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Trout Stream Management in New York

Inland Trout Stream Management

Inland trout streams are an important component of New York State's diverse fishery resource. An abundance of trout fishing opportunity is available to New York anglers. To get a rough idea of the extent of the resource, consider that trout have been documented in over 3,000 New York streams and over 80% of these streams supported wild trout. In 2016, hatchery-reared trout were stocked in 444 streams to enhance trout fishing opportunity. Additionally, New York anglers rank inland trout streams second only to warmwater lakes among their preferred water bodies for recreational fishing (2007 New York Statewide Angler Survey).

Rainbow trout

Streams with the ecological characteristics necessary to support brown trout, rainbow trout and native brook trout are not uniformly distributed across the state and the productive capacity of these streams varies widely. Trout stream management means maintaining and, where possible, increasing the value of this resource to the recreational users and to the general public Engstrom-Heg 1979 (PDF, 3.3 MB). A wide variety of tools are available to fisheries managers to achieve this goal; notably fishing regulations, access and information, habitat protection and improvement, and stocking hatchery-reared trout. As a public agency founded on scientific principles, NYSDEC places great importance on measuring the outcome of management strategies against well-defined objectives.

Trout Stream Management Meeting Series - Fall 2017

Angler wading in a trout stream

Since 1990, NYSDEC has generally managed trout streams for a desired catch rate. A catch rate, the number of fish caught per hour, has the advantage of being a well-defined and easy-to-understand objective. However, after nearly three decades, NYSDEC fisheries managers feel a duty to engage the public in an examination of how well the current management goal fits the purpose of satisfying the desires of today's recreational trout stream anglers. A thorough understanding of the fishery characteristics valued by trout stream anglers is necessary for biologists to identify and develop the strategies needed for the future.

To provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists, a series of public meetings will be held in each NYSDEC region. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public.

Meeting Schedule

For the meetings scheduled thus far, details follow below. One meeting will be held in NYSDEC Region 1 (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) and one meeting will be held in Region 2 (New York City). Two meetings are planned for each of the other seven regions.

Doors open at 6:30 for coffee and conversation. Presentation begins at 7:00.

Trout Stream Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Time Address County
September 13
6:30-9:00 PM 4H Training Center
556 Middleline Rd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Directions to the Training Center (Leaving DEC website)
September 19
6:30-9:00 PM Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources
SUNY Cobleskill
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Cobleskill campus Map (Leaving DEC website)
September 26
6:30-9:00 PM Town of Plattsburgh Office
151 Banker Rd.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
October 3
6:30-9:00 PM Reinstein Woods Nature Center
93 Honorine Drive
Depew, NY 14043
Directions to Reinstein Woods
October 5
6:30-9:00 PM NYSDEC Region 3 Office
21 South Putt Corners
New Paltz, NY 12561
Directions to Region 3 Office
October 5
6:30-9:00 PM NYSDEC Region 9 Office
182 East Union Street
Allegany, NY 14706
Directions to Region 9 Allegany Office
October 18
6:30-9:00 PM Poestenkill Fire Department (Station #1)
182 Main Street (Route 355)
Poestenkill, NY 12140
October 18
6:30-9:00 PM Paul V Moore High School Auditorium
44 School Drive
Central Square, NY 13036
About Paul V Moore High School (Leaving DEC website)
October 19
6:30-9:00 PM Hammondsport High School
8272 Main Street
Hammondsport, NY 14840
October 23
6:30-9:00 PM NYSDEC Region 8 Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Rd. (Routes 5 and 20)
Avon, NY 14414
Directions to Region 8 Avon Office
October 26
6:30-9:00 PM Utica State Office Bldg.
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Directions to Region 6 Utica Office
October 26
6:30-9:00 PM Whitney Point High School Auditorium
10 Keibel Road
Whitney Point, NY 13862
October 26
6:30-9:00 PM Cortlandt Town Hall (Vincent Nyberg General Meeting Room)
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
November 2
6:30-9:00 PM Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
November 9
6:00-8:30 PM State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601-3787
Directions to State Office Building
November 15
6:30-9:00 PM NYSDEC Region 2 Office
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Directions to Region 2 Office

***Additional meetings will be posted as dates and details are confirmed***6:30-9:00 PM

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