The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative – a working group of fisheries professionals from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – have announced the decision to further reduce the number of stocked lake trout released annually into Lake Champlain waters. They said this decision was prompted by the continued increase in natural reproduction and the documentation of multiple age classes of wild fish. [Read more…] about As Lake Champlain Lake Trout Rebound, Stocking Reduced
Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery: A Profile
The Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery is located in the town of Stark in Herkimer County, and stocks New York’s Capital District.
The hatchery raises rainbow trout – roughly 97,000 yearlings (8-9″) and 80,000-100,000 fingerlings (3-5″), for transfer to other hatcheries or stocking. [Read more…] about Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery: A Profile
Burbot: New York’s Misunderstood Cod Cousin
In the midst of winter, the ice-covered lakes of the Northeast seem quiet. It may, however, be a bit noisy below the ice. Winter into early spring is the spawning season for burbot, when males produce sounds to attract mates. [Read more…] about Burbot: New York’s Misunderstood Cod Cousin
Caledonia Fish Hatchery: America’s Oldest
The Caledonia Fish Hatchery, located in Livingston County, NY, between the Villages of Mumford and Caledonia was founded in 1864 by the “Father of Fish Culture,” Seth Green. It’s believed to be the oldest fish hatchery in the Western Hemisphere. [Read more…] about Caledonia Fish Hatchery: America’s Oldest
Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Creel Survey Planned
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the annual ice fishing creel survey will resume for its third year on the New York waters of Lake Champlain from January through March 2023. [Read more…] about Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Creel Survey Planned
New York Fisheries 2022 Fall Egg Collection Summary
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s fisheries staff were treated to mostly cooperative weather during the busy fall egg take season in the Adirondacks.
Eggs were collected from lake trout, landlocked (Atlantic) salmon, three different strains of heritage brook trout, and round whitefish. [Read more…] about New York Fisheries 2022 Fall Egg Collection Summary
2022 Oneida Lake Open Water Creel Survey Summary
Every five years researchers from Cornell University conduct full open water and ice fishing season creel surveys on Oneida Lake – the largest inland lake entirely within New York’s borders and one of the top fisheries in the state.
From May-October angling boat counts and roving angler interviews were conducted to estimate total effort and catch for the 2022 open water season. [Read more…] about 2022 Oneida Lake Open Water Creel Survey Summary
Lake Champlain Basin Commemorating the Clean Water Act
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act. This landmark legislation has been critical in protecting and restoring the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.
To recognize the Act’s importance, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) have spearheaded a commemoration of the anniversary with a variety of events, activities, and publications in 2022. [Read more…] about Lake Champlain Basin Commemorating the Clean Water Act
The Fulton Fish Market: A History
The Fulton Fish Market stands out as an iconic New York institution. At first a neighborhood retail market for many different kinds of food, it became the nation’s largest fish and seafood wholesaling center by the late nineteenth century.
Waves of immigrants worked at the Fulton Fish Market and then introduced the rest of the city to their seafood traditions. In popular culture, the market — celebrated by Joseph Mitchell in The New Yorker — conjures up images of the bustling East River waterfront, late-night fishmongering, organized crime, and a vanished working-class New York. [Read more…] about The Fulton Fish Market: A History
First Evidence of Natural Lake Trout Reproduction in Lake Erie
The Journal of Great Lakes Research has recently published “Evidence of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) natural reproduction in Lake Erie,” a new article on Lake Erie lake trout restoration. [Read more…] about First Evidence of Natural Lake Trout Reproduction in Lake Erie