Monday, April 24, 2023

Walleye, Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge Season Opens May 1

Marty Pierce took 1st place in Pike with his 13.63lb 39 inch pike.

Historically found only in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Allegheny River watersheds in New York, walleye are now found in more than 140 waters from all the major watersheds of the state, primarily due to stocking and other DEC management efforts. Opportunities to catch lunker northern pike can also be found throughout much of the state, especially in the northeast and west. Visit DEC’s website for information on where to go fishing for walleyepike and other coolwater sportfish.

Last year, DEC added a new feature to its official HuntFishNY app called The Tackle Box. Fishing regulations, boating access, and stocking information are all available in a map-based interface from the convenience of a smart phone. Other features include driving directions to state boat launch sites and an offline feature that allows a user to access information when cell coverage isn’t available. The HuntFishNY app, which includes the Tackle Box, is free of charge and available through the App store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for anyone to download on their tablet or smart phone. For more information on the HuntFishNY app and new Tackle Box feature visit the DEC website.

digital version of the 2023 Freshwater Fishing Regulations guide is available to download on the DEC website. Hard copies of the guide are available wherever sporting licenses are sold. For locations visit the DECALS website.

Photo at top: Marty Pierce took 1st place in Pike at this year’s Long Lake/Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby with his 13.63lb 39 inch pike. Photo provided by the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

2 Responses

  1. Charlie Stehlin says:

    That huge, beautiful, helpless fish! Those big very alert eyes! To think how long it took to get as big and beautiful! All of the wonderful years of freedom it had swimming in its element, communing with its kind, liberated from barbed hooks and restraint by bi-pedals! And then along comes innovative Marty who surely cherishes his sport and why not! I remember those good old days, or early mornings prior to sunup, when I chummed Fellers Pond, casted my line, then watched my bobber jerk in the water, then sink below the surface…then a quick tug on my line, then reeling-in a huge carp. Boy were those carps big! And the fight they put up! Such fond memories they are! But I’ve been transformed since then, I just don’t have it in me anymore to inflict even the slightest of harm to any living thing… fish, insects, you name it! I don’t know what has come over me but I do know that it’s not a bad thing, and I sure as heck don’t toss and turn all night with guilt heavy on my mind…..

    Look how beautiful that fish! Did it succumb to a sharp blade or was this catch and release? Never mind I don’t wanna know! Or do I?

  2. Rob says:

    Beautiful fish that guy has. May 1 will be a busy day. Turkey hunting in the morning. Fishing all day after that. Looks like rain in the forecast. Better get the rain gear out!!

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