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Essex County leads New York state’s DEC spring fish stocking list

March 29, 2019
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

RAY BROOK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released information on its spring fish stocking schedule, and Essex County leads the way statewide with 97 locations.

Most of the stocking will occur starting in mid-April. A mix of rainbow, brook and brown trout will be stocked.

In Essex County, the DEC plans to stock 8,500 rainbow trout in Lake Placid as well as 7,400 rainbows in the Hudson River in Minerva. The stocking plan includes fish being added to the Saranac, AuSable and Boquet rivers in the county as well.

"DEC stocks more than two million catchable size trout each year," DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino wrote in an email. "DEC stocks fish of smaller sizes to provide future fishing opportunities when they grow to a larger size.

"Different species are stocked based on the suitability for a particular waterbody type and the recreational opportunity we are trying to provide.

"In most cases, stocking is used as a tool to supplement, expand, and restore fish populations for the purposes of providing recreational fishing opportunities."

Franklin County has the fourth-most stocking locations in the state with 60. The Salmon River in Malone will get more than 9,000 brown trout. Lake Colby will see 3,400 rainbow trout, and Sumner Brook in Bloomingdale will get 300 brook trout.

Hamilton County is next for the North Country. Indian Lake and Lake Pleasant will get just shy of 7,000 brown trout while Lake Eaton in the town of Long Lake will get 3,100 rainbows.

In Clinton County, the DEC plans on adding more than 13,000 brown trout to Lake Champlain as well as 7,700 rainbows to Chazy Lake and 4,600 brook trout to the North Branch of the Saranac River.

Cranberry Lake in St. Lawrence County will receive 7,000 brook trout in May, and Star Lake will get 2,000 rainbows.

To see a full list of stocking locations by county, go onine to



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