The opening of trout and salmon season in New York state is just 10 days away.
The 2014 trout and salmon fishing season opens April 1 and New Yorkers can now purchase and print a fishing license from their home computers by visiting http://licensecenter.ny.gov in order to be ready to enjoy New York’s great outdoor fishing opportunities on opening day.
Lifetime fishing licenses also are available.
“New York offers some of the best fishing in the country,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
“As part of the state’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, fishing license fees have been reduced and licenses can be easily purchased and printed online from home. Now anglers don’t have to wait until fishing season to get ready. I encourage New Yorkers to go online, buy their licenses and look forward to a great fishing season,” Cuomo said.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said the DEC is stocking rivers, lakes and streams to provide “ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a great catch.”
Fishing licenses, which are required for persons age 16 and older to fish in New York’s fresh water lakes and rivers, may also be purchased by phone at (866) 933-2257.
Anglers who purchase by phone will receive a confirmation number to use immediately as proof of holding a license until their actual license is received in the mail.
Whether fishing trout, salmon, bass, walleye or sunfish, New York provides outstanding fishing opportunities. For a wealth of helpful information on suggested fishing locations in various DEC regions and tips for beginning anglers, visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html.
A list of waters scheduled to be stocked with trout this spring can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html
DEC’s website also provides specific locations on streams where DEC has purchased fishing rights easements. Maps showing PFR easements are available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9924.html
In addition to the many trout stocked by DEC, anglers are reminded that many waters support one or more species of wild trout that are also available to add to the enjoyment of a fishing trip.
Anglers are also encouraged to contact a DEC Regional Office if they have questions about fishing opportunities within a specific region. DEC Region and Regional Office Information is available by gonig to http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html