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Niagara Falls lake stocked with 2,500 catfish

If you like catfish, you may want to head to Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, where 2,500 channel catfish were stocked Thursday, providing new targets for anglers.

The young fish are six to eight inches long and were bought by the city from Hickling's Fish Farm in Edmeston with a $5,000 grant from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. They are said to favor still, murky conditions such as those typical of Hyde Park Lake.

Each year, the environmental conservation department stocks the lake with brown trout from the state hatchery. That’s a good thing, but that’s mostly a put-and-take fishery, where almost all the fish are caught and removed by anglers in the same year they are stocked.

“What we’re doing here is starting to work on creating a more sustainable sport fish population and a more balanced ecology,” said Paul A. Dyster, Niagara Falls' mayor.

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