Re-stocking the waters for opening day of trout season

FAYETTVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Saturday is a big day for folks who like to fish-- it's the opening day of trout season.

Before the lure hits the waters the streams have to re-stocked with fish.

“I look forward to this day getting outside, it's the end of a cold winter, you know to me it's the beginning of Spring,” said Eric Stanczyk of Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery.

Everyone wants to get a great catch on opening day. But what does it take to get a fish in a stream near you? It all starts with fish eggs and the nurturing from employees at hatcheries like Carpenter’s Brook.

“We'll hatch those fish out throughout the fall and the winter until they're about 5 or 6 inches long and then we'll move them outside into the outdoor ponds and we'll keep them there for a year, year and a half,” said Stanczyk.

After that, the fish are big enough to be trucked out to local streams and lakes.

Volunteers from local high schools  helped out with the process.

"This is harder than it looks. I thought this was going to be a piece of cake but it's not at all," said Hudson Giangiobbe of Baldwinsville.

Trucks with water tanks were loaded with 2,400 trout on Wednesday, all of which were delivered to favorite local fishing spots.

The past few weeks, Carpenters Fish Brook Hatchery has been re-stocking local lakes and streams like this one here in Pools Brook with a fresh batch of Brook Trout.

Streams like this one get a smaller batch of fish because this spot tends to get overlooked and isn't as popular as green lakes.

“This is one of the few spots where we actually dump them straight out instead of putting them in buckets and things like that,” said Stanczyk.

While the levels of most of the lakes are ok, some streams are a little high.

“Limestone, Butternut, Nine Mile, they'll take a few extra days to really start coming down between all that rain we had early in the week and that snowpack we had late in March,” said Stanczyk.

Rain may be in the forecast, but it won't last long and the cloudy skies will conceal sportsmen's movements on the banks.

“Fish slow and deep everybody says. These fish are cold. The water is still in the low 40's so they are going to be laying in any deep pocket they can find,” said Stanczyk.

If you want to find out more information on what areas have been re-stocked and what they’ve been re-stocked with, click here
 


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