Essex County Trout Stocking Programs
Information Supplied by
Steven A. LaMere, Director
Essex County Fisheries Department
In 1982, Essex County assumed ownership of the state fish hatchery
in Crown Point. Traditionally, this facility had stocked yearling
brook, brown, and rainbow trout in Essex County waters. The program
began an exciting transition from yearling (7"-9") trout
production to two year-old (12"-14") trout production
in 1990. The Essex County Fish Hatchery now releases approximately
30,000 two year-old and 20,00 yearling trout annually into roughly
65 bodies of water, making it one of the most unique and ambitious
stocking programs in the northeastern United States.
The species of trout raised at the Essex County Fish Hatchery include
rainbow, brook, and brown trout. In the Adirondacks, the rainbow
trout is a colorful, hearty and abundant breed. The size range of
adult Adirondack rainbows is from 12 to 28 inches and 1 to 9 pounds.
Brook trout thrive in cold, clean waters and adults range in size
from 10 to 20 inches and ½ to 5 pounds. The brook trout is
an excellent food and game fish and is native to Adirondack waters.
The brown trout prefers warmer temperatures and slower moving water
than either the brookie or the rainbow This species can grow to
18 inches in some of our Adirondack lakes. Eagle Lake in Ticonderoga
is an example of a premier brown trout water.
Some of the local waters the Essex County Fish Hatchery stocks
are the following: In Crown Point; Phelps Brook, and Putnam Creek.
In Moriah; Mill Brook (upstream of falls, just west of Route 22),
Roes Pond (specially designated a kids fishing area), McKenzie Brook
(upstream of falls on Fish & Game Club Property), Grove Brook
(above first impassable fish barrier), and Ensign Pond. In Schroon
Lake; Alder Meadow Brook, Rogers Brook, Schroon River, Spectacle
Pond Brook, and Paradox Lake (East Basin only). In Ticonderoga;
Putnam Creek, Trout Brook, Eagle Lake, LaChute River, and Five-mile
The Essex County Fish Hatchery is open 7 days a week- year round-
8:00am to 4:00 pm. Self guided tours and stocking lists are available.
The Fish Hatchery is an ideal stop for a relaxing, informative and
fun day for the entire family. If you would like further information
you may contact Steven A. LaMere, Director, Essex County Fisheries
Dept., P.O. Box 501, Crown Point, NY 12928. (518)-597-3844.
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