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Using This Guide

  1. Review the Statewide Angling Regulations.
  2. Review the Special Regulations section, which begins on Region 1 · Long Island and includes regulations for specific waters (i.e., Lake Champlain) or group of waters (i.e., Great Lakes). IF THE WATER YOU INTEND TO FISH IS NOT LISTED IN THIS SECTION, STATEWIDE ANGLING REGULATIONS APPLY.
  3. Review:
  4. Consult the License Information section to determine if you need a fishing license. 
  5. Review the NYS Environmental Conservation Police Q&A section, which provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions concerning the information in this guide. — also on Region 1 · Long Island and Region 5 · Northeastern New York
  6. Review Health Advisories

If you have any questions or are unsure of any regulations, call or e-mail the nearest DEC regional office. Contact information can be found in the Special Regulations section of the guide beginning on Region 1 · Long Island.

This guide is a summary that is intended for convenience only. For a complete reference, consult New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and Volume 6 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Copies can be reviewed at the nearest library with a State Supreme Court reference section, on-line at for ECL and for NYCRR, or by contacting a Regional DEC Division of Law Enforcement Office.

State of New York

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Joe Martens, Commissioner

Kathy Moser, Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources

Patricia Riexinger, Director, Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Phil Hulbert, Chief, Bureau of Fisheries

How to contact us:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Bureau of Fisheries
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4753


Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources’ Mission:

The mission of DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources is to serve the interests of current and future generations of New Yorkers by using our collective skills, in partnership with the public, to describe, understand, manage and perpetuate a healthy and diverse assemblage of fish, wildlife and ecosystems.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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