Looking to shoot the bull with anyone who likes to hit the remote lakes for bass and pike. I am in constant search for fisheries bio. info, as well as lures and techniques. Been doing summer backpack/fish trips there for 19 years.
welcome to NYBASS!... i would love to see the responses to this thread... we have a few anglers from the adirondacks, but in general don't have many posts from the area... can you be more specific landsvy?... maybe talk about an experience you've had in the area?... the more specific your question is, the higher probability you'll get replies.
I fish Upper Saranac Lake and a few of the surrounding ponds in that area occaisionally.....
Do a search mode for "adironadaks" at this site and you will find some info about it, and see who fishes these waters too...
I'll be glad to offer my input to any questions you may have...
Hey- I have spents months looking for info online, that is why I am at NYbass. I always fish the North River area NW of Glens Falls, by the Hudson River gorge. The lakes have a good variety of depths, cover type, bottom type, and I always fish them in the summer. I am dying to know what baitfish are native (other than small panfish and gamefish). As a former fly tyer, I always try to match custom lures to the forage.
Have you ever fished the Hudson from a canoe?
There is a great 8 mile easy water float trip from Warrensburg to 1000 Acre Dude Ranch. It's loaded with smallies. I go up to Lake George every year, fish the Lake, ponds, but the best fishing last year was on the Hudson. Yamamoto skirts, doube tail grubs on a 1/8 ounce Spider Jig Head was the ticket.
I have spent 10 or twelve days on the Hudson, but from shore. I fished the stretch where the road follows the river just below the gorge. Lots of 8in smallies, but I did get some nice 12-14in rainbows and browns. I fished spinners, rapalas, and muddler minnow streamers in July and Aug. I sure learned how to rock hop without breaking an ankle! How do you get bigger fish on the river?
The section I mention has a number of deep pools where you will find larger fish. I would say every 1/2 mile or so you come to a deep pool loaded with laydowns, bolders and ledges. Deeper water is the Key. The Eastern shore seems to have more pools, but of course the road runs on the West. August is when I fished there last year & we even saw a Bald Eagle trying his luck too. The jigs I use are bulkier then your spinners & that helps attract karger fish too. I would say the majority of smallies we caught were keepers but no real lunkers. The Delaware River for me usualy gives up some 3lb+ smallies.
Are there any reasonably priced canoe rental places that will drop off/ pick up? I guess I need to get off the bank. By the time mid-summer rolls around, and the water is lower, do they stick to pools? Or do you also hit eddies, and boulders? When it comes to rivers, I am a trout fisherman. They seem to select completely different holding and feeding lies. Any preference for jig type/size/colors and tackle?
The best stretch starts at Thuman Station & goes to the Dude ranch, 8 miles. Stay on the East side. I went early in the morning & once in the mid afternoon it made no difference. The fish were active all day. Light action rod, 6lb test, 1/8 ounce spider jig head yamamoto mini skirt 4 " double tail grub any green or brown color with black or red specks. Eddies & bolders hold fish too. My partner in the bow was casting down stream and jig the lure back to canoe. I was actualy just draging the lure behind the canoe just letting it bounce of the bottom (lazy man fishing). We both caught, but I think my method is more effective. The bass face up stream into the current & look for food being washed down stream.
Keeping your rod tip up will help you not getting snagged. The goods thing about the spider jig heads is that the hook is a light wired. If gets snagged many times it will free itself by straightening out & then you can just bend it back with a pair of plyers.
So yamomoto makes the spider heads? And that is an open-hook design, not texas and no weekguard? I am building a med-lt spin rod now that I can use. Ever get a trout on that? Last year I accidentally caught a 19in rainbow on a slider worm while fishing for bass! The hudson does have some nice trout.
Their jigs are unique. They have a different shape head then other jigs & they have 2 spurs to attach the skirt & grub to that I haven't seen with any other jigs. Med Light is ok