Adirondack stream produces NY’s biggest trout

William Altman with his prize brook trout (Source: NYS DEC)

State environment officials say the biggest brook trout in New York state history was hauled in in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area in Hamilton County last month.

The trout caught by William Altman weighed in at 5 pounts 14 ounces.This from DEC:

The record breaking fish was stocked as a fingerling by DEC’s Rome Fish Hatchery and is considered a Temiscamie hybrid, a cross between a domestic brook trout and a wild Temiscamie (Canadian-strain) brook trout. These hybrids are stocked because they have a better survival rate than other strains of brook trout in some of the more acidic waters of the Adirondacks.

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  1. Larry says:

    Stocking non-native species makes me scratch my head, even though I understand the rationale.

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  2. Pete from Ogdensburg says:

    What did the little monster hit on ?

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  3. Paul says:

    According to the DEC site he caught it with a Lake Clear Warbler. Probably trailed by a worm.

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  4. myown says:

    Paul, is that a new bird species being used for bait? :-)

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  5. myown says:

    And to think I was so proud of the 12″ Brookie I caught this spring. :(

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  6. oa says:

    Love the thumb down on your 2:15 comment, myown. You were definitely out of bounds.

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  7. Paul says:

    Myown, excellent point. Maybe it is a wobbler. But I think it is the bird one!

    A 12 inch Brooke is still a prize. Congrats!

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  8. myown says:

    I knew Paul could see the humor in a simple typo creating a new North Country bird species and not only that, it was used for fish bait.

    Anyways, the Lake Clear Wabbler is an effective lure. I believe it also was used on the most previous Brook Trout record for NYS.

    http://lakeclearwabbler.com/products.html

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  9. Paul says:

    Myown, thanks for the correction. The “wabbler” is one I should use more. These flies I use are good but I bet there are many fish that pass me up!

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  10. myown says:

    Paul you can use both. Instead of a worm, some folks tie on a Mickey Finn, Gray Ghost, Hornburg or streamer with a 16-20″ leader from the Wabbler and troll it slow. Good luck!

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