When the calendar hits October 15th most years, many anglers are putting away their trout fishing gear in favor of hunting implements.
Things are different this year though, as New York State’s creation of a new “catch-and-release” season on trout streams will allow fishermen and women to stay in the water year-round. And in a county that is loaded with stocked and wild trout streams, that means more opportunities to fish when conditions are spectacular.
The months between summer’s heat and winter’s cold can provide some of the best trout fishing action of the year, while also being able to take in the foliage on the water.
The streams that warmed into the 70s or even low 80s, uncomfortable warmth for coldwater-loving trout, quickly cool as days get shorter and nights colder. Ponds and rivers where trout are hunkered down in cold springs and tributaries come back to life.
The bugs that torment humans in spring and summer have all but disappeared, but there is still plenty of insect activity in the water to keep trout feeding.
(And if you plan to head out, please note that artificial lures can be used for the new catch-and-release season between October 16 and March 31).
Here are some great Warren County trout stream options to consider this fall:
Known for its wild brook trout, it tumbles out of the mountains of Thurman and Johnsburg to the Hudson River, and has plenty of public access along Warren County Route 76, State Route 8 and Harrington Road in Johnsburg. The section known as “The Black Hole” off Harrington Road annually gives up some lunker brown trout.
This small stream in Glens Falls and Queensbury holds some big trout. It is stocked heavily but also is home to holdover trout, which move out of the deeper holes and can be found in runs and undercut banks when fall arrives. Cole’s Woods and the stretch of brook between Quaker and Meadowbrook roads are sneaky good.
The rainbow, brown and brook trout of the Schroon always find a way to make it through the hottest weather, and they will become active again as stream levels pick up. The area below Starbuckville Dam in Chester, and public access spots along Schroon River Road and East Schroon River Road, will always yield trout when the conditions are right. Warren County Hatchery will stock rainbow trout this fall as well.
Northwest Bay Brook
Home to a picturesque waterfall off Route 9N in Bolton, it also is home to healthy populations of brook and brown trout. Find public access off Padanarum Road in Bolton.
Upper Hudson River
The Hudson River offers varied fishing habitat during its trip through Warren County, and the best trout water stretches from the county line in Johnsburg downstream to Route 28. The area of river just above and below The Glen bridge on Route 28 is a popular spot, for good reason, as it yields some nice brown trout.
For more information on fall fishing, go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website fishing page for Warren County. Find more information on trout fishing regulations here.