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New York City Reservoir Regulations

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A free New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Public Access Permit is required to fish New York City reservoirs. In addition, all anglers must possess a valid New York State fishing license. All DEP permits issued prior to 2002 are no longer valid and a new permit must be obtained. For those 18 years of age or older, permits can be obtained online at nyc.gov/dep/html/recreation/recreation_rules.shtm. Permits can also be obtained by completing an application and mailing to: NYCDEP—Access Permits, 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Guest passes are also available for those who would like to accompany an access permit holder onto water supply lands but do not want to obtain their own access permit. Access permits and applications can be obtained online or by visiting a DEP office or police precinct, town hall or sports/tackle shop within the watershed. In New York City, applications are available during normal business hours at:

  • DEP’s One-Stop Center in Queens
    96-05 Horace Harding Expressway
    Corona, NY
    (718) 595-4820
  • DEP’s Bureau of Customer Conservation Services in Manhattan
    1250 Broadway, 8th Floor
    New York, NY
    (212) 643-2215

Boating for the purposes of fishing is allowed on NYC reservoirs to those with the appropriate DEP permits. Anglers must store their fishing boats at designated storage areas. All boats must be approved and registered with DEP. Some of the over 240 boat storage areas may at times be closed to the placement of new boats due to overcrowding and maintenance needs; several are currently closed. People who want to register a new boat must first obtain a valid Access Permit and then call the DEP Office near the reservoir of interest to make a steam-cleaning and registration appointment. There is no cost for this service, which must be performed by DEP.

DEP Offices

  • Ashokan Reservoir
    (845) 657-2663
  • Schoharie Reservoir
    (607) 588-6231
  • Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs
    (845) 985-0386
  • Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs
    (607) 363-7009
  • East of Hudson Reservoirs
    (914) 232-1309

For additional information, contact DEP at:

recreation@dep.nyc.gov or call 1-800-575-LAND (5263)

Reservoir

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Amawalk, Bog Brook, Cross River, Diverting, Middle Branch, Muscoot, Titicus

Trout

All year

12"

3

Ice fishing permitted

Croton Falls

Trout

All year

18"

1

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Gilead, Lake Gleneida

Lake Trout

All year

21"

3

Ice fishing permitted

Trout

All Year

Any size

5

Boyd Corners

East Branch

Trout

All year

12"

3

Ice fishing permitted

Walleye

1st Sat. in May through March 15

18"

3

West Branch

Lake Trout

All year

21"

3

Ice fishing permitted

Trout

All year

12"

3

LL Salmon

All year

18"

1

Kensico

Lake Trout

All year

18"

3

Trout

All year

12"

3

New Croton, Schoharie

Trout

All year

12"

3

Rondout

Lake Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

18"

3

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

12"

3

Ashokan

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

12"

3

Walleye

1st Sat. in May through March 15

18"

3

Cannonsville

Trout

April 1 through October 15

12"

3

Neversink

Trout

April 1 through October 15

12"

3

Smelt

Smelt fishing prohibited

Pepacton

Trout

April 1 through Sept 30

15"

2 fish to include only 1 over 21"

Statewide regulations apply to all species not listed in the above table.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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