Although trout season officially began throughout the state April 1, the chances of catching a trout on Fort Drum increased greatly thanks to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In coordination with Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program, the DEC stocked approximately 2,360 brown trout and 1,410 brook trout on the installation April 22.
Brown trout were stocked at eight angling sites along Black Creek in the training area. The West Branch of Black Creek was stocked with 470 brook trout in two places – where the creek intersects Lake School Road (at Angling Site 18) and where the creek goes under Route. 3A. Finally, 940 brook trout were stocked in Remington Pond. Anglers are reminded that a catch-and-release policy exists on Remington Pond.
A Fort Drum recreation permit is required to fish on the installation. A permit can be purchased at the Natural Resources Permit Office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Recreation permits also are available through the mail. Persons 15 or younger do not need a New York license or Fort Drum recreation permit to fish in the cantonment area.
Check Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management web site at www.fortdrum.isportsman.net for fish stocking maps, angling brochures and permit application instructions and forms to download. For those who need equipment, fishing gear is available for rent at Parks and Recreation, Bldg. P-11115, Iraqi Freedom Drive.
A Free Fishing Day as well as a youth fishing derby will take place Saturday, May 21 at Remington Park. A New York state fishing license is not required to fish that day on post, but a Fort Drum recreation permit and access pass will be required to check into the training area.
Fort Drum recreation permits are free of charge this season. Anyone who holds a Fort Drum recreation permit for other activities (such as hunting) also can fish on the Free Fishing Day using their current permit.
All the stocked trout were yearling fish 8-9 inches long. The purpose of the stocking program is to enhance local fishing opportunities for recreationists on Fort Drum. See the DEC web site at www.dec.ny.gov for more stocking locations.The next stocking event will take place in June when rainbow trout are scheduled to be released in Quarry Pond.