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DEC Announces Opening of New York’s 2018 Trout Fishing Season

Residents and Tourists Encouraged to Catch Wild and Stocked Trout throughout State


DEC to Stock 2.26 Million Catchable-Size Trout in New York Waters
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that this year’s trout fishing season in New York opens on Sunday, April 1. Supporting the State’s growing sport fishing industry with an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity each year, DEC will stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state. Anglers should visit DEC’s website for a list of stocked waters and the 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast for recommended trout and salmon fishing locations.

DEC Commissioner Seggos said, “Good stewardship and improved water quality has resulted in an increase wild trout abundance in many waters across the State. Learning the habits and needs of wild trout contributes to angling success and a deeper appreciation of the resource and I encourage anglers to experience these fisheries.”

DEC’s spring stockings will include 1.72 million brown trout, 377,500 rainbow trout, and 158,500 brook trout. Approximately 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 13 to 14 inches in length will also be stocked into lakes and streams across the state. These fish will provide enhanced angling experiences for the estimated 647,000 anglers that fish for trout in New York

Although fishing conditions can be less than optimal during the early season, conditions will improve as the weather warms. 

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New York also provides some of the finest backwoods brook trout fishing in the northeast. These opportunities are most abundant in the Adirondacks, where more than 500 waters are managed for brook trout. Fish in these waters can weigh more than three pounds. In 2018, more than 310,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 345 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks during the spring and fall to restore or enhance brook trout populations. Anglers new to brook trout fishing should look to the Guide to Brook Trout Fishing in Adirondack Pondsfor assistance.

DEC also provides maps of its public fishing rights easements. Anglers are reminded to observe special trout regulations on waters noted in the current fishing guide. Additional information on places to fish for wild and stocked trout is available on DEC’s website.

For beginning or youth anglers, ponds are easiest to fish, particularly during the early season. Information about where and how to fish, including a new highly effective technique for early season trout, can be found on the DEC’s website.

Fishing License Required
Anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a fishing license can be found on DEC’s website.

License purchasers are reminded that by law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund fish stocking and other programs conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries. Please also consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp which helps fund important access and habitat improvement projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp program visit DEC’s website.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/38329.html
 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/38329.html

 

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club stock the “Golden Trout”

Check out maps, locations for fishing and general info about fishing in Raquette Lake & Long Lake here. 

https://mylonglake.com/what-2-do/fish-game/

Fishing Licenses available in Long Lake at Hoss’s Country Corner. Call 518-624-2481.

Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby

Update on Conditions:

Event Organizers on Friday, Feb 12th say LAKE EATON DERBY is STILL ON. After mild conditions, winter weather has finally arrived. Weather temps will be -10F during day with -22 to – 30 wind chill. Hamilton County is under a wind chill warning. A wind chill warning means the combo of cold air and winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This could result in frost bite, hypothermia if precautions not taken. Bundle up, layer and be prepared. The Long Lake Warming Hut/Weigh in station will be available for contestants to warm up. 4-wheelers and snowmobiles will be allowed on lake, but no trucks.

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will be sponsoring an Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 from 7am until 3pm. Registration will open at 6am to 7am at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena and Rink located at 6 Pavilion Way, entrance located across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30/28N in Long Lake, NY. The derby will take place via the Lake Eaton Campsite located at 1671 Tupper Road, NYS Route 30, Long Lake, NY 12847.

Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton for Land-locked Salmon or trout

Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton for Land-locked Salmon or trout

Registration is $25 a person. All contestants must have a valid NYS DEC fishing license. Prizes will be awarded for Land-locked Salmon, Lake Trout, and all other species of trout. Fishing at Lake Eaton will start at 7am and finish at 3pm. Last weigh in will be at the Lake Eaton Boat Launch at 3:15pm. This is a live-weigh in by weight first and length second in the event of a tie-breaker. Registration will be on-going throughout the day at the Lake Eaton Campsite Boat Launch and at the ADK Trading Post located at 1601 Tupper Road. Contestant numbers will be issued for Door Prizes and contestants must be present to win.

The awards will be given at the Long Lake Diner starting at 4pm.

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will have coffee, hot chocolate and snacks at the weigh-in booth.

For updated information, ice conditions and more please check mylonglake.com or facebook.com/mylonglake or call 518-624-3077.

Registration and Rules

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Kids Fishing Derbies June 6 & June 20th

The Long Lake Kids Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, June 6th at Jennings Park Pond, across from the Long Lake Town Beach off of NYS Route 30. It’s between Raquette River Outfitters and the Adirondack Hotel. Kids fish all along the shoreline of the pond, and can even set up along the Nature Trail, a walking path winding around the pond connecting the Beach to the Long Lake Ball Field. Check out the path and find a cozy, secluded spot to fish.

Fun on the Nature Trail around Jennings Park Pond.

Fun on the Nature Trail around Jennings Park Pond.

Fish for trout, bullhead, sunnies or whatever else you find in the pond. Ages/categories/largest fish prizes for trout, bullhead, sunfish, trout and sometimes weeds! Look up and see if you can catch your bobber on the power line, one year there was even a sneaker tied up around the wires above the causeway!

Look for great prizes for the kids. Everyone always walks away with something be it new fishing gear, lures, tackle boxes and fishing poles to gift certificates to local businesses.

And if that sparks your interest save the date, June 20th, Bass Fishing Opening Day, to head over to Raquette Lake, NY for the Junior Members Fishing Derby will be held on Raquette Lake for opening Day of bass season on Raquette Lake all day. Prizes and hot dogs for everyone! Call 315-354-4581 for more info.

Fishing is a great way to get outside, and connect with the water, mother nature and of course.. the elusive FISH! Now the question is… where is the best fishing hole on Raquette Lake? Anyone? We’ll just have to give it a try ourselves!

Enjoy snacks and sodas donated by the LL Fish and Game Club.

Registration is free and open to anyone.

Event from 9am – 3pm. See you there!

Shhh. Keep Quiet, I’m Fishing in Long Lake!

Mud Pond

Locals love spring fishing. It’s quiet, the working summer season hasn’t zapped every extra minute of free time. It’s still early yet and while the black flies are out, they are still in their dumb, confused stage, so not quite the venomous monsters expected to hit in a few days. So it’s time to get out and hit the secret fishing spots around the area. With so many abundant waterways to explore there’s plenty.

Reports and tidbits from facebook posts include “Brookies are hot. Down deep in the river eddies.”

“I saw a 12 pounder pulled out”

“Love the sunsets at my secret fishing spot.”

It’s a great time of year, and time to get out. Whether you fish from the shoreline or a boat, it’s the best time to get out and relax.

Big One by the spillway

Got a fishing story? Submit it to our blog! longlakeinfo@yahoo.com

Poker Run and Fishing Derby

Plenty of activities in the Long Lake area February 8th and 9th. Visitors and residents in the area can enjoy an Ice Fishing Derby and a Poker Run.

The Long Lake Moonlighter’s invite you to participate in the Annual Poker run spanning three communities from February 8th to February 9th. Cards will be available on Friday, February 8th at the open of business at the Raquette Lake Tap Room or the Newcomb House. It is $10 per person and players must be 18 or over to enter. Players pick up a card and receive a stamp at each location. Upon completion of the run, players check into the Adirondack Hotel on Saturday, February 9th by 5pm. Players are dealt the number of cards corresponding with the number of stamps they collect. Player with the best hand wins. Travel by car, boat, bus, airplane or snowmobile. Snowmobile trails will be ready to go. For more information or a map contact 518-624-3077 or visit mylonglake.com

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will be hosting an Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. Registration is $25 per person at 6am at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847. Fish for Land-locked Salmon and Trout. Live Weigh in will be at the Lake Eaton Beach area. Lines in at 7am and derby ends at 3pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing benefiting the LL Fish and Game Club and cash prizes. Participants must have a valid NYS Fishing License.

Trout Season Opens April 1

Forecast for the weekend is for beautiful weather. Stop by the Long Lake Town Offices (closed on Friday, April 2nd) or Hoss’s Country Corner for your fishing license. Always wise to call ahead.

Enjoy our waters!

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