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Fish stocking effort aims to encourage inland angling

State environmental conservation and Erie County parks officials marked Earth Day by releasing thousands of fish into Cayuga Creek. At Como Lake Park, the creek was being stocked and officials were promoting fishing at inland waterways.

One bucket at a time, more than 3,000 yearling rainbow trout were released into Cayuga Creek. It was one of several places where state officials released more than 176,000 fish by restocking waterways with brown, rainbow and brook trout.

"Como Lake offers unlimited free access to public fishing, so it's a great location. It probably is one of our larger, urban areas, so that is wonderful for people who live in greater Buffalo," said said Abby Snyder, regional director of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Local fishing enthusiasts on hand credited the State DEC for promoting fishing at inland waterways. Joe Fischer, who chairs the Erie County Fishery Advisory Board, suggested that fishing and conservation go hand in hand.

"We have to work together to continue doing what we're doing here today," said Fischer.

To further encourage the outdoor sport, New York is sponsoring a Free Fishing Weekend, which would allow anyone to try fishing without having to acquire a license, on June 27 and 28.