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Dip Nets

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Any person who has a fishing license, or is entitled to fish without a license, may operate one dip net as specified in the tables below; these are the only circumstances where dip-netting is permitted unless a commercial license has been obtained.

Note: Smelt, suckers, alewives and blueback herring are the only fish that may be taken with a dip net.

Smelt may be taken in a dip net not exceeding 14 inches in diameter, or 13 x 13 inches if square, as follows:

Waters

Open Season

Daily Hours & Limit

Tributaries

Raquette Lake

Anytime

Anytime/8 quarts

All from lake upstream ½ mile

Tupper Lake

Anytime

Anytime/8 quarts

Lake and Bog River upstream to Rt 421

Canandaigua Lake, Canadice Lake, Hemlock Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake

Anytime

Anytime/8 quarts

All from lake upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Exceptions: no dipping in Catharine Creek and L’Hommedieu Diversion channel (Seneca Lake) and upstream of old Lehigh Valley Railroad bridge at Naples Creek (Canandaigua Lake)

Indian Lake, Fulton Chain (except Seventh Lake), East Caroga Lake, West Caroga Lake

April 1 through May 15

5 am to 10 pm (prevailing time)/8 quarts

All from lake upstream to first barrier impassable by fish. No dipping in Mead Creek from mouth upstream to State Route 29A

Cayuga Lake*, Owasco Lake

*no smelt dipping permitted in Willow Creek

March 1 through May 21

7 pm to 2 am (prevailing time)/8 quarts

All from lake upstream to first barrier impassable by fish.

Hudson River from Tappan Zee Bridge upstream to the Troy Dam1

Anytime

Anytime/Any number

All from river upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Marine District1

Contact (631) 444-0435 or www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html

Smelt may be taken in any size dip net as follows:

Waters

Open Season

Daily Hours & Limit

Tributaries

Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River

Anytime

8 quarts

All from lake upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Suckers may be taken in a dip net not exceeding 14 inches in diameter, or 13 x 13 inches if square, as follows:

Waters

Open Season

Daily Limit

Tributaries

Cayuga Lake

Anytime

Any number

All except Willow Creek

Seneca Lake

Anytime

Any number

All except Catharine Creek

Canandaigua Lake

Anytime

Any number

All except Naples Creek where netting is prohibited upstream of old Lehigh Valley Railroad bridge

Hudson River upstream to Troy Dam

Anytime

Any number

All from river upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Alewives and blueback herring may be taken in a dip net not exceeding 14 inches in diameter, or 13 x 13 inches if square, as follows:

Waters

Open Season

Daily Hours & Limit

Tributaries

Hudson River upstream to Troy Dam and Mohawk River from Crescent Dam upstream to dam at junction of Barge Canal and Mohawk River in City of Rome, except between Lock 2 and Guard Gate 2 (Waterford Flight).1

Anytime

Any number

All from river upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Mohawk River between Lock 2 and Guard Gate 2 (Waterford Flight)

Taking and possession of alewife and blueback herring prohibited.

Marine District1

Contact (631) 444-0435 or www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html

1 Anglers must enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry in order to collect alewife and blueback herring from the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, and smelt from the Hudson River. See Recreational Marine Fishing Registry in License Information.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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