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The 5 Most Underrated Trout Streams in New York

Don't miss these 5 overlooked streams.

When you think about the best trout fishing in New York, your mind may quickly land on either the Catskill Mountains or the venerable Adirondack Mountains. But central and western New York have their trout fishing destinations as well. In fact, New York state offers some of the best trout streams in the lower 48, and they're easy to access. Brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, plus some other trout species, are all abundant in New York's waters.

Although anglers will generally need to wait until the state's season opener on the first of April, changes in the regulations have made it easier for trout anglers to achieve fishing success. Each year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) stocks about 2.3 million catchable trout in almost 300 lakes and ponds, and roughly 3,100 miles of streams. Many streams have wild populations of trout, too.

Because not all streams are stocked, the NYS DEC developed a statewide trout-stream management plan, designed to improve trout fishing resources. Implementing a seasonal catch-and-release program along with guidelines around lures allows anglers in some areas to fish year-round.

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