2/23/13 Prospect Report: Hartell Conservation Area

Associated Area

The Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area (Clinton County Sportsmens Club) located just north of Plattsburg should provide some quality fishing in 2011. This area hosts 5 small lakes (2-5 acres) which are managed for high-quality fishing and a 6th pond reserved exclusively for special group-fishing events. The lakes are all catch-and-release and only artificial lures and flies may be used. These strict area regulations help manage the area for trophy fishing for all species. All lakes are well stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and crappie. Fish Picnic Lake for a chance at a trophy largemouth bass and concentrate your efforts for big bluegills in Redear Lake and Quarry Lake. Lunker Lake and Quiet Lake both expeienced fish kills in the summer of 2010 so don't spend a lot of time there. All lakes are accessible for small boats and canoes (electric motors only) and a few boats are available to use at no charge. In catch-and-release situations the fish sometimes tend to become lure shy, so try fishing early and late in the day and downsize your lures. It is a great destination for fly fishermen.