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New Chittenango Creek public access fishing site opens in Cazenovia

DEC Region 7 Fisheries Manager Dave Lemon, left, listens as Trout Unlimited Chapter 680 members Lee Cameron, middle, and Jim Longstaff talk about fishing on Chittenango Creek. The three men attended the April 24 grand opening event for the new public access fishing site along Chittenango Creek on Route 13 in the town of Cazenovia.

DEC Region 7 Fisheries Manager Dave Lemon, left, listens as Trout Unlimited Chapter 680 members Lee Cameron, middle, and Jim Longstaff talk about fishing on Chittenango Creek. The three men attended the April 24 grand opening event for the new public access fishing site along Chittenango Creek on Route 13 in the town of Cazenovia. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— “This new site is great to have because it’s an area we haven’t fished much because it is hard to park along the highway and there’s been no good walking access to the water,” said Chapter 680 member Jim Longstaff, who also attended the event.

Cameron and Longstaff pointed out good places to fish along the creek and told some fishing stories to State Senator David Valesky who attended the event along with State Assemblyman Bill Magee.

“It was a banner year for sportsmen [in New York state],” said Valesky, referring to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative,” which includes streamlining hunting and fishing licenses, reducing license fees and improving access for hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the state. “I encourage all Madison County and Central new York anglers to come and enjoy this site. It is a great new opportunity in Cazenovia,” Valesky said.

For information and maps about public fishing rights and locations in Central New York, visit the DEC website at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/44869.html. To learn more about Trout Unlimited Chapter 680, visit their website at tu680.org or call Lee Cameron at 655-0304.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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