One of the projects I’m going to tinker with this summer is building a set of Western New York fishing maps. It’s kind of a sensitive area for a lot of fishermen, as bloggers such as myself need to carefully balance the desire to share information with the concept of protecting valuable local fisheries. Rest assured I have this balance in mind as I deliver the results. You can see the first entries here: Link. I’ve started by mapping out a very popular spot for kayakers and kayak fishermen alike: Black Creek near the Genesee River in Chili.
What I intend to do is only publish reports on areas that tend to already see a lot of fishing pressure. That is to say I’m not out to turn great secret fishing spots into circuses. No one wants that, including myself.
So as the project grows, you’re not going to see all of my trips. Rather, you’ll only see the ones that are well known locations.
Kayak Fishing and Increased Fishing Pressure
To be sure, the proliferation of kayaks has increased fishing pressure in Western New York, and everywhere else. Manufacturing methods have brought both sit in and sit on top kayaks into the budget of nearly everyone. This has its benefits, and its downsides. It’s also raising a lot of questions on waterway navigability, in the sense that land owners are now dealing with many more people paddling through their property. It’s important for everyone to know their rights, as well as the rights of the property owners in areas where they paddle and fish.
To that end, these maps will only include areas where I firmly believe any angler has the right to fish. So nowhere that the water is properly posted on both sides of the creek. In New York State, you MAY paddle through double posted water, but you MAY NOT fish there technically, especially if it is listed as prohibited on the Posted sign.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the maps. They are fun to make. The new Google Map Engine is a blast, and makes it very simple to create custom maps.
Go try one for yourself!