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  • DEC adopts new freshwater fishing regulations

    New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1, 2017.These regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and on-line in March.Highlights of the new regulations include:Adjustments to existing walleye regulations in various waters throughout the state, including measures to protect spawning walleye and conservative minimum harvest size and creel limits in waters where managers are trying to establis...  Read More...

  • Secretary Zinke Reverses Obama Administration Lead Ban Order

    On March 2, newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued two Secretarial orders to expand access and recognize the impact that sportsmen and women have on the nation’s economy.Interior Secretary Zinke returned science and reason to federal decision-making about ammunition use. The first order reversed Director’s Order 219, a ban on lead fishing tackle and ammunition former Fish and Wildlife Service Director issued on January 19, the last day of the previous Administrat...  Read More...

  • DEC Proposes Additional Free Fishing Days - Now Available for Public Review

    Based on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's signed legislation in 2014 authorizing additional statewide free fishing days, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing four free sport fishing days be added to complement the state's existing free sport fishing days. DEC is seeking public comments on the proposed changes.First established in 1991, free sport fishing days allow New York residents and non-residents to fish for free without a fishing license at any o...  Read More...

  • FishUSA: America‚Äôs Tackle Shop!

    As a leading online retailer of fishing tackle, FishUSA boasts a unique history. FishUSA, as it is known today, traces its roots to Erie.net, launched in 1994 as Northwest Pennsylvania’s first internet service provider. In 1998, FishUSA’s president, an avid angler, oversaw Erie.net’s launch of FishErie.com, the first website and forums for anglers in the region.Erie.net was sold in 1999, and FishUSA’s current president kept FishErie in operation.   Read More...

  • DNR continues effort battling invasive grass carp in Lake Erie Basin

    Talk to anyone familiar with Michigan’s invasive species and you’re likely to hear their concern about carp—voracious, prolific, invasive carp. News of electric barriers and fish flying into boats by the dozens may sound like a big fish story. However, while they are sizable creatures, there is nothing exaggerated about the ecological and environmental damage that would occur if bighead and silver carp were ever to enter the Great Lakes. Therefore, a good deal of attention...  Read More...

  • A View From the North Shore

    Have you seen the two lighthouses that guard the Lake Erie entrance to the Welland Canal at Port Colborne Ontario? Most people have not seen these two antique and off shore beauties that have been declared surplus by the federal government. Modern technology wants to replace them.   Read More...

  • GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW YORK STATE OFFSHORE WIND BLUEPRINT

    For Immediate Release: 9/15/2016GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMOState of New York | Executive ChamberAndrew M. Cuomo | GovernorGOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW YORK STATE OFFSHORE WIND BLUEPRINTPlan Outlines Strategic Approach to Responsibly Develop Offshore Wind Resources and Meet Clean Energy Standard Commitment of 50-Percent Renewables by 2030Governor Andrew M.   Read More...

  • STWA Announces DEC Camp 2017

    Hey kids register to win a free week at the New York State DEC Camp at Camp Rushford in Alleghany County, NY. You must be 11 years old by December 1st, 2016, age groups are 11-13 and 14-17.Please mail the completed form to Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, P.O. Box 1378, Hamburg, New York 14075, Attention Lynette Guenther / Kids Camp.   Read More...

  • NY hunting & trapping education courses beginning

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this upcoming hunting and trapping season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter or trapper education course before they can obtain the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide these training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Educ...  Read More...

  • Great Lakes F&W Grant Program sees reauthorization bill

    On July 13, Great Lakes House Members introduced a bill to reauthorize the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) of 2016. GLFWRA was first passed in 1990 but hasn’t been reauthorized since 2006. It authorizes the USFWS to provide assistance to Great Lakes fish and wildlife agencies to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration, and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.   Read More...

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