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Fishing the Adirondacks

True or False:
There are no fish left in the Adirondacks due to acid rain.

kyle-trout1s.JPG (243716 bytes)FALSE! And to the contrary of that popularly held belief, many Adirondack and Tug Hill waters are teeming with breeding poulations of Brook, Brown, Lake and Rainbow Trout. Many lakes and ponds have outstanding Bass fishing and in some of the bigger lakes you'll find Walleyes, Northern Pike, Muskies, Splake and even landlocked Salmon. Many a remote mountain pond will reward you with a pan full of delicious Brook Trout and on occaision you'll catch a trophy like the ones pictured here. There's no better way to top off  top off a bushwacking adventure then with a memorable battle and a delicious shore dinner. That's a female Brook Trout (right) I caught in June, 06 and that's my cousin's son Kyle (bottom of the page)  with two beautiful males caught in late July, 05. Both locations were off the beated path and required substantial hikes or portages to get there. The DEC website can give you a hint where to go by looking at the stocking information by county. Most of the places they stock they have been stocking for many years and that means that there are plenty of older and bigger fish and usually healthy breeding populations.

A Nice Brown Trout
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!

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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!

The Rev. "A. L. Byron-Curtiss and a nice catch of Adirondack Brook Trout


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