NEW YORK (WWTI) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that fishing season for northern pike, northern pike, tiger muskellunge and walleye will open on May 1.
The new season opening date was made possible by changes to fishing regulations that were implemented earlier this year and replaced floating dates for season-wide openings. State. The goal of the change was to improve fishing opportunities throughout the state.
New regulations have also increased Oneida Lake’s daily walleye limit to five fish, providing additional harvest opportunities. The adult walleye population estimate remains at historically high levels with over one million adult fish.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said he’s thrilled the residents are getting back on the water this season.
“We are excited to announce the opening of these seasons under 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 New York’s world-class fishing opportunities, 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 everyone to enjoy fishing in New York State.
The DEC also reminded residents that walleye and northern pike fishing can be especially good in the cool water conditions of early spring. Due to stocking and other DEC management efforts, walleye are found in over 140 waters across the state and quality fisheries exist in all major watersheds.
More information on fishing rule changes for 2022 or other fishing information can be found on the DEC website. Residents can also find information now on where to go and how to fish for walleye on their website.