 to 200 feet of water. The region’s trout waters should have been…

Capital District Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

Lake George: Smallmouth action has been rock solid in 25-35 feet, but topwater is an option as well. The lake trout fishery has been good all summer, with fish on either side of the 23-inch size minimum being taken. Saratoga Lake: Largemouth bass fishing has become a bit more of a challenge, but things should heat up in September. Not…

Capital District Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

Lake George: Action has been good for both smallmouths and largemouths, and anglers – especially the local fishing guides – who know how to handle the summer fishing patterns are still finding plenty of lake trout. Saratoga Lake: Bass fishing has been more challenging of late. Tim at Saratoga Tackle and Archery suggests fishing the weediest of weeds around the…

Capital District Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

Lake George fishing remained solid for both lake trout (remember the 23-inch size minimum) and smallmouth bass. Smallmouths were as deep as 35 feet but also found in the shallows, particularly in the evening. On Saratoga Lake, bass (largemouth) fishing was solid, as evidenced by the weigh-ins at Saratoga Tackle and Archery’s weekly Tuesday night bass tournaments. Find the weeds…

Capital District Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

Lake trout action continued to be strong on Lake George, according to the staff at Fish307. Fish were being located at 80 to 120 feet and were being taken on spoons and cowbell rigs. Smallmouths were hitting well on crayfish at 20 to 35 feet; you have to remember to fish deeper water for the bronzebacks. The occasional salmon was…

Capital District Fishing Report – July 10th, 2015

Tim Blodgett of Saratoga Tackle and Archery reports red-hot fishing on Saratoga Lake of late, primarily for largemouth bass. Just about any method – spinnerbaits, plastics, chatterbaits – was working in about 8 to 14 feet in the weeds. You’ll likely pick up some pickerel, perch and rock bass while targeting bass. Walleye fishing has been good as well. On…

Capital District Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

Fishing on Lake George has been decent, with more anglers now targeting bass now that the regular season has opened. Lake trout were being caught about 60 feet down, according to the folks at FISH307. Stream fishing for trout has been as up and down as the water levels, which have fluctuated greatly this season. But the Mettawee, Battenkill and…

Capital District Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

Lake George: Bass anglers will be plying the waters when the regular season opens June 20. Until then, most of the focus has been on lake trout, which have been cooperating for the trolling crowd. Keep in mind, too, that recreational boat traffic will be on the increase. Saratoga Lake: The folks at Saratoga Tackle and Archery report bass –…

Capital District Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015

Lake George: Lake trout have been offering up the most consistent action, with fish on either side of the lake’s 23-inch size minimum reported. The regular bass season kicks off next month, and that will likely mean an increase in fishing pressure. Saratoga Lake: The folks at Saratoga Tackle reported the crappie bite was still on at The Ditch, off…

Capital District Fishing Report – May 15th, 2015

The region’s trout streams, including the Battenkill and Mettawee, were in great shape and offering some fine fishing. Saratoga Lake: Crappie have been biting all over, off Fitch Road and on the south end, so have great time fishing for them. Bass and pickerel have been very active as well. Most hard baits are working, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits. Walleye will…

Capital District Fishing Report – April 3rd, 2015

While stream conditions may have allowed for some at least ceremonial casts on the April 1 trout opener, ice anglers were watching their hard water consumed by rain and warmer temperatures. Lake George anglers were taking their last shots of the ice fishing season and were still scoring on lake trout and perch, but bubblers and Mother Nature were teaming…

Capital District Fishing Report – March 20th, 2015

Great Sacandaga Lake was yielding some good pike, a few walleye and perch before the pike and walleye seasons closed. Remember, shanties should have been removed from the ice by March 15. Plenty of ice still but keep an eye on changing conditions. On Lake George, lakers remained a top target, as well as perch, for those venturing out. Saratoga…