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DEC: Lake Erie fisheries outreach meeting on April 24


Wed, Apr 10th 2024 11:05 am

Biologists to provide update on status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting the public to learn more about the status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries at a public meeting from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Woodlawn Beach State Park's lodge in Blasdell.

"Anglers look forward to this event every spring because it provides an excellent opportunity to engage directly with the DEC biologists who manage Lake Erie’s fishery," Chief of Fisheries Steve Hurst said. "DEC is committed to the sound, science-based management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries, and the world-class freshwater fishing opportunities they support.”

The meeting will begin with an informal discussion followed by presentations on Lake Erie and Niagara River fisheries management, including updates on assessment activities and research for prominent recreational and restoration species such as walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, steelhead, lake whitefish, lake trout, cisco and prey fish. All are welcome to attend this free event. Registration is not required.

This annual meeting is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices.

A press release stated, “Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River rank among New York state's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead, with more than 900,000 angler days spent on these waters, and an estimated value of more than $17 million to the local New York economy.

Anglers, new and experienced, can check out DEC's “Tackle Box” feature in the HuntFishNY app, which provides anglers one-stop shopping for waterbody-specific information on fishing regulations, stocking, and fishing/boating access sites. For more information about fishing Lake Erie and Western New York, visit DEC's website. 

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