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Trout Brook

Located in southern Wyoming County, Trout Brook flows through the towns of Wethersfield and Pike before joining Wiscoy Creek near the Village of Pike.

Public Access

There are 0.8 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR) located along Trout Brook; lower sections require land owner's permission. There are no official PFR parking areas or designated angler footpaths along Trout Brook, however PFR of Trout Brook can be accessed at East Hillside Road crossing.

Trout Brook Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF) (509 KB)

Fish Species

Brown Trout and Brook Trout

General Fishing Information

Trout Brook is a small, yet productive stream that supports populations of wild brown and brook trout. The stream has cool water temperatures that persist through the summer. Along the stream there is a mix of small openings and areas with tight overhanging canopy and shrubs. Anglers equipped with a light and short rod are better suited to fish the majority of the creek. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for more advice on fishing for both wild and stocked trout.

Regulations

Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

Trout Brook is a high quality tributary of Wiscoy Creek, managed as a wild brown and brook trout stream. The stream has not been stocked with hatchery trout for at least 50 years.

Fish Survey Report 2015

In July 2015, Region 9 fisheries staff and angler volunteers conducted trout population sampling by electrofishing on Trout Brook. This sampling was part of tri-annual sampling throughout the Wiscoy Creek watershed and also part of a post habitat enhancement evaluation for nearby N. Branch Wiscoy Creek. Trout population sampling at Hardy's Road was conducted in 2010-2015 prior to and after the habitat enhancement project as a "control" site. Sampling was also conducted at two sites in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015 as part of the tri-annual sampling.

Brown Trout

Figure 1 below illustrates brown trout population trends over all sampling years. At the Hardy's Road site, yearling and older (adult) wild brown trout abundance varied some, but remained high from 2006-2013, then declined considerably in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, we found the lowest abundance (432/mile) of all survey years. Habitat has been virtually unchanged at this site in all survey years. At the Hillside Road site, we observed considerable variation in the abundance of adult wild brown trout from 2006-2015, with the lowest value of abundance (797/mile) in 2015. Abundance and biomass of brown trout was exceptionally high at this site in 2009. Adult trout habitat at this site has changed little from 2006-2015.

Brook Trout

A few brook trout were found at the Hardy's Road site in 2015 (likely due to a cold water tributary entering within the site), but brown trout dominate the catch at this site. In 2015 we found 1,000 adult brook trout/mile at the Hillside Road site. Brook trout abundance at this site is higher than other portions of the book as two cold water tributaries containing brook trout enter at the upper end of our site, and past work has shown that brook trout abundance declines quickly as you move downstream very far below Hillside Road.

Young-of-the-year trout

Brown trout young-of-year (YOY) numbers captured at the Hardy's Road site varied considerably from a high of 682/mile in 2006 to a low of 91/mile in 2013. In 2015 we captured 420/mile. At the Hillside Road site, the second highest number of YOY brown trout were captured in 2015 (824/mile) in the 2006-2015 period. Young-of-year brook trout were captured at very high abundance (1,568/mile) at the Hillside Road site in 2015. The high abundance of YOY brook trout in 2015 corresponds with what we have found in a large number of other Region 9 waters this year.

Summary

Wild brown and brook trout populations in Trout Brook have varied considerably from 2006-2015, with a general declining trend for brown trout during the period and the lowest values being found for brown trout at both sites in 2015. The causes for this decline are not readily apparent as reproduction appears to have been adequate to support a more abundant brown trout population. NYSDEC plans to continue monitoring trout populations in Trout Brook and Wiscoy Creek as part of Regional sampling in 2016 and will make appropriate management changes to the fishery if they are deemed necessary.