ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Snow showers this morning did not stop local fishermen from getting out on the first day of trout season in the state of New York. Those who were willing to brave the cold went to fishing holes around the region to get in on the early season action.
With a mild spring so far, many waterways are above average for this time of year leading to the fish being more active. Pair this with the 1.8 million trout that were stocked into waters across the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation over the last few weeks and fishing conditions, officials say, should be prime early this season.
Local fishing enthusiast, Jay Vassil is more than excited to get out and go fishing, comparing it to Christmas Day.
Before casting a line this Spring, the state of New York wants to remind everyone taking part to make sure they have an up-to-date fishing license if they are 16 years or older.
In addition, participants are encouraged to check out the new fishing regulations that may differ from fishing spot to fishing spot.