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Fishing season for salmon, trout begins in Hudson Valley

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish to bite his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013) Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Fishermen throughout the Hudson Valley pulled on their hip boots and waders in a rite of spring that involves a winter of preparation. In the past month, the state Department of Conservation began releasing fish raised in its dozen hatcheries to more than 1,200 public streams, smaller rivers, lakes and ponds. The process helps to restore native species and "increase fishing opportunities," said DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino. Fishing season begins today. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish to bite his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, cuts the line
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, cuts the line to free the fish he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

An egg sack is hooked for use as
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

An egg sack is hooked for use as bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the "flies" he uses to catch fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, counts the fish he
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, counts the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A man prepares his bait in Croton Falls
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A man prepares his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, hooks a worm as
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, hooks a worm as bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

A car displays a fishing bumper sticker in
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A car displays a fishing bumper sticker in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow trout from his hook in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows off the
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows off the rainbow trout he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches to grab and
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches to grab and unhook the rainbow trout that is on his line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the rainbow
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the rainbow trout he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, catches a fish
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches for a fish
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches for a fish that he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, reaches for the
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, reaches for the fish that is on his line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, Waits to catch a
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Phil Holly, of Carmel, Waits to catch a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow trout from his fishing line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A fly reel, one of a few types
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A fly reel, one of a few types of reels for fishing, will be used by Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, prepares his fishing
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, prepares his fishing pole and bait for fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Danny Ujkaj, of Yorktown wades in the water
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Danny Ujkaj, of Yorktown wades in the water while fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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