The NYDEC is proposing fishing regulation changes that will be based on public feedback that will be reviewed and approved by DEC fisheries manager of rules associated with the management of the …
The NYDEC is proposing fishing regulation changes that will be based on public feedback that will be reviewed and approved by DEC fisheries manager of rules associated with the management of the state’s fisheries.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “These proposed changes will help to align freshwater fishing regulations with the state’s current management objectives in a way that is easy for New Yorkers to understand and reflects their input.”
DEC is proposing new rules for trout pond movement including consolidating 143 waterways and 33 county-wide special regulations into a new statewide regulation that permits anglers to harvest five fish per day, but only two of the five fish can be greater than 12 inches in length.
DEC says most ponds and lakes stocked with brown and rainbow trout are managed just for put-and-take. Waters managed for brown trout are proposed to be open for fishing all year, while brook trout ponds, which are managed for self-sustaining wild populations, will be closed for fishing between October 16 and March 31.
Another proposal includes eliminating the statewide closed season regulation on lake trout and Atlantic salmon, keeping the fishing season for them open year-round.
Some of the changes to statewide opening dates include: May 1 for walleyes, northern pike, tiger muskellunge and pickerel. June 1 for muskellunge and June 15 for black bass.
Eliminating the current three-fish-per-day daily walleye limit in Oneida Lake and reverting to the statewide regulation of five-fish-per-day limit due to the abundant adult walleye population in Oneida Lake.
For more information and a full summary of the proposed fishing regulation changes visit the DEC’s website. Public comments may be submitted by email to: email@example.com, with the subject line “Fishing Regulations Proposal Comments,” or by mail to: Inland Fisheries Section, NYDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-2022. Comments must be submitted no later than February 6, 2022.
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