State slams door on the sale of panfish
It appears that the time-honored practice of selling panfish like perch, crappie and bluegill is a thing of the past.
Legislation passed by both houses of the state legislature makes it illegal for recreational fisherman to sell their catch for public consumption.
The ban awaits only the governors signature to be put in place - a move that is expected any day.
A couple of notable arrests on Lake George last year of ice fisherman who had kept several hundred more perch than the 50-fish-per-day limit set the stage for this law change.
It is a shame, though. Fisherman here have been selling perch, smelt, bullhead and other panfish to local commercial outlets for generations. Some made a wintertime livelihood from it, and consumers appreciated the fillets.
A handful of businesses also relied on it to keep their lights aglow. Norms Bait & Tackle in Crown Point and Lake Champlain Fish Co. in Rouses Point are two such businesses.
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#1 Aug 22, 2008
It was bound to happen.
#2 Aug 23, 2008
Yes it was bound to happen. Because so many broke limit laws. It sux because I liked selling perch to supplement my winter income. Now I can't. I know some old timers who are really gonna be hit hard by this. A damn shame!!! Just another good thing ruined that alot of ppl did now ruined by the actions of few.
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