ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – With spring starting to appear in Central New York, it also means that trout fishing has returned! This past Monday was the official start to the fishing season, which means that anglers are out and making their catches.
In nearby Elbridge, crews with the Onondaga County Parks Department are keeping busy, stocking nearly one hundred miles of streams with trout. The nearby Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery helps keep a healthy population of trout in the county’s waterways, and is unique in that it’s one of only four hatcheries operated by a county in the state.
Eric Stanczyk, the Superintendent of Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery says “If we didn’t stock Onondaga County, I think the fishing would definitely suffer. Green Lakes would not get the 7 thousand fish that it gets annually.”
The hatchery alone stocks nearly 85,000 trout annually, including the New York State fish; The Brook trout. The Fish Hatchery hosts events year-round, for all skill levels. For a link to the calendar, which includes hiking events, educational lessons, and much more, click here.