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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Crayfish are abundant, and provide important forage this time of year. Rocky points and drops are a great place to step them down into deeper water. Streamers have been somewhat productive. Swimming frogs have been important mid-day and in the afternoons. Terrestrials are more abundant and will continue to be an important food source. Water temperature in the shallower bays has dropped a bit, but remains in the high 70's. Crayfish patterns, Gulley worms, spun deer-hair bass bugs and poppers have been best for bass. Black leech patterns and wooly buggers have also been good patterns for more selective and pressured bass. As for flies, dragonflies and their nymphs remain very active. Tricos and midges continue to hatch. The emergence of the Yellow Sally stoneflies have picked up over the last couple of weeks in the higher elevations. The duration of this hatch lasts through the month of August. Small mouth bass can still found in shallow cover in less than 15 feet of water depth. Look for dead falls, docks, points, inlets and aquatic plant structure. Pike prefer sharp drops and deeper weed beds that can provide good structure and cover. Pike can also be found sunning themselves in the shallower weed-beds around mid day. Pike are taking large predator flies red and white, imitations of larger perch patterns, and frogs. A swimming or dancing frog may draw out many predators around lily pads at this time. The salmon and trout have progressed to deeper conditions. They are feeding prominently on the baitfish. Try trolling streamers on sinking lines.
Fishing Conditions

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

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Fishing conditions: Large-mouth and small-mouth bass action is good. Both are active in less than 15 feet of water. Salmonids are suspended in or about 25 to 35 feet of water. The thermocline ranges from 35 to 45 feet. Water levels are decreasing. Water temperatures are cooling and even kings have been chilly. Use caution wading. Wet wading is comfortable on these hot days.

Inshore temperature: 75 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 72 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: Dace 2.5" Smelt 3.5" Pumpkinseed 3" Frogs 4" Crayfish ~ 2-3" Hellgrammites 3", Leeches 2.5"-3.5" Waterboatman 14-16, and Dragonfly Nymphs 10 Midges 18-20, Caddis 12-16, Golden Stones 14-16, Grasshoppers 2.5-3.0" Crickets 1-2" Talk to folks in your local tackle shops for the best advice, and the proper use of angling techniques.

Fish species: Salmon and Trout, Nothern Pike & Walleye, Bass

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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Techniques & Tips

Dangle a dry with a dropper to increase your catch rate. Be on the look out for terrestrial activity on the lee-ward sides of aquatic vegetation, where the wind and water meet. Look for wind forced water currents that have pushed aquatic invertebrates, and bait-fish into active feeding zones along areas of dense vegetation. Dragonfly nymphs are productive along with crayfish around deeper water transition zones. Try dropping dragonflies along weedy vegetation edges. Step a crayfish down a rocky drop along, or near to points. Troll streamers in the deeper water near or above the thermocline. Perch minnow imitations, muddlers, hornbergs, and black nose dace are good selections for your streamer boxes along with purple, blue, and green smelt patterns.

7-Day Forecast

Water level has decreased. Temperatures have remained seasonally warm by day, and precipitation has diminished. We are progressing into a fall feeding feeding pattern. Cooler evenings are leading to cooler water temperatures. Fishing pressure has been decreasing. The first few hours of light and last light continue to be the best time to be out on the water. Mid-day has been increasingly productive.

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