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Draft Upper Cattaraugus Creek Fisheries Managment Plan

A Draft Upper Cattaraugus Creek Fisheries Management Plan (PDF) is available for public comment until January 25, 2019. Cattaraugus Creek provides one of the most unique and diverse trout fishing experiences in western New York. The lower reach has long been regarded as one of New York's premier steelhead fisheries while its upper reach offers excellent opportunities for resident brown and rainbow trout.

The purpose of this fisheries management plan (Plan) is to guide efforts and resources from 2019-2030 toward enhancing Cattaraugus Creek's status as a premier angling destination for lake-run steelhead trout while maintaining the existing high quality, year-round sport fishery on upper Cattaraugus Creek following a long-planned fish passage project at the Springville Dam. The Fish Community Objectives for Lake Erie (Ryan et al. 2003)) and New York's Management Plan for Lake Erie Steelhead (Markham et al. 2016) are the foundation of this Plan which was developed in close consultation with a variety of Cattaraugus Creek stakeholders. The Plan's focus is on higher level objectives and management strategies aimed at establishing a lake-run steelhead fishery as well as maintaining the resident trout fishery in the 34 miles of the main stem upper Cattaraugus Creek and its numerous tributaries above the Springville Dam following fish passage.

To comment on the plan, send an e-mail with the subject line "Upper Cattaraugus Creek Plan" to or send written comments to the contact listed below.

Jason Robinson, Unit Leader
Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit
178 Point Drive North
Dunkirk, NY 14048-1031

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