Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New York anglers that the state's Trout and Salmon Fishing season will open this Sunday, April 1.
"New York's vast natural resources offer some of the nation's best fishing opportunities," Governor Cuomo said. "The fishing industry in New York is as strong as ever, providing both recreational and economic benefits. I encourage all residents and tourists to take advantage of these fishing opportunities to explore and enjoy waters statewide this spring and summer."
Due to the mild winter and early spring conditions, Adirondack rivers and streams are open and available for trout fishing this year on Opening Day, April 1. Many lakes and ponds will also be ice-free and available for fishing. The Governor encouraged anglers to be extra cautious in waterways affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, particularly in the Catskills, Central New York and the Adirondacks, as a number of streams may look different this year as a result of the storms.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens said, "Given the mild winter in many areas across the state, we anticipate that stream flows should be good for early season trout fishing and fish should be more active than normal this spring. Although we don't anticipate any major changes in trout abundance in streams in these areas, some stream sections may have experienced alterations in their appearance and the same sections that held fish last year, may not this year. Anglers should also be cautious if they encounter steep eroded banks, in-stream debris and other changes that may complicate access to or wading in these waters."
DEC has started to stock approximately 2.4 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in more than 301 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,000 miles of streams across the state. Spring stockings include 1.83 million brown trout, 409,000 rainbow trout and 150,000 brook trout. Roughly 1.37 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake and coho salmon will be also stocked by DEC to provide angling opportunities over the next several years. For a quieter, more remote setting, more than 300,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 340 lakes and ponds this spring and fall.
To further encourage fishing in New York State, in early March Governor Cuomo proposed legislation to expand the opportunity for free fishing clinics, allowing more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time by enabling DEC to increase the number of free clinics that can be held throughout the state. New York's sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.
Anyone 16 years of age and older who desires to fish in New York must have a valid New York State fishing license, available on line at www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html or by calling 1-86-NY-DECALS. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from the 1,500 license issuing agents located throughout the state (town and county clerks, some major discount stores and many tackle and sporting goods stores).
Anglers are reminded to be sure to disinfect their fishing equipment, including waders and boots before entering a new body of water to prevent the spread of invasive species.
More information on fishing in New York, including a complete list of waters to be stocked with trout this spring, can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html. Anglers searching for places to fish will be interested in the new interactive map providing information on more than 320 lakes and pond and 110 rivers and streams open to public fishing. Additional information on opening season dates for other types of fish can also be found on DEC's website.