There's nothing better than spending a nice afternoon fishing in Central New York unless it's cut short because you're fishing without a license. Pick up your license at these locations.

According to the DEC, New York State requires everyone over the age of 15 to have a license to fish in both fresh and saltwater. If you do get caught fishing without a license, you can find yourself in court. Penalties for fishing without a license can be as bad as a fine up to $250 or even up to 15 days in jail.

It's important to go and pick up your license and here are some places you can go and get yours:

  • Herb Philipson's in New Hartford or Herkimer
  • Gander Mountain in New Hartford or Watertown
  • Bass Pro Shops in Utica
  • Dick's Sporting Goods in New Hartford or Syracuse
  • Walmart in Utica, New Hartford, or Herkimer
  • You can also purchase your license online

Fishing licenses vary by price and how long you would need one for. For residents of New York, a 24-hour license costs $5, a 7-day license costs $12, and a 1-year license costs $25. For non-residents, a 24-hour license costs $10, a 7-day license costs $28, and a 1-year license costs $50.

You can also qualify for a free or reduced license if:

  • You are an active duty military member
  • A military veteran with 40% or greater disability
  • 70 years old or older
  • Legally blind
  • A non-resident student attending a New York State college or university full-time

*Story Written and Submitted by 96.1 The Eagle Intern Dan Curtacci*

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