Fishers of the Hudson Valley take notes.

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According to the Department of Environment  Conservation there are new freshwater fishing regulations that will go into effect on April 1st, 2017. New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced yesterday "New York State is known for fantastic freshwater sport fishing opportunities. These regulatory changes will help maintain these opportunities and enthusiasm for the sport."

I know that Hudson Valley residents travel all throughout New York State to enjoy some fishing adventures. So the modifications for freshwater fishing throughout New York are important to know before the season starts. The press release states that the regulations are a result of a two-year process that "included biological assessment, discussions with anglers, and a formal 45-day public comment period." You will be able to find the regulations published in the 2017-2018 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available in March.

Here are a few of the regulations that will go in effect in April:

  • Allowing ice fishing in some waters and restricting the number or use of devices used for fishing through the ice (including, but not limited to hand line, tip-up, tip down, etc.) in other waters to protect self-sustaining populations or limit fishing pressure;
  • Simplification of the black bass regulations in Lake Erie by compressing the three existing seasons into two while expanding opportunities to use live bait and harvest one large bass per day during a special season;
  • Greater protection for northern pike in the St. Lawrence River due to the declining abundance of spawning adults and poor recruitment of young-of-year fish in the Thousand Islands region;
  • Relaxing of special regulations for trout and Atlantic salmon for various waters in DEC Region 5 (Adirondack Region) due to poor survival; and
  • Multiple updates to clarify existing regulations.

For more information check out the DEC website.