DEC officials warning St. Lawrence County ice anglers to handle baitfish properly
With ice fishing season well underway in St. Lawrence County, Department of Conservation officials are reminding anglers to take the following steps when using baitfish while ice fishing:
· Follow the bait fish regulations to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species.· Use only certified disease-free bait fish purchased at a local tackle store, or use only personally collected bait fish for use in the same water body in which they were caught.
· Do not reuse baitfish in another water-body if you have replaced the water they were purchased in.
· Dump unused baitfish and water in an appropriate location on dry land.
Anglers looking for a good place to ice fish should check out DEC’s Public Lakes and Ponds map at http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/42978.html. This interactive map provides recommendations on waters open to ice fishing provided by DEC staff.