The state Department of Environmental Conservation is scheduled to hold an informational meeting on the state of fisheries on Skaneateles Lake Wednesday, March 20, in the town of Homer. (The meeting was originally supposed to take place Feb. 12, but was postponed due to weather.)
DEC staff will provide presentations on the latest research and management strategies and actions on Skaneateles Lake. The presentation will include, for example, a discussion on future management for the lake's population as well as contributions from the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment and Eastern Finger Lakes Angler Diary Cooperator Program.
Following the presentation, which is expected to last approximately one hour according to a DEC release, attendees will be able to participate in a question and answer session.
Each year, the DEC stocks the lake with 20,000 rainbow trout and 9,000 Atlantic salmon, while natural reproduction accounts for all lake trout, according to the department's official webpage on Skaneateles Lake.
The department also maintains an Angler Diary Cooperator Program, in which volunteers are asked to record trip and catch information in provided diaries. The information gathered from the diaries provides the DEC with useful data on growth rates, stocked fish recruitment and angler success rates.
Anyone interested in joining the program for Skaneateles Lake can contact the Region 7 office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213.
The informational meeting will be held at the from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Homer Intermediate School auditorium at 58 Clinton St., Homer.