Each year DEC releases over one million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes-- to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied.
Raising these fish is a big task that requires precise methods and specialized equipment and facilities. The DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge.
For a listing of waters (by county) anticipated to be stocked with yearling and older trout for the spring fishing season, refer to the Spring Trout Stocking schedule on the DEP web site.
A list of upcoming local stocking events is below (if any). Volunteers are needed. Please report at the indicated time and gathering point if you are interested in helping to introduce the trout to their new waters.