DEC Proposes Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations to Help Make Angling More Accessible and Enjoyable

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DEC Proposes Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations to Help Make Angling More Accessible and Enjoyable

Proposals to Simplify Existing Regulations

Public Input Sought through Feb. 6, 2022

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a proposal to clarify and simplify sportfishing regulations based on public feedback and DEC fisheries manager reviews of rules associated with the management of the State's fisheries. The proposed rulemaking also includes a limited number of waterbody-specific regulation changes to support improved management of these waters.

"These proposed changes will help to align freshwater fishing regulations with the State's current management objectives in a way that is easy for New Yorkers to understand and reflects their input. This proposal was driven by public comments and expert feedback, and represents DEC's continued commitment to making fishing more enjoyable and accessible by eliminating unnecessary and outdated rules," said Commissioner Seggos.

Highlights of the proposal include:

  • New rules for trout management in ponded waters, which regulations.fish  with the subject line "Fishing Regulations Proposal Comments" or via mail to the Inland Fisheries Section, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 6, 2022.

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