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
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
Click here to purchase licenses online. Allow up to three weeks for delivery.
DEC Region 5 Fisheries Unit: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org