2016 New York State Black Bass Season

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In New York State, the regular harvest season for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) opened on Saturday, June 18, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Anglers who previously were required to release all bass caught in most of New York State during the catch and release season, will now be able to keep five bass with a minimum size of 12 inches on most waters.

DEC Commissioner Seggos described the state’s black bass fishing opportunities, saying: “Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors, as well as major tournaments, flock to our waters for the unparalleled experience of catching a bass in New York State. Whether you are at a small pond hidden in a State Park, fishing offshore in Lake Erie, or somewhere else entirely, I encourage all anglers to give bass fishing in New York their one and only stop for fishing this summer.”

With the opening of the regular black bass season, all New York fishing seasons are now open. Special regulations exist on some waters, so anglers are encouraged to check the 2016-17 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide on DEC’s website before heading out to fish.

Anglers looking for additional information on fishing in New York State should look to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.

For smartphone and tablet users, DEC offers the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App. The app, which provides up-to-date information on regulations and fishing locations, is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play store websites, or by going to the Pocket Ranger website.

For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov.

source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation