New York Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (fresh):  175

Number of Fish Species (salt):  328

State Sportfish: Brook Trout

Notable Records:  a 5lb 14oz. brook trout from Hamilton County, an 8lb 1oz. chain pickerel, a 20lb 10oz. tautog from Staten Island, a 76lb striper from Setauket.

Fishing Regs:  For a freshwater regs download right click, save as here (NY freshwater regs) or visit the site here.  For a saltwater regs download right click, save as here (NY saltwater regs) or visit the site here.

Fishing License Info:  

    Freshwater Saltwater 
  Residents Non-Residents  
Annual $29.00 $70.00 Must register-no fee
1-day $5.00 $15.00  
7-day $15.00 $35.00  

For more info. on fishing licenses click here.

Quickcast:  New York certainly has plenty of inland freshwater holding a great deal of quality fish.  With over 7,000 lakes and ponds (several very large lakes) and over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams anglers won’t have to go far to find something to cast to.  The Northeast part of the state (Lake Champlain region) is home to several trout and salmon species however one will also be occupied with the largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing coupled with panfish and yellow perch.  On the Northwestern region of the state is where fishermen launch their Lake Ontario excursions.  Venturing into this lake sportsmen are in search of salmon species, big browns and steelhead trout.  In the West-Central region are the Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca lake systems.   Cayuga Lake is the most diverse in the “Finger Lakes” region with 60 species of fish in it but one can expect the major players in these lakes to be landlocked salmon, browns, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, and panfish.  To the far West is the region that borders Lake Erie.  On this Great Lake fishermen tend to target walleye, smallmouth bass and perch (though there is a long list of other species to be caught here).  To the south anglers will find the upper Hudson River.  This River is best known for holding big browns as well as brook trout, rainbows and the infrequent smallmouth bass.  For more license info. click here.

New York offshore is a great place for those wanting to chase after stripers, cod, flounder, mackerel species, bluefish, tautog, black seabass, scup and cobia.