Utica, NY (WIBX) - The DEC is reminding those who turn to ice fishing during Winter months about new changes to its Environmental Conservation Law. Some of the changes include the number of lines and tip-ups an ice angler can use, and using fish for bait. DEC officials say the new bait fish regulation is to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species. They say in waters where ice fishing is permitted, anglers will be allowed to use up to three lines and five tip-ups. Previously, ice anglers could only use two lines with five tip-ups. Other precautions listed pertain to maintaining a certain level of safety while on the ice.

New York's freshwater fishing regulations can be found at: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html.

More information on ice fishing, ice safety, and places to ice fish, can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html.