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Oneida Lake walleye daily limit

Oneida Lake walleye daily limit

Dear New York Angler,
 
The current daily limit for walleye in Oneida Lake is 3 per day, which was put in place in 2000 to add protection to the population that declined through the 1990s and stabilized at a moderate level through much of the last two decades. Based on a recent analysis performed by Cornell University, the adult walleye population in Oneida Lake is now estimated to be over 1 million fish, the highest it’s been since 1986.  Large year classes in 2010 and 2014 have contributed to the walleye population increase, and indications are that there were additional strong year classes produced in 2016 and 2018 which should help maintain the abundant adult population as they enter the fishery.
 
Because the population has rebounded and projections suggest that it will remain high over the next several years, DEC is contemplating a return to the statewide limit of 5 fish per day. This would align Oneida Lake with general statewide walleye fishing regulations and provide anglers additional harvest opportunities.  Additionally, with the adult walleye population this high there are concerns it could negatively impact the forage base in the lake, including yellow perch. DEC and Cornell feel that this regulation may lessen the potential impact to the forage base without negatively affecting the walleye population.
 
Input from anglers is important to help DEC deliver the best management possible through balancing angler desires and resource capacity. Taking a moment to answer the following questions will help us determine how the angling public views this potential change.  Thank you in advance for taking the survey and helping us manage this important fisheries resource.
 
1.
How do you feel about increasing the daily limit of walleye from 3 fish per day to 5 fish per day in Oneida Lake?
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2. Have you fished Oneida Lake? *This question is required.
3. How recently have you fished Oneida Lake?