Trout Season Opens April 1

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Trout Season Opens April 1

Early Season Trout AnglerAlthough the opener is traditionally met with snow, high flows and cold temperatures, April 1 is nonetheless the opening day for trout and salmon fishing throughout the State of New York and an indication that spring is just around the corner. Look for best fishing in more temperate areas of New York including Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and southwestern New York. DEC has a number of new publications that will prove helpful to those new to trout fishing. The I FISH NY Guide to Trout Fishing with Synthetic Bait describes a very effective technique to catch early season trout in ponds. The I FISH NY Guide to Trout Fishing in Streams (PDF) provides good information for those who prefer trout fishing in moving waters. 

Each year, DEC stocks over 1,200 waters with trout and salmon.  Visit DEC's website for the planned listing of 2019 stockings by county.

Looking for a place to fish? Review the 2019 Coldwater Fishing Forecast.


Pick up a Copy of the 2019-2020 Freshwater Fishing Digest  

2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide

Pick up your copy of the 2019-2020 Freshwater Fishing Digest at any license sales vendor.The new guide provides some great information for anyone interested in getting more involved in the sport of fishing, particularly women. You can also view an online version of the guide.





Only you can prevent aquatic invasions. Clean, Drain and Dry your fishing and boating equipment after every use.