DEC approves changes in fishing regulations

Staff Reports Posted 28 February 2017 at 6:30 pm

18-inch minimum size and daily creel limit of 3 established for walleye at Waterport Reservior

File photo by Tom Rivers: These fishermen are pictured on Oct. 11, 2014 at the Waterport Dam.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced today that new fishing regulations will take effect beginning April 1, with one change in Orleans County.

The DEC has established an 18-inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of 3 for walleye in the Waterport Reservoir.

“New York State is known for fantastic freshwater sport fishing opportunities,” said Commissioner Seggos. “These regulatory changes will help maintain these opportunities and enthusiasm for the sport.”

The modifications to the sport fishing regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessment, discussions with anglers, and a formal 45-day public comment period. DEC used public input to finalize the changes. These regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and on-line in March.

To see highlights of the changes, click here.

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