Over 21,000 Trout Being Stocked on Long Island

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation will stock Long Island lakes and streams with 21,600 hatchery brown and rainbow trout this spring.

Stocking in Nassau and Suffolk counties typically begins and March and continues into April or May, depending on location.

The hatchery-raised trout will include a mix of rainbows and browns in the 8-inch range, as well as some very nice 12- to 15-inch brown trout.

In Nassau County, Massapequa Reservoir in Oyster Bay will see the most fish, with several plantings totaling 2,550 trout.

Upper Twin Pond in Hempstead will be planted with 1,310 trout, and Oyster Mill Pond will also receive a modest number.

In Suffolk County, Hards Lake in Brookhaven will be stocked with 2,690 brown and rainbow trout during the same period.

Other top spots will be Belmont Lake near Babylon, where 2,560 trout are on the plan, and Carmans River in Brookhaven, where 2,220 trout will go.

Additional Suffolk County waters on the trout-stocking schedule include Argyle, Canaan, East, Laurel, and West lakes; Kahler and Twin ponds; Carlls, Connetquot, and Nissequogue rivers; and Rattlesnake Creek.

If you’re new to this kind of fishing or need a refresher, we have a simple guide to help you catch more trout.

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