Maybe you've never thought of yourself as the kind of person who would enjoy fishing but you've been mulling it over and think that you might want to give it a try. Where do you even start?

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If you're thinking about fishing in New York, there are some things that you'll need to prepare for and this handy little guide will help.

Who Needs a Fishing License in New York?

If you plan to go fishing in New York state and are 16-years-old or older, you'll need to have a fishing license and you'll need to keep it with you while fishing, ready to show it if asked for it. There are some unique situations where you don't need a license or where you'll need a special license and you can learn about those situations here.

How Much Does a Fishing License Cost in New York?

Good news if you just want to try out fishing for a day to see if you like it before jumping in with both feet. In New York you can purchase a license for a day at a time. If you have a great time and want to fish some more, you can grab a license for a week or for the entirety of the fishing season. If you're a resident of New York, a daily fishing license will cost $5, a weekly license will cost $12, and $25 will get you a license for a year.

Can Out of State Visitors Get a New York Fishing License?

Absolutely! The cost will be a little bit more than the cost for a resident but you can definitely get one. If you're a resident of a different state and fishing in New Yok, expect to pay $10 for a daily license, $28 for a weekly license, and $50 for a yearly license.

Where Can I Get a New York Fishing License?

The easiest way to get a New York fishing license is from the New Yok State Department of Environmental Conservation website. You can also call the DEC at 1-866-933-2257 and place your order by phone. Or, you put your address into this search form to find a location that sells them close to where you are.

Does New York State Offer Any Discounts on Fishing Licenses?

Yes. New York offers discounts to those who are active duty military, disabled veterans, persons aged 70 and older, those who are legally blind, and to non-resident students who are attending a NYS college as a full-time student.

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