April 1 marks the opening of New York’s trout and salmon season. Beginning this year, anglers may purchase their fishing licenses online, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a March 18 press release. For added convenience, licenses may be printed from a home computer.
In an effort to boost upstate tourism, license fees have been reduced and hunting and fishing enthusiasts have more options when selecting state sporting licenses. New Yorkers may now purchase an Adventure License, which combines lifetime sporting licenses with a New York driver’s license.
“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.” — Governor Andrew Cuomo
Joe Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), reports that the DEC has begun stocking rivers, lakes, ponds and streams with rainbow, brook and brown trout. The program, which stocks as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, will continue throughout the spring. For a list of waters stocked in Warren County, visit the DEC website.
DEC has purchased permanent easements from landowners to allow the public access to fishing spots through private lands. Maps of areas with public fishing rights are published on the DEC “Places to Fish” web page.