32 years ago, Lake Colden in the Adirondack Mountains was declared to be fishless, ruined by acid rain. But this year, biologists confirmed that there was a strong spawning population back in place. The lake is located in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness and sits at 2,754 ft above sea level. Some are heralding the brookies return as a sign that the protections put in place in 1984 to prevent acid rain are working. But we think its mostly just the tenacity of brook trout’s drive to recolonize new waters as they have done so well in the West.

The brookies were sampled by biologists to determine where they originated from, but officials speculate that they may be heritage native strain fish.

“While we were preparing to recommend to DEC the lake was suitable for stocking brook trout, the discovery of brook trout makes this recommendation moot,” said Jed Dukett, program manager for the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation.

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