The state fishing season for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge opens Saturday, May 3, marking the opening of most of New York’s freshwater sportfish seasons, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said.
Catch and release fishing for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in many waters across the state also begins May 3. The special trophy black bass season on Lake Erie where anglers can take one 20-inch or longer fish per day also begins May 3.
Bass anglers should check the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (eregulations.com/newyork/fishing) to ensure that the water they desire to fish is open to catch and release angling.
Anglers are reminded that the muskellunge fishing season and the regular (harvest) season for black bass open on the 3rd Saturday in June, which is June 21 this year.