DEC trout sampling is March 24 and 25 in Naples, Pleasant Valley

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Annual DEC sampling of the rainbow trout run in Finger Lakes tributariesis scheduled for:

• 9 a.m., March 24, at Naples Creek, just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge.

• 10 a.m., March 25, Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County.

The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.

During sampling, data taken on each fish will consist of length, weight, sex and spawning condition. A scale is used to determine age, growth rate and life history.  Sampling results will be available to the public at the DEC Region 8 fisheries office prior to the April 1 opening of the “inland” trout fishing season. Anglers wanting to fish for trout before April 1 are reminded that trout fishing is open year-round in the main bodies of the Finger Lakes.