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Fishing the West Canada Creek

Small map of West Canada CreekWest Canada Creek is one of the most renowned trout streams in central New York, providing anglers with good fishing for both brown trout and brook trout.

Beginning with its headwaters in the southeastern Adirondacks in Hamilton County, West Canada Creek provides good fishing opportunities throughout its length as it flows east and then south through Herkimer and Oneida counties, emptying into the Mohawk River near Herkimer, New York.


Anglers can catch a number of different fish species in West Canada Creek. In the upper reaches, brook trout are the angler's favorite. Many anglers are rewarded with nice sized brookies that are stocked here. In addition, anglers will also find naturally occurring brookies near the mouths of small tributaries.

From Hinckley Dam to Herkimer, anglers concentrate on fishing for brown trout, which are stocked as yearlings and two-year-olds. As an added bonus, smallmouth bass and fallfish also offer sporty catches in the lower section.

For trophy-sized fish try the Trenton Falls area. Special regulations, like a no kill restriction and use of artificial lures only, combined with an extended fishing season, help produce trophy fish.

With approximately 26 miles of accessible stream frontage and 11 parking lots, West Canada Creek is easy to get to. For exact locations, please refer to the accompanying map.

Anglers are reminded to check the current fishing regulations
prior to fishing any section of West Canada Creek.

The book Guide to Fishing West Canada Creek and Its Tributaries, by M. Paul Keesler is available through North Country Books, 311 Turner St., Utica NY 13501.

The Mohawk Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited produced a detailed map with additional fishing and local information. The map is available for a nominal fee at a number of local businesses. To find out where you can pick up a copy, contact the Regional DEC office in Utica or Watertown.

Fast Rising Water

WARNING: Below Trenton Falls and the Hinckley Dam, West Canada Creek is subject to sudden water surges from the upstream power dam. Wading anglers must be careful to watch for rising waters and then quickly move to shore.

Canoeists may find that the higher water associated with water releases from the dam can be beneficial for accessing fish. During lower water conditions, boats can sometimes run aground.

But, whether you are wading or paddling, it is recommended that everyone wear a personal flotation device.

Prior to visiting this river section, anglers can obtain the latest water flow report by calling 1-800-452-1742.

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