Annual Meeting on Status of Lake Erie and Niagara River Fisheries Scheduled

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is inviting the public to learn more about the status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries at a public meeting on Tuesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Woodlawn Beach State Park’s lodge.

“DEC is committed to sound management of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits,” said DEC Acting Regional Director Chad Staniszewski. “This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to interact with the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries.”

This annual meeting is held by DEC’s Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices to provide a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, and includes opportunities for informal discussion on a variety of fisheries management activities. The meeting will feature information on Lake Erie fisheries management, assessment activities, and research for prominent sport and restoration fisheries. The event is free of charge and registration is not required.

The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State’s top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass, and steelhead. The 2017 statewide angler survey estimated more than 900,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated economic value of these fisheries exceeded $17 million. For information about fishing Lake Erie and Western New York, go to DEC’s website.

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