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Region 4 • East Central New York

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

Albany County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Hudson River from Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to first barrier impassable by fish, Mohawk River below Route 32 bridge

All Species

All year

Catch and release fishing only. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately.

Baitfish listed on Baitfish Regulations may be possessed for use as fish bait. Use of tip-ups is permitted.

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.

Thompsons Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Normans Kill from Watervliet Reservoir downstream to the first barrier impassable to fish upstream of the Hudson 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

Columbia County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily
Limit

Method

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.

Queechy Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Kinderhook Creek, from Adams Crossing downstream

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5

Delaware County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All streams and their tributaries that flow into the Delaware River in Delaware County downstream of Hancock

Trout

1st Sat after April 11 through Sept 30

Any size

5

All unlisted tributaries to Pepacton Reservoir and to East Branch Delaware River upstream from Pepacton Reservoir highwater mark

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

Any size

5

Bush Kill, Tremper Kill, Terry Clove, Fall Clove, Platte Kill, Dry Brook, Batavia Kill

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

9″

5

Trout Pond (Cables Lake), Huggins Lake

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

Artificial lures only

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Big Pond, Little Pond

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Mud Pond

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Cannonsville Reservoir, Pepacton Reservoir

Trout

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

Beaver Kill from State Route 206 (County Route 7) bridge downstream except sections below:

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

9″

5

Beaver Kill: 1) from Sullivan County line (below Roscoe) downstream 2.5 miles to the old railroad trestle and 2) from one mile upstream to 1.6 miles downstream of iron bridge at Horton

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Beaver Kill from Iron Bridge at Horton downstream to first Rt. 17 overpass

Angling prohibited July 1 through August 31 to protect thermally stressed trout

East Branch Delaware River — Special Regulations by River Section below:

From Pepacton Reservoir highwater mark upstream

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

9″

5

From Pepacton Dam downstream to Shinhopple Bridge

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning Trout

From Shinhopple Bridge downstream to the mouth at Hancock

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

Oct 16 through Nov 30

Catch and release only

All streams and their tributaries that flow in to the East Branch of the Delaware River between the villages of East Branch and Hancock

Trout

1st Sat after April 11 through Oct 15

Any Size

5

West Branch Delaware River — Special Regulations by River Section below:

From Cannonsville Reservoir highwater mark upstream

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

9″

5

From Cannonsville Dam downstream to the Route 17 overpass at Deposit

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

From Route 17 overpass at Deposit downstream 2.0 miles

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

From the lower limit of catch-and-release section in Deposit downstream to NY/PA border (1.7 miles below Hale Eddy Bridge)

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

All Angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

Delaware River and West Branch Delaware River forming NY/PA border

Black Bass, Trout, Muskellunge, Pickerel, Walleye

See Border Waters Regulations.

Greene County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

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.

Greens Lake, Colgate Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Montgomery County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Beardsley Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Schoharie Creek

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

Otsego County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Arnold Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Basswood Pond

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

10″

3

Canadarago Lake

Yellow Perch

All year

Any size

25

Gilbert Lake

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

12″

3

Goodyear Lake

Yellow Perch

All year

Any size

25

Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Redbreast)

All year

Any size

25

Otsego Lake

Lake Trout

All year

23″

1

Ice fishing permitted

Rensselaer County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

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.

Glass Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Kinderhook Creek, Adams Crossing downstream

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5

Hudson River from Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to first barrier impassable by fish, Mohawk River below Route 32 bridge

All Species

All year

Catch and release fishing only. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately.

Baitfish listed on Baitfish Regulations may be possessed for use as fish bait. Use of tip-ups is permitted.

Hudson River upstream of Lock C-4 and its associated dam, near Stillwater, NY

Use or possession of alewife or blueback herring prohibited

Second Pond, Long Pond, Shaver Pond

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Tomhannock Reservoir

Ice Fishing Season Jan 1 through March 15, daylight hours only. Fishing by permit only (available from City of Troy)

Schenectady County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Schoharie Creek

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

Schoharie County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Mallet Pond

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Schoharie Creek from Schoharie Reservoir downstream

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

Schoharie Reservoir

Trout

See New York City Reservoir Regulations.

Holding Pond

Trout

April 1 though Oct 15

10″

3