Posts Tagged ‘Fishing’

NYSDEC Seeks Public Comment on Inland Fisheries Management Plan

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Brook Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Brook Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

 

The New York Sate Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on its recently released Draft Fish­eries Man­age­ment Plan for Inland Trout Streams. Pub­lic com­ment will be accepted until June 25. The pur­pose of the plan is to help guide the efforts of the NYSDEC as they seek to max­i­mize inland fish­eries for their fullest eco­log­i­cal and recre­ational poten­tial. The NYSDEC have found over 3,000 streams across the state with doc­u­mented pop­u­la­tions of trout. Of those streams, 80% sup­port wild trout populations.

 

Rainbow Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Rain­bow Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

 

Inland trout streams are an impor­tant part of New York State’s diverse fish­eries resource. They are par­tic­u­larly impor­tant in the Ashokan Water­shed where fish­ing is a vital his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ele­ment of the area. It is also an eco­nomic dri­ver with anglers from all over the world com­ing to fish in the famed waters of the Eso­pus Creek and its tributaries.

In order to best man­age inland trout fish­eries, NYSDEC uti­lizes tools such as fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, access and infor­ma­tion, habi­tat pro­tec­tion and improve­ment, and stock­ing hatchery-reared trout. NYSDEC places great impor­tance on mea­sur­ing the out­come of man­age­ment strate­gies against well-defined objectives.

To com­ment, please visit the NYSDEC web­page devoted to the plan. On the page, links to the plan itself as well as meth­ods to sup­ply com­ments can be found. We encour­age all users of fish­eries here in the Ashokan Water­shed to pro­vide com­ments on how they think the fish­eries can best be managed.

 

Brown Trout. Photo courtesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Brown Trout. Photo cour­tesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlimited

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Ashokan Reservoir: A Great Place to Recreate

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent

Ashokan Reser­voir. Photo by Alli­son Lent

 

We just wanted to share some beau­ti­ful pho­tos of the Ashokan Reser­voir that were taken recently by AWSMP and Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict employee Alli­son Lent. Even in times like these when there is so much stress and uncer­tainty we should con­sider our­selves lucky to be in such close prox­im­ity to so much nat­ural splendor.

We’re in the midst of fish­ing sea­son and the Ashokan Reser­voir is a great place to get out­side and enjoy some fish­ing while main­tain­ing social dis­tanc­ing. Before you head out be sure to get a New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) Access Per­mit (free of charge and eas­ily done online) and a New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) Fish­ing License (can also be done online but costs vary).

We hope that you enjoy the reser­voir, pub­lic fish­ing and other pub­lic access along our streams, and every­thing else that our water­shed has to offer.

Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent.

Ashokan Reser­voir. Photo by Alli­son Lent.

 

 

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Family Fun and Fish Day Returns for 2018!

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by Brent Gotsch
Family Fun and Fish Day 2017

Fam­ily Fun and Fish Day 2017

 

Fish­ing with the fam­ily is a great way to con­nect with each other and expe­ri­ence the great out­doors! Back by pop­u­lar demand for a sixth year in a row, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) in coop­er­a­tion with the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­ily Fun & Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground located at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road, Mount Trem­per, NY on Sun­day, May 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vided, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. No fish­ing license is required.

Reg­is­ter by May 17, 2018 in order to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­ter online now by click­ing here.

For more infor­ma­tion on the event, con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu. DEC charges a $6 fee per car admis­sion to the camp­ground — all other activ­i­ties at Fam­ily Fun & Fish Day are free.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­ited chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquatic ecol­ogy. Other fam­ily friendly activ­i­ties include a bar­be­cue, and arts and crafts under the pavil­ion. Please let us know in advance if you have any spe­cial needs related to the day’s activities.

Showing off the catch at Family Fun and Fish Day 2017

Show­ing off the catch at Fam­ily Fun and Fish Day 2017

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Family Fun and Fish Day returns for 2017!

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

Fish­ing with the fam­ily is a great way to con­nect with each other and expe­ri­ence the great outdoors!

Back by pop­u­lar demand for a sixth year in a row, AWSMP in coop­er­a­tion with the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­ily Fun & Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground located at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road, Mount Trem­per, NY on Sat­ur­day, May 20 from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vided, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. No fish­ing license is required.

Reg­is­ter by May 18, 2017 in order to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­ter online now by click­ing here. For more infor­ma­tion on the event con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu. DEC charges a $6 fee per car for admis­sion to the camp­ground — all other activ­i­ties at Fam­ily Fun and Fish Day are free.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­ited chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquatic ecol­ogy. Other fam­ily friendly activ­i­ties include a bar­beque, and arts and crafts under the pavil­ion start­ing at noon. Please let us know in advance if you have spe­cial needs related to the day’s activities.

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Family Fun and Fish Day!

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Stupple

Another suc­cess­ful Fam­ily Fun and Fish Day has come and gone; the cooler tem­per­a­tures and occa­sional driz­zle didn’t keep our par­tic­i­pants or their catches away! Every year the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment part­ners with NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion and Trout Unlim­ited to get fam­i­lies out­side and expe­ri­enc­ing one of the many won­der­ful recre­ational activ­i­ties we, here in the Catskills, have avail­able to us.

Take a look at the joy that was had and make sure to join us next year for another fam­ily, fun, and fish filled day!

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 If you have any ques­tions about this event or would like to learn more about the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment pro­grams please call (845)-688‑3047.

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