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Trout stocking begins ahead of fishing season

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Thousands of trout were released in local waters on Monday morning in time for fishing season. 

Monday was the first day of stocking the nearby creeks - Newtown, Sing Sing, and Post Creek - this spring. 

"We replenish the trout in the streams because the natural reproduction isn't that good, so fishermen can come out and catch more fish - or catch fish - and we do it every year," Donald Walker, the stocking chairman for Steuben and Chemung counties, said.

Walker says natural reproduction isn't good because conditions aren't the best, and most of the fish are caught anyway leaving little to no chance to reproduce. 

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation picks areas on where it wants to place the fish, so Walker's team meets the trout truckload and does the work. 

The fish consist of one-year-old yearling trout, also known as rainbow trout, which are about 8 to 9 inches long. Brown trout, which are two years old, run anywhere from 12 to 16 inches long. 

About 2,400 fish in total were released at over a dozen spots between the three creeks so that every area will be stocked evenly. 

"This stream is closed here right now, and so they can't fish for another week and a half, I think it is, so the fish will be here when they come and the sportsmen can come out and enjoy it," Walker added.

Fishing season begins on Sunday, April 1 which is also Easter. 

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