The statewide season for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) “opens” each year on the third Saturday in June. This year it “opens” on June 19, and “closes” on November 30.
The reason for the quotes is the bass season is actually open for catch and release from December 1st and closes on the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June when using artificial lures only.
So, while you can legally fish for black bass all-year, the June 19th this year is just the first day you can keep black bass. The statewide daily limit is five per day with a minimum length of 12-inches.
DEC reminds anglers, “If the water you plan on fishing doesn’t have a special regulation for black bass (see Special Regulations section of the Fishing Regulations Guide), the statewide fishing regulation applies.”
It also cautions that some counties do not have a catch and release season and could have different minimum size limits for bass so be sure to check the…