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The Tahawus Tract

Ok, so I fully intend to take advantage of at least one more weekend hauling yellow perch through whats left of the ice until my little arms are sore. But, I must admit, my thoughts are already drifting to my second favorite outdoor pastime next to downing monster whitetails.

That, of course, is brook trout fishing.

And, theres one group of ponds Ive been eyeing like a vegetarian eyes the tofu aisle the ponds acquired by New York State in 2003 as part of the Tahawus tract in Newcomb.

They include Henderson Lake and Upper & Lower Preston Ponds, which also provide access to the Duck Hole. All were once pristine brook trout habitat. All but the Duck Hole were also privately owned. Now that they are owned by the state, I thought Id find out what sort of management plan is in place for them.

DEC Spokesman Dave Winchell said the state began stocking Henderson in 2004. Theyve stocked it fairly heavily since, dumping in nearly 3,000 lake trout, over 10,000 brook trout and 3,500 rainbows. Mind you, its a big pond at 450 acres - the size of Pharaoh behind Schroon Lake. But Ill probably give it a shot at ice out. The carry is short. You can nearly see the pond from the truck.

Upper and Lower Preston are a different story. Winchell said state fisheries scientists are still evaluating the management of these two ponds, and stocking has yet to happen. Hopefully that will change as they are both awesome trout ponds.

Just north of Lower Preston lies the Duck Hole. This pond has little water just 12 feet at its deepest point but it produces some great trout and the state dumps in 2,000 brookies a year. There are also two lean-tos on the pond.

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