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Message from the Governor

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13NYFW-GovPic.jpgNew York’s Open for Hunting and Fishing

Welcome to another great freshwater fishing season in New York, home to an extraordinary variety of waterbodies and diverse fisheries. From the historic Hudson River to the majestic Great Lakes, and with hundreds of lakes and thousands of miles of streams from the Adirondacks to the Fingers Lakes, New York offers excitement and challenges for anglers that cannot be beat! The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society selected five of our waters – Cayuga Lake, Oneida Lake, Lake Champlain, Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River and Lake Erie for their list of the Top 100 Bass Waters of 2013, with the last two listed in the top 20. This year’s guide is focused on trout fishing in the Catskills, also a nationally renowned destination for trout anglers.

We continue our efforts to make New York, which is already ranked 2nd in the United States for recreational fishing economic impact, even more attractive as a tourism destination. My “New York Open for Fishing and Hunting” initiative will simplify the purchase of sporting licenses in 2014 and, most importantly, reduce fees. In addition, we will spend more than $4 million to develop new boat launches and fishing access sites so we can expand opportunities for anglers.

Over the past three years New York invested $2.5 million in the development of new boat launching facilities on Cuba Lake in Allegany County, the Upper Hudson River in Saratoga County, Lake Champlain in the City of Plattsburgh, and two new facilities on Lake Ontario – Point Peninsula Isthmus and Three Mile Bay, both in Jefferson County. Major upgrades were also completed on the Woodville Boat Launch on Canandaigua Lake, the Horicon Boat Launch on Schroon Lake, and the Northville Boat Launch on Great Sacandaga Lake. We’ve also made improvements to our hatchery system, including a new visitor center at the state’s Rome Fish Hatchery.

Fishing is a great way to enjoy New York’s unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities. Research has shown that people involved in the sport of fishing also enjoy other outdoor sports such as hiking, camping and wildlife watching. A particular interest of mine is to encourage our children to enjoy nature. I can’t think of a better way to do this than by introducing them to the sport of fishing. I recently signed legislation that will expand the number of free sportfishing clinics in New York offered by organizations designated by the Department of Environmental Conservation. These clinics will help people learn about fishing and, most important – how much fun they can have fishing in New York waters!

Best of luck on your fishing adventures. If you’re fishing in New York you’ve already made a great catch!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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