Governor Hochul Announces New “Tackle Box” Smartphone Feature to Improve Fishing-Related Tourism in New York State
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the state’s new mobile phone feature “Tackle Box” to improve fishing-related tourism by making it easier for new and experienced anglers to enjoy the great fishing available throughout New York. The new Tackle Box feature leverages the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s HuntFishNY smartphone app to provide a single location for nearly all state fishing regulations, bodies of water, state-run fishing access sites, storage information, and other useful features like photos to help you out. identify fish likely to be found in a certain river, lake or stream.
“New York is a world-class fishing destination that offers a wide variety of opportunities to land a keeper from a long list of prized game species,” Governor Hochul said. “The release of the unique Tackle Box feature will make fishing even more accessible for our residents and visitors of all experience levels, providing them with a one-stop-shop for all fishing information. I encourage all New Yorkers to use this feature and get out on the water today to enjoy the great fishing our state has to offer.”
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) led the creation of the Tackle Box map interface to display fishing information. Unlike any other current mobile fishing smartphone offering for New York State, Tackle Box allows users to search for bodies of water by name or by pan and zoom. Highlighted waters are clickable, providing information on special fishing regulations, stocking, and boating/fishing access sites owned by DEC, State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Canal Corporation and the New York City Department of Environment. Protection. In addition, the new “navigate” functionality gives users driving directions to the navigation access site of their choice. The Tackle Box also includes an offline feature that allows anglers to use it when cell service is not available.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Tackle Box features make it easy for anglers to get vital information from their smartphone, with or without Internet connection. Fishing regulations, fishing access sites, storage information, and much more. are all available, either on the fly or by downloading the information. Tackle Box is another great example of New York’s commitment to making fishing easier for everyone.”
Empire State Vice President of Development and Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, Anglers around the world view New York State as a premier fishing destination. The new Tackle Box feature will encourage even more people who love fishing to participate. of everything there is to enjoy in New York, from spectacular scenery to inviting accommodations and world-class food and beverage experiences. I LOVE NY looks forward to highlighting the Tackle Box in its promotional efforts tourism for residents and visitors planning a getaway to the Empire State.”
Stephanie West Vatalaro, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, said: “One of the biggest reasons people don’t fish is because they don’t know where to go. . New “Tackle Box” feature on the HuntFishNY app helps guide people to local fishing spots and connects them with regulations and fish species information to help make trip planning easier and smoother .”
Todd Ceisner, publisher of In-Fisherman magazine, said, “Anglers in New York now have a top-notch tool to research and plan their next fishing trip, whether it’s to a lake, river , a stream or a pond. The new Tackle Box section of the HuntFishNY app is incredibly user-friendly and will be a useful tool for beginners, novices and experienced anglers.”
Larry Charette, New York State Board President of Trout Unlimited, said, “The new DEC Tackle Box is a game changer in recreational angling. The new feature provides a wealth of targeted information about angling in New York waters, as well as public access to fishing in New York. Trout Unlimited is excited to introduce this new tool to our 8,000 members in New York.
Scott Locorini, President of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, said, “I think the new Tackle Box app is amazing! Not only will it be useful to guides in New York State when researching new waters, but I believe so too. will benefit all anglers in New York. I really like being able to use it offline because most places I go don’t have phone service.
Dawn L. Borchert, Director of Tourism at Orleans County Tourism, said, “The development of DEC’s new Tackle Box feature in the HuntFishNY app will enhance and educate our anglers’ experience while visiting Lake Ontario, tributaries or other bodies of water found. in Orleans County. This app will allow anglers to discover other world-class fishing areas they may not have known before, using tools such as regulations, stocking, fish species, all found in their phone . Finally, the app will allow anglers to extend their stay in New York State while fishing!”
The HuntFishNY app provides instant mobile access to a client’s sporting licenses, privileges and permits, as well as the ability to immediately report game harvests while in the field. The HuntFishNY app, which includes the Tackle Box, is free and available through the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) platforms for anyone to download to their tablet or smartphone. To access HuntFishNY with the new Tackle Box functionality, users will need to create a DECALS account but do not need to hold a fishing or hunting license.
To watch an instructional video on how to access Tackle Box from the HuntFishNY app, go to https://youtu.be/iqQI_cqxUI8. For a brief demonstration of the Tackle Box’s features, go to youtu.be/85jtYE8pBag. For more information on the HuntFishNY app and the new Tackle Box feature, visit the DEC website at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/96470.html. For technical assistance with the app, users can call the DECALS Helpline at 866-933-2257. For specific fishing questions, users can email [email protected].
New York has dozens of bodies of water that consistently rank among the top fishing destinations in the country. In 2021, New York had six locations in Bassmaster Magazine’s 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Northeast. This included the St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands #1), Lake Erie (#3), Lake Champlain (#4), Lake Cayuga (#11), Lake Oneida (#18 ) and Chautauqua Lake (#25). Excellent trout fishing also draws visitors from across the country to renowned locations like Ninemile Creek and the Ausable, Esopus, Delaware, Beaverkill, and Upper Genesee rivers, among many others across the state. Salmon fishing along the Salmon River and throughout Lake Ontario continues to excel and a record walleye population in Oneida Lake and a robust population in Lake Erie continue to delight anglers. New York anglers contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the economy, supporting jobs and increasing state and local tax revenue.
All New York City anglers, residents or visitors, have a role to play in protecting the state’s waters from invasive species. DEC reminds everyone to clean, drain and dry boats and trailers, and disinfect fishing gear before recreating in New York waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Visit the DEC website for more tips on how to clean, drain, and dry boats, fishing gear, and other equipment and for more information on New York’s Boat Inspector program.