Helps Novice Anglers
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed a new instructional (available on-line) manual entitled “The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing.” The new manual is part of a series of publications DEC has produced recently to get more people involved in the fun of fishing in New York State.
In New York, fisheries biologists stock more than 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in over 309 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,900 miles of streams across the state each spring.
The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing manual can be downloaded at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/98506.html. The guide is composed of nine modules that include:
- The Fishes of New York
- Basic Fishing Tackle and Techniques
- Care of Your Catch
- Safe and Responsible Angling
- Intermediate Fishing Tackle and Techniques
- The Waters of New York
- Fisheries Management
- Aquatic Life
- Ice Fishing
The beginners’ guide provides important information for those desiring to get started in the sport of fishing, while also providing a resource for educators to teach students about ecology, fish biology and the fun that is part of the sport of fishing. The manual will also prove helpful to those conducting free fishing events as part of the Governor Cuomo’s expanded free fishing clinic program. Organizations or groups interested in conducting an event can find instructions and an application form on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89811.html.