State regulators are looking for feedback on proposed changes to freshwater fishing rules.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has identified potential changes based on discussions with anglers, biologists, and fisheries managers. Now the agency is seeking additional angler feedback.
Many changes under consideration would eliminate special regulations that didn't achieve their intended purpose.
Highlights include increasing year-round trout fishing opportunities at specific streams and establishing catch-and-release fishing at a few additional streams.
Also under consideration is adjusting daily creel limits and minimum size limits on select waters to help distribute larger trout among anglers.
Other possible changes are increasing the statewide minimum size limit for muskellunge and eliminating certain daily creel and minimum size limits for walleye.
To view the potential changes and provide input, visit the DEC website.
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