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West Central Angler Diary Program

Welcome to Region 8 West Central Angler Diary Program. This is one of two angler diary programs in the Region, with the Finger Lakes Angler Diary Program being the other which covers Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock and Conesus Lakes. These program allows anglers to record their fishing trip information and biological data on the fish they catch. DEC biologists then use the combined data to help manage the fish populations. The program started in 1968 on Keuka Lake. Today the West Central Program includes Waneta Lake and the following Lake Ontario bays: East, Irondequoit, Port and Sodus Bays.

  1. Waneta Lake (muskellunge)
  2. East Bay (bass, panfish & yellow perch)
  3. Irondequoit Bay (bass, panfish & yellow perch)
  4. Port Bay (bass, panfish & yellow perch)
  5. Sodus Bay (bass, panfish & yellow perch)

Data Collection

Angler diary cooperators are asked to record fishing trip information in diary booklets we provide. Every trip should be recorded even if no fish are caught. This data will give us the success rates of anglers. Each trip should include a start time and end time, biological data on certain species, along with any marks or fin clips on coldwater species. If there are no markings or fin clips on the fish, anglers should be sure to visibly write "NO MARKS." This information can provide us with the growth of the fish populations.

If any information is missing or incomplete on a page, it cannot be used as reliable data and the information from that trip will be excluded from the analysis. Therefore, anglers are encouraged to fill out all the information clearly and as indicated on the example page in the diary booklet. At the end of the year the diary keepers are provided with a postage-paid envelope to send their diary back to us. After we collect the information from the diaries, we will return them to the anglers with a summary of that year's data, along with a new diary for next season's fishing trips.

Data Use

Examples of Angler Diaries

Data collected from the diaries is compiled into a database. The data is used to determine growth rates, stocked fish recruitment, angler effort and angler success rates. The information collected from the angler diaries, along with data from our sampling efforts, helps guide our management decisions on each body of water. New angler cooperators are always needed to make our annual statistics more reliable. Please consider joining, even if you only fish a couple of times a year. Any information you provide is useful. Angler diary summaries for the 2016 fishing seasons are now available.

Interested in becoming an Angler Diary Keeper?

To learn more about the diary program or to sign up, contact the Region 8 office at (585) 226-5343 or email us at Provide us your name, mailing address and the list of lake(s) for which you would like to record your fishing trips. We have separate diaries for warmwater lakes and coldwater lakes. Please specify which locations and fish species that you regularly fish so that we can send the appropriate book(s).

More information on the Angler Diary Program and how to accurately record trip information (PDF)

Angler diary information being presented at an annual meeting
Results from the angler diaries are presented at an annual meeting.

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