ALBANY?- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Fisheries is offering a new, full-color map/brochure free of charge for individuals who fish in the freshwaters of New York, the agency recently announced.
The I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing in New York State provides information on more than 320 New York lakes and ponds and 112 rivers and streams.
The large 36 x 37.5 map folds into a convenient 3.875" x 9" size.
One side provides a map of New York state identifying locations of fishing waters recommended by DEC regional staff.
The other side provides tables with details on each water, including the fish species present, the type of access provided and who owns it, whether or not it is open to ice fishing, the availability of fishing piers, marinas or local campsites and any permits or other restrictions that apply.
Guidance on how to buy a fishing license, register a boat or make a camping reservation in New York also is included, along with information for anglers desiring to fish the Great Lakes for wild trout, wilderness brook trout or black bass.
Anglers also will find important phone numbers and email addresses for various contacts, along with a quick response code providing a smartphone link to the current New York Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide. Color identification photos and descriptions of popular sportfish in New York are also provided.
The I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing in New York State was completed using Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration grant funds and can be obtained free of charge by visiting any DEC regional office, or by mail. To receive a map in the mail, e-mail a request to DEC at: email@example.com.
Requests by email should include the name and complete address of the recipient, as well as NY Fishing Map in the subject line.