Proposed changes to the current freshwater fishing regulations were announced today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). According to a press release, “based on the status of existing fish populations and discussions with anglers, fisheries biologists, and fisheries managers over the past year, DEC had identified potential changes to fishing regulations and is seeking additional angler feedback.”
Some highlights for trout anglers include: increasing year-round trout fishing opportunities at specifically chosen streams, adjusting daily creel limits and minimum size limits, and establishing catch and release fishing at a few additional streams.
Warmwater angling highlights include: increasing the statewide minimum size limit for muskellunge and eliminating certain daily creel and minimum size limits for walleye that were temporarily established as part of DEC’s multi-year effort to establish walleye populations in candidate waters. Among a number of other changes being considered are adjustments to gear and equipment allowed to be used for angling.
The DEC is proposing to allow seven tip-ups per person, state wide.
After public feedback DEC will advance proposals that will be made available for a formal public comment in accordance with State Administrative Procedures Act. At this time, DEC is soliciting initial feedback on what may be proposed later this year. Input will be accepted through August 16.
To view a list of the full proposed changes, DEC’s rationale for changes, and provide input, visit the DEC website. Hard copies of the list of changes being considered, as well as instructions on how to submit feedback by regular mail, can be obtained by contacting Shaun Keeler, at New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.