Adirondack Fishing Report 4/22/15

Bryant Abbuhl

It is that time of year that the open water fishing really starts to get hot and stay hot for a couple of months in the Adirondacks.

Many of the streams are quickly approaching fish-able levels for trout, and most stockings have taken place or will very soon.  Remember that there isn't much in the way of hatches yet, so fly fisherman should focus on nymphing and streamer fishing.  Bait fisherman should do well this time of year.

Many of the small ponds are loosing ice, which created some amazing brook trout fishing opportunities.  Fly fisherman should try fishing with Hornbergs on the surface, stripped back after a short wait or leach-like streamers.  Spin-fisherman should try Lake Clear Wobblers with worms, small Rapalas, spinners, and jigs tipped with bait.

On the bigger lakes, pike fishing will be opening soon.  It should be very good fishing in 5 - 30 feet of weedy water, now that the spawn is winding down.  Try trolling diving crank-baits and Daredevil Spoons or fish a large minnow under a bobber.  The early morning and late afternoon are when the pike bite this time of year.

The smelt will also be running soon in the smaller creeks coming out of larger lakes.  This gives you a chance to catch lake trout and salmon in shallow water near the mouths.  Try white tube jigs, Mooselook Wobblers, and even bring the fly rod with sink-tip line and some large white streamers.  The very early morning is the time for fishing the smelt run.

Bull head are also an option in many Adirondack lakes and ponds.  Just cast out a worm from shore, and you should be able to get a basket full for a fish-fry.

Good luck!