By Elijah Shama SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)– Trout season in Central New York opens this Saturday, the 1st ofApril. New York state estimates that season won’t be lacking in fish and an upwards of 20,000 rainbow trout expected to be found in Skaneateles Lake. Dr. Neil Ringler a Professor at SUNY ESF says that its impossible know for sure what the trout season might look like, but the species population is on the rise.
“There are trout in the rivers and streams that weren’t there 30 years ago…the population has really made a comeback and looks stronger than ever” said Ringler.
Scientists aren’t the only ones that are optimistic, Marc Cramer a Co Owner of local fishing store The Troutfitters is optimistic about this years sales. He says Trout season is like the start of baseball season for Syracuse.
“People get excited and it always brings in business for us so yeah, I guess I would say I’m bullish on trout” said Cramer.
For people looking to catch that trophy trout Dr. Ringler says that the best chance comes with rainy weather early in the morning towards the start of the season.
“If it were me I’d be out there this weekend fly fishing… you want to be out there as early as possible with slightly murky water so the fish can’t see you…if there’s a chance for that big catch those are the conditions you need,” said Ringler.
Fishermen are advised to check their fishing licenses as some of the rules have recently changed.