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New Fishing Regulations Take Effect April 1

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There’s the regular year, the fiscal year and the fishing year.  When it comes to angling, the year is April 1 through March 31.  Ahead of the new season, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has released the 2017-2018 Regulations Guide.

While many of the new rules won’t affect the average fisherman (or woman), there have been changes to size, limits and varieties on Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike.  And as usual, the regulations vary by location.

  • The minimum size length for lake trout in Woodhull Lake (Herkimer County) has been decreased from 21 to 18 inches.
  • An 18 inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of 3 has been established for walleye in several locations
  • when it comes to trout, the 5 daily limit stays the same.  But you can’t have more than 3 of either brown or lake varities.
  • The minimum size limit for rainbow trout has been increased from 9 to 15 inches on Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lake tributaries.

Those are just a few of the changes, there are many others.  Get a copy of the Regulations Guide at the DEC website or pickup a free copy at any location where you purchase a fishing license.

SOURCE Department of Environmental Conservation

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