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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 in the Regulations by County.

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 & 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
Yellow Perch All year Any size 50
Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Redbreast Sunfish) All year Any size 50
Lake Whitefish All year Any size 5
Atlantic, Shortnose, Lake Sturgeon; Paddlefish, Sauger Closed Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited
Striped Bass—Hudson River and all inland waters except Delaware River (see Border Waters Regulations) April 1 through Nov 30 Slot Size: 18” – 28”
(not less than 18″ nor greater than 28″)
1
American Shad—All inland waters except Hudson, Chemung, Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers. All year Any size 3
Possession prohibited in Marine District.
Hickory Shad Aug 1 through Nov 30 Any size 5
Anadromous River (Ocean-run) Herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring) Possession prohibited except in Hudson River and tributaries (see Tidal Hudson River Regulations).
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