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New York State has some of the finest fishing in the country. There is world class fishing for a wide variety of coldwater and warmwater fish species. Whether it’s smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Erie, brook trout fishing on a crystal clear Adirondack lake, Pacific salmon fishing on Lake Ontario, fishing for stripers on the Hudson River, brown trout fishing on the Beaver Kill or fishing for bluefish in Montauk’s surf, there’s something special here for everyone. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of miles of coastline, fishing opportunities are always nearby!

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More about Fishing:

  • Saltwater Fishing – The marine waters of New York host varied and exciting fishing opportunities.
  • Public Input on Fishing Regulations – Information on formally proposed freshwater fishing regulations and fishing regulations the DEC is considering to formally propose.
  • Freshwater Fishing Regulations – Information on New York State’s Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Fishing Hotlines/News – The fishing hotlines provide weekly updates on information such as fishing locations, fishing conditions, and types of fish found in the waters of New York State.
  • Places to Fish – Fishing information on numerous great fishing spots located around the state, including PDFs of lake contour maps and Publish Fishing rights maps.
  • Fisheries Publications – PDF links for fisheries publications.
  • Learn to Fish – Learn how to fish in NY.
  • Fish Stocking – Information on where DEC stocks the over one million pounds of fish it raises in the hatchery system.
  • Fish Hatcheries – DEC operates 12 fish hatcheries where numerous fish species are reared for stocking into more than 1,200 public waters across the State.
  • Fisheries Management and Reports – Summary and final reports of fisheries reseach that has been conducted in New York.
  • Fish Health Advisories – A summary of information regarding fish consumption advisories issued by the Department of Health.
  • New York Angler Achievement Awards Program – Information about New York’s Angler Achievement Awards program.
  • Contact DEC Fisheries/ Regional Information – Information for contacting the Bureau of Fisheries.


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