Anglers in New York State can stay busy all winter by targeting some of their favorite fish species through the ice.
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Popular Species to Target for Ice Fishing
While most freshwater fish can be caught through the ice, only certain species are in season through the winter. Some popular species to target through the ice in New York:
- Yellow Perch
- Northern Pike
- Lake Trout
- Brown Trout
- Atlantic Salmon
- Black Crappie
Ice Fishing Regulations
Ice shanties must be marked on the outside with the owner's name and address in letters at least 3 inches high. Shanties must be removed from all waters by March 15 to prevent them from falling through the ice and becoming hazards to navigation.
Baitfish are commonly used when ice fishing. Make sure your baitfish are certified disease free when you purchase them. Never dump unused baitfish or water from your bait bucket into a lake or pond. Undesirable aquatic invasive species might be mixed in with your bait or bait water. Consult the baitfish regulations before venturing out.