Trout Season Brings on New Regulations

Written By: Kellie Meyer
Trout Season Brings on New Regulations

March 29, 2013

Catherine Creek (WENY) -- Grab your fishing poles and bait, trout season is quickly approaching. But this year there will be some new regulations that may be great news for some avid fishers or upsetting to others. 
     "If you're coming from a long distance, coming all the way up here and you catch one fish and you decide to keep it and then if you catch something a little bit later and it's a lot bigger it doesn't matter it still gotta go back in," said Michael Flanagan from Southport.
     Some changes in DEC's 2012 - 2013 freshwater fishing official regulations guide is the limit of rainbow trout a person can catch per day. According to the regulations the daily limit for rainbow trout has been reduced from from three to one in Finger Lake streams and tributaries of Seneca Lake. 
     "Everybody will get their one fish limit the rules changed which is really good, they've been taking three for so many years that it will give these fish a break," said Michael Kent from Big Flats. 
    "A lot of people don't even realize you can only keep one fish," added Robert Gulich, Elmira.
     And how will the DEC and local law enforcement know about people who are taking more than one rainbow trout? 
     We will be having officers out on the streams both in plain clothes and in uniforms, watching fisherman to make sure they comply with rules and regulations," said Lieutenant Tom Stoner from the DEC. 
      He says if people are caught keeping more than one rainbow trout, they can face up to 250 dollar in fines or up to 15 days in jail.
     He says the regulation are needed. 
     He added, "(it will) improve the catch rates, and imporve the stokes of rainbow trout in the Finger Lakes."
      If you see anyone taking more than one rainbow trout, you can call the DEC Tipline at 1-800-847-7332.