On December 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DES) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the year ice to fish edge poll it will resume on its own third course in New York waters lake Champlain from January to March 2023.
“Fishermen are important partners when it comes to the management of the lake Champlain fishing,” Commissioner Seggos said. “By participating in programs like the ice to fish edge pollfishermen provide us with information that ultimately benefits both our environment and the future of quality to fish in New York State.”
this poll is part of an annual effort to poll both of us ice and open water fishermen. The data collected during these surveys will help DES fisheries biologists better understand fisher use and expectations, while informing management actions lake Champlain.
In 2023 ice to fish poll will take place at four access points: King’s Bay (Point au Fer Road); Willsboro Bay Boat Launch; Bulwagga Bay Campsite; and South Bay Boat Launch. Fishermen who leave the ice will be asked to participate in the edge poll providing information about your day of to fish. They will be prompted to allow DES edge agent to collect biological data on their catches. Data collected will include target species, number caught and size. Voluntary participation in the poll it gives fishermen the opportunity to contribute to the future lake Champlain management decisions.
A copy of the lake Champlain Ice fishing creel Poll the plan can be found at DESwebsite of Reports from previous years can be found at Adirondack/lake Champlain Reports web page. In 2023 ice to fish poll the report will be available later course.
Anglers are reminded to always follow best practices ice safety and love our New York lands and Leave No Trace™. This includes carrying out all gear and to fish waste, especially lines and baits that could harm wildlife and other users. Anglers are also encouraged to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and clean up. drain Sec. their equipment and boats before using them in a new body of water.
Top photo: An ice fisherman holds a lake trout caught south of Westport on Lake Champlain in 2021. Data collected on catches like this one help DEC make management decisions that will affect the lake and its fishermen during the next few years. Photo courtesy of Steve Grausgruber.