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Statewide Angling Regulations

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

The following statewide angling regulations apply to all waters for which special regulations have not been established. See special regulations for specific waters.

Statewide Angling Regulations

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Trout—Brook, Brown and Rainbow and hybrids of these species; and Splake

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

21″

3

Landlocked (LL)/
Atlantic Salmon

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

It is illegal to take Atlantic Salmon from the waters of the marine and coastal district.

Kokanee

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

10

Coho & Chinook Salmon

See Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations

Black Bass
(Largemouth/Smallmouth)

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

12″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the
3rd Sat in June

Catch and
release only

Artificial lures only

Muskellunge

Last Sat in May through Nov 30

40″

1

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

5

Pickerel

1st Sat in May through March 15

15″

5

Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through March 15

30″

1

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

15″

5

Crappie

All year

9″

25

Atlantic, Shortnose, Lake Sturgeon; Paddlefish, Sauger

Closed

Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited

Lake Whitefish

All year

Any size

5

Striped Bass—Hudson River and all inland waters except Delaware River (see Tidal Hudson River Regulations)

April 1 through Nov 30

1 fish between 18 and 28 inches total length OR 1 fish larger than 40 inches.

1

American Shad

Fishing for (including catch and release) or possessing American shad
in the Hudson River or Marine District is prohibited.

Hickory Shad

Aug 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5

Anadromous River Herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring)

Possession prohibited except in Hudson River and tributaries (see Tidal Hudson River Regulations).

Yellow Perch

All year

Any size

50

Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Redbreast Sunfish)

All year

Any size

50

American Eel—all waters except Hudson River, St. Lawrence R., L. Niagara R., Lake Ontario and tributaries to these waters.

All year

9″

25

All endangered or threatened fish species. See General Regulations  for complete list of species.

Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited

All other species (except those listed elsewhere in special regulation tables in this guide).

All year

Any size

Any number

A person may not fish for a species (not even Catch-and-Release) outside of the open season for that species on a given water.