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New fishing regulations take effect in New York on April 1; to be published in new guide


ALBANY, New York — New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1 in New York state.

The Department of Environmental Conservation modifies the regulations about every two years after assessing the status of fish populations and getting feedback from anglers. The regulations will be available in an updated fishing guide where licenses are sold.

Among the changes are establishing year-round trout seasons in certain waters, revisions of baitfish rules, streamlining of rules for ice-fishing devices, and clarification of some rules regarding types of lures.

The regulations also establish a closed statewide season for sauger and modify the statewide regulation for muskellunge by increasing the minimum size limit to 40 inches.

The complete list of sportfishing regulation changes can be viewed on DEC's website ( ).

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