Your Best Spring Fishing in New York

Your Best Spring Fishing in New York
Photo By Ron Sinfelt

There's never been a better time for spring fishing in New York, so grab your favorite rod and reel and hit the water! Here are the places you won't want to miss.

MARCH

Brown Trout


Oswego Harbor


Around St. Patrick's Day, the slush ice is melting along the Lake Ontario shore and brown trout weighing 5 to 15 pounds begin cruising around the break walls at the mouth of the Oswego River.

Yellow Perch

Seneca Lake

The Watkins Glen pier, among other places, offers open-water fishing for Seneca perch that average more then a foot long.


Northern Pike

Fulton Chain of Lakes

Popular with family vacationers in the summer, Old Forge and the Fulton Chain also boast of some wonderful late-winter ice angling.


APRIL

Rainbow Trout

Catharine Creek

Seneca Lake rainbows averaging about 3 or 4 pounds charge upstream through a gauntlet of anglers to lay their eggs in Catharine Creek. It will be interesting to see how the annual spawning run is impacted by the new creel limit — just one 'bow per day.

Brown Trout

Kinderhook Creek

The epitome of a put and take fishery, Kinderhook is an Albany-area trout stream which has good mayfly hatches all season, but shines brightest after hatchery trucks have seeded its pools.

Sunfish

Tully Lake

Situated on the border between Onondaga and Cortland counties, Tully Lake is known for its jumbo bluegills, pumpkinseeds and red-breasted sunfish.

MAY

Brown Trout

Beaverkill River

In the Catskills, May begins with the Hendrickson hatch and concludes with the emergence of the fabled Green Drake. A fly-fisher needs no greater excuse to spend part of the month on the Beaverkill, whose plentiful aquatic insects make it a hatch-matcher's dream.

Susquehanna River

Walleyes

Although walleyes can be caught throughout New York's stretch of the Susquehanna, the biggest fish are in the deep pools between Binghamton and Owego.

Honeoye Lake

Largemouths

Few lakes can top little Honeoye, in Ontario County, for numbers "keeper" largemouths. Experienced bass anglers often do 40 or 50 bass a day.

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Suzuki DF15AEFI/20A

www.suzukimarine.com

MSRP: $3,329/$3,738.

Suzuki's two new four-stroke, two-cylinder portable outboards have a compression reduction system for easier starting. The 20hp tiller model weighs 97 pounds the eletric-start model weighs 106 pounds. Single overhead cam, four-valve engine with Suzuki's Lean Burn Control and bat-tery-less electronic fuel injection. Built for running in skinny water, both motors come with five tilt pin positions and 15- or 20-inch shaft.

TACKLE TOTE VEST

www.fishandhunt.com

MSRP, $19.99.

If you wade when you fish, Fish-N-Hunt Pro Gear designed a Tackle Tote Vest that to keep gear accessible but dry when you're standing in deeper waters. It's adjustable, sturdy, has lots of pockets and a modest pricetag.

HONDA OUTBOARD

www.marine.honda.com

MSRP, $24,025.

Honda Marine's BF250 outboard is a 24-valve 3.6-liter V6 that uses varia-ble valve timing and lift electronic control (VTEC). Programmed fuel injection delivers the precise amount of fuel and air to each cylinder for easy starts and instant throttle re-sponse. 20-, 25- and 30-inch shaft models.

FLEX 'N GO TACKLE SATCHEL

www.planoMolding.com

MSRP, $24.99-$29.99.

On-the-go anglers will find a lot to like in Plano's new Flex 'N Go Tack-le Satchel. It features adjustable built-in storage with a deep bin on one side and framework for the pair of swap-pable Plano 3600 StowAway boxes on the other, each Stowaway held with a flexible strap.

CABELA'S RAINGEAR

www.cabelas.com

MSRP, Jacket $249.99-$269;
Bibs, $229.99-$249.99.

Cabela's Guidewear raingear now comes in four distinct series. Bass Angler (pictured) jackets and bibs are built with the tournament bass angler in mind. Xtreme parkas and bibs will help anglers fishing Northern lakes and rivers. Tidal jackets and pants offer lightweight, waterproof and breathable protection. River Runner jackets are perfect for wading anglers.

GEAR GRABBAR

www.geargrabbar.com

MSRP, $18.95 per pair.

The original Gear Grabbar is a unique way to hold lures and tools at the ready in boats. But the new Lure Hangar is a step beyond. This is a 12- by 16 1/2-inch plate,m ade to mount on your gunwhale, that holds 16 or more lures. There's enough room for a selection of jig, plugs, topwaters or whatever other baits you want to hang.

AV MICRO

www.Aquavu.com

MSRP, $299.

The new AV Micro is a complete underwater camera system that is the same size as a smart phone. On the boat or off the dock, use it to see where fish are hanging out. 3 1/2-inch diagonal display. Built-in rechargea-ble lithium ion batteries.

BERKLEY TRILENE XL

www.berkley-fishing.com

Berkley says they've improved a classic. New Trilene XL lines are now 10 percent stronger 20 percent more flexibility then they had been. Knot strength has also improved, said the company. Trilene XL has been around since 1972.

ABU GARCIA REVO SX

www.abugarcia.com

MSRP, $159.95.

Abu Garcia's Revo SX baitcasting reel is now 25 percent lighter than before. The SX frame is crafted of a strong alloy while the handle sideplate are built with weight-reducing C6 carbon. Holds 145 yards of 12-pound mono.

SIMMS WEATHER GEAR

www.simmsfishing.com

MSRP, jacket $349, bibs $299.

Simms designed its Contender Gore-Tex jacket and bibs for anglers who need reliability when they are motor-ing on the water at 70 mph in rain and wind. Waterproof and breathable. Cuffs are water tight and adjustable.

T-REIGN TETHER

www.t-reignoutdoor.com

Anglers like their tools close by. And it's even better if it's connected to you so it doesn't go in the drink. T-Reign retractable gear tethers hold onto your pliers, hemostats or landing net. Several size options. Carabiner connects to D-ring, belt loop or strap, or use the stainless steel clip on belt or pack.

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