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DEC announces new fishing spots on former Finch Paper lands

Tom Welsh (right) of the Rustic Homestead/Streamside Fly Shop in North Creek explains fishing gear to a visitor at the Adirondack Adventure Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 4.

Tom Welsh (right) of the Rustic Homestead/Streamside Fly Shop in North Creek explains fishing gear to a visitor at the Adirondack Adventure Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 4. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The largest section is 2.3 miles long and adjoins a section of forest preserve lands providing more than four continuous miles of public fishing. The two other smaller sections are connected by forest preserve lands which together provide another continuous mile of public fishing. The Cedar River contains brook trout, brown trout and smallmouth bass. DEC stocks brook trout in the river.

DEC plans to construct parking areas and access trails in the near future. Once completed two other sections of this stretch of the river will be open for public fishing.

Fishing Brook

Four miles of shoreline along Fishing Brook in the Town of Long Lake in Hamilton County north of Route 28N are open to fishing. Fishing Brook is located between the communities of Long Lake in Hamilton County and Newcomb in Essex County. It contains brook trout.

DEC plans to construct parking areas and a boat launch for small trailered-boats on 60-acre County Line Flow and a parking area and boat launch for car top boats on 47-acre Fishing Brook Bog. The two waters, which are located at each end of this stretch of Fishing Brook, will be open for the public to fish by boat.

The Branch and Palmer Pond

A 1.6-mile stretch of The Branch immediately upstream of Palmer Pond and 0.7 miles of the pond’s shore are open for fishing. These two waters are located in the Town of North Hudson, Essex County south of the Blue Ridge Road (aka Boreas Road). Both waters contain brook trout which DEC stocks annually. Additionally, brown trout are present and stocked in Palmer Pond.

Anglers can now fish the entire 1.4 miles of Palmer Pond’s shoreline, except on the dam itself, as the public fishing rights on the pond’s shore adjoin to forest preserve lands that abut the remainder of the pond. A small parking area is located near the dam at the eastern end of Palmer Pond. Pull off sites along the Blue Ridge Road are located at the western end of the pond and along The Branch.

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