Posted on January 12 2021
Thanks to all of you who submitted comments on the draft New York State Trout Stream Management Plan last year.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently issued the final version of the NYS Trout Stream Management Plan and the Draft Statewide Trout Fishing Regulations that form the legal underpinnings for implementing the plan.
The NYSDEC plans to formally adopt these regulations in time for the 2021 fishing season.
The public comment period on the draft regulations ends on 1/25/21 and we encourage all of you to submit comments to:
625 Broadway, 5th floor
Albany, NY 12233-4753
Here are links to the relevant documents. The first three comprise the Trout Plan, and the fourth is the Regulations.
NYS Trout Plan: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/troutstreammp.pdf
Stream Categorization List: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/tsmpreachcat.pdf
Assessment of Public Comment: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/apcdrafttsmp.pdf
NYS Trout Fishing Regulations: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/troutpart10expressterms.pdf
These regulations will have a significant impact on the Upper Delaware River wild trout tailwater fishery.
Click here to read FUDR’s second round of comments
Here’s a snapshot of our position on the key elements of the draft regulations:
- The UDR East Branch, West Branch, and main stem will be categorized as a “Wild Premier” trout stream indicating the DEC recognizes our river as one of the finest wild trout fisheries in New York State.
- The introduction of stocked fish will be eliminated in the Upper East Branch
- The daily fish harvest limit will be reduced from a total of 5 fish (2 in the EB, 2 in the WB, 1 in the MS) to 1 fish, any size, for the entire Wild Premier system.
- The Wild Premier section of the UDR tailwater fishery will end at Lordville, but a similar regulation has been proposed to provide equivalent protections to the border waters south of the Lordville Bridge.
- The entire UDR system will be open to fishing year-round under catch and release.
We encourage you to submit comments by the deadline of 1/25/21. Feel free to reference the FUDR comments if useful. The more people that provide comments, the better.
Contact info@FUDR.org with any questions or concerns.
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