Spring is here, and you know what that means – New York State’s trout fishing season is underway! If you’ve been itching to put away the ice fishing gear and catch some trout, then make your plans for a spring fishing trip to the Adirondack Park.
Trout Fishing Season Kicks Off
Trout fishing season began on Sunday, April 1, 2018, and it will run through Monday, October 15, 2018. During this time, fisherman will be able to catch brook, brown, and rainbow trout (daily limit of 5), as well as lake trout (daily limit of 3).
Some of the best backwoods brook trout fishing is offered in the Adirondacks, where over 500 bodies of water are managed specifically for brook trout. You can expect to find brook trout that weigh more than three pounds.
Others areas of New York State where trout fishing is excellent in early spring are Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, and Western New York, which typically warm up earlier in the season.
Catch Wild & Stocked Trout
Although there are a lot of wild trout to catch in the Adirondacks and New York State, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) also stocks the state’s water bodies and waterways with trout. This year, the DEC’s spring stockings will include 1.72 million brown trout, 377,500 rainbow trout, and 158,500 brook trout.
These stocked fish will provide fishermen with enhanced angling experiences and support the growth of the state’s sport fishing industry. Learn more about the DEC’s fish stocking >>
Ready to go trout fishing? Renew your fishing license for this year (if you haven’t already), and head off to the Adirondacks!