This year, anglers are allowed seven fishing lines at once while ice fishing. This means that you can have a combination of tip-ups and jigging rods running at the same time, as long as there are only seven lines in the water. Not into jigging? Just set seven tip-ups!
In the past, anglers had been allowed five tip-ups, and two hand lines (jigging rod, jig stick, etc.). I always thought this was a foolish rule, since most fishermen don’t have the equipment (or ability) to mange two hand lines at once. New this year, all fishing lines count the same, and you can have any combination of seven lines in the water at any time. The lines do need to be monitored by an angler in the immediate area.
Fishermen and women are also no longer required to mark their tip-ups with their name and address.
Keep in mind that certain bodies of water in New York State have special fishing regulations that override the statewide regulations. It is the angler’s responsibility to know the rules for the body of water being fished.