June 17, 2022
The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) made a number of changes to the fisheries rules and regulations in an effort to simplify the laws around the state for 2022. Among the most notable alterations was bumping up the opener of the bass season to June 15 from the third Saturday in June.
Thomas Russell, an avid bass angler, is sure glad they did.
Russell, a resident of Albion, N.Y., caught a smallmouth bass weighing 8 pounds, 5.8 ounces while competing in a team tournament held at Cayuga Lake on June 15. Pending certification, the fish will break the New York smallmouth record, which is currently 8 pounds, 4 ounces and shared by two anglers. Andrew Kartesz set the...