Reeling in the Season: Spring Trout Fishing in the Adirondacks

River fisherman holding large trout.

As the Adirondack Mountains shake off the last remnants of winter, a sense of excitement bubbles up among anglers and nature enthusiasts alike. April 1st isn’t just another day on the calendar; it marks the eagerly awaited opening of trout season in New York. And there’s no denying, the Adirondacks offer some of the most splendid trout fishing in the state, a true haven amidst the challenges facing other waters.

This year, thanks to a milder winter, whispers among the community suggest we might be blessed with an earlier ice-out. This isn’t just good news; it's a beacon for to all those who’ve been counting the days until they can return to the tranquil streams and lakes, rod in hand. The lure of being the first to cast a line and land some of the season's most impressive trout attracts thousands to our majestic mountains. And while the rugged beauty of the Adirondacks might inspire some to venture into the backwoods for a night under the stars, we at High Peaks Resort know the value of balancing a day’s adventure with the comfort of modern amenities.

Recognizing the draw of our crystal-clear waters and the camaraderie of the fishing community, High Peaks Resort is rolling out the welcome mat for anglers with special offerings. In partnership with Woods & Waters, we’re excited to offer our guests an exclusive 10% discount on bait and fishing gear, now through May 31. Just flash your room key, and you’re set to save. And we’re not stopping there. To truly enrich your fishing expedition, we’ve gathered a collection of prime fishing spots, including some of our resident angling enthusiast Ryan's personal favorites that he's been hesitant to share—until now. This handpicked list not only covers the famed Ausable River fishery but also unveils hidden gems within a stone’s throw of our resort. Here are a few better-known fishing spots you're sure to enjoy, but if you want to know where you can find locals in the know, reserve your Spring Fishing Package:

Black Pond

Reclaimed in 1997, Black Pond spans 73 acres and serves as a haven for brook trout, supported by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's stocking efforts. This aquatic gem, linked to Lower St. Regis Lake, plunges to depths of 45 feet and averages around 20 feet. Shoreline amenities include a lean-to with a picnic table, although overnight camping is not allowed. A noteworthy feature of Black Pond is its population of native strain brook trout, with bait fishing not permitted to preserve its purity. Explorers are also encouraged to venture to Little Black Pond, a quaint bay on the pond's east side. The Adirondacks boast five unique Heritage strains of brook trout, with Black Pond being home to the exquisite Windfall strain, renowned for its stunning coloration and salmon-like, richly flavored meat. This site also offers a trail system that presents a rich biodiversity for non-anglers to appreciate.

Chapel Pond

Set within the scenic bounds of Keene, along Route 73 and nestled in the Giant Mountain Wilderness, Chapel Pond stands out as a prime fishing destination, readily accessible yet retaining a sense of remote tranquility. Thanks to regular stocking by the Essex County Fish Hatchery, which introduces around 300 two-year-old rainbow trout annually, anglers can enjoy a vibrant fishery. The pond also hosts populations of brook trout, with trolling Lake Clear Wabblers being a popular technique among fishers. It’s worth noting that the use or possession of baitfish in these waters is restricted to protect the habitat. This spot could potentially become more inviting to High Peaks Resort guests with special offers from nearby St. Regis Canoe Outfitters for kayaking adventures, enhancing access to this and other nearby fishing treasures like Green Pond and Polliwog Pond, each offering their unique bounty of fish.

The Ausable River is a standout, with its catch-and-release areas stretching from Jay to Lake Placid, offering prime fishing spots. Another noteworthy destination is the Saranac River above Franklin Falls, which, along with various local rivers that converge with Lake Champlain, provides excellent trout fishing opportunities. Lakes such as Colby, Moose Pond, Lake Placid, and our very own Mirror Lake are stocked each year, with Lake Placid particularly known for harboring potential record-breaking Lake trout. While Lake Colby offers shore fishing, you'll likely have better luck with trout by heading out on a boat. Moose Pond is encircled by a stunning hiking trail and offers fishing access from both shore and boat. For the best experience on Lake Placid and Mirror Lake, a boat is the way to go. Fortunately, there's an abundance of online resources for maps to guide your fishing adventures in these picturesque waters.

At High Peaks Resort, nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, we’re more than just a place to stay. We’re your base camp for exploration, your retreat after a day spent in nature, and your gateway to an unforgettable trout season. Whether you’re here to break your personal best record or simply enjoy the early signs of spring, we’re dedicated to making your visit as fulfilling as possible.

So, gear up for an early start this trout season with High Peaks Resort. We’re not just about the catch; we’re about creating moments and memories in one of the most picturesque settings New York has to offer. Join us this spring, and let’s make every cast count.

Guided Fishing Trips with Battle Fish Charters

Discover the thrill of fishing in the Adirondacks with Battle Fish Charters, led by the experienced and passionate Captain Andrew Beaudoin. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, their mission is to offer peace and joy through fishing, particularly to veterans. With top-notch equipment and expert guidance, every fishing trip becomes a chance for recreational therapy. Captain Beaudoin, a husband, father, and retired U.S. Army paratrooper with a deep educational background in fish and wildlife management, explores the rich waters around Saranac Lake to deliver unforgettable fishing adventures. Whether you're a family seeking a unique experience or a seasoned angler, Battle Fish Charters provides everything from group and private kayak fishing trips to fishing rod-building classes, ensuring a world-class fishing adventure tailored just for you.

Available Experiences: guided group and private paddleboard and kayak fishing trips, fishing rod-building classes

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