Laurel Lake is one of more than a dozen freshwater bodies that will be stocked with trout this spring, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

The DEC expects to stock Laurel Lake with 300 8 1/2 to 9 1/2- inch rainbow trout and 260 brown trout of the same size during the month of April. The fish will reach about 14 inches in length by October, the state says.

Laurel Lake is a scenic 30-acre kettle hole lake north of Route 25 in Laurel. It has no inlet or outlet stream and receives almost no stormwater runoff. As a result, Laurel Lake has some of the clearest pond water on Long Island, according to the DEC.

In addition to the stocked trout, naturally reproducing fish species present in Laurel Lake include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and bluegill. For more in formation visit the DEC’s webpage about Laurel Lake.

The state agency said each year it releases more than a million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes, the DEC said, “to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied.”

According to its website, the DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge.

For more information, visit the DEC’s website.

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