Message from the Governor

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Welcome to another wonderful season of fishing in New York State. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, fishing in the Empire State offers a world-class experience that is second to none.

Fishing has a long and proud tradition in New York, and the State has undertaken comprehensive efforts over the past several years to raise awareness of—and improve access to—opportunities to enjoy New York’s unparalleled natural resources.

To better connect New Yorkers and visitors with these peerless fishing resources, earlier this year we launched Adventure NY which is working across the state to:

  • Expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation;
  • Connect people with nature and the outdoors;
  • Protect New York’s natural resources; and
  • Boost local economies.

Already, we’re making great progress with new and renovated boat launches on Lake George in Warren County, Meacham Lake in Franklin County, and Forge Pond in Suffolk County that are enhancing the State’s freshwater fishing experiences. Over the next three years, Adventure NY’s goal is to complete an additional 75 projects, from additional boat launches like these to renovating fishing access sites.

New York is committed to providing residents and visitors with a good fishing experience. Each year, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fish hatchery system raises more than 850,000 pounds of fish that stock nearly 1,200 public waterbodies across New York. Recognizing the importance of the fishing industry, New York has invested more than $14 million dollars to modernize our fish hatcheries statewide, including the newly renovated visitor center at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery and significant improvements made to water supply wells at the Bath Hatchery. In addition, four new trucks were added to New York’s hatchery fleet and are anticipated to travel more than 500,000 miles every season.

DEC’s popular I FISH NY program continues to educate thousands of New York’s avid anglers each year on where and when to find the hottest spots. In 2017, DEC held a special Outdoor Day at the New York State Fair and granted free fair admission to anyone with a New York State sporting license. DEC also sponsored our first-ever Learn to Fish program and introduced more than 500 New Yorkers to the wonders of fishing. We look for even more exciting outdoor activities at the fair in 2018. I encourage you to join us and experience the joys of fishing New York’s waters.

Wishing you a safe and successful fishing season.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York