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MONTOUR FALLS, HAMMONDSPORT—Trout season starts April 1, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has been fish shocking to see what the season will be like.The DEC was at Catharine Creek, Monday, March 16, taking samples of the trout. After the fish were measured for weight and length, all were released at the end. According to Web Pearsall, with the DEC Region 8 Fishery, they collected 133 trout in Montour Falls. The average length was 12 to 29 inches and up to nine pounds.
Brad Hammers, with the DEC, said there were a lot of fish spread out through the creek and none had spawned yet. He explained as long as it stays cold, the trout should stay in the creek. Pearsall said the water temperature that day was 38 degrees. Hammers said fish spawn in 42 to 45 degree water temperatures.
The DEC was at a number of locations last week including Cold Brook in Hammondsport Friday, March 20 taking samples of the trout. In addition to the DEC workers, a crowd of 30 people had gathered to see what the fish were like.
Hammers said they measured 10 fish, five of which were over 15 inches and the largest was six pounds. The trout here had not spawned yet either.
“They are really nice fish this year,” said Hammers. Pearsall added, “fishing should be good.”


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