Has those long pinchers like a white river. I am unfamiliar with their range.
So Suzanne, for future reference, and since you seem to really be having fun with this, I feel that I should pass along that we generally cannot help out with ID's that are not streamside. We suggest that people catch, photo, and release. The reason for this is that there are many protected species out there, and as you have probably noticed by now, fish are not as easy to identify as..... mammals. So NANFA is not only protecting itself and the hobby, but also it's members with this rule. I am sure you can understand. Your circumstances were a bit different, you had fish from your pond. Many members spend time netting fish in public waters. It would be bad news for them to bring home a federally endangered species and ask for an ID. So we catch photo and release when we are unsure. If you have any questions please ask. Here is the ID subforum. http://forum.nanfa.o...ion-assistance/
The rules are posted at the top of the page. Thanks for understanding.
Thanks for the reminder. I definitely understand the need for caution. I should have been more clear about my collection of this crayfish and the other couple of fish that I have.
In NY state it is legal to collect minnows and crayfish under the bait regulations. They may not be transported for use in another water body or by motor vehicle overland except through designated corridors. Possession of these aquatic creatures is allowed as long as they are not intended for use or release in any body of water that they were not taken from (ie. don't dump the leftover bait into the water). The regulations do not prohibit capture and possession of fish or crayfish legally cought. Bodies of water that are trout habitats are treated differently, but a backyard pond woold not be considered a trout habitat. Also state public land is regulated differently so one must become familiar with those regulations as necessary.
Here are links for any fellow New Yorkers if they are interested. And just a reminder YOU MUST HAVE YOUR FISHING LICENSE ON YOUR PERSON, I know people who left it in the car and walked 50' to the lake or stream to fish or use bait traps and they got ticketed for not having a licence, it is taken very seriously by the game wardens.
I have previously made inquiry to the NYSDEC about the legality of keeping wild fish in aquarium. They replied that species that have no seasonal limit and no size limit, and are not endangered or threatened, such as most sunfish and minnows, are allowed to be taken and kept in an aquarium.
I would definitely not have asked for ID on any fish (or crayfish) that did not fall into these legal regulations. And certainly I would not keep any fish that I did not know what it was at all, I would immediately release it. There are only a very few fish that are considered endangered or threatened and are illegal to fish for or possess in NY, of those the only minnows and sunfish that are listed are not located anywhere near my area. So there is no worry that the fish from my pond are not legal to posses. But thank you for the reminder.
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