Places to fish in New York State

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NEW YORK – To mark the start of trout-fishing season on April 1, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection encouraged anglers to enjoy world-class fishing on its upstate reservoirs and dozens of properties through the Catskills and Hudson Valley that include frontage along creeks and streams.

Twenty-two reservoirs and lakes, covering more than 35,000 acres, will be open for fishing from shore or boats that have a valid DEP boat tag. Most of these reservoirs and lakes include habitat for coldwater species such as trout and warmwater species such as smallmouth and largemouth bass. 

New York’s trout season generally runs from April 1 until Oct. 15. However, the trout-fishing season on certain New York City reservoir is open year-round or closes later in the year. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) outlines statewide fishing regulations, including information on licenses, catch limits, and stocking, on its website.     

“DEP is proud to invite our watershed neighbors and visitors to enjoy angling on our reservoirs, which offer some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the northeast,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “In recent years, our employees have worked hard to expand fishing access throughout our watershed and share information about outdoor recreation with more people. That effort will continue this year as we plan to host additional fishing events for families, helping this proud tradition continue with the next generation of anglers and environmental stewards.”

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