FISHING TIPS |
It is quite a sight indeed, when villages
of ice shanties start to pop up all over the Adirondacks. Northern Pike, Walleye,
Yellow Perch, and Lake Trout, are just some of the delicacies pulled from our
many lakes. If you are not familiar with ice fishing, check out the rule book
when you purchase your license, or check with any local tackle shop. There is
plenty of information out there as to the proper equipment, bait, and methods.
The simplest ice-fishing is probably for yellow perch. The method is
called "jigging", and the perch are as prevalent during the winter as they are
during the summer. Perch are usually caught near the bottom, so choose a properly
weighted sinker. You will need: an ice chisel, or something similar to cut a hole
in the ice, a skimmer or strainer to keep the hole clear, hand line, small hooks,
sinkers and some bait. The most common and effective bait is a perch eye, or a
strip of belly skin. These should be jigged up and down just off the bottom.
Don't we all love the "perfect" day for fishing? Unfortunately, those days
are few and far between, especially for ice fishing enthusiasts. The nature of
the beast, is cold, snow, and most often wind. As with fair summer fishing, some
times the worst weather is the best fishing. To make sure this doesn't become
a problem, proper outer wear, and preparation are the keys to a successful day.
Check with us again soon for all of the hot spots to ice
The Beginners Equipment
The first thing that you need for ice fishing is ice -
A whole lake's worth and something to cut a hole in it.
Thermal Long John's
or warm flanal shirt
Warm hunting or sporting coat
Gloves or Mittens
Water proof insulated boots
Knit hat or ski mask
Rod and Accessories
Commericial ice fishing rod, tip-up
or dowel rod
20 - 50 yards of 6 pound monofiliment fishing line
Hooks and Such
Assortment of flat hooks
Assortment of treble hooks
Swedish Pimple (lure)
Assortment of split shot
Auger (manual or gas)
25 feet of nylon or
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Information gathered here
is from the NYDEC. www.ny.dec.com
Who Needs a License?
Everyone must have a valid fishing license in their possession while fishing,
Persons under 16 years of age.
When fishing waters of the Marine
District or in the Hudson River south of the Troy Barrier Dam.
Note: A fishing
license is required on the entire length of all Hudson River tributaries south
of the Troy Dam to the Tappan Zee Bridge even if the tributary is subject to tidal
When fishing on licensed fishing preserves.
owners, lessees and citizen members of their immediate families occupying and
cultivating farm lands, when fishing on their own lands.
of the United States Armed Forces who are New York State residents and are in
the State for a maximum of 30 days. When fishing, such persons must carry their
service identification cards and furlough papers.
Persons holding farm
fish pond licenses and members of their immediate families, when fishing on waters
covered by their licenses.
Resident parties at United States Veterans
Administration hospitals, Department of Mental Hygiene institutions, and Department
of Health rehabilitation hospitals, and inmates at Division of Youth rehabilitation
centers. A free permit is available from: NYSDEC License Sales, 625 Broadway,
Albany, New York 12233-4790.
Persons holding a fishing license or combination
hunting and fishing license (including those entitled to fish without a license)
may take fish by angling, spears, longbow, nets, or traps where permitted by law
New York State Fishing License Fees
License Type - Resident Fee
Senior (65+/Military Disability) $
Fishing - Season 14.00
Fishing - 3 day 6.00
Type - Non-Resident Fee
Fishing - Season $35.00
Fishing - 5 day 20.00
Hunting, Fishing, Deer Hunting, Bowhunting and Muzzleloading
Special Stamps - Resident & Non-Resident Fee
day fishing license-
Call 1-518-457-8862 for additional information $11.00
Where Should I Fish?
all the lakes and small ponds throughout the state are good potential ice fishing
spots. The larger ponds where depths average 10' - 15' are prime spots for pickerel,
yellow perch, sunfish and northern pike. For those who which to fish for northern
pike, walleye and lake trout, lakes where depths exceed 20' - 30' or more, need
to be scrutinized more closely. Learning this type of water can produce world
class fish. Where permitted, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout
that in the hot summer months generally stay deep where the water temperature
is cooler, can generally be caught just a few feet below the ice in winter time.
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Ice Fishing Guides
Adirondack Sport Shop
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Betters has been known by sportsmen for years as the definitive expert on fishing
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With 2 locations in the Adirondacks! Lake
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