Down here on the edge of the southern Adirondacks, it's easy to forget how much different the weather is to the north in the heart of the mountains.
It seems like it's been spring here for a few weeks, but it's only been the last few days that ice has departed some of the Adirondacks' bigger lakes like Long Lake and Blue Mountain Lake.
Even then, many of the smaller lakes and ponds still have ice, and won't be stocked with trout until the ice is gone.
Rain that is forecast for tonight and winds to follow will probably carve out the ice from the rest of them, and we can get to summer fishing. If you are a trout pond or lake fisherman, you know that the weeks right after ice out offer some of the best action, particularly on waters where there are smelt.
Ice has been gone from Lake George since April 13-14, and the smelt run has been ongoing on the lake for over a week as of today. By most reports it has been a good one, and that is good news for the lake's salmon and lake trout, which love to eat smelt.
Despite last week's rain, Warren County's fish hatchery crew was able to stock some of the smaller streams in the county, including West Brook, English Brook, Clendon Brook and Patterson Brook with brook trout, while Lake Luzerne got 1,000 rainbow trout.
-- Don Lehman