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 Long Islands Golden Fly Fishing Triangle

 N.Y.Times -Brook Trout Still Thriving On Long Island- 


Local Area Fishing Forecast:

 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast


Published: NYS DEC 03/31/2018

The month of March brought heavy snowfall and colder than normal temperatures to large parts of New York State. Early season fishing conditions on trout streams will depend heavily on the rate at which the snow melts. At this point, anglers planning to hit the streams on April 1st should expect to encounter the typical early season challenges of cold water temperatures and high flows. Anglers looking for more predictable early season trout fishing should consider fishing the many lakes and ponds that offer trout and salmon fishing opportunities around the state. The full list of spring trout stockings planned for 2018 is available. Information on fish stockings completed in recent years (including brook trout stocked as fingerlings) are available through OpenNY Data.

Long Island (DEC Region 1)

Fishing before April 1

The trout season on Long Island is open year-round. After two years of drought, the wet weather this winter has brought Long Island's ponds and streams back up to near normal levels. Despite numerous nor'easters in March this year the trout have been stocked on schedule and most Long Island waters have already been stocked. In addition to these fish, anglers should also find some nice trout that have held over from Fall 2017 stockings in waters such as Deep Pond, Kahlers Pond, Upper Yaphank Lake and West Lake in Suffolk County and in Massapequa Reservoir and Upper Twin Pond in Nassau County. Other recommended lakes and ponds include Laurel Lake, East Lake, Southards Pond and Argyle Lake in Suffolk County. In Nassau County, Oyster Bay Mill Pond is also a good bet. Many of these waters also hold over a good number of fish from one year to the next, increasing the opportunity to catch large trout. The Long Island Trout Stocking List is available from the Regional Office by calling 631-444-0280 or e-mailing us at fwfish1

Long Island's Trout Rivers

The Carmans, Nissequogue and Connetquot Rivers in Suffolk County are some of the best locations in New York State for early season fly fishing. The Connetquot is open for fly fishing on a catch and release basis through the winter (call 631-581-1005 for more info), while the Carmans in Southaven County Park and the Nissequogue in Caleb Smith State Park open for fly fishing on April 1st. Unlike other areas of the state, Long Island's more temperate climate usually provides for some early hatches. Tidal sections of these waters are open year-round and provide excellent fishing opportunities and hold trophy-size fish. This was demonstrated in 2016 by a 25.5" brown trout caught in the tidal section of the Carmans River that received a catch and release award through the Angler Achievement Awards Program. Large rainbow trout are being reported this year from the tidal Connetquot River.

Anglers interested in catching wild trout on Long Island should check out the Carmans River in Southaven County Park. All brook trout in the Carmans River are wild fish. The DEC Angler Survey conducted from 2011 through 2013 found that nearly a third of the trout caught in Southaven County Park were wild brook trout, and they ranged up to 15 inches. Please note that brook trout are catch-and-release only in all freshwater and tidal streams on Long Island except in the State Parks on the Connetquot and Nissequogue Rivers. For the stocked rainbows and browns, there is a three fish daily limit.

DEC will also continue to stock the Connetquot River State Park this spring to supplement the trout that State Parks is raising in the Connetquot Hatchery. The Connetquot Hatchery is back on line now after making improvements to their water supply and hatch house. They are producing and stocking rainbow trout and brook trout in the Connetquot River. Connetquot Hatchery fish are also being stocked in Caleb Smith State Park and in Belmont Lake in advance of the Fishing Festival (see below). Anglers are reporting continued improvement in the fishing in Connetquot River State Park.

Spring Fishing Festival

The annual I FISH NY Spring Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake State Park will be on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event, cosponsored by the DEC and State Parks, is a special "Free Fishing Event". The requirement for a fishing license is waived for the event. The Regional Fisheries Unit will be loaning out fishing rods and State Parks will provide free bait for the event. There will also be a children's casting contest, fly casting demonstrations and other programs of interest to the whole family. DEC will stock nearly 2,500 trout into Belmont Lake in advance of the event and State Parks will be stocking another 1,000 trout on the day of the event.





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