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New edition of ‘Good Fishing’ book covers it all

June 9, 2010
By MIKE LYNCH, News Outdoors Writer

    For those interested in learning more about fishing in the Adirondacks, a new edition of “Good Fishing in the Adirondacks” has been released.

    The third edition of “Good fishing in the Adirondacks” was published by The Countryman Press in of Woodstock, Vt.

    The book covers the Adirondacks, from Lake Champlain to the streams of Tug Hill. The 221-page book was originally printed in 1990, then updated in 1999.

    It includes 18 chapters, with black and white maps, covering many of the popular fishing waters in the Adirondacks. It includes information on both cold-water species such as trout and warm-water fish such as bass. It also has info on ice fishing.

    Chapters covering local waters include one on the St. Regis Canoe Area by Lake Placid News outdoors columnist and fishing guide Joe Hackett, another on fisheries in the Saranac Lake region by Mac’s Canoe Livery owner Brian McDonnell that was updated by editor Dennis Aprill and one by the late fly fisherman Fran Betters, which was also updated by Aprill.

    “We kept Fran Betters in there because who else is better to do the West Branch,” April said. 

    The book includes contributions from 19 writers, including Aprill who oversaw the project. An outdoors columnist for the Plattsburgh Press Republican, Aprill is the author of several books, including two Adirondack hiking guides: “Paths Less Traveled” and “Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond.” He is also the co-author of “Mammals of the Adirondacks.”

    Aprill said after he was originally asked to write the book in the late 1980s, he thought it would be best to contract the help of outfitters, guides and outdoor writers. The book is a reflection of their knowledge.

    “When I was asked to do this book in 1988, the area they wanted me to cover was bigger than the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island,” Aprill said. “And there’s nobody out there with an honest face that can say they know every one of those waters.

    “We have a pretty good mixture of people writing these chapters, and I feel pretty confident that they know the territory.”

    Aprill said the book includes several new writers, including Ricky Doyle, Don Lee and Dan Ladd, also an outdoors columnists for the Press Republican and Glens Falls Chronicle.

    Ladd, who lives in Fort Ann, wrote a chapter called “Lake George, America’s Most Beautiful Lake.” He introduces the lake by talking about its history and then delves into how to fish it.

     “Few lakes in our country can rival either the scenic grandeur or the historical significance of Lake George,” Ladd writes. “Its present name was given by Sir William Johnson, who in the early days of the French and Indian War led his militia north while the colonies were still under the rule of King George II.”

    In the following pages, Ladd talks about fishing Lake George for bass, salmon and trout, during various seasons.

    “In the spring, when the smelt are spawning in the many creeks that empty into the lake, the trout and salmon can be found in the shallow waters feeding on these fish,” he writes. “Trolling the shorelines with planer boards rigged with trolling spoons, small Rapalas, or other stickbaits seem to work well.”

    For those interested in purchasing the book, check with the local book and fishing stores. Copies are also available through The Countryman Press on the Internet at

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