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Fishing in New York

New York State really has it all. The hustle and bustle of NYC, the rush of the Niagara Falls, the tranquility of the Adirondack Park with its six-plus million acres - there is something for everyone here. And the same goes for anglers. There are over 7,000 lakes and ponds in the state, 70,000 miles of streams and rivers, and an extensive coastline. This makes for an extremely diverse fishery for saltwater and freshwater anglers alike. It's safe to say, New York fishing is some of the best there is.

Known For

From fishing for Striped Bass, Bluefish and Fluke in the Long Island Sound to Shark and Tuna fishing offshore from Montauk, saltwater fishing in New York is very diverse. Visitors to New York City can be in with a chance of a big game frenzy close to home by hooking a Mako or Thresher Shark within sight of the city’s waterfront. At the same time, fishing for your dinner is just as accessible - there are four species of Flounder alone that call the waters around Long Island home.

Freshwater anglers don’t have to look far for an experience that is just as rewarding. Lake Erie’s waters hold good numbers of Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Salmon, and Lake Trout, while Lake Ontario is particularly famous for its Salmon fishing, with Chinook Salmon being the largest and most commonly caught species. Don’t miss the Salmon run in the fall as large Cohos migrate from Salmon River into the Lake - with fish up to 20 lbs being caught every year, this is a must!

New York’s smaller lakes are no less exciting. In fact, four of the top 50 lakes rated by Bassmaster are in New York State. Places such as Lake George are home to a huge number of species, including Bass, Trout, Pike, Walleye and Muskies. 

Rules & Regulations

New York state requires that all anglers hold a valid saltwater or freshwater license. People fishing aboard registered charter vessels do not have to purchase their own New York fishing license- this is covered by the boat.