What images and memories do Lake Placid bring to you? The 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice?” Or perhaps ESPN's initial Great Outdoor Games? Maybe it's the fabulous trout fishing on the world-famous Ausable River, or hiking or mountain biking the hundreds of miles of trails, or a winter skiing vacation? Or perhaps a visit to the Olympic Center, or leisurely sightseeing boat ride on Lake Placid? How about strolling Main Street and visiting all the unique and quaint shops and/or restaurants? If any or all these might apply, therein lies the magic of Placid, for it does, indeed, offer something for everyone.
Last week a handful of outdoor writers, myself included, visited Lake Placid to partake in some of the various activities available there. Naturally, we leaned heavily toward the excellent fishing opportunities that are so plentiful. Of course, the Ausable River receives the bulk of the attention and coverage by the outdoor media, and deservedly so, for it offers world class trout fishing. But as great as it is, it's just one of the many wonderful places to wet a line in that area, albeit one of the most accessible. Just a relatively short drive or hike off the area's beaten paths are dozens of small lakes, ponds and classic mountain-fed trout streams that harbor trout and offer great fishing amidst a classic Adirondack backdrop. Trout aren't the only species anglers can go after, for the area's larger lakes and some of the smaller ponds contain healthy populations of warm-water fighters such as bass, pike and pickerel.