CHAPTER UPDATE 6/15/20
Well, summer has begun and I hope all of you are safe and getting out for some fishing. The fishing reports from the streams have been excellent. I even caught the best brown I ever got in the West Branch of the Croton.
The big news is that the DEC has finally released the draft Stream Management Plan. See below for the details.
We are starting to look ahead to our fall schedule. It is not clear at this time if we will be able to have "in-person" meetings beginning in September. We will comply with all the requirements and recommendations from government agencies as well as TU National and our venue at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. We will keep you posted by email blast on on this site. If we are unable to meet in person we will arrange a Zoom meeting and presentation.
I hope everyone has a great summer. Keep safe. Tight Lines.
DEC Stream Management Plan Released
The Draft Fisheries Management Plan for Inland Trout Streams in New York has been released by DEC for public comment. Public comment period ends June 25, 2020. You can download a pdf of the plan with this link.
I urge all members to take a look at the plan. It is a comprehensive updating of the regulations for all our streams. Some of the big changes are:
All steams will be open all year. They are catch and release, artificial lure only from October 15 to April 1.
There are five stream classifications. Each classification has different creel limits and stocking (or no stocking) schedules.
Three of our local streams are classified "Stocked -Extended" which means they will be stocked four times per season. Other stocked streams will be stocked only once.
There are two different things to look at. The first is the overall plan. The DEC has been working on this for over two years and I frankly think it will be difficult to get them to change very much. The other issue is the classifications of streams. Here, they will be very receptive to our input. I have excerpted the classifications for our streams for your convenience. Download it here. Please take a good look at the stream classifications and let us know if you think they should be changed. We will send a formal comment from CWCTU and will incorporate suggestions the membership supports. Send your comments to:
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Les showing off the monster piranha he caught on the Amazon.
Les Gulitz is Member of the Year
The CWCTU is very happy to announce that Les Gulitz is our Member of the Year. Les has been a very active member of the CWCTU Board, holding the positions of Treasurer, Financial Inspector, and Trips Coordinator (twice). Les has also been a tremendous help to the Trout in the Classroom Program. Last year he helped out at virtually every trout release. Whenever something needed to be done Les is there to help out. Our Member of the Year is normally awarded at our Annual Dinner. With the cancellation of the dinner this year we have had to present Les' award virtually. I ask all to send a congratulations to Les on a well-deserved honor.