ALBANY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday reminded New Yorkers that the 2014 trout and salmon fishing season will open April 1, and they can now purchase and print a fishing license from their home computers by visiting http://licensecenter.ny.gov
to be ready to enjoy New York’s great outdoor fishing opportunities on opening day.
“New York offers some of the best fishing in the country,” Cuo-mo 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.”
Fishing licenses, which are required for persons age 16 and older to fish in New York’s fresh water lakes and rivers, also may be purchased by phone at 1-866-933-2257. Anglers who purchase by phone will receive a confirmation number to use immediately as proof of holding a license until their actual license arrives 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 state Department of Environmental Conservation regions and tips for beginning anglers, people are encouraged to visit the DEC website at www. dec.ny.gov.
As spring approaches, DEC once again will stock trout in waters across the state.
“DEC is beginning its fish stocking efforts and will continue these efforts throughout the spring to ensure New York’s lakes, rivers and streams are well equipped to provide ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a great catch,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
A list of waters scheduled to be stocked with trout this spring can be found on the DEC’s website. Additionally, the website provides specific locations on streams where DEC has purchased fishing rights easements as well as a map of those locations.
In addition to the many trout stocked by DEC, anglers are reminded that many waters support one or more species of wild trout that also are available to add to the enjoyment of a fishing trip.
Anglers are 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 on the website. Early season trout fishing recommendations by DEC staff in each region can be found in the 2014 Coldwater Fishing Forecast on the website.
The NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of fishing and hunting licenses and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.
Through these efforts, New York has become a premier destination for bass fishing tournaments at the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain and Oneida Lake.
Under the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting just this year, the state has unveiled the new NYS adventure license to allow outdoor enthusiasts, boaters, anglers and hunters to consolidate their recreation licenses and benefits onto their New York state driver’s license (visit the NYS License Center website for more information on licensing or to apply for an outdoor recreational license); introduced New York state adventure license plates, featuring nine plate designs available for free to those buying new lifetime hunting, fishing or park licenses in 2014; and debuted the Lifetime Empire Passport, which offers visitors the option of paying a one-time fee to experience all that New York State Parks has to offer throughout their lifetime.