It's opening day for trout anglers in New York, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging caution.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens notes that last year at this time, anglers experienced relatively "tranquil" conditions due to an early spring and little snow runoff.
This year, however, heavy snows have resulted in high, cold stream conditions that Martens says "will not be friendly to early season trout anglers" in the Adirondack Park.
"After a long, cold and snowy winter, we know that anglers are anxious to hit the water," he said, noting that a good portion of the North Country remains covered with snow, restricting access to some streams.
Martens says high stream flows will make early season angling difficult.
April Fool's Day marks the beginning of trout, lake trout, and landlocked Atlantic salmon seasons statewide.
DEC plans to stock some 2.3 million brook, brown and rainbow trout in more than 300 lakes and ponds and in about 3,000 miles of streams in New York.
Anglers arc urged to observe state fishing license requirements.