DEC changes fishing regulations

Changes in the state’s fishing regulations will take effect October 12, as a result of an evaluation of biological data and input from anglers, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Several of the changes affect waters in the Adirondacks. These regulations will:

Walleye. Prohibit fishing in the Lake Pleasant outlet to the mouth of the Kunjamuk River from March 16 until the first Saturday in May (opening day for walleye) to protect spawning walleye.

Trout and salmon. Open Lake Kushaqua and Rollins Pond to ice fishing for lake trout. Open Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond, and Utowana Lake to ice fishing for landlocked salmon and reduce the daily limit for lake trout in these waters from three per day to two per day. Delete the catch-and-release regulation for trout in the Jordan River from Carry Falls Reservoir upstream to Franklin County line.

Ice fishing and baitfish. Eliminate special ice-fishing regulation for Square Pond in Franklin County. Allow ice fishing on specific waters currently deemed as trout waters in the counties of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence Counties. Provide for ice fishing at privately managed Salmon Pond in Hamilton County.

Click the PDF link below to read DEC’s news release and find links to more information.

DEC fishing regulatons

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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