My wife and I arrived in the Adirondack mountains in the early evening on the 12th of August. We hoped to do some hiking, fishing, sight-seeing, and souvenier shopping (for the wife!). I had great plans to not only find the Summer sucker (Catastomus utawana) but to also catch and photograph one.
Unfortunately these plans did not come to fruition. The sheer size of the Adirondacks is overwhelming. Couple that with the rarity of the Summer sucker and I believe it may take me several trips to even see a single Summer sucker. However, I did manage to get a lot of fishing inbetween bad weather and entertaining the wife.
Less than an hour after setting up camp in a NY DEC led campground... we took a stroll over to this neat little brook that runs behind the campground. It is called Sucker brook but despite its name I never saw a single sucker there. It was absolutely chock full of Brook trout though... and it had a few creek chubs scattered around along with some darters and stonecats.
Within the first 5 minutes of fishing here I was able to land my first brook trout.
I caught a handful more of these tiny little brookies and almost caught (but lost) a stonecat before dark fell. We wrapped things up and headed further up stream the next morning:
Here we found amazingly clear water and some even prettier scenery.
Even some freshwater mussels made their home here:
I landed some way nicer brookies here!
The rest of the day turned into a complete wash out and the day after that was a constant on and off miserable drizzle. In-between the rain we tried fishing in a channel that connects two lakes together on the opposite side of Sucker brook.
Hoards of kayakers and Mallard ducks rule this channel. There are some fish in it though:
The Yellow perch are invasives up there which quickly overpopulate areas and destroy native fish populations. I encourage anybody who ever visits the area to eat as many Yellow perch as their heart desires. They are known to have destroyed Brook trout populations throughout the state and I can't even imagine the impact on lesser known species such as the Summer suckers.
Another day followed of colder weather (Mid-50's in August!) and finicky drizzle. We decided to explore the Jessup river a little and see if we could get into some different fish. The river looked awesome but there was very little life here. All we caught here was some creek chubs and cutlips minnows.
The chubs sure are pretty out of that stained water though!
Sadly our time in the Adirondacks was pretty much done. But on our last day while driving back from a day spent hiking we decided to stop by a random stream on the side of the highway. Here I landed a surprise and VERY cool fish!
What I thought was a small brown trout turned out to be a young and wild Landlocked Atlantic Salmon! How cool is that? I caught him growing up in a random mountain stream where he was growing up before moving out into a big lake. The very forked tail made me wonder and when I returned home I verified my thoughts even further by noting the spots on the cheek, mostly dark/silver coloration, and jaw extending to mid-eye.
And finally , on the way home my wife and I decided to stop at a roadside pond.
It turned out to be full of brook trout and creek chubs. Pretty decent brookies, too.
And so that concludes my trip to the Adirondacks. I can't wait to return another year!