The Big Apple, the Empire State – whatever you want to call it – the great state of New York boasts some of the nation’s most impressive fishing. The state is best known for it’s freshwater fishing including the tributaries of Lake Ontario and clear lakes and streams found in the Catskills and Adirondacks. If you like fly-fishing, New York is the place to be! You’ll also find saltwater fishing in Long Island sound. Check out my post on fishing in Connecticut to learn more about fishing on LI sound. Finally, you can even go ice fishing during the winter’s in New York! New York fishing really does have it all.
New York is home to 165 freshwater species; bass, trout, salmon, northern pike, walleye – to name a few. Also home to some of Bassmaster’s top 50 bass lakes. Grab your reel and line, and get to it!
New York fishing tip: Next Free Fishing Day is Septemeber 26, 2020! During this time, no fishing license is required.
Gear tip: My favorite freshwater fly fishing reel.
New York fishing license cost.
A common question is; how much is a fishing license? Since a fishing license is required for most people in New York, I’ll breakdown the varied costs for a fishing license in the state of New York below:
Resident Fishing Licenses
- Annual ages 16-69 – $25
- Annual ages 70+ – $5
- 7 day – $12
- 1 day – $5
Non-resident Fishing Licenses
- Annual ages 16-69 – $50
- Annual ages 70+ – $50
- 7 day – $28
- 1 day – $10
*Note that the annual fishing license is valid 365 days from date of purchase
*Fishing license not required if under age 16
Where to get a New York Fishing License?
Oftentimes people ask for a fishing license near me. I always suggest it’s easiest to purchase a Walmart fishing license Ny at your nearest Walmart store. Walmart fishing license hours to obtain a Walmart fishing license New York can be found here.
New York fishing licenses can be also obtained by phone or online at their official state site – https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html – or at any number of official license issuing agents.
Take a bite out of the big apple on your next fishing trip to New York!