Anticipation reigns as fishing season begins
Spring – with the notable exception of last year – comes slowly to the Whiteface Region. But for the fisherman, it's always worth the wait.
And the great thing about spring in the Whiteface Region is the fishing just keeps getting better and better as the season advances from a chilly early April to the glorious, sunny, warm days at the end of the month and into May.
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 – including 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.
So another season is upon us. 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.
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.
All you need to do know is set aside the time, block out part of your office calendar and get up here. We're waiting, as are thousands of hungry trout.
Right now, the fishing is pretty good. And it's only going to get better as the spring finally decides to stick around and the waters warm up a bit.
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.
Get Close and Stay Close
Complement your fishing getaway with a stay at one of the many Whiteface Region lodging options, from state and private campsites and budget 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.
Escape and get close to the angling action – read up on the latest Adirondack fishing regulations and licenses and book your Whiteface Region vacation today!