As serious anglers already know, New York offers some of the best fishing in the country, including Cattaraugus County’s lakes, rivers and creeks. The trout and salmon fishing season starts April 1 and this year it’s even easier for New Yorkers to prepare for opening day.

For the first time, you can now purchase and print a fishing license from home by visiting You fill find reduced fishing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and expanded fishing clinics as part of the state’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative.

Fishermen can invest in a lifetime fishing license for only $460 that will provide a lifetime of fishing on more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 7,000 lakes and ponds while saving on the cost of an annual license.

When you buy a lifetime fishing license, you are eligible to receive a free I LOVE NY Adventure License plate showing your passion for the great outdoors.

Whether fishing trout, salmon, bass, walleye or sunfish, New York provides outstanding fishing opportunities.

In addition to the lifetime fishing license, you can also purchase a lifetime hunting license for $535, which allows you to hunt across millions of acres of majestic wild lands in New York while saving on the costs of an annual license.

A combination lifetime hunting and fishing license for $765 allows you to hunt and fish for one price.

You can now enjoy state parks, like nearby Allegany State Park, for a lifetime for a fee of $750. There is no expiration date for the new Lifetime Empire Passport. You and your family can enjoy the forests, seashore and lakefronts in your state parks for years to come without paying at the gate every time you visit.

As a bonus, purchasers of the Lifetime Empire Passport may choose one of the following: a week of free camping, a round of golf or a free $100 gift card (restrictions apply).

To read more about these offers, visit