According to the majority of reports that I’ve received recently, angling opportunities have been outstanding to date. It appears the smaller, shallower ponds have been producing quite well, although water temperatures seem to be a bit colder still, on the deeper ponds and lakes.
Brook trout, browns and salmon have been particularly active, while lake trout have been rather slow on the take to date. However, with a change of just a few degrees in water temperatures, lakers may soon turn on.
Recent reports also reveal that the annual smelt run has begun, which appears to be on track following the full moon, which occurred on Friday, April 6. Trout and salmon will now be actively feeding in and around the inlets and tributaries of the lakes and ponds, over the course of the next week or so.
Stocking trucks have already delivered a healthy dose of trout to most of the area’s streams and rivers, from both the Essex County Hatchery, and state hatcheries.
It will take stocked trout a while to adjust to their new surroundings, and anglers should allow them opportunities to disperse and become acclimatized.
In the smaller streams and mountain brooks, native brook trout are still in their winter mode. They will be slow to react to offerings, and likely sheltered among the rocks and under the overhanging trees.
On the rivers, anglers will find the best action in the deeper pools or at the base of falls or dams, where air temperatures will have a greater effect on water temperatures.
Think like a fish, or more specifically, think like a fish that is looking for food to survive. Look around, be observant and see what’s going on. Are there flies in the air, or schools of minnows in the shallows? On the streams, seek out areas that provide both food and shelter, and you’ll find the fish.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.