Anticipation reigns as fishing season begins
Spring comes slowly to the Whiteface Region - but for the fisherman, it's always worth the wait.
Right now, things are slowly heating up on waters like the famed West Branch of the Ausable River, as well the Ausable's East Branch and numerous lesser-known waters. This includes some remote brook trout ponds that receive stockings from the state DEC as well as the Essex County Fish Hatchery. That's in addition to the scores of wild trout swimming in the region's waters.
Fishing Season Around the Bend
Another season is upon us and whether you're a fly-fisher or a spin angler, a serious trout chaser or a novice who gets out once or twice a year, the Whiteface Region is for you. Here, trout bums mix with beginners, and while it's usually pretty easy to tell them apart once they begin casting, this is a place where everyone feels at home on the water. Success is a relative term, but most anglers walk off the water with a smile on their face. It's the kind of place so scenic you'd probably wet a line even if you knew there weren't any fish swimming out there.
But there are, both in quantity and quality. When the trout are on the feed, it's not unusual to tire of catching them. And there's always that chance for a big brown trout that tops the magical 20-inch mark – one for the wall, although we encourage catch-and-release and a replica mount will look great, anyway.
Out of Water Amenities
The Whiteface Region has plenty of lodging properties and dining options that cater to anglers, and chances are the property owners do a little fishing themselves and will be glad to offer up some local knowledge to put you into fish early and often. Then there's the area fly shops that can tell you which patterns are working best and at what time, and can also hook you up with one of our veteran fishing guides who know the waters intimately and can help work out any kinks in your casting form.
FISHING MAP OF THE AUSABLE RIVER
Our map of the Ausable River points out many of the fishing hot spots, giving you great ideas about where to start your fishing trip in the Adirondacks! Click below to download the map.
EXPERIENCED GUIDE SERVICES AND FLY SHOPS
So, while you're in the region, maybe do a gear check and determine you need a new fly rod, vest or waders and visit one of the region's well-stocked fly shops. Or even book a guided trip for next season with one of our many other talented and personable guides.
Trust us: the famed West Branch of the Ausable River, several other lesser-known streams that offer under-the-radar trout fishing, and our maze of backcountry brook trout ponds will be waiting for you next spring.
WAKE UP AND FISH
Many of the Whiteface Region lodging properties are built for fishing, located on the Ausable River or just a short trip to prime fishing locations. Some even have on-site fly shops that are the hangouts of local experts and guides who are more than willing to give you the tips and tricks of the area.
Complement your fishing getaway with a stay at one of the many Whiteface Region lodging options, from state and private campsites and motels, to private vacations homes, and quaint Adirondack cabin rentals – the area's accommodations will be sure to make your next fishing expedition both memorable and relaxing. Be sure to peruse the numerous area establishments currently offering fishing packages for your next getaway.