Fishing in New York

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Top 10 Fishing Destinations in New York

New York is one of the most amazing states for fishing. With an excess of 7,500 lakes 70,000 miles of waterways and streams, there are many fishing spots present in this bustling state. The demand for fishing in this state is  so great that numerous hotels and fishing guide charters have been established to meet the demand of som many visitors. If you decide to fish in lakes and freshwater streams, you need a fishing permit. A yearly permit is $25 for residents, $5 for a resident aged 70 and above, and $50 for a non-resident. Weekly and a single day licenses can also be obtained.


Fishing Types

The types of fishing one can enjoy in New York are: freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, deep sea fishing, fly fishing, and ice fishing. A wide variety of fish can be found in New York waters, including: large-mouth bass, sunfish (bluegill and pumpkinseed), catfish, yellow perch, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, blackfish, porgy (scup), black sea bass, winter flounder, summer flounder (fluke), striped sea robin, American eel, spiny dogfish, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, channel catfish, Chinook salmon, lake trout, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, carp, sucker, rock bass, coho salmon, freshwater drum, black crappie, white perch, bullhead, bluegill and white bass. 

Types of Catch Available

Freshwater

chinook salmon

Chinook Salmon

sockeye salmon

Sockey​​​​e Salmon

coho salmon

Coho Salmon

pink salmon

Pink Salmon

raindbow trout

Rainbow Trout

Whitefish

American Shad

brook trout

Brook Trout

brown trout

Brown Trout

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

smallmouth bass

Smallmouth Bass

White Bass

White Bass

Striped Bass

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

northern pike

Northern Pike

walleye

Walleye

bullhead catfish

Bullhead Catfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

Crappie

Crappie

yellow perch

Yellow Perch

Carp

Saltwater

Atlantic Salmon

Swordfish

Wahoo

Black Sea Bass

Blue Marlin

Sailfish

Yellowfin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Halibut

State Fishing Records

Top 10 Fishing Spots Across 

There are multiple serene locations in New York for fishing, so we have listed the top 10 destinations for anglers.

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

For a good fishing experience in New York, Lake Ontario winds up as one of the go-to spots for fishermen. Trophy brown trout, Chinook, steelhead, coho, lake trout, bass, and walleye can be found around there. Other than these trophies, angling for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and panfish can be done at this venue.

It is encompassed on the west, north, and southwest by the Canadian territory of Ontario, and on the south and east by New York state. Lake Ontario is a must-add for your rundown of fishing hotspots.


Lake Oneida

Lake Oneida

Oneida Lake is the biggest freshwater lake inside New York's borders. It is also a center for bass competitions. Some fish found here are walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth, largemouth bass, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky. Types of panfish are: yellow roost, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white roost, white bass, and bullhead. However, channel catfish, freshwater drum (sheephead), and carp are also found in great numbers. Fish are available in great numbers in this lake, as it is the second biggest lake in terms of fish population in the entire state.

The lake is found ten miles north of Syracuse in Oneida & Oswego Counties and close to the Great Lakes. It nourishes the Oneida River, a tributary of the Oswego River, which streams into Lake Ontario.


Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the second biggest freshwater assets for angling and an exceptionally  well-positioned fishing spot. Walleye, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, common carp, brown trout, yellow roost, white roost, and rainbow smelt are the basic species that you might find here in large quantities. The lake delivers some abundant steelhead fishing every fall through spring. This spot is claimed as a standout amongst trout fishermen throughout the country.

Arranged on the International Boundary between the US and Canada, Lake Erie's northern shore is the Canadian territory of Ontario, specifically the Ontario Peninsula, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania - on its western, southern, and eastern shores.


Saint Lawrence River

Saint Lawrence River

The St. Lawrence is the main outlet to the great lakes, and the largest freshwater framework on the planet with a 110 mile extension that has one of the five biggest fisheries in the region. The absolute best fish in the nation is found in this stream which includes largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Northern pike, walleye, panfish, and yellow roost are other fishes found here.

The Saint Lawrence River starts at Lake Ontario and flows to nearby Montreal, Brockville, Ogdensburg, Gananoque, Morristown, Massena, Cornwall, Quebec City, and Trois-Rivieres before emptying into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the biggest estuary on the planet.


Hudson River

Hudson River

The river is an extremely well known striped bass fishery in the spring when these species head to freshwater to produce. This memorable waterway offers a wide assortment of fishing opportunities from trout in its headwaters, to largemouth bass, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and northern pike in the freshwater segment north of Poughkeepsie. Other fish found around are striped bass, American shad, and Atlantic sturgeon.

The Hudson River streams from north to south essentially through eastern New York. The stream starts in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, then streams southward through the Hudson Valley to the Upper New York Bay between New York City and Jersey City.   It then drains into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor. The stream creates the border between the states of New Jersey and New York at its southern end. Further north, it marks nearby borders between a few New York counties.


Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is said to be the "6th Great Lake," and it’s popular for its astonishing largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing.

Lake Champlain is a  freshwater lake in North America principally inside the U.S.,  and partly in Canada, in the province of Quebec. It also lays in parts of eastern Clinton  and Essex counties. The vast majority of this region is a piece of Adirondack Park. The urban communities of Plattsburgh, New York, and Burlington, Vermont are on the lake's western and eastern shores, individually, and the Town of Ticonderoga, New York is in the area's southern part.


Niagara River

Niagara River

The Niagara River is a great river creating the international border between the United States (New York) and Canada (Ontario).  Niagara Falls Park is home to one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and it attracts millions of sightseers every year. The lower stream is notable for its Chinook salmon, steelhead (rainbow trout) and walleye angling which underpins countless fishing trips every year via boats. It additionally offers extraordinary opportunities for lake/brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskellunge, yellow roost and smelt at various times of the year. Smallmouth bass can be found in great numbers here.


Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake is the biggest of the Finger Lakes in Western New York. It is endorsed by many as the “Lake Trout Capital of the World”. Lake trout, smallmouth bass and yellow roost make seneca lake a standout amongst the region’s fishing spots. Different species which make it an intriguing fishery are: rainbow/brown trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, northern pike, and largemouth bass. Seneca's amazing fishery has profited hugely from consistent stocking and an incubation center that raises lake trout, brown trout and landlocked Salmon.

Located within Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Schuyler counties, Seneca Lake lies in the geographic center of the Finger Lakes.


Salmon River

Salmon River

The Salmon River offers probably the best fishing sport in the nation and fishermen from around the globe land at Salmon River for fishing trips. Coho Salmon, Chinook, steelhead from winter to spring  are found good amounts. This fishing spot offers 12 miles of open angling rights along the stream.

From its headwaters in the Tug Hill Region of New York, it flows westward through two hydroelectric dams and over the Salmon River Falls, before it empties into eastern Lake Ontario at Port Ontario in Oswego County.


Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake offers an assorted fishery for both cold water and warm water species. Half of the lake is profound and underpins a coldwater trout and salmon fishery with lake trout fishing being exceptional. Other than these, rainbow trout, northern pike, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch can be caught in abundance at this destination.

The city of Ithaca, site of Ithaca College and Cornell University, is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. Be sure to visit the waterfalls and gorges near Ithaca. Especially Ithaca Falls and Triphammer Falls. The lake’s depth, steep east and west sides with shallow north and south ends are typical of the Finger Lakes, as glaciers carved them during the last ice age.



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