Anglers Are Encouraged to Review and Comment on Potential Changes

Based on the State's ongoing monitoring of New York's freshwater fish populations and discussions with anglers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has identified potential changes to the fishing regulations and is seeking additional angler feedback. Changes being considered to the current freshwater fishing regulations are now available at DEC's website, and if approved, these regulation changes would take effect on April 1, 2017.

Many of the changes being considered are intended for safeguarding and/or expanding fish populations while enhancing angling experience and enjoyment. Other changes under consideration are focused on eliminating special regulations that did not achieve their intended purpose, in a continuing effort to simplify New York fishing regulations.

Proposed warmwater regulation changes include temporarily adjusting creel and minimum size limits for walleye as part of DEC's multi-year effort to establish walleye populations in candidate waters, as well as protecting walleye where they congregate during the spawning season. Coldwater regulation changes being considered involve the adjustment of creel limits for walleye and minimum size limits for select waters based on recent biological assessments.

Following the review of the public feedback received and further evaluation this winter, DEC will advance proposals that have general angler acceptance and are likely to result in better fishing. The proposals will be advanced in accordance with New York State's rule making process, and will include a formal public comment period. At this time, DEC is soliciting initial feedback on what may be proposed later this year. Input will be accepted through March 31.

DEC welcomes and encourages feedback on the regulation changes currently under consideration. To view these potential changes and to provide input, visit the DEC website. Hard copies of the list of changes being considered, as well as instructions on how to submit feedback by regular mail, can be obtained by contacting Shaun Keeler, at New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.