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Region 3 • Southeastern New York

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

Dutchess County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 – Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Upton Lake, Sylvan Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Wappinger Creek downstream of dam in Pleasant Valley

Trout

All Year

Any size

5

Indian Lake

Black Bass, Pickerel

See Border Waters Regulations.

Morgan Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

3

Ice fishing permitted

Orange County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish & Delaware River

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 – Fri preceding the
3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Askoti, Hessian, Round, Blue, Skannatati and Walton Lakes

Trout

All Year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Bashakill Marsh

Pickerel

All year

15″

5

Black Bass

All year

12″

5

Sterling Lake

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

21″

1

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Delaware River, Greenwood Lake

All Species

See Border Waters Regulations.

Mongaup River from Rio Dam downstream to Route 97 bridge

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Artificial lures only

Ramapo River

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Putnam County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Bog Brook Reservoir, Boyd Corners Reservoir, Croton Falls Reservoir, Diverting Reservoir, East Branch Reservoir, Middle Branch Reservoir, West Branch Reservoir, Lake Gilead, Lake Gleneida

Lake Trout, Trout, Walleye

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

East Branch Croton River from Diverting Reservoir to East Branch Reservoir

Trout

All year

14″

1

Artificial lures only

West Branch Croton River from Croton Falls Reservoir to East Branch Croton River

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

West Branch Croton River from West Branch Reservoir to Croton Falls Reservoir

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

9″

5

White Pond

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Rockland County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Ramapo River

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Hessian Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Sullivan County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except the Delaware River

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Delaware River

Trout, Black Bass, Muskellunge, Pickerel, Walleye

See Border Waters Regulations.

Bashakill Marsh

Pickerel

All year

15″

5

Black Bass

All year

12″

5

Basket Creek and tributaries, Callicoon Creek from mouth to Hortonville, Hankins Creek and tributaries from mouth to Falls at Mileses, Hoolihan Brook and tributaries, North Branch Callicoon Creek and tributaries from mouth to Gossweyler Pond above North Branch, Pea Brook and tributaries

Trout

1st Sat after April 11 through Sept 30

Any size

5

Beaver Kill from State Road 206 (County Route 7) bridge in Delaware County downstream, Willowemoc Creek from iron bridge at Parkston downstream except section below

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

9″

5

Willowemoc Creek 1200 ft. above mouth of Elm Hollow Brook downstream 3.5 miles to second Route 17 Quickway bridge east of Roscoe

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Neversink River, from Neversink Reservoir downstream, except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

9″

5

Neversink River and tributaries within the Neversink River Unique Area and owned by the people of the State of New York situated in the Towns of Thompson and Forestburgh and abutting that reach of the Neversink River from its confluence with Mercer Brook south to the Sullivan-Orange County line, except any portion thereof where the right to fish is privately owned.

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Crystal Lake, Hodge Pond

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

10″

3

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Lake Huntington, Loch Sheldrake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Mongaup River from Rio Dam downstream to Route 97 bridge

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Artificial lures only

Mongaup Pond*

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Neversink Reservoir, Rondout Reservoir

Lake Trout, Trout

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

Swinging Bridge Reservoir

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

White Lake

Lake Trout

All year

15″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Trout

All year

Any size

5

* In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in Mongaup Creek downstream of Mongaup Pond.

Ulster County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except Hudson River

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Alder Lake, Echo Lake

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

10″

3

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout Reservoir

Lake Trout, Trout, Walleye

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

Honk Lake

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Esopus Creek (other than below)

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5

Esopus Creek from Shandaken tunnel outlet (Allaben) to Ashokan Reservoir

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5 with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Westchester County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All rivers and streams except Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hudson River from Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish

Black Bass

See Tidal Hudson River Regulations.

Amawalk Outlet from Amawalk Reservoir to Muscoot Reservoir

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

12″

3

Artificial lures only

Amawalk Reservoir, Cross River Reservoir, Kensico Reservoir, Muscoot Reservoir, New Croton Reservoir, Titicus Reservoir

Trout

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

West Branch Croton River from Croton Falls Reservoir to East Branch Croton River

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Titicus Outlet

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 with no more than 2 longer than 12″