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New York State has some of the finest fishing in the country. There is world class fishing for a wide variety of coldwater, warmwater and saltwater fish species. Whether it's smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Erie, brook trout fishing on a crystal clear Adirondack lake, Pacific salmon fishing on Lake Ontario, fishing for stripers on the Hudson River, brown trout fishing on the Beaver Kill or fishing for bluefish in Montauk's surf, there's something special here for everyone. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of miles of coastline, fishing opportunities are always nearby!

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Places to Fish

Fishing Hotlines
Freshwater Places to Fish
Great Lakes Fishing
Public Fishing Stream maps
Lake Contour Maps
Public boat launch sites
Get Maps: Google Maps locations to Public fishing streams, boat launches and lake contour maps.
Saltwater Places to Fish: The NYC Saltwater Fishing Guide will help shore anglers find a good fishing spot in NYC.
Fishing Reefs


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Stocking Information

Review the planned spring stockings by DEC Fish Hatcheries or last year's actual stockings (by DEC and County Hatcheries).

Remember, you must obtain a Fish Stocking Permit if you plan to stock your lake or stream.


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Free Mobile App

Use the NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife mobile app to find a favorite fishing spot


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Fishery Reports

Read fish biologist reports from selected bodies of water.
Bureau of Fisheries Annual Reports.


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Learn to Fish

Free Fishing Clinics offer anglers a chance to learn about the sport of fishing for free!
I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing
Taking a child fishing: tips for making your trip enjoyable for your child!


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Angler Awards

Caught a big fish? See if it qualifies for the New York Freshwater Angler Achievement Awards Program.

New York's Record Fish

Freshwater State records
Marine Fishing Records



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Protect Your Waters!

Anglers and boaters can spread invasive species. Learn what you can do to stop aquatic hitchhikers.

Didymo is an invasive algae that could harm your trout stream. Learn how to prevent the spread of didymo.


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Commercial Fishing

Visit the Commercial Fishing page for information on commercial fishing activities in New York's marine and coastal district.

Watch a clip about fly fishing and check out other fishing clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

More about Fishing:

  • Saltwater Fishing - The marine waters of New York host varied and exciting fishing opportunities.