Carry Falls

CARRY FALLS, A 3000-ACRE RESERVOIR IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK, OFFERS ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES IN A WILDERNESS SETTING.  Most anglers target walleyes here, and prime spots from spring through fall include the Raquette River, the shoreline and shoals where the river widens into the reservoir, the mouth of the Jordan River, Maple Island, and the drop-offs along the reservoir’s western shoreline.  Effective techniques include trolling minnow plugs or spinner-and-worm rigs and casting crankbaits or crawler-tipped jigs.  Smallmouths are an overlooked species here.  Look for bronzebacks along the 29 miles of shoreline, around islands, and on flats especially where boulders and current or wave action are present.  DEC has been stocking tiger muskies annually in Carry since 1997, and this species along with northern pike are the reservoir’s “big fish.”  Few anglers target tigers or pike.  For the most part, these fish are the incidental catches of walleye anglers.  As the uppermost impoundment in the system, Carry Falls Reservoir is used to capture the heavy spring runoff, and this water is used to regulate flows to five downstream hydro projects.  As a result, Carry sees a significant fluctuation in seasonal water levels with fall levels typically 20 feet lower than spring ones.  Boaters will find access from public launches at either end of the reservoir, and a 16-site campground exists near the southern launch.

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