The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a virtual public information session on the Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Perch River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Brownville, Orleans, and Pamelia, in Jefferson County, on Thursday, October 21st from 6 to 8 pm. [Read more…] about Perch River WMA Habitat Management Plan Meeting Oct 21st
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded anglers that the State’s new catch-and-release trout stream season begins on October 16th. [Read more…] about New Catch-and-Release Season in Trout Streams Starts Oct 16th
The shortnose sturgeon was the first fish listed as endangered with enactment of the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
A second population study in the 1990s indicated a substantial increase in the spawning population from the 1970s. [Read more…] about Shortnose Sturgeon: New Population Study Underway
New York has it’s second state record fish caught in 2021. On August 21st after catching several large crappie from Sleepy Hollow Lake in Greene County, Roy Isaac’s persistence paid off when he hooked into a 19 inch, 4 lb. 7 oz. white crappie using a live minnow.
The new record breaks the previous state record tie by 10 oz. [Read more…] about New State Record White Crappie is 4 Lbs+
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the intentional scuttling of the vessel Big Time on the Fire Island Reef as part of the State’s ongoing efforts to expand New York’s network of artificial reefs.
This effort is designed to develope a stronger, more diverse marine ecosystem and provide shelter for fish and other marine life off New York’s shores. [Read more…] about DEC Scuttles Vessel ‘Big Time’ to Enhance Fire Island Artificial Reef
The Salmon River Fish Hatchery’s new fish ladder is almost ready.
Chinook and Coho Salmon stocked in Lake Ontario tributaries return to spawn. This can make for some exciting fish watching as salmon move upstream and jump or otherwise navigate various obstructions, such as the fish ladder, on their way to their desired spawning sites. [Read more…] about Salmon River Fish Hatchery Improvements
The Region 7 DEC Operations crew in Kirkwood, NY, with assistance from Fisheries and Real Property staff, recently completed a new Fishing Access Site on Nanticoke Creek south of the Village of Maine just off NYS Route 26 in Broome County. [Read more…] about A New Fishing Access Site at Nanticoke Creek, Broome County
The new Hashamomuck Marine Waterway Access Site is now open in the town of Southold, on Long Island.
The site is DEC’s first and only unrestricted waterway access site on the Peconic Bay and will provide public fishing and recreational boating access to this popular waterbody. [Read more…] about Hashamomuck Marine Waterway Access Site Now Open
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released proposed regulations to increase the daily possession limit of walleye in Oneida Lake from three fish per day to five. [Read more…] about DEC Plans Daily Limit Increase for Walleye on Oneida Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a significant milestone for lake trout rehabilitation efforts in Lake Erie following the confirmed identification of wild fry collected by DEC’s Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit this spring.
The discovery of wild lake trout fry is a historic restoration indicator for a population that was once plentiful, but collapsed due to overfishing, habitat degradation, and invasive species. [Read more…] about Lake Trout Breeding in Lake Erie After More Than 60 Years