"I love it by the water. I just love it."
You can find Pam Kane here just about every day.
"It's the most relaxing thing I do."
Fishing along the Genesee River.
"Since I was probably 10. I used to go with my uncle."
Anyone who fishes knows, there are good days, and days where you just wait. And wait. And wait.
"I'd love to get a bass. I'd love to get a perch. I'd love to get a pike."
There is one fish that Genesee River fisherman can't catch, and if they do hook a lake sturgeon, they're supposed to throw it back.
"Oh I didn't know that. Good thing you told me. It's a catch and release," Pam said.
Once extinct from the Genesee, the Lake Sturgeon's numbers are growing, thanks to a restocking program.
"Today is a really big day. It's our tenth anniversary from our first release," said Jeff Wyatt, Seneca Park Zoo.
A decade ago, state and federal environmental officials released nearly 2,000 sturgeon into the river.
"They're doing extremely well. So well, that today is round two, another release," Wyatt said.
Wednesday, they went out again with another 1,000 fish. They are weighed and measured. Fish now four inches long will eventually grow to four feet.
The fish live in Lake Ontario, and they live long: 100 to 150 years. The river is their nursery, but the sturgeon don't begin to reproduce until they're 20 years old.
"They only do that every few years, so they have a lot going against them as far as reproduction," Wyatt said.
Bringing back the lake sturgeon population is only part of why scientists and environmentalists are restocking. They're also helping to answer an important question.
"Is the Genesee River healthier than it was 20 years ago? And the answer is yes. And our sturgeon are helping us answer that question."
Sturgeon were once extremely plentiful on the Genesee River, but over-fishing and pollution changed that.
"Now they deserve to be back, and the fact that they're thriving, when they weren't 50, 60 years ago is a good sign," said Wyatt.
"I think it's wonderful. Anything they stock I think it's wonderful," said Pam.
Scientists will continue to track the progress of the sturgeon. They'll remain off limits to fisherman for some time, but they're a sign that the river is doing well.
"It's a beautiful place to be."