Opening day for trout and salmon fishing begins today with high, cold water and icy banks and stream beds anticipated. This could make for a dangerous early season angling, particularly in northern areas of the state, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said.

The DEC plans to stock more than 2.1 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,000 miles of streams across the state. Spring stockings will include over 1.5 million brown trout, 432,000 rainbow trout and 158,000 brook trout. Approximately 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 12-13 inches in length will also be stocked into lakes and streams across the state

With roughly over 2 million yearling lake trout, Steelhead, landlocked salmon, Splake and Coho salmon will be also be stocked by DEC this spring to provide exciting angling opportunities over the next several years.