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DEC Announces New York's Trout
and Salmon Fishing Season Opens April 1

March 24, 2020   11:00 a.m.
    Press Release from New York State DEC:

    DEC Announces New York's Trout and Salmon Fishing Season Opens
    April 1

    New York Anglers Encouraged to Get Outside Safely, Practice Social
    Distancing during COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

    State Stocking More than 2.2 Million Catchable-Size Trout in New York Waters

    Sportfishing in New York Generates Estimated $2.14 Billion in Economic
    Activity Each Year

    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.

    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.

    Spring stockings will include 1.68 million brown trout, 424,860 rainbow trout, and
    156,970 brook trout. Approximately 98,000 two-year-old brown trout 13-14 inches
    in length are included in the brown trout total. Nearly 1.6 million yearling lake
    trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake, and coho salmon will be also be
    stocked by DEC this spring to provide exciting angling opportunities over the next
    several years. Almost 307,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in more than
    300 Adirondack lakes and ponds this spring and fall to provide unique angling
    opportunities for future years.

    On many waters, due to the constraints imposed by the recent discovery of zebra
    mussels at Rome Fish Hatchery, anglers can expect to find some species
    substitutions and changes in trout numbers compared to what was stocked in
    2019. Additional information about DEC's strategic response to the discovery of
    this aquatic invasive species at the Rome Fish Hatchery and the impact on
    spring trout stocking is available on DEC's website. The list of waters stocked
    with trout in past years is available on the DEC website.

    Robust populations of wild trout in waters ranging from small headwater streams
    to large rivers like the Upper Delaware offer outstanding fishing opportunities for
    anglers ready to test their skills. Trout fishing is a sport that can be readily
    combined with a hike or paddle and lead to a truly memorable outdoor
    experience.

    Governor Cuomo created the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative to
    improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost
    tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and
    hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and
    increasing hunting opportunities in the state.

    Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative (PDF, 10.57 MB), DEC is also
    making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor
    recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors,
    protect natural resources and boost local economies. This initiative is supporting
    improvements ranging from enhancements to youth camps and environmental
    education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds and hiking trails. To date, a
    total of $17 million in NY Works funding has been allocated to infrastructure
    repair and modernization of DEC's hatchery system.

    While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State
    Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and
    COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not
    available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and
    playground equipment.