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Message from the Commissioner

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is here to help make fishing an enjoyable and rewarding activity for everyone, and we’ve taken several actions recently to help make that possible. This new format for the 2021 Fishing Regulations Guide is part of an ongoing effort to make our rules and regulations easier to access and understand. It complements other efforts, including the new interactive trout stream fishing map that will be expanded in the future to include all DEC-managed waters.

DEC is also taking this straightforward approach to fisheries management, with improvements on the horizon on the heels of finalizing the Trout Stream Management Plan last year. After listening to anglers across the state, DEC developed a plan that embraces simplicity, recognizes a diverse range of needs, encourages angler participation, and recognizes the value of managing trout streams for self-sustaining populations of wild trout. We are prioritizing habitat management for the continuous improvement of trout fisheries, improving the quality of our stocked fish, and streamlining fishing rules to make sure fishing is accessible to all New Yorkers.

Our state is home to many of the nation’s greatest fishing opportunities and we are committed to taking bold action to attract and retain anglers who enjoy and care for our resources.

Basil Seggos, Commissioner

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation