When Does Fishing Season Begin in the United States?


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The start date and duration of fishing season varies between locations in the United States. There may also be restrictions on when the season opens for certain species of fish.

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Information on fishing season in a given area can usually be found on the website of the Fish and Wildlife Department for that state. In some areas, fishing season regulations may be waived in commercial fisheries or lakes that are artificially stocked. Additionally, within state parks or conservation areas, fishing season may be shorter or other restrictions may apply. The exact dates of the season may also change from year to year depending upon the health of the fish population.

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