DEC’s stocking program traditionally commences in late March and early April with the stocking of catchable-size trout in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and western New York. It then proceeds, as weather and stream conditions permit, to the Catskills and Adirondacks.
Early season trout fishing recommendations by DEC staff in each region can be found in the 2013 Coldwater Fishing Forecast. Anglers searching for places to fish will be interested in the I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing in New York State.
This map/brochure provides information on over 320 lakes and pond and 110 rivers. Anglers desiring to order a map may do so by emailing their name and address to email@example.com (include NY FISHING MAP in the subject line). An interactive version of the guide can also be found on the DEC website.
DEC’s website also provides specific locations on streams where DEC has purchased fishing easements. Information on Public Fishing Rights Maps can be found on the DEC website. Anglers are encouraged to contact a DEC Regional Office for questions on fishing opportunities within a specific region.
Anglers are reminded to be sure to disinfect their fishing equipment before entering a new body of water.
All gear should be dried and/or disinfected before it is used in a new body of water. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing gear can be found on the DEC website.