New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking volunteer recreational striped bass anglers to help provide valuable data they consider critical to track population dynamics for striped bass in New York waters. [Read more…] about DEC Seeking Striped Bass Recreational Anglers
Staff from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 7 Fisheries Unit will be conducting multiple surveys on Owasco Lake this August and September.
Sampling efforts will assess current lake trout population characteristics; relative abundance of adult brown trout, rainbow trout and walleye; wild production of juvenile salmonids in area tributaries; and the relative abundance of smelt and alewife in the lake (forage assessment), which is new in 2020. [Read more…] about Owasco Lake Fisheries Survey Underway
DEC’s nine cold water fish hatcheries collectively produce over 6.4 million fish annually. Unfortunately, a significant number of these trout and salmon are lost to a variety of predators in search of a “free meal.”
One predator that causes most fish losses is the great blue heron. At the Caledonia Hatchery it’s not uncommon to have upwards of 40 great blue herons surrounding the ponds during the spring. [Read more…] about Fish Hatcheries Battle Herons
The plan shores-up the dam to bring it into compliance with dam safety regulations and adds a carry for paddlers and a fish ladder to provide for passage of landlocked Atlantic salmon. There have been calls to remove the dam entirely, including by Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the City of Plattsburgh and return the river to a more natural state and reduce the threat of flooding in the city. DEC’s announcement said they met with Clinton County officials before finalizing the plan. [Read more…] about DEC Plans To Shore-Up Saranac River’s Imperial Mills Dam
During the hot days of summer, it is important to remember that trout and salmon experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70° Fahrenheit. [Read more…] about Anglers: Protect Heat-Stressed Trout and Salmon
Its immense reproductive capacity, ability to skulk about on dry land, and avid appetite for all manner of aquatic life (as well as a few terrestrial species) has earned this invasive fish some apt monikers, chief among them Fishzilla and Frankenfish.
The northern snakehead (Channa argus) is a fierce apex predator which hails from southeast Asia, and breeding populations are known to be established in Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and downstate New York. Individual specimens have also been found in eight other states. [Read more…] about Northern Snakeheads In New York State
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a Free Fishing Weekend for June 27 – 28. The event is the second of six Free Fishing Days offered in New York State every year. [Read more…] about Free Fishing Weekend June 27-28 in NY State
There are two weeks remaining to comment on the Draft Fisheries Management Plan for Inland Trout Streams in New York State. The purpose of the plan is to guide the efforts and resources of DEC toward managing New York’s trout stream fisheries according to their ecological and recreational potential. [Read more…] about Trout Stream Management Plan Comments Sought
June is National Ocean Month and a great time to learn about New York’s diverse marine life.
New York’s ocean environment stretches three nautical miles from our shores and connects our coastal and estuarian habitats to the depths of the deep-sea that are home to many globally threatened marine animals, including sea turtles, whales, fish, and invertebrates. [Read more…] about Celebrate National Ocean Month This June