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New York

Fishing

Fishing

Natural Baits Other than Baitfish

Salamanders and Snakes

Native salamanders and snakes cannot be collected or used as bait. View a list of native species on the Herp Atlas Project page.

Aquatic Insects

No aquatic insect (or any insect that lives in the water during any of its life stages) shall be taken from waters inhabited by trout, or from the banks of those waters at any time.

Rusty Crayfish

Fish Eggs

  • No person shall possess more than one quart total of fish eggs from trout, lake trout, or Atlantic salmon while on the waters of the state or the shores thereof. Fish eggs which are still inside the carcass of an intact, legally caught and possessed fish shall not be counted towards the one-quart total.
  • No person shall take or attempt to take any fish by means of chumming (see Definitions) with fish eggs.
  • Commercially packaged trout eggs produced in a hatchery under permit from the department may be used as bait. The trout eggs must be packaged in a container that clearly indicates the name of the producer and name of the hatchery where the trout eggs were produced.

Frogs

  • Any person who has a hunting or fishing license or is entitled to fish without a license may take frogs with a spear, club, hook, or by hand.
  • A small game hunting license is required to take frogs with a gun or a longbow.
  • Frogs may be taken in any number and at any time from June 15-September 30, except that no person shall use a gun to take frogs between sunset to sunrise.
  • Frogs may be imported, bought, and sold at any time. An importer must keep a record of names and addresses of buyers and sellers.

Exceptions:

  • Leopard frogs may not be taken in NYC, Nassau, or Suffolk counties.
  • Northern cricket frogs or Eastern spadefoot toads may not be taken anywhere in New York State.