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For Release: Friday, November 4, 2016

Emergency Regulation Issued for the Upper Esopus Creek

Fishing on the Upper Esopus Creek will be Temporarily Prohibited through January 31, 2017

Effective November 4, 2016, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency regulation prohibiting all fishing in the following 11.9-mile section of Esopus Creek - from the Shandaken Tunnel inlet (portal) in Allaben down to Ashokan Reservoir, as well as the adjoining portion of Ashokan reservoir downstream to where Traver Hollow Stream enters the reservoir.

This Emergency Regulation is in effect until January 31, 2017.

This regulation is necessary to protect trout and other fish in the Creek. Due to prolonged dry conditions, the Esopus Creek and its tributary streams are experiencing low water flow, creating a stressful environment for trout. During these low-flow conditions, fish are more vulnerable to natural predators. Additional stress on these fish from fishing may impact their ability to spawn and produce the next generation of trout.

This map shows area of Esopus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir (PDF, 318 KB) affected by the Emergency Regulation.

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