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West Branch Ausable River Fishing

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 86, near Wilmington in Essex County

The West Branch of the Ausable River flows past the legendary Olympic ski jumps near Lake Placid and offers anglers some of the most prime trout water on the East Coast.

Flowing through Wilmington Notch about three miles south on Route 86, the West Branch of the Ausable really takes on its personality as a rocky and treacherous river. Many hiding places for trout and even a 100-foot waterfall (High Falls) a mile above the Wilmington State Campground, signify the classic appearance of this historic Adirondack river. With its tremendous attributes such as highly-oxygenated water, diverse cover, bug population, and a year-round optimum temperature, it harbors many trout from 10- to 18-inches long. Its beauty and the availability of some 20+ inch trout are the basis for many anglers' argument that it's the most scenic and productive trout stream in the East.

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Nearby Communities:Lake Placid
Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:on
Closest Route #:State Rt. 86
Months Occurring:may, june, july, august, september and october
Best Season:summer and fall
Best Time:

anytime you think the fishing might be good

Scenic View:

beautiful river with glimpses of Whiteface Mtn and other High Peaks of the Adirondacks

Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no


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