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Message from the Governor

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New York: A State of Angling Opportunity

If you are an angler, you know how lucky you are to live in New York. The Empire State is unmatched in the quality and diversity of our fish species, and ranks fifth in the nation for total acreage of freshwater fishing locations. There are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy this important sport, and I have made it a priority to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the State’s abundant fishing resources.

That is why the NY is Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative has provided more than $4 million over the last three years to rehabilitate existing boat launches and construct new launches across the state. In addition, New York continues to make great progress toward our goal of establishing 50 new or improved land and water access sites.

In 2016, we opened new universally accessible fishing piers and hand carry launches on the Esopus Creek in Ulster County and Looking Glass Pond in Schoharie County. We refurbished the Dunkirk Harbor Fishing Pier in Chautauqua County, which now provides access for users of all abilities to the outstanding fishing found in this area of Lake Erie. 2017 will see the opening of a brand new boat launch on Meacham Lake in Franklin County and updated facility on the northern end of Cayuga Lake.

The State’s 12 fish hatcheries are an important component of our freshwater fisheries management program, and we have invested $11 million to make much-needed repairs to these facilities. In 2016, we improved our Chateaugay, Rome, Salmon River, and South Otselic fish hatcheries, which are enhancing our stocking programs across the state.

New York continues to reach out to anglers in the state with new and better sources of information. This past year, we were pleased to unveil a brand new Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing that provides all the information anglers need for a quality fishing experience in New York State. This guide, along with a host of other information, can be downloaded from the DEC website at

In addition, our I FISH NY program enjoyed another banner year reaching out to aspiring anglers young and old. Nearly 18,000 individuals passed through these DEC-sponsored programs in 2016. And thanks to 2013 legislation that provided for an unlimited number of free fishing clinics in New York State, more than 20,000 people participated in 195 free sportfishing clinics conducted in 2016—a 500-percent increase since 2013.

This is just a small snapshot of the progress New York is making every year to grow this economically important sport and ensure residents and visitors can enjoy all the amazing opportunities New York has to offer.

I wish you all a safe and successful fishing season!


Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York