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Bass Season Opens; Free Fishing Days Set


Every year, six days are designated in New York that allow people to fish without a fishing license. Two of those days are coming up on June 27-28 so it’s a great time of year for those to try it for the first time or introduce someone new to the sport. (All other fishing regulations still apply.)

Future free fishing days are as follows: September 26, 2020, November 11, 2020, and February 13-14, 2021.

Not sure how where to start? DEC’s I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing is the perfect go-to guide for every beginning angler.

Black Bass Fishing Season Opens June 20

Not only does June 20th mark the first day of summer, but it’s also the traditional season opener for black bass (largemouth bass and smallmouth bass) in New York. They’re considered the state’s #1 sportfish for good reason - they’re a lot of fun to catch and they’re found throughout the state.

The statewide black bass season runs from the 3rd Saturday in June through November 30, followed by a catch-and-release season that begins on December 1 and continues until the start of the regular season. During the traditional harvest season, anglers can possess up to five bass as long as they are 12 inches or longer. Some waters have special fishing regulations, so be sure to check the current fishing regulations before heading out to fish.

For an effective and easy-to-rig set up, check out the Wacky Rig article on DEC's website.


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