Angling may see surge in popularity ahead of trout season

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With most sports on hiatus due to the threat of COVID-19, trout season is set to open in New York on Wednesday, and anglers are hoping to capitalize on spreading the sport's popularity at a time when other sports are on hold.

"Everybody is hunkering down like they tell us to do, but there is currently no directive telling us we can't go fishing," said Tom Trelease, president of Oneonta's chapter of Trout Unlimited, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America's cold-water fisheries and watersheds.

They'll be biting on Lake Ontario this season, DEC says

Mar 8, 2019
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Fishing is good on Lake Ontario — and it might be even better this year, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation briefing on the "State of Lake Ontario" held Thursday night in Lockport, Niagara County.

DEC fisheries experts were at the Cooperative Extension complex to talk with dozens of anglers about last year's fishing season on the lake and what to look forward to as the weather warms up.

Steelhead fishing

ALBANY (AP) New York and federal conservation officials plan to brief the public about Lake Ontario and the state of its fisheries in a series of upcoming meetings in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties.

The lake, its bays and tributaries support populations of trout, salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish, among others.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says they are thriving.

A survey estimated more than 2.6 million individual fishing days were spent on those waters in 2007.

The lake covers more than 2.7 million acres of New York.


ALBANY (AP) New York conservation officials have posted online potential changes to freshwater fishing regulations based on fish populations and talks with fishermen.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's seeking additional feedback from anglers about the changes, which would take effect April 1, 2017 if approved.

They are posted on the agency's website.

Opening Day for Trout and Salmon Fishing

Apr 1, 2013

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to stock more than 2 million catchable-size trout in 307 lakes and ponds and 3,000 miles of streams statewide this spring.

About 2,000 of them are being released in Albany's Six Mile Waterworks Monday morning during a free fishing event.  Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens will be there to talk about other upcoming free fishing days.