Trout Fishing Season Kicks Off Friday

Image by Scott Lux.

RANDOLPH – Trout fishing season kicks off Friday across New York State.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation began stocking fish in early March, with wildlife experts managing the water ways through June.

For decades, April 1 was the traditional “opening day” of trout fishing season.

This year, the date marks the opening of the harvest season for trout because year-round fishing was available on most streams from October to March, using artificial lures-only catch-and-release.

Over 1.8 million catchable brown, rainbow, and brook trout will be stocked in ponds and streams across the State this spring.

A full list of stocking locations in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties is posted online at the DEC’s website.


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