Welcome to the DEC Freshwater Fisheries Insider. The Insider is a quarterly newsletter designed to provide New York anglers with up to date information on fishing in New York State and what the DEC Bureau of Fisheries is doing to improve New York’s fisheries.
New Regulations in Effect
On April 1, 2017, new freshwater fishing regulations went into effect. A summary of the new regulations can be found on the DEC website. Be sure to pick up a new regulations guide at a license issuing agent near you, or your local DEC office. The regulations can also be accessed online.
2017 Spring Trout Stocking Moving Forward
Although the mid-March blizzard complicated some pre-opener stocking plans and the recent cold snap has left waters locked in ice in northern NY, DEC hatchery staff continue to work tirelessly to meet this year’s stocking schedule. Past year’s stocking information is available through Open NY.
Coldwater Fishing Forecast
Looking for an early season fishing location for trout or salmon? Check out the 2017 Coldwater Fishing Forecast. The forecast includes recommended fishing locations suggested by DEC Regional fisheries staff and a wealth of other information that trout and salmon anglers will find helpful.
I FISH NY Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing
Want to go freshwater fishing but don’t know where to start. The I FISH NY Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing will provide you all the information you will need. Download the guide or request a copy from DEC.
Boating season is right around the corner. Here’s the current schedule for the installation of boarding docks at DEC boat launches.
Seeking Genesee River Angler Diary Cooperators
The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Unit is seeking anglers who fish the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming Counties who might be interested in keeping a diary of their fishing trips for trout and bass. Anglers are provided a diary and record data on their trips including when they started and stopped fishing and the number and sizes of fish caught. If interested contact the region by e-mail or phone at 716-372-6372.
2015-2016 Bureau of Fisheries Annual Report
Each year the Bureau of Fisheries undertakes a wide variety of activities designed to protect and improve the freshwater fisheries of New York State and provide anglers with quality access to and information concerning these resources. Significant activities are summarized in the Bureau of Fisheries Annual Report (PDF)(2.8 MB).
Fish Movement Studies in Lake Erie
Biologists throughout Lake Erie have been implanting acoustic transmitters in walleye to understand fish movements and how they relate to fishing effort and harvest. Lake trout in eastern Lake Erie are also being tagged to determine preferred spawning areas and habitat. Tagged fish are monitored by a network of acoustic receivers throughout Lake Erie. Orange external loop tags identify fish that contain acoustic transmitters, and offer a $100 reward when returned by an angler. For more information on these and other Lake Erie acoustic projects, visit the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) website.
Steelhead Egg Take Completed
NYSDEC Salmon River Hatchery staff completed Steelhead egg collections on Wednesday April 5th, 2017. Over 640 female steelhead were handled over four days, resulting in over 2.4 million eggs collected (exceeding the 2.15 million egg target). Fish hatched from these eggs will be raised in the hatchery for approximately one year, and will be stocked as spring yearlings in 2018. An additional 149,328 eggs were collected from Skamania strain steelhead. Steelhead are stocked every spring in tributaries to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie where they contribute to the open lake and tributary fisheries. Current Lake Ontario Steelhead/rainbow trout stocking includes 497,700 Washington strain yearlings, 43,000 Skamania strain yearlings and 75,000 “domestic” strain rainbow trout yearlings. Lake Erie tributaries are stocked with 255,000 Washington strain steelhead annually. Steelhead are an important component of the world class fisheries supported by lakes Erie and Ontario.