World-Class Fishing in New York State
New York State is an angler's paradise, renowned for its more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and thousands of miles of coastline. World-class fishing draws anglers from around the globe to experience the Empire State's impressive waterways that are home to 165 species of fish.
Freshwater fishing opportunities reward experts and novices alike with bass, trout, salmon, northern pike, muskies and walleye. In fact, New York is home to four of the Bassmaster's top 50 bass lakes. The crystal clear lakes and streams of the Adirondack and Catskill parks make the great State of New York home to the very best fly fishing east of the Rockies. For those who enjoy saltwater angling, the famous shorelines of Long Island boast prized species like Striped Bass, bluefish and fluke.
From deep sea fishing to ice fishing, from the Great Lakes to small ponds, New York is the premier location for anglers to experience the thrill of their next big catch.
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Now fishing in New York is even better:
New York State has dedicated over $10 million in funding this year to improve hatcheries
and public access
to fishing locations. Residents and visitors can also enjoy New York's newly improved fishing at a lower cost with the state's recently reduced lifetime, annual and weekly fishing license
fees. In addition, New York residents who secure lifetime licenses will have the opportunity to receive an Adventure License
. As part of the Adventure License program, the state has also unveiled the I Love NY Fishing License Plate
- available at a reduced fee to existing lifetime license holders, for free exclusively to those buying new lifetime fishing licenses in 2014, and at full cost to non-lifetime license holding residents.
Learning How to Fish:
Links to DEC instructional fishing videos:
Where to Fish:
New York's Record Fish:
Information on NYS Boating:
* Please be aware that a new Boater Safety Law is in effect: All individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat.
Boat Launch Information:
NYS DEC boat launches
NYS Parks boat launches
How to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species:
How to Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat
Lake George Boat Inspections- Beginning May 15, 2014, all trailered boats being launched into Lake George must undergo a free inspection at one of the six regional inspection stations around Lake George before they launch.