DEC Region 9 Bureau of Fisheries
Region 9 Bureau of Fisheries is responsible for managing fish populations in lakes, streams and rivers of Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties. Fisheries staff carry out fish population surveys, water assessments and angler use surveys to monitor trends and recommend management regulation changes, providing a diversity of high quality angling opportunities. The Fisheries Unit is also responsible for purchasing, developing and maintaining public fishing sites. We currently maintain 22 access sites and have 150 miles of public fishing rights easements on 28 streams.
DEC Region 9 offers a variety of angling opportunities, from small headwater streams supporting native brook trout to the expansive waters of Lake Erie, Niagara River and Lake Ontario that hold record bass, muskellunge, walleye, trout and salmon. DEC stocks 263 miles of inland streams with trout, while wild trout populations can be found in hundreds of additional miles of streams in the region. Inland lakes, including the largest, Chautauqua, provide excellent angling for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike and panfish. Trophy salmon and trout can be caught in Lakes Erie and Ontario, their tributary rivers and streams and the Lower Niagara River during spawning migrations while muskellunge, walleye and bass are available seasonally in these waters.
Recently, Region 9 Fisheries has been funded through a State Wildlife Grant to assess the restoration of paddlefish in the Allegheny River system. Paddlefish are considered an extirpated species in New York and their population status is presently unknown. This project is part of the federally funded State Wildlife Grant program which is designed to research, monitor, restore and manage species of greatest conservation need and their habitats.
Michael Clancy, Regional Fisheries Manager
Michael Wilkinson, Fishery Biologist
Scott Cornett, Fishery Biologist
Michael Todd, Fish Promotion Biologist
James Zanett, Sr. Fish and Wildlife Technician