Whether it be from a boat, off a pier or wading into a river, anglers are hitting the water earlier this year looking for that big catch. YNN's Chris Whalen tells us what they can expect to reel in in the Southern Tier.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- From rods to flies to waders, Timber Creek Sportsman Shop in Endwell has been helping fishermen stock up for a new season out on the water.
"Last year, starting in April, we, of course, had a lot of rain and went right on through. Most of the guys couldn't hit the streams ‘till late-May, early-June last year," said Timber Creek owner Chuck Sherwood.
But mild weather this winter and spring means anglers are already out on the water and as temperatures continue to rise, so could the number of bites on your line.
"So as the water temperatures begin to warm up, the fish begin to feed more actively, and of course, when the bug hatches come along with the warm weather, that makes the fish feed a little bit more active than normal," Sherwood said.
Right now, we're in the middle of trout season, but what other types of fish might you expect to reel in from the waters of the Southern Tier?
"Brown trout and brook trout are pretty much native to this area, rainbow trout also. You'll see rainbows down in the Delaware watershed, of course our rivers, you never know, bass and pike and all sorts of panfish the guys catch in there," Sherwood said.
There’s no shortage of water to cast your line into in Broome County either and to get an idea of what the area has to offer, we met up with the ‘People’s Angler,’ County Executive Debbie Preston at Greenwood Park.
"I think that you're finding that more and more people are taking up this sport with the price of fuel and with people maybe not being able to go on vacations, this is a great park to come to," Preston said.
Broome's Dorchester Park and Hawkins Pond are also ready for residents to cast their lines and worries away.
"It is relaxing, so you can just come out, relax, throw your line in and hopefully you're going to get something," Preston said.
But even if you don't, there's still an entire summer ahead to reel one in.