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.