According to a press release from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Wegner broke the previous state record (caught in 1994) by five ounces, and this is the first record-breaking fish caught in 2015.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, DEC works to promote and expand access for anglers,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “I’d like to congratulate Mr. Wegner on this new record catch and encourage all New Yorkers to continue to utilize the great natural resources and fishing opportunities the state has to offer.”
White suckers can be found in a variety of habitats throughout New York State with the exception of Long Island. Despite their widespread distribution, they’re not often targeted by anglers. White suckers are bottom dwellers, primarily feeding on insects, snails and clams. This time of year, they move up shallow, swift moving streams to spawn. White suckers often fall prey to eagles and osprey, as well as larger predatory fish.
Mr. Wegner submitted details of his winning catch as part of DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program. Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. The three categories that make up the program are: Catch & Release, Annual Award and State Record.
Complete details of the Angler Achievement Awards Program, including a downloadable entry form, can be found on the DEC website at , as well as in DEC’s current Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide. To learn more about the Angler Achievement Awards Program contact (518) 402-8891 or email@example.com.
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