Tired of shopping at the same fresh fish markets for dinner options? Would you rather save money and go out and catch your own fish, maybe relaxing with a can of beer at the same time? Are you ready for fishing season to begin? Before you grab your cooler and fishing pole and head out to the waterfront of your choice, it is important to note that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made some changes to fishing regulations.
One of the most well-received changes in regulation may not help you catch any fish for dinner, but is very good news for people who fish recreationally. In certain New York waterways, trout fishing will be permitted year-round, although between October 16th and March 31st, only catch and release fishing will be permitted. The affected waterways include Oatka Creek, Clear Creek, Prendergast Creek, Chenunda Creek, Fenton Brook, and all waters in Allegany State Park.
Other waterways will have a year-round trout season, though there may be a size minimum and a limit to how many fish may be taken daily. Specific restrictions vary by location, and all will be listed in the 2015-16 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide, and go into effect when fishing season begins on April 1st, 2015.
At Irondequoit Creek in Powder Mills Park and Naples Creek in Ontario County, fishing derbies will be the order of the day on April 1st. The The 12th annual John Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby, held at Powder Mills Park in Pittsford, will run from 7 a.m. to noon, while the 54th annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby will be open all day.
Whether they are purchased from fresh fish markets or taken right from the water, many people eat fish for their great nutritional value. A three ounce portion of salmon can contain 75% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D, which boosts immune system and bone health. Trout, such as those that will soon be caught in creeks and brooks around New York State, are a great source of protein and Vitamin B12, which combats fatigue and memory loss.