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DEC Adopts 2020 Great Lakes Fishing Regulations

DEC Adopted several fishing regulation amendments for New York’s Great Lakes. These changes are designed to safeguard and expand certain fish populations while enhancing anglers’ continued enjoyment of these world-class fisheries. Most of these regulations are a direct result of DEC’s work with anglers during the past several years to identify desired outcomes for Lake Ontario sportfishery management.

The regulation amendments are effective immediately and include:

  • Increasing fishing opportunity by opening the Lake Ontario/Lower Niagara River lake trout season on December 1 (formerly opened on January 1). The season will be closed from October 1 through November 30, and is now consistent with Province of Ontario regulations;
  • Reducing the daily creel limit for rainbow trout/steelhead on the open waters of Lake Ontario (excluding the Lower Niagara River) to two fish per day to provide consistency with Province of Ontario regulations and help increase survival of steelhead, especially during periods of reduced fishing success for other species;
  • Decreasing the brown trout daily creel limit on Lake Ontario tributaries (excluding the Lower Niagara River) to one fish/day to maintain high quality brown trout fishing opportunities from fall through the spring;
  • Increasing the minimum size limit for rainbow trout/steelhead to 25 inches to prolong high quality rainbow trout/steelhead fishing opportunities through the winter months on Lake Ontario tributaries (excluding the Lower Niagara River). The rainbow trout/steelhead minimum size limit for the open waters of Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River remains at 21 inches; and
  • Eliminating unnecessary angling regulations on Spooner Creek and tributaries (Erie County) and the North Branch Clear Creek and tributaries (Erie County) from Taylor Hollow Road upstream to the outflow of Clear Lake by allowing fishing year-round.

You can find details on the amended fishing regulations on DEC’s website. Direct all questions regarding these regulations to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov or Steve LaPan, Great Lakes Fisheries section head, at: New York State DEC, P.O. Box 292, Cape Vincent, NY 13618.

New Boating LAW

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APRIL 1 Trout Opens

DEC Delivers – Information to keep you connected and informed from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Share or view as a web page || Update preferences or unsubscribe   Trout Season Opens April 1 Although the opener is traditionally met with snow, high flows and cold temperatures, April 1 is nonetheless the opening day for trout… Continue Reading

Fish Stocking

Each year DEC releases approximately 900,000 pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes– to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied. Raising these fish is a big task that requires precise methods… Continue Reading

DEC Releases 2016-2018 Great Lakes Program Progress Report

People and Communities Are Benefiting from Collaborative Projects to Restore New York’s Great Lakes Resources New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of the 2016-2018 progress report on the restoration and protection of New York’s Great Lakes resources. The report, released to commemorate World Water Day, highlights… Continue Reading