Monday, April 1st, is opening day for trout fishing. Currently, rivers and brooks in much of the Adirondacks are dangerous or difficult or impossible to access due to deep snow and ice. Rivers and brooks in the Southern Adirondacks and eastern valleys are open but there remains some patches of ice and snow along the banks, and water temperatures are extremely cold.
Water levels will rise as snow melts this weekend. There remains deep snow in the mountains, 6 to 8 feet on some summits, so expect waters to rise significantly from morning to afternoon during the warm days of spring. Monitor water levels to ensure your safety.
DEC has a number of new publications that will prove helpful to those new to trout fishing. The I FISH NY Guide to Trout Fishing with Synthetic Bait describes an effective technique to catch early season trout in ponds. The I FISH NY Guide to Trout Fishing in Streams provides good information for those who prefer trout fishing in moving waters.
Each year, DEC stocks over 1,200 waters with trout and salmon. Visit DEC’s website for the planned listing of 2019 stockings by county.
Looking for a place to fish? Review the 2019 Coldwater Fishing Forecast.
Photo of Brown Trout courtesy DEC.