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Fishing regulation changes unveiled

SPRINGVILLE — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced proposed changes to the current freshwater fishing regulations.

The DEC identified potential changes, based on the status of existing fish populations and discussions with anglers, fisheries biologists and fisheries managers, during the past year. The department is seeking additional angler feedback.

According to the DEC, “Changes being considered would adjust angling regulations to enhance angling experiences and enjoyment, consistent with the status of fish populations. Many changes under consideration are focused on eliminating special regulations that did not achieve their intended purpose.”

Some highlights for trout anglers include: increasing year-round trout fishing opportunities at specifically chosen streams, adjusting daily creel limits and minimum size limits on select waters to help distribute larger size trout among anglers and establishing catch and release fishing at a few 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 the DEC’s multi-year effort to establish walleye populations in candidate waters. Among a number of other changes being considered are adjustments to the gear and equipment that may be used for angling.

The DEC will have made these changes available for formal public comment, in accordance with state administrative procedures.

The department is currently soliciting feedback on what is planned to be proposed, later this year. Input will be accepted through Aug. 16.

To view the potential changes and provide input, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/91959.html.

Hard copies of the list of changes being considered, as well as instructions on how to submit feedback by mail, may be obtained by contacting Shaun Keeler at the New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway Ave., Albany, NY 12233.
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