April 20, 2020
Fishing Season has now opened: APRIL 1, 2020 Trout and salmon fishing season begins today across New York State.
High, cold water and icy banks and streambeds are anticipated in some areas, which could make for dangerous early-season angling, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said in a news release.
DEC plans to stock more than 2.1 million brook, brown and rainbow trout large enough to catch in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,000 miles of streams across the state. Spring stockings will include 1.51 million brown trout, 432,000 rainbow trout and 158,000 brook trout. About 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 12 to 15 inches long also will be stocked in lakes and streams across the state.
In Livingston County, DEC expects to stock about 360 brown trout, measuring 8 to 9 inches long, in Little Dansville Creek, Nunda.
DEC plans to stock more than 24,500 brown trout in nine Wyoming County locations between March and June. The fish will measure between 8 and 15 inches. Locations include: Beaver Meadow Creek, Buffalo Creek and Cattaraugus Creek, Java; East Koy Creek, Gainesville; Letchworth Park Pond, Genesee Falls; Little Tonawanda Creek, Middlebury; Oatka Creek, Warsaw; Perry Park Pond, Perry; and Tonawanda Creek, Orangeville.
For a complete list of waters planned to be stocked with trout this spring, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html.
DEC’s stocking program traditionally commences in late March and early April with the stocking of catchable-size trout in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and western New York. It then proceeds, as weather and stream conditions permit, to the Catskills and Adirondacks.
Early season trout fishing recommendations by DEC staff in each region can be found in the 2013 Coldwater Fishing Forecast . Anglers searching for places to fish will be interested in the I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing in New York State. This map/brochure provides information on more than 320 lakes and pond and 110 rivers. Anglers desiring to order a map may do so by e-mailing their name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org (include NY FISHING MAP in the subject line). An interactive version of the guide can be found on the DEC website, which also provides specific locations on streams where DEC has purchased fishing easements. Information on Public Fishing Rights Maps can be found on the DEC website. Anglers are encouraged to contact a DEC Regional Office for questions on fishing opportunities within a specific region.
Anglers are reminded to be sure to disinfect their fishing equipment, including waders and boots before entering a new body of water. Since 2007, Didymo, an invasive algae species, has been discovered in the Battenkill and Kayderosseras Creek in DEC Region 5, Esopus Creek and Rondout Creek in Region 3 and the Little Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River and East Branch Delaware River in Region 4. Didymo can attach to waders, particularly felt soles, and this is believed to be the primary mechanism for its spread from its initial discovery location. Wading anglers are encouraged to use readily available alternatives to felt-soled waders and wading boots. All gear should be dried and/or disinfected before it is used in a new body of water. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing gear can be found on the DEC website.
Anyone 16 years of age and older who desires to fish in New York must have a New York State fishing license, available on line or by calling 1-86-NY-DECALS. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from the 1,500 license issuing agents located throughout the state (town and county clerks, some major discount stores and many tackle and sporting goods stores). An interactive map providing the locations of these agents is now available on line. By law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund the DEC fish stocking program and other programs conducted by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. When buying a license, consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp to help fund important access and habitat projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp Program, visit the DEC website.