Programs

NBC Sports presents NYS Canal Corp’s fall fishing and ACE programs. for the second consecutive year

Fri, April 29, 2022 5:30 p.m.

The just-aired episode of “On the Water: Angling Adventures” features world-class fishing opportunities in Western New York, supported and enhanced by the waters of the Erie Canal

The NBC Sports television show “On the Water: Angling Adventures” recently featured the New York State Canal Corp.’s fall fishing program. for the second consecutive year. As part of the New York Power Authority and Canal Corp.’s “Reimagine the Canals” initiative, the episode also highlighted the successful launch of the Access and Conservation Easement (ACE) pilot program, which aims to improve the public access and water quality along the northern tributaries of western New York that receive water from the Erie Canal, enhancing angling opportunities provided by the fall fishing program. The full episode can be viewed here.

“We are grateful to NBC Sports and ‘On the Water’ for re-showcasing our channel system and educating viewers about our efforts to improve angling opportunities in Western New York. “said Brian U. Stratton, director of New York State Canal Corp. “Over the past few years, we have worked hard to make fall fishing in New York City a world-class experience through pilot programs that improve access and environmental resilience, extend the season, and enable more anglers to take advantage of these opportunities.We look forward to continuing the fall and ACE fishing programs this year and hope to see many new anglers on the water when the season returns.

Filmed last November, this “On the Water” episode features the fishing experience along Eighteen Mile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek and Sandy Creek in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. The Marketing Director of Canal Corp. William Sweitzer, local anglers and fishing guides joined host Chris Megan to fish along these tributaries. As seen during the episode, the higher flows succeeded in attracting more populations of brown trout, rainbow trout and king salmon to move further up these streams, improving conditions for fish and expanding opportunities for local and visiting anglers.

“Anglers hoping to spot powerful fish in a strong current before winter grips the northeast need only look west to New York for big lake trout and salmon. that grow in small tributaries,” said On the Water editor Chris Megan. “During our trip, we were able to target large brown trout through the New York State Canal Corp., providing more consistent baseflows throughout the fall and winter.”

Highlights from this episode include the history of the Erie Canal and how Canal Corp. now regulates water flows to tributaries in support of this program. The show also focuses on local fishing hotspots where anglers come from all over the world to catch salmon and trout making the trip from Lake Ontario in the water-enhanced vapors of the canal.

Anglers can learn more about the fall and ACE fishing programs by visiting the Canal Corp. website.

The New York State Canal Corp. operates the New York State Canal System, which includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Stretching 524 miles, the waterway connects the Hudson River to the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canal system includes the Canalway Trail, a network of approximately 400 miles of multi-use trails through upstate New York. Now part of the Empire State Trail, the Canalway Trail follows the towpaths of active and historic sections of the New York State Canal System. Together, the canals and pathways create a world-class recreational corridor that is a vibrant, scenic and unique resource in New York City. To learn more about the New York State Canal and Canalway Trail system or to obtain a free map, call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit the Canal Corp website. www.canals.ny.gov.