Paddle through the ice on a spring trout fishing trip in the Adirondacks

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Craig Madore and Drew Goerlitz leave Lake Colby to go trout fishing at Lake Saranac. Photo: Emily Russell

It’s around 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning when Drew Goerlitz and his friend Craig Madore pull into the Lake Colby boat launch at Saranac Lake.

The air temperature is below zero and it’s snowing, but the two are bundled up and ready for a long day on the lake.

Despite the ice covering much of Lake Colby, they set out to fish for trout in their canoe.

“Ready?” Goerlitz says, as the two lift the boat off his truck. “It’s not exactly a light canoe,” he said, walking the canoe through the muddy path to the water.

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Craig Madore fishing for trout on Lake Colby at Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy of Drew Goerlitz

Goerlitz, who is a sculptor and art teacher at SUNY Plattsburgh, says he spends as much time outdoors as possible.

“I like to fish, hunt, hike or be outdoors all year round, so this is a perfect opportunity when the trails are muddy and you can’t really be in the backcountry” , explains Goerlitz. “It’s a good thing to do in the shoulder season.”

Goerlitz and Madore planned to fish most of the day, despite the wintry conditions.

“For me, it’s just about disconnecting from my phone and the rest of the world and being in the fresh air,” Goerlitz says.

After hours with their lines in the water, Goerlitz caught a tiny little rainbow trout. He says the two plan to get together when the weather gets warmer to forage for food. morels and creepers in May.

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