New York is known for some outstanding Trout Fishing
and Steelhead Fishing throughout the State. The Brook Trout
is New York's official State fish and is a native fish to New
York. Brook Trout live in small to medium sized New York
lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, where cool, clear water is
present. Brook Trout are most popular in the Adirondack
Lakes area of New York. The Lake Trout is also a native
of New York waters. New York Lake Trout are found mostly
in the Finger Lakes, Adirondack Lakes Area, and the Great Lakes
of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Brown Trout can be found
in waters all across New York thanks in part to their tolerance
of warmer water. Rainbow Trout are also more tolerant of
warmer water and can be found in lakes, rivers, and streams throughout
New York. Rainbow Trout typically put up very big fights
when hooked, often making a series of jumps to try an escape.
New York Brown Trout Fishing
Morning In the cool early morning hours,
insect activity is typically less intense, and a predatory brown
trout is more likely to hunt small baitfish. Focus your
casts to deep pools that feature structure like sunken tree stumps
and weeds. Midday On summer afternoons where there
isn't a prolific hatch going off, brown trout hunt for insects.
Focus your attention on grassy undercut banks and overhanging
logjams where these bugs drop in the water. Nighttime This is when a NY summer angler
has the best chance to catch a really big brown trout. Look
for a deep, slow-moving run adjacent to a grassy bank or brushpile.
Position yourself on the bank, or as tight to it as your back
cast will allow, than cast a surface-riding mouse fly toward the
middle of the current. Strip it back with erratic twitches.
The fly should look like a panicked mouse swimming for the safety
New York Brook Trout
The best NY Brook Trout fishing
occurs in the spring and fall when water temps are cool.
During this time Brook Trout are easier to find because they typically
inhabit waters close to shore. In the summer, look for Brook
Trout near natural springs in a pond or lake. Evening fishing
trips are your best bet for catching Brook Trout in the warm summer
New York Lake Trout
In the spring, look for Lake
Trout along dropoffs, near points, and on rocky shoals.
In the summer, NY Lake Trout like to inhabit deep water near schools
of baitfish where trolling is the best technique.
New York Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout spawn in the
spring, while New York's other trout species spawn in the fall.
In the spring and fall, anglers can find success catching Rainbow
Trout throughout the day. In the NY summer months, Rainbow
Trout anglers will have better luck in early morning and evening.
Top Rainbow Trout locations include river mouths and shoreline
New York Steelhead Trout
1. Before heading
to your favorite NY trout river or stream, itís especially important
to get river-level information. Knowing how much water is
flowing through a system can dictate how you fish. By being aware
of whatís happening, youíll be prepared to use the best approach
to find trout.
2. Tie all your leaders before
you leave home. This is a huge time-saver and will help you increase
your catch rates. When on the river, keep that line in the water
as much as possible. By having leaders pre-tied, change-outs are
quick when a leader gets snapped off or needs to be replaced.
3. Bring what gear you need,
and no more. If youíll be using various approaches, some gear
or extra rods can be left in the rig, so as not to tie you down.
Be ready to fish a different method, however, should the need
arise. You may need to be floating jigs at one hole and drift-fishing
yarn balls at another. Be willing to diversify, try various approaches
and stay on the move. Equip yourself to be mobile. It can pay
off in the form of more trout.
New York Trout Fishing
in Streams Here is a list of some
of the best spots to find Trout in New York streams:
1. Undercut Banks - It
can be difficult to reach these fish from directly above since
when you walk above the bank fish can hear your footsteps. The
best way to reach these Trout is to cast from the opposite shore
or to drift in a boat as close to the undercut as possible.
2. Overhanging Vegetation - Tree
branches and shrubs can provide cover from some over-flying predators
and can drop insects into the water. This is a prime area for
Trout to hang out in NY streams.
3. Behind a Rock - A big
midstream boulder is a popular feeding spot for Trout as the rock
provides a strong current flowing from both sides, and a more
sheltered spot to find food.
4. Head of a Pool - Trout
tend to gather at the head of a pool to feed on the food coming
in from the faster water upstream.
5. Tributaries - Smaller
streams that enter the main river often bring cooler water and
provide additional food sources. This is a great place to look
for Trout in the summer when the main river warms and fish gather
near the cool inflows.