A day spent fishing was a definite cure for cabin fever and a big boost for a local business.
"We sell a ton of hooks and sinkers and lures and then the worms and salted minnows and some live bait too like the live minnows," said Taylor Degni, owner of Hometown Bait and Tackle.
Anglers stopping in for bait and then finding a nice place to sit, or stand, and wait.
"I couldn't wait for it, a little snow was still here but we're excited," said one of them.
And the trout today, were biting. Though some were smaller than others, each catch drew equal enjoyment.
"What it is for these guys is it's the first day of open water season where all winter they're stuck away or they're ice fishing well now they can get out and have a good time and enjoy the weather," said Degni
But before you cast a line, the DEC has some rules and regulations you need to know. A fishing license is required, they cost 25 dollars and must be carried at all times while fishing. For most streams and rivers the catch limit is five fish--some meeting that quota today.
For many out there, rules were the farthest thing on their mind. The top priority: relaxation.
The New York state budget devotes 4 million dollars toward funding hatcheries and stocking the waterways. It's all part of new tourism push.
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