ALBANY, N.Y. - It's opening day for trout and salmon fishing in New York on Monday.
The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to stock more than 2 million catchable-size trout in 307 lakes and ponds and 3,000 miles of streams statewide this spring.
About 2,000 rainbow trout are being released in Albany's Six Mile Waterworks Monday morning during a free fishing event to kick off the 2013 fresh water fishing season. When stocking is complete, anyone can fish without a fishing license from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Six Mile Waterworks is home to a variety of freshwater fish species including:
largemouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, chain pickerel, brown bullhead and most
recently, rainbow trout.
Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will be there to talk about other upcoming free fishing days.
The environmental agency also plans to stock about 2 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, salmon and splake this spring to provide angling opportunities over the next several years.
Stocking begins in late March and early April in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and western New York, and moves to the Catskills and Adirondacks as weather permits.