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Less trout stocking in Essex County, NY

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Some New York anglers may find it harder to get a bite this year.

Officials say a disease outbreak at a state fish hatchery means 20 percent less trout will be stocked in Essex County waters this year. 131,000 fish at the Rome State Fish Hatchery had to be euthanized after a fish disease was found last fall.

The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports that means there will be a greater dependence on Essex County's own hatchery this season, which is disease-free.

The state says only 224 Adirondack lakes will be stocked this year --102 fewer than last year.

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