ALBANY - Opening day for trout and salmon fishing is today, with high, cold water and icy banks and streambeds anticipated. That could make for dangerous early-season angling, particularly here in the Adirondacks, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release.
Early-season trout are typically lethargic, and anglers will have best success using bait and lures such as spinners that can be fished slow and deep. Fishing is expected to improve markedly once water temperatures warm later in the spring. This also encourages aquatic insect activity, which will improve opportunities for those preferring to use fly-fishing gear. Some of the best fishing of the year in lakes and ponds often occurs immediately following ice-out, which can be as late as May in some northern Adirondack ponds.
DEC plans to stock more than 2.1 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,000 miles of streams across the state. Spring stockings will include 1.51 million brown trout, 432,000 rainbow trout and 158,000 brook trout.
A list of waters stocked with all sizes of trout for 2012, and those to be stocked with trout this spring, is on the DEC website.
Anglers are reminded to be sure to dry and/or disinfect their fishing equipment, including waders and boots, before entering a new body of water. Since 2007, didymo, an invasive algae species, has been discovered in a few creeks and rivers statewide. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing gear can be found on the DEC website.