Special Fishing Regulations For Waters In New York City
New York Fishing
Indian Lake, Crotona Park; Van Cortlandt Lake
All Species except snakeheads
Catch and release fishing only.
All fish, except for snakeheads, shall be returned to the water immediately. See Snakehead Alert information below for instructions on handling a snakehead you have caught.
|Kings (Brooklyn) |
Prospect Park Lake
|New York (Manhattan) |
Central Park- all waters
Baisley’s Pond, Kissena Lake, Meadow Lake, Oakland Lake, Willow Lake
|Richmond (Staten Island) |
Brooks Lake, Clove Lake, Willowbrook Lake, Wolfe’s Pond
Northern snakehead and other snakehead species are listed as species dangerous to native fish populations in New York, and their possession is strictly prohibited. These fish can seriously damage native fish communities. Any snakehead caught while angling cannot be released back into the water.
It must be immediately euthanized and reported to DEC. Kill it, freeze it, and report your catch to a local DEC office. Note that the northern snakehead can be confused with burbot and bowfin, two species native to New York. To determine if you have indeed caught a northern snakehead, review the distinguishing characteristics below.