Wildlife experts urge fishers to avoid heat-stressed trout

PHOTO: Linda Stewart

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State fisheries experts are asking anglers to take it easy on trout and salmon during the dog days of summer, since the cold-water fish are likely stressed from the heat.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says heat-stressed fish often gather in large numbers in pockets of colder water. The agency says responsible anglers won’t take unfair advantage of the situation.

Catch-and-release fishing is discouraged because trout suffering from the heat are likely to die from the additional stress.

Fisheries managers ask that anglers be particularly mindful of temperatures on the Salmon River in Oswego County, Esopus Creek in Ulster County, and West Canada Creek in Oneida County.

DEC suggests fishing for more heat-tolerant species like smallmouth bass.

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