Another wonderful resource is the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council's publication entitled 'Adirondack Fishing: An angler's guide to Adirondack lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The booklet, developed with the assistance of DEC Fisheries personnel, provides maps, charts and expert angling advise. The booklets are available at local tourism offices. They are also to be found at numerous Tourism Centers along the Adirondack Northway. If you can't find one, call the Council at 800-487-6867 and they'll send one along.
In recent years, a new publication has been on the shelves of local sport shops and even WalMart. The Sportsman's Connection volumes are a comprehensive collection of contour maps, access information, road maps, fishing hotspots, stocking reports, gill net surveys, handicapped access and local insights into the ponds, lakes, rivers and streams of the Adirondacks.
The publication has four different volumes available for each quadrant of the park. At a cost of $19.99, it provides a wealth of information. If you can't locate a copy locally, call 1-800-777-7461 or visit www.sportsmansconnection.com to order one.
Most importantly, don't overlook the old timers. Every community has it's share of veteran anglers who have accumulated years of skills, knowledge and insights into the local waters. Though some may no longer be able to get out and around as they used to; they still have much to share. I've attained a great deal of knowledge visiting Nursing Homes. Return with a few, fresh brookies and maybe you'll finally learn where all the big fish go.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org