Assembly passes Russell-sponsored bill to allow anglers to use up to 3 poles at once
A bill to allow anglers to use up to three fishing rods at a time has passed in the Assembly, according sponsor Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
It has also passed the Senate and is now being forwarded to the governor for his consideration. The current limit is two rods.The bill is aimed at enhancing the experience for anglers as it increases the chance of catching a fish. Several states, including Michigan and New Jersey, already have a three-rod rule in place and report a favorable impact on their sporting tourism.
“It is important that we give our sportsmen and recreational tourists a favorable probability of catching fish so they can be successful and continue to visit the prime fishing spots on our lakes and rivers,” said Russell, a Democrat from Theresa whose 118th Assembly District includes all the towns along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence County plus Canton, Potsdam and Macomb, in addition to northern Jefferson County towns.
“Enhancing our fishing experience will help to boost the economy as increased business for lodging, eateries, gas stations, and related businesses that rely on recreational tourism will mean increased revenues,” said Russell.