Trout anglers look forward to getting an inside line on stocked and wild fish when the season opens at sunrise Wednesday.
The Department of Environmental Conservation's program to stock 2-year-old brown trout met with all but universal acceptance last year, its first year of operation. Fewer browns were stocked than is previous years, but Trout Unlimited members, during meetings held after the stocking, reported enjoying the catch and release of these bigger fish (averaging 12-13 inches). Locations and stocking numbers of two-year-olds are about the same as last season.
The current stocking schedule for two-year-old browns includes placement before opening day in the following areas:
Allegany County -- Allen Lake, 500; Cryder Creek, 200; Genesee River, 1,700; and Canaseraga Creek, 200.
Cattaraugus County -- Ischua Creek, 1,700; Case Lake, 500; Quaker Lake, 600; and Harwood lake, 300.
Chautauqua County -- Goose Creek, 700.
Erie County -- Cattaraugus Creek, 600 and Cazenovia Creek, 400.
Wyoming County -- Buffalo Creek, 200; Tonawanda Creek, 200; East Koy Creek, 700; and Cattaraugus Creek, 600.
Yearling stocking sites
Conditions were good for stocking year-old trout. By county, these areas will be supplied before opening morning:
Allegany County -- Brown trout: Allen Lake, 2,450; Black Creek, 1,200; Canaseraga Creek, 1,600; Genesee River, 6,800; Dyke Creek, 1,500; and Cryder Creek, 1,900.
Cattaraugus County -- Brown trout: Case Lake 1,800; Harwood Lake, 2,500; New Albion Lake, 2,800; Wrights Creek, 850; Great Valley Creek, 450; Beaver Meadow Creek, 300; Connoisarauley Creek, 400; Ischua Creek (mouth to Pierce Hill Rd.), 2,000; Ischua Creek (Pierce Hill Rd. to Franklinville), 1,800; Forks Creek, 1,400; Guernsey Run, 200; Sawmill Run, 350; Hotchkiss Hollow Brook, 300; Bay State Brook, 600; Red House Brook, 450; Quaker Run, 800; Science Lake, 250; Little Conewango, 1,500; Elm Creek, 700; and Fenton Brook, 900. Rainbow trout: Great Valley Creek, 1600; Quaker Run, 800; and Bone Run, 300. Brook Trout: Red House Brook, 800; Beehunter Creek, 350; and Quaker Run, 800.
Chautauqua County -- Brown trout: Goose Creek, 1,300; Little Brokenstraw Creek, 900; Chautauqua Creek, 750; Twenty Mile Creek, 1,100; Clay Pond, 300; and Brownell Branch, 600.
Erie County -- Brown trout: Cattaraugus Creek, 5,600; Cazenovia Creek (east branch), 2,700; and Little Buffalo Creek, 2,150.
Wyoming County -- Brown Trout: Little Tonawanda Creek, 1,100; Tonawanda Creek, 1,600; East Koy Creek, 5,100; Beaver Meadow Creek, 400; and Buffalo Creek, 1,650.
Southtowns Walleye Association works with more than just walleye. Club members assisted in a program to stock rainbow trout, a project begun last year. With a permit issued by the DEC, the club stocked about 275 adult rainbow trout in an undisclosed location in Western New York this year. These fish were the ones that got away in the trout pond at the recent AgriCenter Show.
Seneca -- Perch activity remains slow, but trollers have found good mixes of trout at the north and south ends of the lake. Stickbaits suspended at 40 feet over Bellhurst Bar draws rainbows, browns and sometimes lakers. Landlocked salmon have moved into the shallows at Watkins Glen.
Waneta/Lamoka -- Both Finger Lakes-area waters have warmed well, drawing panfish into the shallows. Perch hold at 10- to 15-foot depths, bluegills hit small ice jigs in 3- to 6-foot depths.
Simcoe -- Believe it or laugh, solid ice holds around the islands off Pifferlaw. Ron Alguire of Angola caught about 80 fish Friday and came home with a 50-fish limit, about a third in the 13- to 14-inch "slob" class. He found good (10-inch or more) ice out to 30-foot depths more than 3 miles from shore. Weekend fishing dropped off with the sunshine and east winds but picked up again after prevailing winds returned.
Big fish have found their way into Georgian Bay.
Doraine Malota of Hamburg, vacationing at Silverwood Lodge with husband Ted on June 9, 1997, landed a big (42 1/2 -inch, 18 1/2 -inch girth) northern pike, which, when weighed six hours later, went 20 pounds and 3 ounces. Doraine's big northern brought her and the lodge Resorts Ontario's Trophy Category of Pike.
The Malota's have a flair for catching big fish during their annual early-June stay at Silverwood in Georgian Bay. In 1991, Ted caught and released a 56-pound muskellunge, a prize-winner that year.