New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1, 2017, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
"New York State is known for fantastic freshwater sport fishing opportunities," said Commissioner Seggos. "These regulatory changes will help maintain these opportunities and enthusiasm for the sport."
The modifications to the sport fishing regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessment, discussions with anglers, and a formal 45-day public comment period. DEC used public input to finalize the changes. These regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and on-line in March.
Highlights of the new regulations include:
For a summary of the regulations changes, visit DEC's website.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded anglers that the possession of the sauger species of fish is strictly prohibited and anglers should familiarize themselves with the difference between walleye and sauger. Sauger, a close relative of walleye, were once native to the Allegheny River system but disappeared due to severe pollution in the late 19th to mid- 20th centuries. Even as water quality improved after the Clean Water Act (1972), the Kinzua Dam stood in the way of sauger naturally repopulating the Upper Allegheny River.
In 2014, DEC began a five-year stocking program in the Allegheny River and its tributaries with the goal of creating a self-sustaining sauger fishery. DEC has stocked more than 14,000, 1.5 - 2 inch fingerlings and 250,000 fry (3/8 inch) over the last three years. The fish, raised at DEC's Chautauqua Hatchery (Stow, NY), are released into the wild in early summer. Stocked waters include the upper Allegheny Reservoir, Allegheny River, Olean Creek, and Oil Creek.
Sauger have a streamlined body shape like a walleye, but have three distinguishing characteristics to tell them apart. Sauger have horizontal rows of black spots on their dorsal fin, black saddle-like marking on the sides, and are lacking a white tip on the tail. Walleye have a defined white tip on the bottom of the tail.
Similar to their walleye cousin, sauger are a highly migratory species that move into rivers and tributaries to spawn in early spring. The Allegheny River and many of its larger tributaries are popular for walleye, and anglers may encounter sauger while fishing. It is critical that anglers are aware of the program and the importance of immediately releasing any sauger that are caught.
Since the restoration program began, DEC Region 9 fisheries staff have conducted surveys in the Allegheny River and the results are encouraging. Fish from all three stocking years have been caught, indicating that sauger are surviving well in the river. The largest sauger collected during 2016 surveys was a 2 year old fish measuring 17.5 inches.
Anglers are on the front lines when it comes to knowing what is actually going on in the river. Any reports or evidence of sauger activity will greatly assist DEC in learning more about how these sauger are using the river. Anglers are encouraged to report catches or sightings of sauger to the Region 9 DEC fisheries office in Allegany at (716) 372-0645. More information and the full version of New York's Sauger Conservation Management Plan can be found on DEC's webpage.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as DEC begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1st through October 31, 2017.
"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."
Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Congratulations to one of our members, Duane Kelly for his accomplishment this past weekend at the Winter Cam Classic Archery tournament in Rochester NY. Duane took first place in his division for the second consecutive year. Duane also took second place in the Grand Masters shoot off falling short by one point. These archery tournaments hold some of the best shooters from all over the country and Canada. Congratulation again on a great shoot.
We will be having a raffle committee meeting Wednesday March 8th at 7pm. If anyone is interested in being on the raffle committee show up this Wednesday at the club.
We are in NEED of someone to run the trap desk on Tuesday nights from 7-10. It involves taking money for trap rounds and having people sign up to shoot. No experience necessary, and your volunteer hours will count towards dues reduction. If interested contact Ed at 200-3334
Ok folks for some reason roadrunner and aol emails dont like bulk email so when ever i send emails from evans rod and gun alot of your emails get kicked back? I send emails almost weekly and anything important that i email i also add to our web site on the NEWS tab http://www.evansrodandgunclub.com/
so if your not getting emails you have a few choices:
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Evans Rod and Gun Club
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, will train interested volunteers to help FrogWatch USA on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County. Community members can join an international team of citizen scientists by monitoring frog populations in the many wetlands throughout the preserve.
The training is designed for people who are able to commit to monitoring at least one evening a week throughout the spring. Participants will learn to identify local frogs and toads by their mating calls and how to record data to be submitted to a national database. This data provides valuable information on the rise or decline of local amphibian populations and contributes to national conservation efforts.
Registration is required for the training. Contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959 to sign up.
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, about three miles from the Walden Galleria mall.
Attached is the Bison City Rod and Gun Club annual Flea Market flyer. Please feel free to to forward it and print it out and post it. Take it to your clubs and hand it out and post it. I will hand out flyers at Southtowns Walleye, Bison City the ECFAB, the EC Federation and Alden Rod and Gun Club
It is April 22nd, the second last Saturday in April. Tables are free, and reservations are not needed, so get there early if you want to set up before all tables are taken. If it is a nice day, there are outside tables that can be used under the shelter.. No guns can be sold, or displayed, unless you are an FFL dealer and can do NICS checks right there.
If you have any questions, call me at 716-563-9258
Paul J Stoos
We will have a short meeting this Tuesday 2/21/2017 at 7:30.
Agenda topics include:
* extending trap hours / opening additional days
* organizing trap/skeet tournaments
* Filing for NRA grants
* Trap Banquet
Anyone interested in helping is welcome. Committee meetings and other volunteer work can be used for dues reduction.
Feel free to contact Ed Scheuer (716-200-3334) for more details.
if you are not getting emails from the club please send me your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
for some reason people with roadrunner emails are not getting delivered because roadrunner sees alot of emails coming from email@example.com and marks them as spam and they are not getting delivered. Nothing we can do about that, I would recommend a yahoo or gmail email address.
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