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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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New York State facilities are available to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin or physical disability in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This guide is a summary that is intended for convenience only. For complete information, 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 references section or by contacting a regional Division of Law Enforcement Office. They can also be found online at for ECL and for NYCRR. Be sure to see “Using This Guide” (section About This Guide) and review “Highlights of Changes” below.

Highlights of Changes

Note: Changes are highlighted in green throughout the guide.

  • Use or possession of alewife or blueback herring on the Mohawk River is now prohibited.
  • The daily limit for alewife and blueback herring on the Hudson River has been reduced.
  • Changes have also been made to the manner of taking of alewife and blueback herring in the Hudson River by angling and personal use nets.

Fishing Hotlines

Central New York

(607) 753-1551

Orleans County

(585) 589-3220

Lake Erie (Dunkirk)

(716) 679-ERIE

Lake Erie (Buffalo)

(716) 855-FISH

Niagara County

(877) FALLS US

Southeastern New York

(845) 256-3101

Wayne County

(315) 946-5466

DEC Web Hotlines

Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

Recreational fishing regulations for marine fish species are subject to frequent changes in response to rapid changes in fishing conditions and development of interstate management strategies for these species. For complete and accurate information on current New York marine recreational fishing regulations, contact the DEC Bureau of Marine Resources, Finfish and Crustacean Unit (631) 444-0435 or visit the DEC website at: Anglers 16 years and older desiring to fish in the marine and coastal district or for migratory marine species must enroll in the no fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry (see section License Information).

Free Fishing Days

June 28–29, 2014

During the last weekend in June anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required! Since no license is required, it’s the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

For more information, contact a Regional DEC Fisheries Office. For a list of DEC-sponsored Fishing Clinics, contact a DEC Regional Fisheries Office or go to:

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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