April 1 marks the start of trout season, and there are numerous opportunities to take advantage of this sport all around the region. If you need a fishing license, they’re only just $25 ($50 for non-resident) and good for one year from the date of purchase.

Each spring, thousands of yearling brown, brook and rainbow trout raised at DEC Fish Hatcheries are stocked in over 50 streams in the region. In addition, select streams are also supplemented with 2-year old brown trout that average 12-15 inches long. The most popular and heavily stocked streams in the region include the Genesee River and Cattaraugus, Ischua, East Koy and Goose creeks.

For some anglers, there is nothing finer than catching a brilliantly colored wild trout. Anglers have excellent opportunity to catch wild brown, brook and rainbow trout in western New York, especially in Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties. Wild trout tend to be more finicky than stocked trout, and they can be a challenge to catch. Streams designated as wild trout streams are not stocked. Since these streams are supported wholly by natural reproduction, anglers are urged to practice catch and release.

Several Lakes and ponds in the region are stocked with trout each spring. The most substantial yearling trout stockings occur in Allegany County and Cattaraugus County in Allen, Rushford, Case, Harwood, New Albion, Quaker and Red House Lakes. Most of these lakes also receive 2-year old brown trout in spring and are usually supplemented with surplus broodstock trout in the fall. Trout fishing is best on these ponds and lakes in the spring. These waters also support warm-water fish communities that include bass, yellow perch and sunfish which provide good fishing in the summertime.

Visit for a list of stocked bodies of water and regulations by county.

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out there,  the Chamber of Commerce in Arcade is offering adventure to early season anglers with their annual Tri-County Trout Derby set for the Upper Cattaraugus Creek, April 14 and 15.  All New York State fishing regulations must be followed.  Register online at the Arcade Chamber’s website.  There is also a printable application available online or at the Chamber’s office.

The Tri-County Trout Derby is Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15    Fishing will be from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.  There will be a Derby Headquarters located at the Arcade Fire Department (145 North St. Arcade, NY).  It opens at 5 a.m. both days of Derby and offers Derby info, registration packets not picked up early, one of two official check points, prize money for fish, food and drinks, bait, 50/50 tickets, Community Fish tickets, apparel, raffles, and more,

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