New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos
today announced the fishing season for northern pike, pickerel, tiger
muskellunge, and walleye opens on May 1. Fishing regulation changes
implemented earlier this year replaced the floating
"Saturday" season openers with a fixed date in addition to
other improvements to enhance fishing opportunities across the state.
"We're excited to
announce the opening of these seasons as part of our new, streamlined
program and wish all anglers across the state another safe and successful
fishing season," Commissioner
Seggos said. "DEC is
committed to enhancing the world class fishing opportunities New York
offers, and our experts continue to advance important conservation and
restoration actions to grow the sport and capitalize on the economic
opportunities they create. We look forward to hearing from anglers as we
continue to improve our regulations to make it easier for all to enjoy
fishing in New York State."
The May 1 opening combined
with targeted management efforts to improve fish populations are being
implemented to expand fishing opportunities in the state. Walleye and
northern pike fishing can be particularly good in the cool water
conditions of early spring. Due to stocking and other DEC management
efforts, walleye are found in more than 140
waters throughout the State and quality fisheries exist in every major
watershed. For information on where to go and how
to catch walleye, visit DEC's website.
New regulations also
increased the Oneida Lake daily walleye limit to five fish, providing
additional harvest opportunity. The population estimate for adult walleye
remains at historically high levels with more than one million
adult fish. DEC continues to carefully manage the health of
the walleye populations, and will be undertaking
a mark-recapture study and a full creel survey on Oneida Lake for 2022 to
continue monitoring this important walleye fishery.
For information on the fishing regulation changes for
2022 or other fishing information, visit DEC's website.