Cannonsville Electric Trolling Motor Pilot Program
Beginning April 1, 2013, DEP will allow the use of electric trolling motors for fishing on the Cannonsville Reservoir under the Electric Trolling Motor Pilot Program. This new pilot program marks the first time that the public will be allowed to use a motorized vessel on any New York City reservoir upstate.
This new program will provide a benefit to those who fish by rowboat on the Cannonsville and is based on the success of the Recreational Boating program, which also began with a pilot program at Cannonsville Reservoir and has since expanded to include recreational boating at Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie Reservoirs.
The Cannonsville Reservoir is the only reservoir open for trolling motor use.
The season will run from April 1st until November 30th 2013.
Trolling motors are to be used only on fishing row-boats, (V-hulls and Jon-boats). Recreational boats such as kayaks, canoes, sculls, and small sailboats will not be permitted to use trolling motors.
The rowboat must have a valid NYCDEP boat tag. Also, the boat must be registered with NYSDMV (or another States registration) and display a valid registration tag and registration Identification numbers.
To power the motor, a single marine-grade, sealed, 12-volt battery is permitted.
The battery must be sturdily secured to the boat while in use to prevent separation from the boat in the event of a capsize, preferably with a strapped or secured battery box. Batteries must be removed from the property at the end of each use, each day.
Motors cannot produce more than 55 pounds of thrust. For boaters with a seasonal Trolling motor Tag, trolling motors must be left secured with the rowboat on the shoreline when not in use. Otherwise, the boater may select a temporary tag which allows two days of use. If the motor was issued a seasonal trolling motor tag and it is removed from reservoir property prior to the end of the season, please notify NYCDEP at 1-800-575-LAND (5263), or email DEP at email@example.com so the tag can be cancelled. Please note: the motor must be cleaned again, and a new tag issued prior to returning to the reservoir.
Trolling motor cleaning
All motors must be inspected and cleaned by a DEP Certified Steam Cleaning Vendor prior to use on the reservoir. A DEP trolling Motor Tag will be issued for the motor upon successful inspection and cleaning. The boater has the choice of a two-day tag or a seasonal tag. The certified vendors will not be steam cleaning fishing row boats but will clean trolling motors only. Fishing Rowboats being used on the Cannonsville for the first time must be inspected and steam cleaned by NYCDEP at the Downsville Boat Office by appointment only. After the cleaning, the boat will be issued an NYCDEP Boat Tag. The Downsville DEP Boating Office can be reached at 607-363-7009.
What you will need to do
- Make sure your row-boat has a valid NYCDEP Boat Tag and the tag is affixed to the boat.
- Make sure your boat is registered with the NYSDMV, or an equivalent State DMV registration and all boat identification numbers are displayed on the boat.
- Remember to carry your NYCDEP Access Permit and NYSDEC fishing license and a personal flotation device for each and everyone in the boat.
- Have your trolling motor cleaned at a DEP certified steam cleaning vendor.
- Don’t forget to bring along a whistle, anchor, lantern, and any other item required by state law to have in the boat. Also be sure to bring oars or paddles!
DEP Access Permit and DEP Boat Tag questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-575-5263
New York State Department of Motor vehicles website: http://www.dmv.ny.gov