was fishing at sylvan beach (oneida lake) few weeks ago when a fellow was using a cast net to catch bait. the dec showed up and said he was allowed to use it as long as he didnt transport bait and didnt keep anything else caught in net. i thought cast nets were illegal? i looked in dec regulations book but didnt find anything that said you could use em was the dec officer just being nice?
I think you're correct. Here's a PDF of the regs and it looks to me like cast nets are a Hudson River thing: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs%2Ffish_marine_pdf/baitfishofny.pdf