Trout stocked for this special regulation season are "put
& take" trout weighing from 1 to 3 pounds. Trout are not expected to
reproduce naturally here because there are no streams or creeks for them to do so. The DEC
wants you to take these trout home for the dinner table so theres no pressure to catch
& release everything. However, you should take just what need for dinner and have
fun with the rest.
Stocked trout can holdover by finding water deep enough in these ponds to accommodate
their critical comfort levels. When I spoke with DEC aquatic biologist Greg Kozlowski, he
said, "trout stocked for this special regulations area can and do, holdover when
conditions are favorable. We encourage anglers to keep fish as we get closer to the end of
spring and beginning of summer, just in case.
BAITS. While these stocked trout may have originated in a hatchery, they
are not dummies when it comes to being fooled. It may be easier to fool them soon after
stocking, but they do assimilate rather quickly and learn fast what to eat or not eat.
Best bets are always the old standby and favorite, the simple garden worm. Hooked once
through the collar, this tasty temptation is hard to resist. Whether its a stocked
"brookie" or wary brown, the garden worm is king. Other baits to use this spring
are meal worms, wax worms, shiners and small killies. Berkley Power Baits worked close to
the bottom produce very well and should be given a fair shot. In McDonald Pond, all baits
from marshmallows to dough balls have all caught trout.
WHERE TO GO. Best areas are the North Twin Lake in Wantagh, South and
McDonald ponds in Rockville Centre (Hempstead Lake State Park) and Massapequa Reservoir.
You can use a Hagstrom Atlas for Nassau County to find any of these trout waters. For more
information, call the DEC Freshwater Fisheries at 516-444-0280.
SHOW SEASON. The winter show season is just around the corner, starting with the NY
Boat Show, January 8-16, the Sportfishing Expo at the Nassau Coliseum January
27-30 and the Nassau Coliseum Boat Show in February. Now is the time to send your
SASE with your request for free tickets to the show you would like to attend. If you do
not enclose a SASE you will NOT be eligible and you may not receive tickets to more than
one (1) show.