The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) along with its partner agencies have collected over 16 million eggs including Chinook and coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye, and even the endangered round whitefish.
The New York DEC operates 12 fish hatcheries in the state and has stocked more than 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in over 309 lakes and ponds. Roughly 2,900 miles of streams across the state all receive stocks as well. All N.Y. hatcheries are open to the public from spring through fall, with several being open year-round.
Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said “New York’s fish hatchery system is a vital part of our effort to sustain our popular and economically important recreational fisheries, and foster restoration of rare native fish.”
With fish hatcheries seemingly in every corner of the great state of New York, there’s not only a successful rearing process, but also a fantastic time to be a fisherman in NY.
The Cayuga Lake and Raquette Lake hatcheries provide two different strains of lake trout and combine to supply 500,000 eggs. The famed Salmon River hatchery in Altmar yielded a over 2.3 million coho eggs and a whopping 3.7 million Chinook eggs.
The Adirondack hatchery in Franklin County saw another one million eggs collected from stocks of the Atlantic salmon. Some of these eggs were given the U.S. Geological Survey’s Tunison Laboratory hatchery and some were shared with the Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in neighboring Vermont.
The DEC’s Catskill and Randolph hatcheries produced 5,993,000 brown trout eggs, 1,110,000 brook trout eggs taken, and 1,558,000 rainbow trout eggs.
The famed hatchery in the sleepy village of Caledonia, N.Y. rears brown trout and rainbow trout. Almost all of the 13-15 inch two-year-old brown trout stocked in the state come from this hatchery at an annual production of an amazing 170,000 pounds.
Egg collections in the Oneida hatchery in Oswego County come in the form of over 200 million walleye eggs per year. Also included in the duties at Oneida are the experimental cultures of threatened fish such as the round whitefish, lake sturgeon, and the rare paddlefish.
Once the eggs are taken they are incubated at DEC’s state hatcheries until hatching. Afterward, they are fed and cared for by the DEC hatchery staff until they reach target stocking sizes.
Congratulations to the experts in the New York State hatchery system for another successful season of egg collection and rearing!