Lakes and Ponds in Saranac Lakes Region - St. Regis Canoe Wilderness, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lakes and Ponds in Saranac Lakes Region - St. Regis Canoe Wilderness, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Trout fishing has closed October 15th statewide except where special area regulations apply. Water temperatures continue to drop. Concentrate your fishing near inlets, outlets, in between points and bays, shoals and drops where it is most productive. Water levels are about average for this time of year. Continue in the practice of safe wading. There are Bold Waders, and there are Old Waders, but there are No Bold Old Waders. Always have your life jacket on in watercraft.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lakes and Ponds in Saranac Lakes Region is currently Excellent

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Fishing conditions: The outlook is excellent. Panfish, bass and pike are actively feeding when the water is calmest. Lake temperatures are average. Water levels are low. Lakes and ponds remain productive. Continue to check water temperatures to better understand the optimal feeding temperatures for the fish you are targeting. Rainy days are essential for continued productivity and will continue to improve conditions.

Inshore temperature: 54 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 48 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: Northern Pike; 3"-4" perch, brown trout and common minnow patterns such as black nose dace and smb. Bass; salamanders 3-4", and 3" tadpoles, crayfish 2-3" Catapillars, wormlike flies, Clouser minnows 2-5" Panfish; small nymphs, smaller emergent pupa, crickets, flies, boatman and scuds.

Fish species: Salmon, Trout, Pike, Bass & Panfish

Fishing season: Apr. 1st- Oct. 15th, 1st Sat in May to March 15th, Panfish all Year, Bass Opens 3rd Saturday in June

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Person Fishing in a stream

Techniques & Tips

The thermocline is around 10 to 15 feet. Lakes and ponds have depleted oxygen levels at deeper depths. Most of the lakes and ponds will begin fall turnover within the next few weeks. Early morning and last light are the best times to be out on the water. The smallmouth bass fishing is very good. Fish along shoals, deep aquatic weed beds, sharp drops adjacent to points and channels. Always wear your life jacket. Water temperatures cooling. Fish are feeding more aggressively. A good active spot is along steeper contour lines that come up onto shoals. Bait fish get concentrated along these areas as predators force them up against the edge of the shoal. Faster sinking lines are best for fishing streamers and minnow imitations. Have a variety of sinking leaders and sinking heads for best results when streamer fishing. Nymphs and subsurface fishing are most productive. Try dropping nymphs along weedy vegetation edges using a bobber, hang cast the rig on a fast sink tip, and retrieve with a slow hand roll. Let wave action and wind do most of the work for you. Know your depths.

7-Day Forecast

First light and last light are the best times to be out on the water. Water levels are low for this time of year. Have the right equipment including cold weather gear, rain gear, and polarized sunglasses. Have bug protection. Fishing pressure is on the decrease. Follow state and local guidelines concerning the corona -19 pandemic. The NYS boat launches are open. This can be a rewarding time to recreate in the outdoors but practice social distancing, and please follow state and local area guidelines.

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