If you’d like to fish at a Public Conservation Area, you’ll need a fishing permit (and your NYS fishing license)! When you commit to becoming a fishing monitor, you help keep ponds and creeks clean, healthy, and well-managed. Thank you!
Permits are required for all anglers over the age of 16. Ice fishing is permitted at angler’s own risk – shanties and motorized augers are not allowed. Be aware that many sites have thin ice.
CLC suggests a $25 Conservation Friend donation to offset the costs of managing the fishing permit program.
In exchange for fishing privileges at Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) owned Public Conservation Areas, monitors’ responsibilities include:
1. Keeping Public Conservation Areas free of trash.
2. Periodically assessing and spot checking who is fishing at the conservation area and accounting for any illegal or questionable activity. This would include fishing without a permit, failure to park in designated area, failure to carry a valid permit or fishing license, or anything else other than what is specified on the permit issued by Columbia Land Conservancy.
**Monitors do not have the authority to ask visitors to leave a site or to confront them, other than to provide info about the fishing permit program as a CLC ambassador. We ask that you observe and report, leave any policing to CLC and the local authorities.
Environmental Conservation Officers:
Officer Cox- 518.794.8935
Officer Davy- 518.414.6083
Dispatch – 877.457.5680
3. Reporting any troublesome activities to CLC. Reports should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please sign the form below, if you agree to the terms, email a photo of your NYS Fishing License to email@example.com or send to 49 Main Street in Chatham, and submit. Once received we will mail you your CLC Fishing Permit.