Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 Trout Fishing Season Opens Sunday

Fly Fishing on the Ausable River - photo by John WarrenNew York’s 2018 trout fishing season kicks off Sunday, April 1st.

This year DEC is expected to stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.

It’s estimated about 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York State. Fishing conditions are currently less than optimal in the Adirondacks, though ice and deep snow is beginning to melt and conditions will improve as the weather warms.

DEC’s spring stockings include 1.72 million brown trout, 377,500 rainbow, and 158,500 brookies. Approximately 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 13 to 14 inches in length will also be stocked into lakes and streams across the state.

In the Adirondacks more than 500 waters are managed for brook trout. Fish in these waters can weigh more than three pounds. In 2018, more than 310,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 345 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks during the spring and fall to restore or enhance brook trout populations. Anglers new to brook trout fishing should look to the Guide to Brook Trout Fishing in Adirondack Ponds for assistance.

According to DEC, since 2014 $14 million in NY Works funding has been budgeted for state hatchery improvements including well rehabilitation projects at the Bath and Adirondack Hatcheries; installation of secure hydrogen peroxide storage at multiple hatcheries as required by the Department of Homeland Security; the purchase of four, one-ton stocking trucks and two sludge trucks to clean hatchery ponds; rehabilitation of the feed storage building at Rome Hatchery; and improvements to the visitor center and grounds at the Salmon River Hatchery.

DEC is currently revisiting inland trout stream management to identify strategies to support angling. Visit the DEC’s Trout Stream Management in New York web page for more information.

Anglers can visit DEC’s website for a list of stocked waters and the 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast for recommended trout and salmon fishing locations.

DEC also provides maps of its public fishing rights easements. Anglers are reminded to observe special trout regulations on waters noted in the current fishing guide. Additional information on places to fish for wild and stocked trout is available on DEC’s website.

Fishing Licenses

Anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a fishing license can be found here.

License purchasers are reminded that by law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund fish stocking and other programs conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries. Purchases of Habitat/Access Stamps help fund important access and habitat improvement projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp program, click here.

Photo: Fly Fishing on the Ausable River by John Warren.

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