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For Release: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DEC to Conduct Creel Survey on Saratoga Lake

Survey to Track Angler Activities, Catch Numbers and Sizes of Fish Caught and Harvested

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will conduct a survey of anglers on Saratoga Lake over the next year, the agency announced today. The survey will begin on May and will continue during both the regular fishing and ice fishing seasons, ending in March 2016.

DEC fisheries staff will conduct the creel survey by counting anglers and asking them for details of their fishing experience. Participation in the interview process is voluntary, although greatly appreciated and encouraged. The creel survey allows anglers to contribute to management of New York's fishery resources. The information gathered allows DEC to better manage the fish population of Saratoga Lake.

DEC creel clerks will use boats during open water season and snowmobiles during ice fishing season. Creel clerks will approach anglers while they are fishing or at boat launches upon returning from a fishing trip. If approached by a creel clerk, anglers are encouraged to take a few minutes to respond to the interview.

Creel clerks will ask anglers questions about the amount of time they have been fishing, what they are fishing for, what they have caught or released, where they are from (zip code), and about past fishing trips.

DEC biologists will analyze the data to determine angler effort, number of harvested fish, and size distribution of several of the lake's important species of fish. The data will also assist in evaluating relative fishing quality and recreational fishing pressure. All of this information will be used to determine if changes in management are needed for certain fish species to ensure a productive fishery and good fishing opportunities.

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