Opening day for many cool water species was May 1, except in border waters
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday reminded anglers to always consult the fishing regulations guide to ensure they are complying with the seasonal restrictions and waterbody-specific rules before heading out onto the water. Fishing regulation changes implemented earlier this year replaced the floating "Saturday" season openers in most – but not all – locations with a fixed May 1 date, “in addition to other improvements to enhance fishing opportunities across the state.”
Special regulations often apply to border waters such as the Delaware and West Branch Delaware rivers, Greenwood Lake, Lake Champlain and its tributaries, and Indian Lake. For instance, the walleye season for Lake Champlain and its tributaries will continue to open on the first Saturday of the month each year, which is May 7 in 2022.
For more information about DEC’s fishing regulations, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html.