Fish Stocking Lists
Use the links below to find information on the freshwater fish species and numbers that were released in waters statewide. All DEC hatchery stocking data, as well as municipality run hatchery stocking data from Essex, Onondaga, and Warren counties are included.
Lists Updated on 5/15/2023
Fish Stocking List: 2011-2022*
Use this searchable dataset on data.ny.gov to filter stocking information by county, waterbody, species, or size.
2022 New York Fish Stocking List* (PDF)
This list provides details on the number and amount of fish stocked in waters statewide in 2022.
* Note: The records do not include the current year as that information is not finalized and compiled until the end of the calendar year. For an anticipated list of current year stocking information, view the annual spring fish stocking lists.
Fish Stocking Information
Anticipated Trout Stocking for Current Year
Review a list of waters (by county) anticipated to be stocked with yearling and older trout for the spring fishing season beginning April 1 each year.
Why DEC Stocks Fish
- to enhance recreational fishing
- to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied
Raising Fish for Stocking
Breeding and rearing fish is a large task that requires precise methods and specialized equipment and facilities. There are 12 DEC Fish Hatcheries statewide, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge, and tiger muskellunge.
Managing Stocking and Fisheries
Walleye Egg Take
Walk through a step-by-step process on how DEC breeds and rears walleye to a stockable size.
Fisheries Management Surveys and Reports
Review DEC survey reports generated by Fisheries biologists statewide. The surveys help biologists make informed decisions on the numbers and types of species to be stocked to maintain sustainable fish populations and support recreational fisheries.
Private Pond Stocking
Private Fish Stocking
Find details on licenses and requirements when privately stocking ponds, lakes, and streams. The information on this page is for landowners and groups/organizations wishing to stock their waters usually for recreational fishing purposes or for controlling nuisance aquatic species.