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New York: A State of Angling Opportunity

When it comes to freshwater fishing, no state in the nation can compare to New York. Our Great Lakes consistently deliver outstanding fishing for salmon and steelhead and it doesn’t stop there. In fact, New York is home to four of the Bassmaster’s top 50 bass lakes, drawing anglers from around the globe to come and experience great smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing. The crystal clear lakes and streams of the Adirondack and Catskill parks make New York home to the very best fly fishing east of the Rockies. Add abundant walleye, panfish, trout and trophy muskellunge and northern pike to the mix, and New York is clearly a state of angling opportunity.

Fishing is a wonderful way to reconnect with the outdoors. Here in New York, we are working hard to make the sport more accessible and affordable to all. Over the past five years, we have invested more than $6 million, renovating existing boat launches and developing new ones across the state. This is in addition to the 50 new projects begun in 2014 that will make it easier for all outdoors enthusiasts to access the woods and waters of New York.

Our 12 DEC fish hatcheries produce 900,000 pounds of fish each year to increase fish populations and expand and improve angling opportunities. Last year alone, we budgeted $4 million to repair and upgrade these facilities, as well as purchase 16 new stocking trucks.

Fishing and hunting are now more affordable in New York, too. We have simplified license types and reduced costs for both residents and non-residents alike. We also made fishing licenses valid for a full year from their purchase date, allowing anglers to fully enjoy all four seasons of fishing regardless of when they purchased their license.

To promote fishing, we have quadrupled the number of allowable statewide free fishing days from two to eight, established special Adventure Licenses and Adventure License Plates, and launched the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App for smartphone users. Coming this year, new anglers can look forward to an introductory fishing guide from DEC.

There’s nothing like fishing a Catskill Mountain stream for trout, the Finger Lakes for bass, or Lake Ontario for salmon. Surrounded by natural beauty, and an incredible range of fishing opportunities, New York has something to offer anglers of all skill levels. Your reward is the excitement of the catch and sharing these wonderful experiences with friends and family. Wherever you fish in New York, I’m sure you’ll want to return to our Empire State—the state of fishing opportunity.

Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful 2015 season. See you on the water!

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York

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