It appears that New York state is trying to rid its General Revenue deficit on the backs of anglers, especially non-resident fisherman.
Starting Oct. 1 the cost of a seasonal non-resident fishing license in New York will be $70. That is up from the $40 the state charged last year. Put another way it's about a 90-percent increase.
Resident anglers took a hit, too. Their season license rises to $29, up from $19.
By comparison, Ohio's resident season fishing license is $19 and its non-resident season license is $40. Those are - or WERE - the same rates charged by New York until that state's legislature sought to become highwaymen by increasing fees to near space levels.
How such increases can be justified in these tough economic times remains a mystery but they are pretty outrageous.
It will give me pause to consider whether a winter trip to the Niagara River is worth the expense.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn