Right At Home in the Adirondacks

As my college career progresses, I plan on fly fishing remote Adirondack streams for wild brook trout, a species that I have yet to catch. The Adirondack region continues to supply me with an endless amount of top-notch fishing opportunities, and I plan on taking advantage of as many as I can.

Connor Ramsdell

My fishing career all began from the dock of my family cottage on a small reservoir of the Raquette River in Colton, NY. As a child, I spent countless hours casting worms off that dock, catching the same resident sunfish and Rock Bass over and over again until their faces were full of holes. As I got older, my parents gave me permission to row out in our small 1964 Duratech aluminum boat, opening up many more fish-catching opportunities for me. Eventually, I passed my Boater Safety Course and was able to use our old five horsepower Mercury on that little boat, which turned all of Higley Flow into my "fishing stadium". As the hours I spent fishing that little lake accumulated, my passion for the Adirondacks and fishing in general grew to the point where fishing (mainly for bass) began to consume my life. With more and more time spent on lakes and streams across the state, I realized that Higley Flow is not as great a lake for fishing than I thought. At the same time, I realized just how good the fishing was in other places across the Empire State, with Lake Champlain on top of them all.

With at least 100 days a year on the water, my fishing knowledge doubles at the end of every season. Although I spend most of my time chasing Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, I recently picked up fly fishing and ice fishing, which means that I am now a year-round angler in New York State. I am currently a sophomore pursuing an ecology degree at Plattsburgh State University, right in the northeast corner of the Adirondacks. The location of this school is what drew me here, because few other schools in NY have the Adirondack region right at their fingertips. Since starting school here, I have joined the Plattsburgh State Fishing Team, a nationally ranked program with thousands of dollars in tournament winnings. I had never fished a tournament before, but I knew I was ready to take my angling career to the next level. Through The New York Bass Federation (TBF), as well as the Collegiate Challenge Cup, I am now a participant in the realm of competitive bass fishing. I have fished two tournaments so far, placing 8th on Cayuga Lake and 2nd on Schroon Lake. As of right now, I am preparing for another TBF event on the South Bay of Lake Champlain in late September, as well as the Collegiate Challenge Cup Championship in October. I couldn't be more excited.

Last fall, I began chasing lake-run Atlantic Salmon in the Saranac River (right across the street from my dorm room), a species I have never seen nor fished for in the past. I have an uncontrollable obsession with pier and stream fishing for autumn Steelhead and Chinook Salmon back home in Rochester, so I hoped that chasing Atlantic Salmon up here would distract me from the fact that I was missing the annual salmon run back home. Unfortunately, I have learned that Saranac River Atlantic Salmon are no match for Lake Ontario salmonoids. No worries though, because the Adirondack region has plenty of other world class fishing opportunities to keep a diehard angler like myself busy for a long time. As my college career progresses, I plan on fly fishing remote Adirondack streams for wild brook trout, a species that I have yet to catch. The Adirondack region continues to supply me with an endless amount of top-notch fishing opportunities, and I plan on taking advantage of as many as I can.

Fishing With Passion In The Adirondacks
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Connor Ramsdell
When not hitting the books at SUNY Plattsburgh, you can find Connor chasing bass and salmon on the Saranac River to Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Coast Region ... follow him on Instagram @avidangler17!
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