May 1st marks the opening day for New York’s cool water species
On April 12 and 13, 2021, NYS DEC Fisheries conducted a fish survey on Saratoga Lake. Six nets were set overnight for two consecutive nights, capturing nearly 1000 fish, including but not limited to pumpkinseed, bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and northern pike.
NYS DEC Aquatic biologist Chris Powers commented, “I was very excited to have such a high catch rate; this should be precious data, particularly in regard to black crappie since our existing data on that species was rather limited.”
NYSDEC Fisheries planned on returning to the lake again in late April/early May for another survey. However, they caught so many fish that there is no need to return this year. Depending on the ice-out date, they will return to conduct another fish count Spring of 2022. Data collected during these surveys will be used to assess the effectiveness of fisheries regulations currently in place on the lake and to inform future management strategies.
This netting takes a lot of staff and resources from NYSDEC Fisheries and is well worth it as Saratoga Lake is in the top 15 of all lakes in NY State for estimated number of angler days.
May 1st marks the opening day for New York’s cool water species – walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel and tiger muskellunge. (Just a reminder, muskellunge season opens the last Saturday in May.)
For additional fishing regulations consult the 2021 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF).