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Apply for A Fishing License

Salmon and Trout Season Opened April 1st

WHITE PLAINS, NY: New York State’s annual freshwater fishing season began April 1st and if you’re an angler hoping to take advantage of the abundant salmon and trout filled rivers, lakes, brooks, and ponds, Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni reminds you that you must have a fishing license. IT’S THE LAW! You can apply at the Office of the Westchester County Clerk in White Plains, where the staff is available to help you obtain your license.  Conservation licenses are given in the categories of hunting, fishing, trapping, and sporting, once all requirements are met.  

“The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has stocked 2.1 million varieties of yearling salmon and trout in New York State waters,” said Idoni.  “Follow the law and get a license because you don’t want to miss out on the excellent fishing opportunities for the season.”

To apply for a license, you need to bring proof of residency for a resident license (nonresident licenses are also available) and age (16 and older for a fishing license).  The fees are $19.00 for an annual fishing license for residents and $40.00 for nonresidents. There are also rates for daily and weekly licenses and a resident license for senior citizens is just $5.00.  Contact the Office of the Westchester County Clerk at 995-3089 for the complete list of fees and requirements.  All license application information is online at http://www.westchesterclerk.com/

Idoni urges anglers purchasing a fishing license to consider buying a Habitat/Access Stamp for an additional $5.00. “Proceeds from the sale of these stamps are used to continue to fund and develop worthwhile habitat improvement programs and promote responsible public access to lakes, ponds and streams in New York State,” concluded Idoni.

April 1st was the kick-off date for the freshwater fishing season and a complete list of New York State waters where fish are stocked can be found on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/.   Don’t jeopardize your fishing trip.  Come in today to the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 340, White Plains, New York, 10601 to start the application process. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., excluding legal holidays. Contact us by phone at 995-3089 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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