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.