For centuries people have traveled to the Adirondack-North Country Region of New York to fish and hunt. In the 19th century, hunting camps became popular destinations attracting “sports” from urban areas like New York City and Boston. This tradition continues to the present and an invitation to go “up to camp” is a true mark of North Country hospitality. Hunting opportunities for waterfowl, upland birds, small and big game exists along the Blueway Trail in private camps and extensive public lands owned by state and county governments. For more information about hunting opportunities visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website: www.dec.ny.gov.
The Raquette River is known as a warm water fishery and holds trophy sized small and largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, pan fish and carp. There are smaller tributary streams and ponds that host cold water species including wild brook trout and stocked species including rainbow and brown trout. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity and one of the largest ice fishing derbies in Northern New York State is held every year in Tupper Lake by the Tupper Lake Fish and Game Club. For more information go to > http://www.tupperlakearchers.net/. FISHCAP is an organization that promotes fishing in St. Lawrence County New York and is an excellent source of information on the area’s fisheries; FISHCAP can be contacted at www.fishcap.net. For more detailed information on the trail’s fishing opportunities contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s website: www.dec.ny.gov.
Those just beginning to fish or hunt may wish to hire a guide to teach the skills necessary to be successful and to introduce productive areas for the pursuit of your choice. A guide to Adirondack fishing guides can be viewed at: nyfisherman.net