General Angling Regulations

Fishing is fun for the whole family, and the best part is children under the age of 16 fish for free in New York state! Adult license fees range from $5 to $50, depending on length of stay and residency. 

It is a good idea to check the state Department of Environmental Conservation website for specifics prior to going fishing. You can even get your license on the DEC site.

  • Special license types are available for military and people with certain disabilities.
  • New lower license fees for locals and non-residents were effective Feb. 1, 2014.
  • A New York state fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older.

Trout season is open from April 1 to Oct. 15. Regulations vary per area, so please refer to the DEC website for all regulations.


Where to purchase a license

North Pole Campground and Inn

AuSable River Two Fly Shop

Hungry Trout Fly Shop

You may also purchase fishing licenses at the following: Whiteface Region Town Clerk's offices and local sporting goods stores.

Town of Wilmington: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Hours: 7 a.m. to noon
Phone: (518) 946-2105

Town of Jay: Town Clerk

Beatrice Pelkey: (518) 647-5595

NYSDEC Region 5 Headquarters

Route 86, Ray Brook, NY
(518) 891-1200

Click here to purchase licenses online. Allow up to three weeks for delivery.

DEC Region 5 Fisheries Unit: Email: fwfish5@gw.dec.state.ny.us

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fishing information

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