Now, I'm not saying that acid rain is not a problem. Acid rain -- mostly from
outside our state -- has had a devistating effect, particularly on areas in higher
elevations where many lakes are still so acidic that they cannot support any healthy fish
populations (here's more on fish populations and acid rain.) What
I'm saying is that, from my experience, fishing appears to be improving and there are
plenty of places that you can wet a line and catch fish. Sometimes, lots of fish.
Sometimes BIG fish.
Trout Species in the Adirondacks
The colorful Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis, pictured at the top and bottom of this
page) is the official New York State fish and along with Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush) are the only truely native trout to New York State. That's right, both
Brown and Rainbow Trout are non-native species that were introduced to New York Sate in
the late 1800's.
The picture to the right is a nice Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) I caught on the
last day of the season in 2004 and below is a Rainbow (Salmo gairdnerii) I took out of the
same hole on the same day!
So, next time the fishing bug bites you, go to the mountains, hop in your canoe or
bushwhack to a spot you always wanted to fish and give it a try. Bring a backpacking
stove, a skillet and some butter and you might be in for a great surprise.
Here's my rustic
Trout recipe. What are you waitng for... GO FISH!
Byron-Curtiss and a nice catch of Adirondack Brook Trout