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Old 06-10-2017, 11:59 AM   #1
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Floatable rivers southeast dacks/capital region?

I have been lake fishing my canoe + trolling motor for a long time now. I am interested in getting on some smaller rivers but not sure where to start. Hudson and Mohawk are a little big for me. I was looking at Boquet and Schroon, where they enter Champlain/Schroon respectively, but it's hard to know where to access and what sections are passable. Any recommendations?
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:26 PM   #2
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You can access the Boquet in Willsboro. Travelling south on 22 make a left after crossing the River in town. Follow this road past the water treatment plant and in a short distance you will be at a parking area and a steep ramp to the river (all this is less than a mile). The current is a little swift here but not too bad. It is 2 miles to Lake Champlain. I can't comment on the fishing but it isprobably pretty good in the fall for land locked salmon. I think the ramp and area is maintained by the county/ town not DEC.
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:43 PM   #3
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Get the The Adirondack Mountain Club Canoe and Kayak Guide: East-Central New York State (currently $6.23 used on Amazon). That will give you a lifetime worth of floats.

Long sections of the Schroon and Boquet can be floated - generally easy Class I and II is what you'll find but do read the guide book and note the exceptions and danger spots.

Reading through the river descriptions and then DEC fishing info like stocking data can give you a pretty good picture of what to expect. The big pluses are that you'll float many miles of river that seldom get fished and you'll discover some nice surprises. The only negative is that you may float some fishless miles. You will still have some grand days out on the water.

Good luck and report back!
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:47 PM   #4
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Forgot to report back... I went June 11, hot and windy day, but perfect on the river. Bluequill's directions were spot on.





I fished most of the way down to Champlain with small bass poppers. Didn't have much success until finding a specific hole with some 10-12" smallmouth. Also several times came across Longnose Gar swimming around, interesting to see for my first time. I trolled for a bit in Champlain which was still only 54*F, but way too rough.

Overall fun trip. I can see the point about floating fishless miles though. I might go back in the Fall for LL salmon but wonder about the crowds. Going to get the canoe/kayak guide and check out some other rivers in the meantime. Thanks for the tips guys!
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:34 PM   #5
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Here's an oldy but a goody. I never knew Paul, but I know his daughter and she still sells copies of this book.
http://www.runnings.com/electronics-...at-fishing.htm.

The rivers are high now, and in some cases, a little fast. Consider the Schroon north of Schroon Lake (put in on Rt. 74) and south to the Starbuckville Dam where you should find some good bass. Just don't get too close to the dam. You put it at the boat launch just east of Pottersville near the mouth of the river.
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Here's an oldy but a goody. I never knew Paul, but I know his daughter and she still sells copies of this book.
http://www.runnings.com/electronics-...at-fishing.htm.
Thanks for that!
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:20 PM   #7
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rADK: Not sure, but I believe that if you put a trolling motor on a canoe it has to be registered in NYS. You may want to check, especially if you're putting in at a public launch. Perhaps others will chime in.
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rADK: Not sure, but I believe that if you put a trolling motor on a canoe it has to be registered in NYS. You may want to check, especially if you're putting in at a public launch. Perhaps others will chime in.
As far as I know any vessel that you put a motor on, electric or gas, requires a NYS registration. Which if I remember right requires a trip to the DMV to submit paper work for a title. Then a short wait for the title. Put the numbers on your vessel and your good to go.

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Canoes with a trolling motor, gas or electric must be registered in New York.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:42 AM   #10
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rADK: FWIW, I wasn't trying to criticize, I enjoyed your report and encourage you to post more. I just didn't want to see you find out about the registration requirement the hard way. I fish one pond whose owners leave boats there for the public to use. They are not registered and I put a trolling motor on them when I use them and have been stopped by the DEC checking licenses etc, and they did not say anything about the registration requirement.
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