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Fishing Season Opening Day! The few, the proud, and the slightly mad are out on the Catskills waters on Opening Day, April 1st. For dedicated (okay, maybe a bit obsessed) anglers, the time from the end of fishing season in September blurs into stories of caught and lost fish, of memories of that perfect cast, of a winter of tying flies and telling lies, and a growing impatience to get back out there.

Spring is a bit of a tease in the Catskills. It offers up glimpses of forests and streams coming back to life mixed with reminders that winters let go slowly in the mountains. Spring wildflowers can emerge and disappear under late snows.

But for many, there is a particular beauty in being first on the water as the trout begin to think of spring that is well worth cold fingers and toes. It is a particularly beautiful time in these mountains, full of quiet beauty. Historically, when the season opened, creeks such as the Esopus would be lined with hundreds of hopeful anglers. We’re not sure they caught too much that day, but it was an event not to be missed.

With Catskills Trout Tales, we’re hoping to bring back the tradition of a grand fishing season opening day.

Are you ready to go fishing?

Here is some information from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to get you started!

Fishing Regulations in the New York City Watershed

Getting Your New York State Fishing License