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DEC eyes Catskill Creek fishing change

Feb 20, 2012 1:48 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="187" caption="A walleye, from Wikipedia."][/caption]Lissa Harris in the Waterhed Post reports that the DEC is recommending several changes that could affect fishing in local streams, including the Esopus and Catskill Creeks. The agency announced Friday that it is proposing a ban on fishing in Catskill Creek from the Route 9W bridge upstream to the dam in Leeds from March 16 through the first Saturday in May, to protect spawning walleye. The Walleye season officially opens in May but early poaching has been an ongoing problem on Catskill Creek, and some local anglers have called on officials close the creek to all fishing in early spring. The DEC is also proposing limiting the number of trout caught in a stretch of the Esopus from the Shandaken Tunnel to the Ashokan Reservoir. The agency is proposing a daily catch of five fish, with no more than two trout longer than 12 inches. Read the DEC's proposed changes to Freshwater fishing rules in NY.