May is typically the best month for fishing our region's trout streams, but the weather always throws a wrench into conditions for at least part of the month.
Last year streams were too low for much of spring, which led to some drought issues by summer. This year we are at the opposite end of the spectrum; my home rain gauge has registered 8 inches over the past 6 weeks or so.
Thankfully all of this rain is coming during the spring green-up, so the trees and plants will take it all easily. So stream levels aren't at flood levels, at least as of Tuesday morning. But they are high and muddy, and not at great fishing levels right now.
Last week I took what seemed like the lone decent weather night on Wednesday and got out on a couple of my favorite spots on Halfway Brook in Kingsbury and Fort Ann, and landed a bunch of stocked browns as well as one nice holdover. Since we have had virtually no warm weather, streams are cold, and I didn't see any insect hatches. Nymphs and live bait are still the way to go.
It sounds like we will finally get a taste of decent weather this weekend, with warm temperatures. The good thing is this rain should extend prime fishing conditions well into June, and hopefully later. The prime days we lose now hopefully will get tacked on before summer's heat arrives.
I've been seeing a lot of chatter online about our Adirondack brook trout ponds coming alive, and with a late ice out that activity has been delayed as well. But if high, muddy streams are a deterrent, there are a number of good trout ponds in Warren, Washington, Essex and Hamilton counties that are worth a walk.
Jabe, Kibby and Palmer ponds in Warren are often productive, and on the east side of Lake George there are some nice ones in the Lake George Wild Forest (Bumps and Fishbrook in particular) while Pharoah Lakes Wilderness area in northern Warren and southern Essex counties has too many to list.
-- Don Lehman