Sampling at Naples Creek will take place Thursday, March 21, beginning 9 a.m., at the Route 245 bridge just north of the village of Naples.

State Department of Environmental Conservation announced dates and locations for the annual sampling of the rainbow trout run in Finger Lakes tributaries. Sampling at Naples Creek will take place Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m., at the creek area just north of the village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge.

On Keuka Lake, the sampling will take place Friday, March 22, 10 a.m., at Cold Brook at Keuka Inlet in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County.

DEC is conducting the sampling to aid in the agency's ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the April 1, opening day fishing forecast.

During sampling, data will be collected for each fish, including length, weight, sex, and spawning condition. A scale from the fish is used to determine age and growth rate. Sampling results will be available to the public at the DEC Region 8 Fisheries Office prior to the April 1 opening of the "inland" trout fishing season. Anglers wanting to fish for trout before April 1 are reminded that trout fishing is open year-round in the main bodies of the Finger Lakes.