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For Release: Friday, December 15, 2017

Battery Powered Ice Augers to be Allowed at Tomhannock Reservoir

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the city of Troy today announced that ice anglers will now be allowed to use battery powered ice augers on the Tomhannock Reservoir in the town of Pittstown, Rensselaer County. The use of gasoline and propane powered ice augers is still prohibited on the reservoir.

Anglers must obtain a New York State fishing license and a separate permit from the city of Troy to fish at the reservoir. The Troy City Clerk's Office issues fishing permits for the Tomhannock Reservoir while anglers can obtain a NYS fishing license from a licensed issuing agent, by phone or online.

More information about obtaining NYS fishing license can be found on DEC's website.

More information about obtaining a permit from the city of Troy (leaves DEC website) can be found at

Ice fishing is permitted from Jan. 1 through March 15 during daylight hours only. Ice fishing shelters of any kind are not permitted on the reservoir, this includes popups on sleds.

The Tomhannock Reservoir is a 1,700-acre public water supply that provides drinking water to the city of Troy and surrounding communities. DEC and Troy cooperatively manage public fishing on the reservoir.

More information about fishing at the Tomhannock reservoir can be found on DEC's website.

More information about ice fishing, including ice safety can be found on DEC's website.

Ice conditions permitting, DEC will hold a free ice fishing clinic on the Tomhannock Reservoir on Saturday, Jan. 20, where no fishing license nor city permit will be required to fish during the program. However, all other fishing regulations will remain in effect.

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