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Highlights of Changes

New York State facilities are available to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin or physical disability in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is a summary that is intended for convenience only. For complete information, consult New York State Environmental Conservation Law and Volume 6 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York. Copies can be reviewed at the nearest library with a State Supreme Court references section or by contacting a regional Division of Law Enforcement Office. Be sure to review “Highlights of Changes” below.

Highlights of Changes

Note: Changes are highlighted in green throughout the guide.

  • The walleye daily limit for Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River has been raised to six per day.
  • The special black bass closed season for Oneida Lake has been eliminated.
  • The minimum length for salmonids in the Upper Niagara River has been changed to “any size.”
  • Trout regulations for the Titicus Outlet (Westchester County) and Esopus Creek from the Shandaken tunnel outlet to the Ashokan Reservoir (Ulster County) have been changed to a daily limit of five fish with no more than two trout longer than 12 inches.
  • Lake Kushaqua and Rollins Pond (Franklin County) have been opened to ice fishing for lake trout.
  • Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond and Utowana Lake (Hamilton County) have been opened to ice fishing for landlocked salmon, and the daily limit for lake trout has been reduced from three per day to two per day.
  • A 12-inch minimum size for brown trout in Otisco Lake (Onondaga County) has been established.
  • The daily limit for rainbow trout has been reduced from five to one in the western Finger Lakes (Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Canadice, and Hemlock lakes) and from three to one in the tributaries.
  • The restriction of no more than three lake trout as part of the five trout limit in the western Finger Lakes has been removed.
  • The minimum size limit for rainbow trout in Skaneateles Lake (Onondaga, Cayuga and Cortland counties) and Owasco Lake (Cayuga County) has been increased to 15 inches.
  • A catch-and-release only regulation for chain pickerel in Deep Pond (Suffolk County) has been established.
  • A 40-inch minimum size limit for muskellunge and tiger muskellunge in the Chenango, Tioughnioga, Tioga and Susquehanna rivers (Chenango, Cortland, Broome and Tioga counties) and a 36-inch minimum size limit in Otisco Lake (Onondaga County) has been established.
  • Ice fishing is now allowed on stocked trout lakes in Allegany, Niagara, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Erie and Cattaraugus counties unless otherwise stated.
  • Specific waters in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties have been opened to ice fishing.
  • The use of multiple hooks with multiple points is now allowed on Lake Erie tributaries.
  • Several regulations have been established pertaining to the use of gear on the Salmon River.

Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

Recreational fishing regulations for marine fish species are subject to frequent changes in response to rapid changes in fishing conditions and development of interstate management strategies for these species. For complete and accurate information on current New York marine recreational fishing regulations, contact the DEC Bureau of Marine Resources, Finfish and Crustacean Unit (631) 444-0435 or visit the DEC website at: Anglers 16 years and older desiring to fish in the marine and coastal district or for migratory marine species must enroll in the no fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. See License Information .


Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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