- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation officials say the state’s fishing season for trout and salmon will open on Wednesday.

The Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner says some of the season’s best fishing can be found in lakes and ponds immediately after the ice is out.

With 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, the state also is home to an estimated 1.9 million anglers, while nearly 300,000 others come from out-of-state.

A study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the industry generates nearly $2 billion in economic activity annually and supports almost 17,000 jobs.

The DEC plans to stock over 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in 312 lakes and ponds and about 2,900 miles of streams.

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