Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities: Fall Fishing

This past weekend my son won a fishing derby and walked away with a new fishing pole from French Louie ADK Sports in Inlet. After catching and releasing 17 fish, the longest being an 8-inch pike, he walked away with the prize.

Putting a fishing rod in the hands of a child is one thing, stopping at every Adirondack pond and lake between Inlet and Saranac Lake is another. Since I am the only member of the family that doesn’t fish, my lack of fishing license means that it is illegal for me to untangle rods, bait hooks or take fish off of lines. Even though my children do not require a license, other fishing rules do apply to them.

I may not fish, but as long as my children do it is good to have a general working knowledge of the fishing seasons. Though each segment of the Adirondacks varies, in some places brook trout season is coming to a close as of October 15. Between October and November is brook trout spawning season so in order to keep the fish supply in par with the demand, fishing in certain Adirondack streams and ponds is off limits.

The newly updated New York Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (2012-2013) lists all the special regulations according to the nine New York State regions. Each regional chart demonstrates special regulations, open season, species, minimal length and daily limit. If you or your child is going to be out in the water it is good to know what the regulations are.

In the Adirondack Northeastern Region 5, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, trout fishing at select rivers and streams will end on the October 15 deadline. Don’t worry.  The season starts up again in spring. In the Lake Champlain region the only type of fish that has a season is black bass. Trout, walleye and more are available all year long.

My children and I have a successful fishing relationship. I am often reduced to just car driver and boat rower.  I can’t touch a pole because I don’t have a license. I have just as much fun taking pictures and reading a magazine. Both my kids learned years ago to bait their own hooks and how to release a caught fish.

My son didn’t catch anything with his new pole this time, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. He has another week to search for that elusive brook trout. If that doesn’t work, from the list of available fish in Adirondack waters, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to search for something else.

Photo of children fishing used with the permission of AdirondackFamilyTime.com

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

5 Responses

  1. stan bunal says:

    Spend $30 on a license. It will enhance both your’s and the kids’ enjoyment. You might just get hooked on fishing.

    • Hi Stan,
      Thanks for reading! It isn’t about the money. Having a license wouldn’t bring more enjoyment to our experience. I would probably pay less attention to what they do. My kids usually demonstrate their casting and catch to me if my husband is around casting his own line. Since I don’t have a license, it has forced my children to be independent. If they want to fish, which they do, they have to be able to figure out the tangles. Also I think it is good to support different activities, but not necessarily do something just because everyone else is. I always enjoy myself when I take the kids fishing. We all enjoy being by the water, seeing nature and relaxing. I just don’t fish. Have fun on the water! I hope you catch the next big one!

  2. Scott W. says:

    Is the allusive trout similar to the alliterative trout? Does the assonant trout pout when lifted out? Does the consonant trout flap and slap when you attempt to wrap her up? Do trout appear in the Alliterative Morte Arthure? If so, are these the elusive alliterative fishes to which you allude? Or are they merely illusory?

    • Hi Scott,
      Thanks for “catching” that one. I saw my error yesterday, but had already submitted the piece and have no means of retrieving it. Speaking of errors, my son actually caught a sunfish. He kept talking about pike but husband informs me it was just a fish story. He may have wanted to catch a pike, but it still was a sunfish. Thanks for reading!

    • John Warren says:

      I made the fix – thanks for pointing it out.

      John Warren

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