Message from the Governor
New York Freshwater Fishing
New York: A State of Angling Opportunity
New York is a world class fishing destination and I thank you for being one of the more than 1.8 million anglers in New York State who enjoy our unparalleled fishing opportunities. Whether you are a competitive bass angler, fly fishing purist, or just enjoy fishing with your family on vacation, the Empire State has something for you.
Through my NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative we are making fishing and hunting more affordable and accessible to all, and I am proud of our recent progress. In 2015, we invested $2.7 million to upgrade boat launches on Forge Pond in Suffolk County, Lake George in Warren County and Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes in Franklin County. A new site designed for the hand launching of boats was also completed on the Susquehanna River at Colliersville (Otsego County) and a universally accessible fishing platform was installed on Wiscoy Creek in Wyoming County. In 2016, we will unveil even more opportunities as part of our 50 new or improved land and water access projects, and make sure you download the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App on your smartphone to find all our great fishing access points and more.
In addition to promoting access, over the past two years we have invested $8 million to make much needed improvements to our fish hatchery system, including upgrades to the Oneida, Chautauqua, Rome and Salmon River hatcheries, and purchase of 16 new stocking trucks outfitted with state of the art tanks and aeration systems. New York’s fish hatchery system is a vital part of our recreational fishing program, and I encourage everyone to visit one of our hatcheries and learn about our incredible efforts to restore fish populations.
We also continue to expand efforts to engage new anglers and increase interest in the sport of fishing, offering eight ‘free fishing’ days year round, now including Veteran’s Day and Presidents Weekend. We also offer free fishing clinics throughout the state, more than 200 were hosted in 2015 alone, providing a great introduction to the sport of fishing. If you’re new to fishing, be sure to check out these clinics, or one of DECs I FISH NY fishing education programs near you for tips on how to start.
From fishing a Catskill Mountain stream for trout, the Finger Lakes for bass, or Lake Ontario for salmon, New York has an incredible range of opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. We’re working hard to make fishing in New York better than ever, and be sure to bring a friend along on your next fishing trip and help us grow the sport.
Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful 2016 season. See you on the water!
Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor, State of New York