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Welcome to 2021-22 New York Fishing

A new look

The Fishing Regulations Guide has been revised for simpler use. The size of the guide has been reduced so it can easily fit into a tackle box. Additionally, special regulations are now listed alphabetically by individual waters by Region for easier look-up.

Feedback on the format of the Regulations Guide is always welcome. If you have any suggestions, please send an email to

Regulation changes

Inland Trout Streams are now regulated by category as follows:

1. Statewide inland trout stream regulation: 5 trout with no more than 2

over 12”

2.Wild-Premier: 1 trout, any size

3. Wild Quality: 3 trout with no more than 1 over 12”

4.Stocked-Extended: 3 trout with no more than 1 over 12”

5.Wild and Stocked: 5 trout with no more than 2 over 12”. These streams are not listed in the guide. For a full listing of categorized streams, visit

A Catch and Release season for inland trout streams has been established. This season runs from Oct 16–Mar 31 and is limited to use of artificial lures only.

Black Bass regulations with a minimum size limit of 10” or any-size have been changed to the 12” statewide minimum size limit.

Trout Stream Management Plan

See Important DEC Webpages for the New York Inland Trout Stream Management Plan.