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Old 02-02-2018, 06:52 PM   #21
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The information that Putnam is not fertile fishing water is a bit of a bummer, and contrary to the info I got from the DEC website and my Sportsmen's Connection fishing guide.
I only said that I didn’t have much luck. I always wanted to spend a little more time there, usually just passing through, and I may try icefishing there soon. I’ll shoot you a pm & let you know how it went.

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Old 02-05-2018, 10:52 AM   #22
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Thanks, Justin. I'll be sure to let you guys know how the fishing goes there this summer also.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:54 AM   #23
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A bit late on this but I'll chime in-

I'm not a fisherman myself, but my observations in interacting with many of them have lead me to conclude that the Pharaoh Lake WA is not great fishing in general. I don't think it has to do with the ponds themselves not being productive as much as it is related to higher levels of fishing pressure (the area gets more use than many other backcountry areas except for the High Peaks), as well as lower elevations that result in warmer surface water temperatures in the summer.

Every once in a while, folks do get lucky though- I have seen some nice lake trout come out of some of those lakes on an occasional basis. So they definitely are there- again, it's not so much a factor of the lakes being infertile.

If you climb Treadway, I'd suggest paddling across Putnam Pond to shorten the route (if you weren't already planning to do so). Also, from the summit of Treadway, bushwhack a few hundred feet south for an even better view out and over Pharaoh Lake.

Jabe Pond is nice, but I'll agree with the others that the road in can be rough, and it can be a bit of a rowdy spot on a nice weekend. There's also not a lot to do there unless you bring a boat (no trails or anything like that).

Lily Pond is further west and is also nice. I don't know about the fishing but there's easy canoe access. The road in is long but is usually in good shape (although locating the start of the road on Route 8 can be a bit of a challenge). There's a marked trail that leads south along the east shore that can make for a nice, short walk. The trails that head east of there are a bit torn up from illegal motor vehicle use for a bit, but Buttermilk Pond is quiet and remote if you make it out that far.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:45 PM   #24
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I almost stepped on a timber rattler last year on Tongue Mtn. Came within one step (2') before it rattled. I wasn't happy because I got much closer than I expected. Had I been distracted by a jet, birds, or other noise in the woods, I might have stepped on it. That would have been a big problem for me.
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