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Catch the big one: Top angling areas in New York

The Hudson River has multiple fishing opportunities.

The Hudson River has multiple fishing opportunities.

If you are planning a move to New York, you may not want to forget your fishing reels at your old home. This is because the Empire State is home to many lakes and rivers that could be perfect locations to relax and try to catch as many fish as possible. This state is quite large, and no matter what area you are planning to bring your moving containers, there may be something within a close distance. Even a day trip or weekend getaway can get you to most of the locales on this list, so don't think twice. Just ensure you bring along your tackle box.

Hudson River
One spot that you won't be able to miss is the Hudson River, the sizable stretch of water spans through much of eastern New York, and this may be a good spot to relax and take in some fishing. According to FishingTrips.net, it is a staple for those who love to fly fish, as well as catch bass. If you are planning on heading a bit south on the river, you can not only take in the fruits of the water, but you will be able to do it with the backdrop of New York City right in front of you.

Oneida Lake
Another location that is popular with bass fisherman is Oneida Lake. This area has so many of these fish - both largemouth and smallmouth - that it is one of the locations for one of the country's top fishing tours, according to World Fishing Network. If you want a bit more variety in your fishing options, it may be a good plan to check out the lake's walleye and perch. If you plan to frequent this lake, it will be good to know you have Syracuse nearby, so living in that city may be a perfect way to ensure you are fishing often.

Finger Lakes
There are multiple Finger Lakes, and these are popular with many tourists in the Northern New York area. According to FishingTrips.net, it may not be a bad plan to check out Cayuga Lake or Seneca Lake when planning to fish here. The area is popular among those who like bass fishing, as well as trout and salmon. This may not be a bad place to take a vacation from busy city life, and enjoy the more rural parts of New York.

Great Lakes
New York is bordered by two of the Great Lakes, and if you are looking for serious fishing, either Lake Ontario or Lake Erie could be good choices. According to World Fishing Network, Lake Erie is the prime spot for walleye and smallmouth bass, while Lake Ontario is more popular among fisherman who like salmon and trout. Getting an escort into the deeper parts of these lakes is common, and these tours are quite prevalent in the area.

Salmon River
Heading back to the central part of the state will bring you to one of its more popular river fishing areas. Salmon River has plenty of this type of fish, according to FishingTrips.net. This may make for a fun destination, though there are also plenty of other fishing options in the area. This river is the home to a number of trout and bass, which could vary your catches. If you get tired of sitting around with your rod and reel, you can try some other water activities. Both kayaking and rafting are popular in the river, so everyone in the family may enjoy something.