Fishing regulations in New York state will change on Apr. 1, pending the approval of new regulations, the Department of Environmental Conservation says.
The proposed changes will be available for public review and comment at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html sometime in mid-September, the DEC says.
“This change was made based upon the change to the effective dates of our freshwater fishing licenses,” DEC commissioner Joe Martens said. “In the past, fishing licenses, like our hunting licenses were effective October 1 thru September 30. Fishing licenses are now effective 365 days from the date of purchase and it made sense to adjust the effective dates of our fishing regulations to coincide with the April 1 opener of the statewide trout season which is our traditional kickoff to the freshwater fishing season.”
Fishing laws now in place can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html . They are also available from anyone selling fishing licenses.