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Trout Fishing in Region 6

Trout Streams

Picture of large brook troutAlthough some trout streams are found in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, the majority are located in Herkimer, Oneida and Lewis counties and can be divided into three categories: stocked streams, prime streams (wild trout populations but fairly accessible), and remote wild streams (streams with a "wilderness" setting). Some stream sections are "catch and release" fishing only, and a few of the stocked reaches receive large trout.

A separate listing of waters for each category can be found on the following pages. These lists provide information on trout species present, stream location and available public access. A separate pamphlet is available on salmon and steelhead fishing in Jefferson County's Lake Ontario tributaries.

When fishing for trout, anglers will find that the most productive baits and techniques vary from season to season. Generally, when trout season opens in April, the largest catches are taken with natural bait such as worms and salted minnows. For best results, fish pools and slow riffles during the warmest part of the day. While fishing with worms remains good throughout the season, fly fishing picks up in early May and continues through the summer. With the heat of summer, it is best to fish early in the morning and late in the evening especially after a rain. Anglers should also try small spinners or spinners tipped with worms. Fly fishermen generally use streamers, nymphs or flies. Fish the streams in the fall as you would in the spring.

St. Lawrence County - Stocked with both brown and brook trout, the Oswegatchie River below the dam at Cranberry Lake is one of the more popular trout streams. Other area streams include the St. Regis River, which is stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout, and Plumb Brook, a tributary of the Grass River which is stocked with brown trout. In addition, the uppermost section of the Grass River provides native brook trout populations. St. Lawrence County also has over 30 miles of catch and release fishing available on wild brown and brook trout streams.

Jefferson County - Felts Mills and Jacobs Creeks offer good fishing for both wild and stocked brook trout, usually beginning in mid April. Black Creek, located on and below the Fort Drum Military Reservation, also provides excellent angling opportunities for stocked brown trout but a special permit from the Fish and Wildlife Program Manager at (315) 772-9636 is required to fish there.

Lewis County - A variety of trout species are stocked in numerous creeks throughout the county including Black, Alder, Crystal and Point Rock creeks, as well as the upper portions of some of the major rivers. Anglers looking for native brook trout should try the numerous tributaries of East Branch of Fish Creek , upper Mad River and Otter Creek and the Sugar River. Numerous wild brook and brown trout streams can be found on the eastern side of the Black River.

Herkimer County - Herkimer County has a variety of trout streams with both stocked and native fish populations. The Moose and upper Black rivers are stocked with brook trout. Spruce and West Canada creeks are stocked with both brown and brook trout. The South Branch Moose River maintains a moderate native brook trout population. Access is fairly easy on many of these streams. The South and Middle branches of the Moose River have public land along the banks, as does the Black River. Spruce and West Canada creeks have public fishing rights with the West Canada also having several fishermen parking areas.

Oneida County - As in Herkimer County, there is an abundance of trout streams in Oneida County. Brown trout are stocked in numerous creeks including: Big, Canada, Cincinnati, Fish, Ninemile, Oriskany, Sauquoit, Sconondoa and West Canada creeks. Stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout, the Black River provides great fishing opportunities, especially in the area near Boonville. Oriskany, Woodhull and the upper Mohawk and Mad rivers sustain native brown and brook trout populations. Public fishing rights are located along most of these streams.

Trout Ponds

Most of the region's trout ponds are located in Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties and are stocked with brook trout. They can be accessed by road and several others in remote locations of Herkimer and St. Lawrence counties require extensive walking. Another group of lakes is stocked with brown rainbow and lake trout and are called two-story waters. Bass, northern pike, perch, and sunfish are also caught here. Generally, the best time to fish trout ponds is soon after ice-out and until July. Interested anglers should check the regional stocking list.

Note: Although the general season for trout is from April 1 - October 15, some streams in Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are open April 1 through November 30, or longer. For details, please check the regulations guide that you receive with your license.

Stocked Trout Streams

This listing contains only the more important stocked streams.

Herkimer County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
East Canada Creek Dolgeville to Stratford 2.8 mi PFR BT 9.0
Fulmer Creek 0.8 mi below Edicks BT,RT 3.5
Moose River McKeever area 2.0 mi Public Land ST 2
Otsquago Creek Co line to Fish Hatchery BT,RT 5.3
Spruce Creek Mouth to Rt 29 0.2 mi PFR BT 7.1
Unadilla River Co line to Chepachet Pond BT 5.6
West Canada Creek** Mouth to Hamilton Co line 2.5 mi FWMA,
12 miles of Public land,
11.6 miles PFR
BT,ST 44.8

Jefferson County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Black Creek Philadelphia through Ft. Drum BT 4.8
Black River** City of Watertown 1.5 mi FWMA BT 8
Felts Mills Creek Route 3 up 2.8 mi 2.6 mi PFR ST 2.8
Jacobs Creek Burrville upstream to Rt 12 5.4 mi PFR ST 6.0
Sandy Creek** Adams to North Branch 0.7 mi PFR BT 6.0
Townsend (Mill) Creek Upstream of mouth 2.7 mi PFR ST 3.0

Lewis County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Alder Creek Mouth to Michigan Mills Rd 4.9 mi PFR BT 5.2
Black Creek Mouth up 6.0 Miles ST 8.3
Black River** Lyons Falls to Co line 9.5 mi PFR BT,RT 8.5
Crystal Creek** New Bremen dam downstream BT 1.0
Deer River West Branch 1.5 mi above mouth and up 3.0 mi Public land ST 4.0
Fish Creek East Branch Oneida Co line to Alder Creek 13.9 mi PFR BT,RT 15.0
Indian River Natural Bridge to Indian River Village 1.5 mi Public Land BT,ST 5.5
Moose River Along Moose River Rd 1.0 mi Public Land ST 4.5
Oswegatchie River - West Branch Kimball Mills to Round Pond 17.5 mi PFR ST,BT 18.0
Otter Creek** Mouth to Partridgeville 6.5 mi Public Land BT 6.8
Point Rock Creek Co. line to Osceola Rd 8.4 mi PFR BT 8.4
Whetstone Creek Rt 12 to Glendale Rd. BT 1.0

Oneida County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Big Creek Mouth to Waterville 3.6 mi PFR BT 6.0
Black River** Lewis Co. line to Enos 9.6 mi PFR BT,RT,ST 15.6
Canada Creek Oswego Rd to 1 mi below Lee Center BT 3.0
Cincinnati Creek Mouth to Remsen 0.5 mi PFR BT 4.5
Fish Creek East Br Rt 69 to Lewis Co line 7.3 mi PFR BT 7.1
Fish Creek McConnellsville to Gifford Lake 16.4 mi PFR BT 12.7
Lansingkill Mouth to Pixley Falls 2.5 mi PFR, 1.8 mi Public Land BT 6.0
Mad River Mouth to dam below River Rd 1.7 mi PFR, 1.6 mi Public Land BT 5.5
Mohawk River East Br West Leyden down (dam) 3.0 mi BT 3.0
Mohawk River ** Barge Canal to West Branch 1.7 mi PFR BT,RT 15.7
Ninemile Creek Richie Rd to canal feeder 8.9 mi PFR BT 8.0
Oneida Creek Madison Co. line to Oneida Castle BT 8.0
Oriskany Creek** Clark Mills to Deansboro 8.8 mi PFR BT 10.5
Point Rock Creek Mouth to Co. line 3.0 mi PFR BT 3.2
Sauquoit Creek** NY Mills to Cassville 5.6 mi PFR BT 12.6
Sconondoa Creek Vernon Center to Skinner Rd 5.9 mi PFR BT 7.5
West Canada Creek Poland to Hinkley Reservoir 1.5 mi PFR BT 8.9
Wood Creek Rt 69 to Jarvis Rd BT 4.1

St. Lawrence County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Bog River Vicinity of Lows dam 14.0 mi Public Land ST 1.5
Grass River Russell to Donnerville SF 9.9 mi PFR, 1.0 mi Public Land BT 3.0
Grass River South Br (Lower) Degrasse down 1.0 mi 2.0 mi Public Land BT 1.0
Little River Mouth to 2.5 mi above Aldrich 0.4 mi Public Land, 4.7 mi PFR BT 9.0
Little River (upper) Pierrepont-Canton Rd to Van Rensselaer Creek 0.1 mi PFR BT 13.0
Oswegatchie River 3.0 mi below Cranberry Lake to Inlet 1.0 mi Public Land BT,ST 13.5
Plumb Brook Whippoorwill Corners to Irish Hill Rd 3.2 mi PFR, 3.6 mi Public Land BT 13.0
St. Regis River Ft. Jackson to Co line 3.7 mi PFR BT,RT 3.0
Trout Brook Regan Rd. to Rt 11B County Forest BT 5.0
Van Rensselaer Creek Mouth to Plains Rd 0.3 mi PFR BT 3.0

Legend

Species: BT - Brown trout, RT - Rainbow trout, ST - Brook trout
PFR: Public Fishing Rights - Public rights-of-way through otherwise private land. Please be considerate of the landowners and their property. Yellow "Public Fishing Area" signs are posted at 300-foot intervals along the stream banks to designate exact locations.
FWMA: Fish Wildlife Management Act - Cooperative areas with private landowners allowing Public fishing, usually with special regulations.
**Streams stocked with larger trout (14 inches) at several locations

Prime Trout Streams

For anglers not seeking a true wilderness fishing trip, but desiring wild fish.

Herkimer County Prime Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Cold Brook Salisbury 2.9 mi PFR, 0.9 mi Public Land ST 3.6
Ohisa Creek Van Hornesville BT 5.5
Steele Creek Ilion, Millers Mill RT 8.9
Trammel Creek Stratford, Salisbury 0.5 mi PFR ST 2.4
Unadilla River Millers Mill ST 5.0

Jefferson County Prime Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Raystone Creek Boylston Center, Worth Center 4.0 mi Public Land ST 11.0

Lewis County Prime Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Crystal Creek Lowville, Crystal Dale 9.9 mi PFR BT,ST 10.7
Fall Brook Port Leyden, McKeever 0.2 mi PFR, 3 mi Public Land BT,ST 12.6
Fish Creek Brantingham 5.4 mi PFR BT 6.8
Miller Brook Port Leyden, McKeever 0.2 mi PFR BT,ST 6.9
Salmon River East Br North Osceola, High Market 1.0 mi PFR BT,ST 2.7
Sugar River Above Constableville ST

Oneida County Prime Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Little Woodhull Creek Forestport, N. Wilmurt ST 13.8
Mad River (upper) Westdale 2.1 mi Public Land BT,ST 10.0
Mohawk River Westernville 1.7 mi PFR BT 1.8
Oriskany Creek Oriskany Falls 8.8 mi PFR BT 5.7
Woodhull Creek (lower) Forestport 3.4 mi PFR BT 5.7

St. Lawrence Prime County Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Big (Jenny) Creek Fine, Harrisville BT,ST 12.0
Cold Brook Stark 1.2 mi FWMA BT,ST 1.2
Dan Wright Brook Parishville, Nicholville ST 6.4
Grass River South. Branch (lower) DeGrasse, Tooley Pond, Brothers Pond 16 mi easement BT,ST 16.0
Little River Oswegatchie 4.7 mi PFR ST,BT 10.6
Trout (Barton) Brook N. Lawrence, Brasher Falls 1.0 mi Public Land BT,ST 22.0

Legend

Species: BT - Brown trout, RT - Rainbow trout, ST - Brook trout
PFR: Public Fishing Rights - Public rights-of-way through otherwise private land. Please be considerate of the landowners and their property. Yellow "Public Fishing Area" signs are posted at 300-foot intervals along the stream banks to designate exact locations.
FWMA: Fish Wildlife Management Act - Cooperative areas with private landowners allowing Public fishing, usually with special regulations.

Remote Wild Trout Streams

For the purists, who desire a "wilderness" setting on their fishing trip.

Herkimer County Remote Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Black Creek Ohio 3.3 mi Public Land ST 8.0
Mill Creek Ohio 4.0 mi Public Land ST 11.5
Mill Creek N. Branch Ohio 5.0 mi Public Land ST 10.0
Moose River South Branch Old Forge, McKeever All on Public Land ST 8.0
Oswegatchie River Newton Falls, 5 Ponds, Wolf Mountain All on Public Land ST 8.0
Robinson River Five Ponds All on Public Land ST 6.5
Spruce Creek (upper) Salisbury, Middleville RT,ST 8.6
Trammel Creek Stratford, Salisbury 0.5 mi PFR, 3.6 mi Public Land ST 7.3
Woodhull Creek McKeever 7.9 mi Public Land ST 8.4

Lewis County Remote Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Fish Creek East Branch Highmarket, Page BT,ST 14.2
Mad River (AKA N. Branch Salmon River) Sears Pond, Worth Center 1.8 PFR, 5.8 mi Public Land ST 11.2
Oswegatchie River Middle Branch Remington Corners, Oswegatchie SW 3.0 mi Public Land ST 11.9
Otter Creek Brantingham, McKeever 9.8 mi Public Land ST 11.2
Salmon River (including East and West forks) Florence, N. Osceola 6.0 mi PFR, 2.6 mi Public Land ST 21.4

Oneida County Remote Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Florence Creek Florence 5.0 mi Public Land BT,ST 8.2

St. Lawrence County Remote Trout Fishing Streams
Water Section Public Access Species Miles
Bog River Tupper Lake 3.2 mi Public Land ST 6.0
Grass River, Middle Branch West Pierrepont, Degrasse, Albert Marsh, Tooley Pond ST 14.0
Grass River North Branch Stark, Albert Marsh, West Pierrepont ST 22.0
Grass River South Branch Tupper Lake, Childwold, Brother Ponds, Tooley Pond 9.0 mi Easement, 2 canoe launches ST 17.5
Hopkinton Brook Sylvan Falls, Nicholville BT,ST 7.9
Jordan River Childwold, Carry Falls Reservoir 4.0 mi Public Land ST 12.7
St. Regis River, West Branch Carry Falls Reservoir, Augerhole Falls BT,ST 26.4
Sawyer Creek Lake Bonaparte 2.2 mi Public Land ST 2.6
Tamarack Creek Oswegatchie, Oswegatchie SE 5.5 mi Public Land ST 6.2

Legend

Species: BT - Brown trout, RT - Rainbow trout, ST - Brook trout
PFR:Public Fishing Rights - Public rights-of-way through otherwise private land. Please be considerate of the landowners and their property. Yellow "Public Fishing Area" signs are posted at 300-foot intervals along the stream banks to designate exact locations.

Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes

These ponds are easily accessible by road.

Herkimer County Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Description Species
Beardsley Lake Oppenheim Reliant Hand launch BT
Fourth Lake Big Moose State Launch ramp RT,LT,LLS
Old Forge Pond Old Forge Public RT
Prospect Reservoir Hinckley Reliant Launch ramp RT,BT
Quiver Pond Old Forge State Roadside ST
Stillwater Reservoir Big Moose State Launch ramp Splake
Third Lake Old Forge State Via Fourth Lake RT,LT
Twitchell Lake Big Moose State Hand launch ST

Jefferson County Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Description Species
Lake of the Woods State Launch ramp LT,LLS
Millsite Lake (not stocked) State Launch ramp LT
Sixberry Lake State Launch ramp LT,LLS

Lewis County Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Description Species
Clear Pond Number Four FWMA Hand launch ST
Evies Pond West Crystal Dale State Hand launch ST
Lake Bonaparte Lake Bonaparte State Launch ramp BT,LT
Little Otter Lake Brantingham State BT
Long Lake Crystal Dale Public Hand launch ST
Long Pond Number Four FWMA Hand launch Splake
Payne Lake Crystal Dale State Hand launch ST
Pitcher Pond Brantingham State ST
Rock Pond Number Four FWMA Hand launch ST
Rome Reservoir Point Rock State PFR No motors permitted BT
Trout Pond Number Four FWMA Hand launch ST

St. Lawrence County Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Description Species
Boottree Pond Tupper Lake FWMA# Hand launch ST
Cranberry Lake Cranberry Lake State Launch ramp ST
Deer Pond Tupper Lake FWMA# Hand launch ST
Horseshoe Pond Tupper Lake FWMA# Hand launch ST
Lake Ozonia Lake Ozonia State Hand launch RT,Splake
Long Pond Childwold FWMA# ST
Pine Pond Childwold FWMA# ST
Portaferry Lake Fine FWMA# Hand launch RT
Round Pond Childwold FWMA# ST
Sylvia Lake Gouverneur, Lake Bonaparte FWMA# Hand launch RT
Townline Pond Tupper lake FWMA ST

Legend

Species: BT - Brown trout, ST - Brook trout, RT - Rainbow trout, LLS - Landlocked salmon
#: Closed from last week in June through last week in August.
FWMA: Fish and Wildlife Management Act (Cooperative Areas) PFR: Public Fishing Rights
Both FWMA and PFR refer to public rights-of-way through otherwise private land. Please be considerate of the landowner and his property.

Remote Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes

These ponds are remote and access requires some walking.

Herkimer County Remote Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Miles to Road Species
Big Otter Lake McKeever state trail 4.3 ST
Brewer Pond McKeever state trail 1.2 ST
Bubb Lake Big Moose state trail 0.4 ST
Buck Pond Big Moose state trail 0.6 ST
Cage Lake Oswegatchie SE state trail 6.5 ST
Middle Branch Lake McKeever state trail 5.0 ST
Middle Settlement Lake McKeever state trail 4.0 ST
Razorback Pond Big Moose state trail 1.3 ST
West (Sis) Lake Big Moose state trail 0.5 ST

Lewis County Remote Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Miles to Road Species
Pine Lake McKeever state trail 3.7 ST

Oneida County Remote Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Miles to Road Species
Brandy Lake McKeever state trail 0.7 ST
Round Pond McKeever state trail 0.3 ST

St. Lawrence County Remote Stocked Trout Ponds and Lakes
Water USGS QUAD Map Public Access Miles to Road Species
Big Trout Pond Tupper Lake state trail 0.8 ST
Black Pond Tupper Lake state none 0.9 ST
Bridge Brook Pond Tupper Lake state trail 2.5 ST
Cat Mountain Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 4.5 ST
Church Pond Stark state trail 1.0 ST
Clear Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 4.7 ST
Cowhorn Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 4.3 ST
Curtis Pond Cranberry Lake state trail 5.7 ST
Darning Needle Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 7.5 ST
Dog Pond Tupper Lake state none 1.7 ST
Fishpole Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 7.5 ST
Glasby Pond Five Ponds state trail 3.1 ST
Hedgehog (Clear) Pond Cranberry Lake state trail 4.0 ST
Lilypad Pond Rainbow Falls state trail 3.4 ST
Little Trout Pond Tupper Lake state trail 1.2 ST
Long Pond Rainbow Falls state trail 1.7 ST
Olmstead Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 4.0 ST
Round Lake Oswegatchie SW state trail 10.4 ST
Simmons Pond Wolf Mountain state trail 4.0 ST
Spectacle Pond Cranberry Lake state trail 4.0 ST

Legend

Species: ST - Brook trout
All information on Access from Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation.