Each year DEC releases approximately 900,000 pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes-- to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied.
Raising these fish is a big task that requires precise methods and specialized equipment and facilities. The DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge.
For a listing of waters (by county) anticipated to be stocked with yearling and older trout for the spring fishing season, refer to the Spring Trout Stocking link below.
For a list of waters (by county) that were actually stocked the previous year, refer to the Fish Stocking Lists link below. The fish are stocked in cooperation with County Federated Sportsmen.
Stocking Private Waters
A stocking permit from the DEC is required for stocking any water of the state, including stocking private waters. Fill out the stocking permit application (PDF) (944 kB) and return it to the appropriate DEC office (listed on the back of the form).
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