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Fishing season opens Saturday for several types of fish

Special trophy black bass season opens Saturday on Lake Erie along with other freshwater sportfishing in the state, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

Anglers can catch and keep one 20-inch or longer black bass every day from Saturday through June 20.

Black bass “catch and release season” is also underway in many areas around the state, according to the DEC.

Meanwhile, fishing season for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge also opens Saturday statewide.

The agency reminded muskellunge anglers that opening day for muskellunge was moved up to May 30 and the minimum size limit was increased to 40 inches on all waters except the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, where the minimize size limit increased to 54 inches.

Several other state fishing regulations went into effect April 1.

DEC officials urged anglers to consult the state’s 2015-16 Freshwater Fishing Regulations guide.