Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Comments Sought On Adirondack Fishing Regulations

DEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing changes to the fishing regulations and is seeking public comments. Changes being considered to the current freshwater fishing regulations are now available here, and if approved, these regulation changes would take effect on April 1, 2017.

Regulation changes include adjusting creel and minimum size limits for walleye as part of DEC’s multi-year effort to establish walleye populations in candidate waters, as well as protecting walleye where they congregate during the spawning season.

DEC is expected to advance proposals in accordance with New York State’s rule making process, including scheduling a formal public comment period. The DEC is soliciting this initial feedback on what may be proposed later this year. Input will be accepted through March 31.

DEC encourages feedback on the regulation changes currently under consideration. To view these potential changes and to 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.

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7 Responses

  1. Charlie S says:

    I did not know they allowed people with spears to chuck them at fish in New York waters. We ‘are’ still living in the caveman era!

    • Bruce says:

      Charlie S

      Yup, it’s me! I was raised on the North Shore of Oneida Lake, near Scriba Creek in Constantia. I can’t say what goes on now, but when I was kid, spearing was allowed for non-game fish, like bullheads, suckers, and those considered trash to be thrown on the bank like lamprey eels and burbot (lawyers, ling). And of course at night, there was bullfrog spearing around ponds and the lakeshore. I find out much later in life that burbot are a freshwater cod and good to eat.

      I remember well the spring bullhead fishing on the lake and the bullhead dinners.

    • Boreas says:

      Some states allow shooting of certain species of fish. One is/was VT the last I knew.

  2. Dan Ladd says:

    There’s a pretty serious bowfishing crowd out there too.

  3. Charlie S says:

    “when I was kid, spearing was allowed for non-game fish, like bullheads, suckers, and those considered trash to be thrown on the bank like lamprey eels and burbot (lawyers, ling).”

    Just let them suffocate on land until they die slow deaths because they’re nuisance fish. I’ve seen this years ago and it bothered me then. Some people are just cold,mindless & shallow and it saddens me to think of all the needless suffering because!

  4. Jim S. says:

    There is more than one way to skin a catfish.