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ALBANY -Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced the governor signed into law legislation she sponsored to continue allowing an individual to angle for fish with up to three lines in New York’s freshwater (Ch. 121 of 2013). This bill extends the expiration date of the law allowing three lines that originally passed in 2011 until Dec. 31, 2015.

“This law will assist our local economy by continuing to bring recreational tourists and therefore increased revenue to the North Country,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “Our region is home to many natural resources and by allowing the use of more than two rods while fishing our freshwater assets, we will ensure our area remains competitive and one of the premier fishing destinations in the state.”

Boasting over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, over 7,500 lakes and ponds, and hundreds of miles of coastline, New York State is home to some of the country’s best fishing.[1] This law, which mirrors those that have favorably impacted New Jersey and Michigan, benefits anglers while promoting recreational fishing across the state. In order to protect our environment and prevent overfishing, existing catch limits will remain in effect.

“The North Country is naturally designed – with its bountiful rivers, ample wildlife and beautiful scenery – to create memorable experiences for visitors and residents alike,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “Fishing is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. This law ensures that those families who take advantage of our fisheries can get the most out of their experience.”

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