Trout Season in New York is Right Around the Corner

Exceptional opportunities to catch many different species, both wild and stocked, await anglers.

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Trout season is On in New York!

April 1st marks the opening day of trout season in New York. Exceptional opportunities to catch many different species, both wild and stocked, await anglers.

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded New Yorkers that trout and salmon fishing season opens on Wednesday, April 1. New York’s coldwater lakes and streams offer springtime trout anglers the opportunity to pursue trout in a wide array of settings across the state. During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.
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Commissioner Seggos said, “Fishing is good for the mind and body. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continues to invest in ensuring New York’s renowned fisheries remain healthy and productive. While this winter’s mild conditions offered ample opportunities for hardcore or novice trout and salmon anglers to pursue their favorite gamefish on waters open to year-round fishing, springtime remains the main event. Water temperatures are rising, causing trout to feed more aggressively, and present a perfect opportunity for anglers. I encourage all anglers, novice and expert, to get outside and fish, but act responsibly by practicing social distancing and staying safe.”

New York’s diverse and abundant trout and salmon fishing results in a cumulative five million days spent fishing the state’s freshwater fisheries and contributing economically to local communities. Anglers looking forward to pursuing stocked trout can visit the DEC website to find a complete list of this spring’s planned trout stocking for 2.27 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.
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Coming to a Water Near You

DEC fish hatchery staff have been busy stocking hundreds of thousands of trout throughout the state. The 2020 Spring Trout Stocking summary has now been posted on the DEC website. When all is said and done, 2.27 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout will be stocked in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state. Add in nearly 1.6 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake, and coho salmon and you get an angler’s paradise in New York State. Additionally, the state is blessed with an abundance of wild trout resources for anglers to enjoy.

As a reminder, DEC’s fish hatcheries are closed to visitors until further notice.

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Know Where to Go

Not only are the fish plentiful, so are the access opportunities. DEC’s Places to Fish webpages provide helpful information on fishing access sites, Public Fishing Rights on streams (don’t forget to get landowner permission) and what species you can expect to find in a particular water body.

During this time it’s important that anglers seek a fishing spot that isn’t crowded with other anglers. Please be mindful and maintain an adequate social distance between you and other anglers (at least six feet). Often times the solitude of fishing is what makes for an even better experience.

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