New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking angler feedback on changes to the state’s plan to manage trout in inland streams.
The proposed changes are designed to safeguard wild trout and expand fishing opportunities. The deadline for the public to comment on the draft plan is June 25, 2020.
The plan covers a broad spectrum of management areas and angler interests associated with trout stream management in New York.
Major elements of the draft plan (provided by DEC) include:
- Drawing a clear line between wild fish and stocked trout management;
- Placing greater emphasis on habitat improvement;
- Making management simpler and more understandable;
- Eliminating unnecessary regulations;
- Providing year-round fishing opportunities through the creation of a statewide catch-and-release season;
- Extending the duration of stocking on select stream reaches;
- Increasing the size of stocked fish;
- Ensuring that each stocking contains some fish that are 12 inches or larger;
- Improving the vigor of hatchery brown trout for increased survival;
- Developing an interactive map for information on stream reach management and fishing access locations; and
- Expanding outreach on the significance of wild trout populations and the water they inhabit.
DEC encourages the public to comment on the Draft Trout Stream Management Plan, which is available at DEC’s website. Public comments will be accepted through June 25, 2020. Following a review of public comments received and further evaluation this summer, DEC will finalize the plan and begin implementation.
Photo of Brook Trout by Greg Dower.