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New York

Fishing

Region 4 Regulations

Chris VanMaaren, Regional Fisheries Manager

65561 State Highway 10 Stamford, NY 12167-9503

(607) 652-7366

fwfish4@dec.ny.gov

COUNTIES:

ALBANY

COLUMBIA

DELAWARE

GREENE

MONTGOMERY

OTSEGO

RENSSELAER

SCHENECTADY

SCHOHARIE

INDIVIDUAL LAKE AND

POND REGULATIONS

ARNOLD LAKE I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

BEARDSLEY LAKE I

Trout All year, M-2”, D-3

BIG POND I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

CANADARAGO LAKE I

Yellow Perch

All year, M-None, D-25

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR

NYCDEP Access Permit required Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-12”, D-3

COLGATE LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-3

EAST SIDNEY RESERVOIR I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

GILBERT LAKE

Trout

April 1–Nov 30, M-12”, D-3

GLASS LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

INDIVIDUAL LAKE AND POND REGULATIONS

GOODYEAR LAKE I

Yellow Perch

All year, M-None, D-25

Sunfish

All year, M-None, D-25

GREENS LAKE I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

HOLDING POND

Trout April 1–Oct 15, M-10”, D-3

HUGGINS LAKE

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-12”, D-2, Artifcial lures only

LITTLE POND I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

LONG POND (RENSSELAER COUNTY) I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

MALLET POND I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

MUD POND (TOWN OF COLCHESTER)

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-12”, D-3

OTSEGO LAKE I

Lake Trout

All year, M-23”, D-1

PEPACTON RESERVOIR

NYCDEP Access Permit required Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-12”, D-2, Artifcial lures only

April 1–Sept 30, M-15”, D-2 fish to include only 1 over 21”

QUEECHY LAKE I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

SCHOHARIE RESERVOIR

NYCDEP Access Permit required Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

SECOND POND (RENSSELAER COUNTY) I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

SHAVER POND I

Trout All year, M- 12”, D-3

TAGHKANIC LAKE I

Walleye 1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

THOMPSONS LAKE I

Trout All year, M-12”, D-3

TOMHANNOCK RESERVOIR I

Ice Fishing Season Jan 1–Mar 15, daylight hours only.

City of Troy Access Permit required.

TROUT POND (CABLES LAKE)

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

INDIVIDUAL RIVER AND STREAM REGULATIONS

DELAWARE RIVER

• From Sullivan county line upstream to confuence with East and West Branches in Hancock:

Black Bass 1st Sat afiter June 11–the Fri preceding

1st Sat afiter April 11, M-12”, D-5

1st Sat afiter April 11–Fri preceding 1st Sat afiter June 11, Catch and Release only

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 14, M-15”, D-3

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

All year, M-40”, D-1 Pickerel

All year, M-12”, D-5 Striped Bass

All year, M-28” to 35”, D-1

A non-ofset (in-line) circle hook (page 70) is required when fishing for striped bass when using any natural bait (page 70).

Anadromous River Herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring)

Possession prohibited

• From bridge in Lordville downstream:

Trout April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-1

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

• From bridge in Lordville upstream to confuence with East and West Branches in Hancock:

Trout See Trout Stream Regulations

HUDSON RIVER

  • Tidal Hudson River

    See Tidal Hudson River Regulations (page 24)

    • From Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to 1st barrier impassable by fish:

      All Species, All year, Catch and Release fishing only

    • Upstream of Lock C4 and its associated dam, near Stillwater, NY:

      Use or possession of alewife or blueback herring prohibited

MOHAWK RIVER BELOW RTE. 32 BRIDGE

All Species

All year, Catch and Release fishing only. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately

WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER FORMING PA/NY BORDER

Black Bass

1st Sat afiter June 11–the Fri preceding 1st Sat afiter April 11, M-12”, D-5

1st Sat afiter April 11–Fri preceding 1st Sat afiter June 11, Catch and Release only

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

All year, M-40”, D-1 Pickerel

All year, M-12”, D-5 Striped Bass

All year, M-28” to 35”, D-1

A non-ofset (in-line) circle hook (page 70) is required when fishing for striped bass when using any natural bait (page 70).

TROUT STREAM REGULATIONS

Trout stream reaches categorized as Wild or Stocked are managed using statewide trout stream regulations (page 6). Regulations for other categorized stream reaches are listed below.

* Asterisk represents streams with more than 1 management category.

STOCKED-EXTENDED

REGUL ATIONS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, D-3 with no more than 1 longer than 12”

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

BEAVER KILL*

  • From 1 mile upstream of Iron Bridge at Horton upstream to the old railroad trestle 2.5 miles downstream of the Sullivan county line
  • From the 1st Sullivan county line crossing upstream of Roscoe upstream to the Rte. 206 bridge
  • See Catch and Release for additional reaches.

CATSKILL CREEK

• From confuence with Basic Creek in Freehold upstream to the confuence with Fox Creek in Preston Hollow

KINDERHOOK CREEK

• From I-90 upstream to confuence with East Creek south of Rte. 43 in Stephentown

WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER*

  • From East Brook in Walton upstream 35.5 miles to Town Brook in Hobart
  • See Wild-Premier and Catch and Release for additional reaches.

WILD-QUALITY

REGULATIONS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, D-3 with no more than 1 longer than 12”

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

BATAVIA KILL (DELAWARE COUNTY)

  • From confuence with East Branch

    Delaware River upstream to source

BUSHKILL

  • From confuence with Dry Brook upstream to confuence with Emory

    Brook and Vly Creek

BUSHNELLSVILLE CREEK

  • From Greene-Ulster county line upstream to source

EAST BROOK

  • From confuence with West Branch

    Delaware River upstream to source

EAST CREEK (A.K.A. KINDERHOOK CREEK)

  • From confuence with Kinderhook

    Creek south of Rte. 43 in Stephentown upstream to state line

EMORY BROOK

  • From confuence with Bush Kill upstream to source

LITTLE HOOSIC RIVER

  • From confuence with Hoosic River upstream to source

PANTHER CREEK

  • From Rte. 4 in West Fulton upstream to source

RUSSELL BROOK

• From confuence with Beaver Kill upstream to source

WILD-PREMIER

REGULATIONS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-1

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

DELAWARE RIVER

  • From bridge in Lordville upstream to confuence with West and East Branches of Delaware River

EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER

  • From confuence with West Branch Delaware River upstream to Rte. 206/30 bridge in Downsville

WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER*

  • From the confuence with East Branch Delaware River upstream to 2 miles downstream of the Rte. 17 bridge at Deposit
  • From Rte. 17 bridge at Deposit upstream to Stilesville Weir
  • See Stocked-Extended and Catch and Release for additional reaches.

    CATCH AND RELEASE

REGULATIONS

Trout

All year, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

BEAVER KILL*

  • From 1.6 miles downstream of Iron Bridge at Horton upstream to 1 mile upstream of Iron Bridge at Horton except additional restriction below:

    From Iron Bridge at Horton downstream to 1st Rte. 17 overpass

    • Angling prohibited from July 1– Aug 31 to protect thermally

stressed trout.

  • From the Sullivan county line downstream of Roscoe downstream 2.5 miles to the old railroad trestle

• See Stocked-Extended for additional reaches.

WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER*

  • From Rte. 17 bridge at Deposit downstream 2 miles
  • See Stocked-Extended and Wild-Premier for additional reaches.

    WATERS WHERE SNATCHING IS PERMITTED

The taking of fish by snatching, but not blind snatching (see page 70), is permitted from Jan 1–Mar 15 only as follows:

  • In Delaware County, suckers may be taken from the West Branch Delaware River, East Branch Delaware River, and Charlotte Creek.
  • In Otsego County, suckers may be taken from the Unadilla River, Wharton Creek, and Butternut Creek.

    WATERS WHERE SPEARFISHING IS PERMITTED

The taking of fish by spear (not spear gun) is permitted only as follows:

  • In Montgomery County, suckers may be taken from Jan 1–May 15 from Evas Kill, Flat Creek, Canajoharie Creek from the mouth to the dam 0.5 mile above the mouth, and Caroga Creek.
  • In Otsego County, suckers may be taken from Jan 1–May 15 from Herkimer Creek, Hyder Creek, Trout (Mink) Creek, Hayden Creek from mouth to the Shipman Pond Dam, Shadow Brook,

    Sand Hill Creek from the mouth to Rte. 7 bridge, Otsdawa Creek from the mouth to Rte. 7 bridge, and Mill Creek from the mouth to Rte. 7 bridge.

Tidal Hudson River Regulations

TIDAL HUDSON RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES TO THE 1ST BARRIER IMPASSABLE BY FISH

Black Bass 3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, M-15”, D-5

• From the George Washington Bridge to the Troy Dam and all tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish

Striped Bass

Statewide species seasons and limits (page 7) apply north of the George

Washington Bridge

American Shad

Fishing for or possession prohibited.

• From the Battery to the Troy Dam and all tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish:

American Eel

All year, M-9”–14” only may be possessed for bait, D-25

No eels may be possessed for food.

HUDSON RIVER ANADROMOUS RIVER HERRING REGULATIONS

Location

Open Season

Daily Possession Limit

Manner of Taking

Hudson River tributaries and embayments, including Mohawk River (see Mohawk River exception on page 33).

Mar 15– June 15

10 per angler, OR a maximum boat limit of 50 per day for a group of boat anglers, whichever is lower

Angling only

Main stem of the Hudson River from Lock 1 near Waterford, NY south to the George Washington Bridge

Mar 15–

June 15

10 per angler, OR a maximum boat limit of 50 per day for a group of boat anglers, whichever is lower

Angling or by personal use nets

Taking of anadromous river

herring with personal use nets

No person shall take anadromous river herring with a net within Hudson River tributaries and embayments. Prior to entering a Hudson River tributary or embayment, all personal use nets must be stowed in a secured container on deck or in a container below deck.

No person shall take anadromous river herring from the Hudson River:

  • with more than one net when taking with a scap or dip net;
  • with a dip net exceeding 14 inches in diameter if it is round form or exceeding 13 inches by 13 inches if it is square form;
  • with a scap or lifit net exceeding 16 square feet;
  • with a seine net exceeding 36 square feet; or with a cast net exceeding 10 feet in diameter.