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DEC conducting Lake Ontario tributary angler creel survey

by jmaloni
Thu, Sep 30th 2010 03:30 pm
An angler creel survey on Lake Ontario tributaries will be conducted this fall on 23 tributary streams ranging from the Niagara River eastward to the Black River in Jefferson County. Major stream fisheries the survey will include are: Eighteen Mile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek, Irondequoit Creek, Oswego River, Salmon River, North and South Sandy Creeks and the Black River.

"Lake Ontario and its tributaries have consistently supported the highest angler activity in the state, exceeding 2.6 million angler days in our most recent statewide angler survey," New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said. "In addition to their value as part of the state's vast natural resources, most recent estimates show that these fisheries brought nearly $113 million to the New York state economy in 2007."

The main objectives of the angler creel survey will be to determine angler activity (number of hours spent fishing) and number of fish caught by species in New York's Lake Ontario tributaries. Fish will also be examined for missing fins and implanted tags as part of ongoing studies that look at natural production of Chinook salmon and the performance of fish stocked by different methods.

The creel survey started in mid-September and will run through May 2011.

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