State fishing regulations list Oct. 15 as the last day to fish for trout in New York, except for a few of the better streams or rivers that are open year-round.
We are lucky to have a few of them around here, including part of the Batten Kill downstream of the Vermont state line, the Schroon River, Kayaderosseras Creek, Hudson River and Indian River in Essex and Hamilton counties.
Unfortunately, it has been so dry and warm that many streams have been close to unfishable. I took a ride over to Granville to check out the Mettawee River (and get some Hicks Orchard apples and Strawberry Ridge Farm raspberries) over the weekend, and found the river as low as it has been all year.
Many local lakes are open all year for trout as well, including Lake George, Schroon Lake, Brant Lake, Lake Champlain, Glen Lake, Lake Luzerne, Trout Lake, Paradox Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake and Moreau Lake.
Some ponds also have an extended season until Nov. 30.
For a full list, check out the DEC's revamped rules website here.
-- Don Lehman