As any bass angler will tell you, the tug is the drug. The regular season for large and smallmouth bass kicks off Saturday in New York and runs until Nov. 30. Bass fishing is a big deal in New York and is a big part of the state’s sport fishing industry, which annually generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic benefits each year.
A catch-and-release season exists for most of the state from Dec. 1 until one day before the regular season opener. Statewide regulations during the regular season call for a 12-inch minimum size limit to keep a fish and a daily take limit of five. Variations in season, mimimum length and daily limits exist, though, for some waterways and anglers are urged to check the DEC’s current fishing regulations before heading out.
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