April Fish in and around CNY

Central New York has a marvelous web of streams running through it; every strand ideal trout habitat. This setting makes the place the perfect temple for trout worshipers. On April first, opening day of their favorite fishing season, you'll see 'em out along the banks or standing in the creeks performing their rite of spring.

Hailing from all walks of life, they're an ordinary looking bunch of guys and gals most of the time. Hell, you might live next to one, maybe work with 'em, attend the same class even, and never know their fondest April fools dream is to get decked out in latex or neoprene waders and stand up to their privates in caressing currents whipping long rods, casting baits for trout.

Below are some places you'll find them indulging in their favorite water sport.

Chittenango Creek

Tracing its roots to Tuscarora Reservoir, this stream stays pretty reclusive initially, meandering through lowland forests, Nelson Swamp and pastures. At Cazenovia's southern limits it hooks up with NY 13 and the two are almost inseparable all the way to Chittenango.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) stocks roughly 14,200 brown trout averaging eight inches and 2,000 that are over 12 inches annually. Winter survival is decent and a lot of holdovers, ranging from 16 to 22 inches are available.

Limestone Creek

Spawned at the base of the DeRuyter Reservoir dam, Limestone runs for roughly 25 miles before joining Butternut Creek west of North Manlius; and feeding Chittenango Creek a little north of the hamlet.

DEC stocks 11,000 brown trout annually, including 4500, 14-inch, two-year-olds. The rest are yearlings averaging eight inches.

Limestone is most easily accessible at the bridges and parks in the villages of Manlius and Fayetteville.

Butternut Creek.

This splendid trout stream emerges from a swamp near Apulia Station, on the northern edge of the divide separating the Oswego River and Susquehanna River drainages. It wiggles north for over 20 miles and feeds Chittenango Creek in the massive bottomland north of Minoa.

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