New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the State’s final Trout Stream Management Plan for trout streams across the state.
To support the implementation of the Trout Stream Management Plan, DEC has issued proposed regulations that are available for public comment until January 25th, 2021.
DEC held more than 20 public meetings held with anglers in 2017 to identify desired outcomes for the state’s numerous and diverse trout streams. The plan covers a broad spectrum of management areas and angler interests associated with trout stream management in New York. To view the plan and the categorization of managed trout stream reaches visit DEC’s website.
The management plan draws a distinct line between stocked and wild trout management and prioritizes habitat management as the primary tool to improve and restore wild populations of trout.
The plan extends the duration of stocking on select stream reaches, increases the size of stocked fish, and ensures that each stocking contains some fish that are 12 inches or larger. It also seeks to improve the vigor of hatchery brown trout for increased survival.
Anglers would also be provided with the ability to fish year-round through the creation of a statewide catch-and-release season.
The proposed regulations are published in the State Register and are available on DEC’s website. DEC is accepting public comments on the proposed rule changes until January 25th, 2021 by emailing email@example.com.
Photo of Brook Trout by Greg Dower.