ALBANY The state Department of Environmental Conservation says current freshwater fishing regulations will extend through the end of March 2015, with a new regulations guide available on April 1.
The change was made based upon the change to the effective dates of fishing licenses. In the past, fishing licenses, like hunting licenses, were effective October 1 thru September 30. Now, fishing licenses are effective 365 days from the date of purchase.
Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens says it made sense to adjust the effective dates of fishing regulations to coincide with the April 1 opener of the statewide trout season, which is the traditional kickoff to the freshwater fishing season.