Well, we may be having a snowstorm today, and the ice hasn’t completely gone out yet, but it’s official, New York State Trout Season is now officially open on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
In preparation for opening day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is stocking 1.8 million catchable trout in waters across the state. In addition to larger size fish being stocked this year, some stream reaches will receive four stockings of trout.
New York State offers a diverse set of fishing opportunities for wild and stocked trout. Under the State’s new Trout Stream Management Plan, DEC has grouped stream fishing opportunities into five distinct categories for improved management and easy-to-understand regulations to help make fishing more accessible and enjoyable for all anglers, from novice to expert.
Trout Stocking in Long Lake happens from April until May – with local water bodies being stocked including: Rainbow Trout in Clear Pond, Lake Eaton, and Brown Trout in the Raquette River. Link here for more info on stocking.
NYS DEC announces access to current Trout Information.
New Interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map|
To provide additional information about how and where anglers can find their preferred type of trout angling opportunities, DEC is launching an interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map to provide a one-stop-shop for information about stocking, fishing access, season dates, and regulations on the DECinfo Locator. All Wild-Quality, Wild-Premier, Stocked, and Stocked-Extended reaches are mapped, and DEC will complete the mapping of Wild categorized reaches later this year. Links to the Trout Stream Fishing Map and a User Guide are available at DEC’s website.