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Statewide Angling Regulations

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The following statewide angling regulations apply to all waters for which special regulations have not been established. Special regulations for specific waters follow from section Statewide Angling Regulations – General Regulations.

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 Regulations on section Special Regulations for Great Lakes Tributaries General 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

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

30″

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

Closed

Fishing for and possession prohibited

Lake Whitefish

All year

Any size

5

Striped Bass—Hudson River and all inland waters except Delaware River (see section Border Waters Regulations)

March 16 through Nov 30

18″

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 section 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

6”

50

All endangered or threatened fish species

Fishing for and 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.

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Sportsmen Education… make sure you qualify

All first-time hunters, bowhunters or trappers planning to go afield this upcoming hunting and trapping season must first complete a hunter or trapper education course before they can get a license in New York.

For previously licensed hunters who plan to hunt out of state, let this be a reminder to check with the state you plan to hunt in to see what requirements need to be met. All states accept New York’s hunter education course but states differ on what is required as proof of completion. Many will need to see your original ‘Hunter Education Certificate’ in order to purchase their license. Check to see if you have your certificate, replacements can be time consuming.

All courses are free of charge, and as hunting seasons approach, classes fill quickly. SIGN UP EARLY!

To locate a nearby class and course list visit DEC’s website or contact a local DEC regional office.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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