When is the Best Time to Go Saltwater Fishing in New York?

Are you an angler looking for the perfect time to go saltwater fishing in New York? Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a novice, it's important to know when the best time to fish is. All anglers (16 years or older) fishing in New York's Coastal District & Marine must be enrolled in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry when angling. It's also important to be aware of the regulations and restrictions that apply to saltwater fishing in New York. In New York, saltwater fishing regulations apply “while in the waters of this state or on any parcel of land, structure, or portion of a highway that adjoins the tidal waters of this state.” This means that regardless of where you caught your fish (federal waters, other state waters), any fish in your possession must comply with New York regulations (size, season, possession limits) when in New York waters.

Any fish caught against the minimum length, fillet limit or open season rules should, without avoidable injury, be immediately returned to the water from which it was extracted. Be sure to purchase your fishing license and take a look at these fishing rules before casting your line. Visit Recreational Shark Fishing for information on banned shark species and shark fishing in New York. Connecticut and Rhode Island anglers can also fish on Long Island as long as they have a marine fishing license from their respective states.

Fishing is a popular pastime on Long Island, with a variety of freshwater and saltwater fishing spots available, ranging from small ponds and rivers to fishing on the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. You can find fishing spots using the DEC Marine Boat Ramp and Interactive Fishing Access Map. For more information, visit Public Access to New York's Marine Waters. If you don't have your own fishing boat, there are party and charter boats available to fish off the Long Island coast.

For information on safely handling fish and using circle hooks, visit Best Practices for Saltwater Fishing. A fishing license is not required to fish on licensed fishing reserves, residents or family members fishing on their own land, tenants fishing on their own land, or those with pond farm licenses. When it comes to saltwater fishing season in New York, there are certain times of year that are better than others for catching certain species of fish. Generally speaking, spring is a great time for striped bass and fluke while summer is best for bluefish and weakfish. Fall is a great time for striped bass and blackfish while winter is best for cod and blackfish.

Free fishing days are also available throughout the year - check with your local DEC office for more information. Whether you're an experienced angler or just getting started, it's important to know when the best time to go saltwater fishing in New York is. Be sure to purchase your license and familiarize yourself with the regulations before heading out on your next adventure!.

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