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State DEC – April 1st Marks Beginning of Spring Trout Fishing Season

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC, Commissioner, Basil Seggos, is reminding New Yorkers of the upcoming start, April 1st, of the trout fishing season. The tradition is supported by DEC’s extensive stocking program and New York’s renowned wild trout fisheries. With spring trout stocking already underway since March and continuing through early June, over 1.9 million trout will be stocked in waters statewide.

“The mild winter afforded New Yorkers some trout fishing opportunities during the catch-and-release season,” Commissioner Seggos said. “However, April 1, the traditional opening day of inland trout fishing season, brings the excitement to another level as spring arrives and the state’s streams and ponds are stocked to provide additional opportunities for anglers.”

April 1st also marks the beginning of the harvest season in addition to the implementation of “artificial lures only, catch-and-release” season, from October 16, 2023 to March 31 of this year.

Visit the DEC website for more information on the HuntFishNY app and Tackle Box feature. Anglers can view trout stream reaches, color-coded by management category, and fishing access associated with those reaches on the DEC info Locator.

Links to the Trout Stream Fishing Map and a User Guide as well as fishing regulations and planned stockings listed by county are available on the DEC website.

A digital version of the 2024 guide is available to download HERE. Hard copies are available wherever sporting licenses are sold.

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