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NEW YORK STATE TROUT FISHING SEASON OPENS APRIL 1

Anglers Can Look Forward to Successful Season of Fishing New York�s Waters

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded anglers that the April 1, 2007 opening day of trout season is just around the corner.  As is true every year, anglers can look forward to a great year of fishing, thanks to the natural diversity of angling opportunities within New York State.

Stream flows and water temperatures during the summer were generally good for trout survival in 2006 and should result in a good number of holdover trout this spring.   Although severe flooding in the Western Catskills significantly altered many trout streams last year, at least one fisheries survey conducted after the event on the West Branch of the Delaware indicated that impacts to the trout population may not have been as bad as first feared.  Despite the late winter and significant snow and ice conditions that will exist during the early season in the northern and more mountainous areas of New York State, once spring arrives, 2007 should be another good year for New York trout anglers.

However, due to the potential for icy banks and high flows in many of the state�s rivers and streams on opening day, anglers are urged to use extreme caution while wading in high waters.  The early season is a great time to try some of the smaller tributaries.  Smaller streams typically have more manageable flows, and are also more likely to hold larger populations of wild trout.

Early season anglers can improve their success by fishing deep and slow, and by using natural baits such as worms and minnows where permitted.  Fly-fishing purists should consider using weighted nymphs and large, flashy streamers, possibly coupled with a sink-tip line.  Once the water temperatures rise to around 50 degrees, dry-fly fishing prospects improve.  Pond fishing is often best immediately after the winter ice melts.  Since most Adirondack and Catskill ponds are likely to remain frozen for the April 1st opener, anglers should scout out areas beforehand where the possibility of frozen waters may exist.  Prime areas to fish are those that warm the earliest, including tributary mouths and near surface and shallow shoreline areas.  It should also be noted that ice fishing is prohibited in trout waters except as noted in the Fishing Regulations Guide.

Trout stocking of catchable-size fish generally commences in late March and early April in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, and western New York, and then proceeds to the Catskills and Adirondacks.  This year, DEC plans to stock 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in almost 300 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,100 miles of streams across the state.  Spring stockings include 1.8 million brown trout, 392,000 rainbow trout and 151,000 brook trout.  DEC will again include 2-year-old brown trout in the spring stocking program. These fish average 12-13 inches in length, with some as large as 15 inches. Approximately 89,000 of these larger fish will be stocked into lakes and streams statewide.

In addition, more than 2 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake and coho salmon will be stocked this spring to provide angling opportunities over the next several years.  For those who prefer a quieter, more remote setting, approximately 340,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 335 lakes and ponds this fall, providing unique angling opportunities for future years.   For a complete list of waters planned to be stocked with trout this spring go to www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/stokintr.html on DEC�s website. In addition to stocked waters, New York State has thousands of miles of wild trout streams that provide excellent fishing opportunities. Regional fisheries offices, which are listed in the Fishing Regulations Guide, can offer specific details about these streams.

DEC remains committed to increasing public access to New York�s coldwater streams.  The Public Fishing Rights (PFR) program, which provides anglers access to New York�s rivers and streams, continues to benefit from the consistent funding provided by the state�s Environmental Protection Fund.  PFR signs mark easements, but anglers are reminded that landowners maintain the right to post these parcels against activities other than fishing. Anglers are encouraged to contact their regional office for maps or directions to PFR holdings. In addition, PFR mats and brochures for DEC regions 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 can be found at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/pfr/ on DEC�s website.  For lake and pond anglers, lake contour maps are available at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/lakemaps/index.html .

 The general creel limit for brook, brown and rainbow trout is five fish and the open season for trout in most New York State waters runs from April 1 through October 15, but there are exceptions in all DEC regions, so anglers should check the Fishing Regulations Guide prior to heading out on the water.  Anglers are also reminded that permits are required for fishing New York City reservoirs.  Updated information and permit application can be obtained at: http://nyc.gov/html/dep/watershed/html/wsrecreation.html or by calling 1-800-575-LAND.

 Anglers are also reminded that due to the detection of a serious fish disease, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS), new restrictions on use of baitfish and transportation of live fish have been enacted.  With some specific exceptions, all live baitfish sold for use on New York State waters must be certified to be free of VHS and a number of other potentially serious fish diseases. This restriction does not apply to commercially packaged and preserved dead baitfish such as salted minnows.  Personal collection and use of baitfish is permitted, but these baitfish may only be used on the water from which they were collected and may not be transported off the body of water.  For more information on VHS and the actions the DEC has taken to prevent its spread, please go to:  www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/vhsv.html on DEC�s website.

When purchasing a fishing license anglers should also consider purchasing a Habitat Stamp.  This stamp is available to anyone for $5 from any sporting license issuing agent.  Proceeds from the sale of the stamps are deposited into the Habitat Account, part of which is used to increase and improve angler access to coldwater streams. Anglers are also reminded they can purchase fishing licenses online, provided that they have purchased a license in the past through the DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS).  Go to the DEC website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html for details.

Regional Opening Day Best Bets Are:

Long Island (DEC Region 1): Long Island lakes, ponds and streams typically provide excellent early season trout angling. By the end of April, over 22,000 trout, including 5,000 two-year-old brown trout in the 12- to 15-inch range, will have been stocked into Long Island lakes, ponds and streams. For premier early season fly-fishing action, the Carmans, Connetquot and Nissequogue Rivers in Suffolk County are highly recommended. Tidal sections of these waters also provide excellent fishing opportunities and include trophy-size fish.

For anglers who prefer to fish still waters, Laurel Lake, Upper Lake, East Lake, West Lake, Southards Pond and Argyle Lake are recommended in Suffolk County. In Nassau County, Upper Twin Pond, Oyster Bay Mill Pond and Massapequa Reservoir are good bets. Many of these waters hold over a good number of fish from one year to the next, increasing the opportunity to catch large trout. Anglers are reminded that the trout season in Nassau and Suffolk counties is open year round. In addition to the fish that will be stocked this spring, 7,500 12-inch or larger brown trout were stocked during the fall of 2006. These fish have provided fast fishing action which continues to this day. Please remember that there is a three trout daily limit on Long Island and that brook trout are catch-and-release only in all streams on Long Island except the Connetquot and Nissequogue in the State Parks.

A great way for the whole family to kick off the fishing season is to participate in the Spring Family Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake State Park on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The whole family can enjoy a day of fishing for stocked trout. Loaner rods, free bait and fish cleaning services will be available along with fishing seminars, fly fishing instruction and other family oriented activities. Due to the discovery of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN) in the Connetquot Hatchery, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will not be able to stock trout from this hatchery into Belmont Lake, Hempstead Lake or the Nissequogue River (Caleb Smith State Park). In order to make up for this loss, the DEC will be stocking 900 extra rainbow trout into Belmont Lake before the Spring Family Fishing Festival. In Caleb Smith State Park, the DEC will stock 270 two year old brown trout in late March and 300 rainbow trout and in April. In the fall, the DEC will stock 1,100 brown trout into Hempstead Lake State Park before the Fall Fishing Festival.

Long Island trout anglers are encouraged to participate in the region�s Coldwater Angler Diary Cooperator Program. Cooperating anglers are asked to keep a diary of the species, length, location, and number of trout caught during their fishing trips on Long Island. In return, cooperators receive periodic summaries of the results of the program and the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a significant contribution towards the effective management of Long Island�s coldwater resources. For more information on this program, please contact the regional office at (631) 444-0280.

For a complete list of Long Island trout stocked waters, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Trout Stocking List, Bureau of Fisheries, SUNY Building 40, Stony Brook, NY, 11790-2356 or check out the Region 1 Fisheries website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/reg1/reg1bof.html .

Hudson Valley/Catskills (DEC Region 3):  Many of the Hudson River Valley�s streams are stocked early, and provide excellent early-season fishing. Among the most popular early season waters are Wappinger Creek, Fishkill Creek, Peekskill Hollow Brook, Sawmill River, East Branch Croton River, Tenmile River, and the Ramapo River.  Although most of the Catskill trout streams are readily accessible by road, people looking for a more remote fishing experience have many options. There are thousands of acres of state lands in Sullivan and Ulster counties, and most have small wild trout streams. Some much larger waters also exist in remote settings, like the Neversink River Unique Area below Bridgeville and above Oakland Valley, and the Mongaup River below Rio dam in the Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area.  Region 3 also has Public Fishing Rights along 28 streams, totaling over 86 miles.  This includes a newly acquired section, which combined with previous parcels makes a new unbroken section of approximately one mile of the lower Neversink River accessible to public fishing.  Anglers are reminded that trout habitat in many western Catskill streams was significantly compromised by last June�s severe flooding.  It is unknown at this point, exactly how badly the trout populations in these waters were affected.  It is known, however, that trout in these waters have historically demonstrated a profound ability to bounce back from flood events such as these.

Other notable trout resources in the area include 17 New York City reservoirs totaling more than 23,000 acres. Large brown trout, including some weighing more than 20 pounds, may be found in many of these waters. Ashokan Reservoir is famous for large rainbow trout, and Rondout and Kenisco reservoirs have thriving populations of lake trout. Neversink and West Branch Croton reservoirs have modest populations of landlocked salmon that supplement the more traditional brown trout experience. All New York City watershed lands require a free permit for recreation access. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has updated and improved the permit system. Check the DEP web site at www.nyc.gov/html/dep/watershed/html/wsrecreation.html to obtain information and application forms for new permits, or call 1-800-575-LAND.  Please note that permits can now be obtained on-line.

During the spring and early summer, DEC hatchery staff will deliver over 300,000 trout to 85 streams and 30 lakes and ponds within Region 3. Included in this total will be nearly 16,000 of the larger (12-15�) two-year-old brown trout, which will be distributed to about 40 of the larger and more accessible streams. This year�s stocking information can be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Fisheries Office, DEC Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY, 12561.

Northern Catskills/Hudson Valley/Capital District (DEC Region 4): The success of the early season for trout anglers in Region 4 will depend largely on the weather at the end of March and the depth of the snow pack as opening day draws near.  If stream levels are moderate and snow melt is minor, fishing for wild trout and hatchery holdover trout should be better than average early in the season.  However, due to current snow pack conditions and subsequent runoff, high stream levels and cold water conditions on opening day are likely.  Caution should be used when fishing regional trout streams under these conditions.  Good water conditions on streams last summer and fall throughout the region have resulted in good survival and growth of wild and hatchery holdover trout.  

Despite the severe flooding that occurred in June, 2006, in western Delaware and Otsego Counties, trout fishing in this flood ravaged area should range from fair to good.  Sampling of the West Branch Delaware River below Cannonsville Dam in Delaware County after the 2006 flood found abundant populations of brown trout 16 inches and larger throughout the river.  This season should be a banner year on the West Branch for large trout.  Trout streams in the eastern portion of the region, including Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties, were not affected by the flooding seen in some areas in the western portion of the region.  Good bets for fishing prior to stocking include the upper Kinderhook Creek and the upper Hoosic - Little Hoosic system, Poestenkill and Wynantskill in Rensselaer County, the upper Roeliff Jansen Kill in Columbia County, the upper Catskill and Onesquethaw in Albany County, and the upper Batavia Kill, Catskill, and Schoharie Creeks in Greene County.

Trout stocking in Region 4 could be delayed by snowfall in March, but most streams throughout the region should be stocked by late April, weather permitting. Waters to be stocked with two-year-old brown trout include both branches of the Delaware River, the Beaver Kill, the Batavia Kill, Butternut Creek, Catskill Creek, Canajoharie Creek, Charlotte Creek, Claverack Creek, Colgate Lake, Greens Lake, Hannacrois Creek, the Holding Pond (Schoharie County), Kinderhook Creek, Oaks Creek, Onesquethaw Creek, Otego Creek, Ouleout Creek, the Poesten Kill, the Roeliff Jansen Kill, Schenevus Creek, Schoharie Creek, Tackawasick Creek, Taghkanic Creek, the Walloomsac River, and Wharton Creek.

Angler diary cooperators are needed again this year. Anglers who routinely fish the East Branch, the West Branch, and the main Delaware River downstream of the reservoirs, or the Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs, are asked to sign up for the diary cooperator program. The diary program is used to collect important fishery information such as catch rate and fish size distribution, and is used to make fishery management decisions. Diary cooperators will be issued a diary where all trip and catch information can be recorded. All diaries will be returned to the cooperator along with an annual summary of results prior to the start of the next fishing season. In order to participate in the angler diary program please contact the DEC Fisheries Unit by mail: 65561 Route 10, Stamford, NY 12167; or by phone at (607) 652-7366.

Anglers should remember that the Delaware River and West Branch Delaware River, where New York and Pennsylvania share a common boundary, has a delayed season that does not open until April 14 this year. The delayed season also applies to all tributaries to the Delaware River located in Delaware County and to the East Branch tributaries between Hancock and the Hamlet of East Branch.

Looking for a new fishing spot? Many of the smaller, lesser-known streams are identified in brochures such as Capital District Fishing and Fishing Delaware County.   Stocking lists are also available. These can all be obtained by writing or calling the Stamford Fisheries Unit at the contact information given above. Anglers with access to the Internet can find a great deal of information from the DEC website. Other websites, such as the one operated by the United States Geological Survey (www.usgs.gov ), can provide up-to-date flow information for a number of the larger streams. Finally, West Branch anglers wanting to know current releases can call (845) 295-1006. This hotline is run as a cooperative effort with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Trout Unlimited.

Adirondacks/Northeastern NY (DEC Region 5): An exceptionally warm early winter was followed by several weeks of exceptionally cold temperatures.  Then heavy rains fell in mid-March.  The net result is that early in the trout season, Adirondack streams are likely to be a real mix of ice covered banks and ice jams, as well as open, accessible sections. Remote ponds in the Adirondacks are rarely ice-free until mid-April or later.  At the time of this writing, that pattern is likely to hold this year.  Once waters are ice-free and temperatures rise, surface trolling for salmon and lake trout is a good bet on the larger lakes. Brook trout pond fishing is good from ice-out through May. Best bets for early season angling in the southern part of the region are the Batten Kill, Kayaderosseras and Mettawee rivers. Catch and release regulations were enacted in the Batten Kill in 2004 from the Eagleville covered bridge to the Vermont state line.

Year-round trout fishing is permitted in the catch and release section (artificial lures only). The lower two miles of the new catch and release section will be stocked with two-year-old brown trout some time in May.

Many regional streams and rivers will be stocked in April and May. Whether streams in the northern part of the region can be stocked prior to opening day will depend on local conditions. If possible, yearling brook trout will be stocked in the Chateaugay River in Franklin County before the season begins. Rainbow trout may also be stocked in the Saranac River within the Village of Saranac Lake prior to April 1.

Hundreds of smaller streams contain wild brook and brown trout. Try fishing deep pools and riffle areas with live bait where it is allowed. Fish slowly, especially if the water is cold, high, and swift. Contact the regional fisheries office for a brochure listing many of the wild trout streams in Region 5. Anglers are reminded that in many Adirondack ponds the use of fish as bait is prohibited. For a list of these waters check the �Special Regulations by County� section in the Fishing Regulations Guide, or contact the DEC�s Region 5 Fisheries Office in Ray Brook at (518) 897-1333. A variety of leaflets are also available from the regional office including stocking lists for Region 5, top fishing waters in Region 5, a list of reclaimed trout ponds, and others.

For up-to-date information on fishing conditions in the region, anglers can access www.dec.state.ny.us/website/reg5/hotline.html on the DEC website. While browsing at the Region 5 Fisheries website, be sure to check out the Public Fishing Rights maps www.dec.state.ny.us/website/reg5/r5fish/pfr_maps/index.html - for many area rivers. These maps can be downloaded and printed out to provide detailed locations for stream sections with purchased and deeded public rights for angling. Maps are also available from the regional office.

Western Adirondacks/North Central New York (DEC Region 6): The April 1st opening of trout season expands the region�s trout fishing beyond Lake Ontario and a select set of large lakes, to the rest of the region�s great variety of large and small streams, ponds and lakes.  Region 6 includes the Western Adirondacks, Tug Hill, and the large Black, Mohawk and St. Lawrence River valleys. The region's wide diversity of water types provide habitat for everything from small headwater brook trout to large deepwater lake trout.  This year�s weather is leading towards some early season high water in streams as the vast quantities of snow continue to melt.  In addition, cold temperatures have been lingering and may push back open water fishing on many of the regions high altitude Adirondack trout ponds.  Despite these delays to a large set of the region�s trout waters, the resourceful angler should be able to find more manageable conditions on small headwater streams.  Anglers will encounter DEC staff conducting creel surveys on West Canada Creek and the ponds of the Massawepie easement.  Data collected during these surveys is extremely valuable in our effort to provide quality fishing.

The only stream that usually receives a pre-season stocking is the Oswegatchie River below Cranberry Lake.  Stocking proceeds from the Mohawk Valley in mid-April north to St. Lawrence County throughout the month of May.  The popular two-year-old brown trout stocking occurs in early May on some of the region�s larger, more accessible streams. Worms usually produce the best catches this time of year when the water temperatures are colder and the fish are more sluggish.  Spinners and salted minnows also are popular lures.  For best results, fish the pools and slow, deep riffles.  Fishing in the late afternoon after the water has been warmed by the sun is also productive. Lake Ontario tributaries should also offer good fishing conditions for steelhead. Try Stony Creek, North and South Sandy Creeks, Lindsey Creek, Skinner Creek and the Black River in Watertown, from the Mill Street dam down to the Village of Dexter. Use egg sacs, single hook spinners, wet flies and streamers.  A creel census is currently being conducted on these streams.

Central New York/Eastern Finger Lakes (DEC Region 7): Steelhead anglers heading for tributaries to Lake Ontario do not have to wait until April 1 because there is no closed season for trout and salmon in these waters up to the first barrier impassable to fish.  The peak of this run generally occurs in mid to late March with steelhead averaging eight to ten pounds and some as large as 20 pounds.  The Salmon River at Pulaski is the best area steelhead stream and anglers have reported significantly better action this winter then in recent years.  We anticipate that this improved fishing will carry through the spring run.  Other productive areas are Little Sandy Creek, Grindstone Creek and the Oswego River. Lake Ontario shoreline fishing for brown trout can also be very productive. The peak of this fishery generally occurs in mid-April with the best areas being Fair Haven, Oswego Harbor, and Mexico Bay.

The Region 7 Finger Lakes are also early season favorites. Good fishing typically carries through to mid April on Cayuga, Skaneatelles, and Owasco Lakes. Cayuga and Owasco Lake offer fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and lake trout.  Skaneateles Lake offers good fishing for lake trout and rainbow trout and, along with Cayuga, provides an exceptional opportunity for landlocked salmon as well.  For the best opportunities to catch lake run rainbow trout in Finger Lake tributaries (which open to trout fishing on April 1) try Salmon Creek, Cayuga Inlet, Yawgers Creek and Fall Creek on Cayuga Lake; Hemlock Creek, Dresserville Creek, Decker Brook and Owasco Inlet on Owasco Lake; and Grout Brook on Skaneateles Lake.

Other streams provide excellent early trout fishing as well. Most notable are: Nine Mile, Limestone and Butternut Creeks in Onondaga County; Oquaga and Nanticoke Creeks in Broome County; the Otselic River in Chenango and Cortland Counties; Genegantslet Creek in Chenango County; Chittenango Creek in Madison County; the west and east branches of Tioughnioga River and Factory Brook in Cortland County; Fall and Virgil Creeks in Tompkins County and the east and west branches of Owego Creek in Tioga County.

Anglers are reminded that most waters in Region 7 are managed under a five trout daily creel limit, with no more than two fish being greater than 12 inches.  Although anglers may keep five additional brook trout less than 8 inches in most Region 7 waters, wild brook trout populations may have been impacted by the significant flooding that occurred last year.  Streams in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties were particularly hard hit.  Regional staff suggests that this may be good year to limit your take on the smaller streams where wild brook trout are typically found.

West-Central New York/Western Finger Lakes (DEC Region 8): Due to the unusually cool temperatures in late winter and later thaw, Finger Lake tributary rainbow trout runs should peak during the early part of the trout season.  For opening day, try fishing for rainbows throughout all reaches of tributaries such as Naples Creek (Ontario County), Catharine Creek (Schuyler and Chemung Counties), and Springwater Creek (Livingston County).  Stocked and wild brown trout can also be caught in a number of the region�s streams.  Quality fishing can be found at Oatka and Spring Creeks near Caledonia (Livingston and Monroe counties), throughout the Cohocton River from Cohocton to Bath (Steuben County), and Cayuta Creek near Odessa (Schuyler and Chemung counties).  Check the Fishing Regulations Guide for other special regulations in the region.

Good trout (brown and rainbow) fishing may be found from shore along many of the Western Finger lakes.  Possibilities exist along the eastern shore of Hemlock Lake, at the Keuka Lake State Park, from the piers at the southern tip of Seneca Lake and along the shore of Canadice lake. Lake Ontario tributaries in Region 8 such as Oak Orchard Creek (Orleans County), Sandy Creek, Genesee River and Irondequoit Creek (Monroe County) should provide good steelhead fishing prior to the traditional April 1 opener.  Most Lake Ontario tributaries are open for fishing year-round.

Early April should offer opportunities for near-shore fishing on Lake Ontario.  Brown trout, rainbow trout, coho salmon and a few chinooks should be available near shore.  Pier fishing and shallow water trolling in mid- to late-April should be very productive.  Look for trout and salmon �hot spots� in warm water pockets from Rochester to Sodus and vicinity.  Even small reaches having only two or three-degree warmer surface temperatures attract these fish. To assist anglers in finding PFR areas on regional trout streams, color brochures of those streams can be found and downloaded from www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/pfr on the DEC website. Color brochures of the Region�s public boating access sites can be viewed and downloaded at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/boatlaunchsites.html on the DEC website.       

Western New York (DEC Region 9): The most popular stocked trout waters in Region 9 are Cattaraugus Creek, Ischua Creek, Genesee River, East Koy Creek, Goose Creek, Quaker Lake, Case Lake, New Albion Lake and Harwood Lake.  If stream conditions are unfavorable due to high or turbid water, anglers may prefer to try the six inland trout lakes (Allen, Case, Harwood, New Albion, Quaker, and Red House) that are heavily stocked and provide good access for shore or boat fishing. In addition to the stocking of large numbers of yearling trout, all are stocked with either 2-year-olds or salted with an occasional �surplus� breeder trout that would be a trophy in anyone's creel.  In the Buffalo/Niagara metropolitan area, East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Towns of Holland and Wales), Eighteen Mile Creek (Town of Boston), Ellicott Creek in Amherst State Park, Oppenheim Park Pond (Town of Wheatfield), two ponds in Erie County�s Sprague Brook Park (Town of Concord) and Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls provide particularly good fishing opportunities for young anglers and are only a short drive from the metropolitan area.

For anglers seeking wild trout, good bets include Clear Creek (Arcade), Wiscoy Creek, Lime Lake Outlet and Clear Creek (Ellington).  Brochures discussing management and stocking for these streams and maps showing areas with public fishing rights easements can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/pfr while extensive information on all trout fishing opportunities in Region 9 can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/reg9fish.html . Late March and early April are also prime time for Great Lakes-run steelhead.  Great Lakes waters are open year-round for salmon and trout. The steelhead opportunities are exceptional, especially in Lake Erie tributaries.  Recent angler surveys on Canadaway Creek, Chautauqua Creek, Cattaraugus Creek, 18 Mile Creek, Cazenovia Creek, and the Buffalo River indicated very high angler success rates for steelhead.  Popular Lake Ontario tributaries such as Twelve Mile Creek, Keg Creek, Eighteen Mile Creek, and the Lower Niagara River in Niagara County also continue to provide excellent fishing for steelhead and rainbow trout. Brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout and coho salmon are typically found in shallow, nearshore waters of Lake Ontario, its tributaries and embayments during April.

A number of new fishing regulations have been enacted to expand trout fishing opportunities in western New York.  Year-round trout fishing is now available on seven additional streams in the region: Cattaraugus Creek (upstream of Springville Dam), Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, Elm Creek, East Koy Creek and the Allegany County portion of Wiscoy Creek can now be fished during the normally closed trout season (October 16 - March 31) on a catch and release, artificial lures only basis.  During the regular season, the stream�s normal regulations apply.  Goose Creek in Chautauqua County is now open for fishing with the normal regulations applying all year (no minimum size, five trout per day, with only two trout greater than 12 inches allowed, and no bait restrictions).


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