The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that DEC’s Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results and summarize management efforts on Seneca Lake at a public meeting Oct. 2.

“This public forum on the state of Seneca Lake fisheries provides an opportunity for DEC fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about fishery resources with the public,” DEC Region 8 Director Paul D’Amato said. “New York provides excellent opportunities for interested anglers to interact with the managers studying these fisheries. Our staff is committed to sound management of the Finger Lakes’ fisheries and strives to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits.”

The Finger Lakes and their tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch, panfish, and esocids. Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes, comprises more than 43,300 acres. A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated 178,340 angler days were spent on Seneca Lake making it the 8th most fished water in the State. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $5.9 million to the local economy.

The meeting, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6:30–9 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva.

DEC biologists will provide updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warmwater fish, fishing regulations, water quality and DEC’s Angler Diary Program. There will be time allotted at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.