(WBNG Binghamton) Fishing conditions at local creeks were less than ideal but anglers still tried for a first catch of the season. Monday was opening day of the 2013 trout and salmon fishing season in New York.
Rain over the last 24 hours pushed rivers and creeks higher and faster. Anglers at Nanticoke and Owego Creeks also contended with muddy banks and morning rain and even some snow.
Even if they don't hook a trout, many come out just to enjoy the relaxing nature of the sport. " I don't take anything. I usually put it all back. But it's just a peaceful place to be one with nature, that kind of thing," said William Evans.
New York State has issued 1.88 million fishing licenses and the Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that it will stock waterways with about 900,000 pounds of fish.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging people of all ages to take advantage of fishing opportunities and free clinics offered at New York lakes, ponds, streams and creeks.