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In New York you can find world class fishing for a wide variety of sportfish within more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of miles of coastline. You can go fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, brook trout on a crystal clear Adirondack pond, Pacific salmon on Lake Ontario, stripers on the Hudson River, brown trout on the Beaver Kill, and so much more!

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Use the HuntFishNY app Tackle Box tool to find waterbody specific information on stocking, boat launches, fishing regulations, & more!

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Fishing Licenses

Fishing License Types, Fees, & Ways to Buy

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Fishing Regulations

Freshwater Fishing Regulations
Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Health Advice On Eating the Fish You Catch (leaves DEC site)

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Places to Fish

Fishing Hotlines
Freshwater Places to Fish
Saltwater Places to Fish
Ice Fishing
Great Lakes Fishing
Trout Fishing Streams
Lake Contour Maps
Boat Launch Sites
Google Maps Places to Fish
DECinfo Locator (interactive recreation map)

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Stocking Information

Anticipated Spring Trout Stocking List
Previous Year's Actual Stocking List
DEC Fish Hatcheries
Requirements for Stocking Private Ponds/Waters

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Fisheries Management

DEC Fisheries Management & Reports

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Learn to Fish

Free Learn to Fish Clinics
Fishing Tips & Skills
Getting Started Fishing Guides & Brochures

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Fishing Awards & State Records

Angler Achievement Awards Program
Current Freshwater Fish State Records

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Protect Your Waters

How to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Learn About Aquatic Invasive Species
Being a Responsible Angler

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