Regulations for Harvested Fish
- All legally harvested ﬁsh may be gilled or gutted while on the water.
- Possession of the following ﬁsh that have been cut, dismembered, ﬁlleted, skinned, or otherwise altered so that the species and total length of such ﬁsh cannot be easily determined is prohibited:
- Black Bass,
- Brook trout,
- Lake trout, and
- \Atlantic salmon.
- Other species of ﬁsh may be ﬁlleted provided that the skin is not removed from the ﬁllets.
Fish carcass disposal
It is illegal to discard any ﬁsh carcass, or parts thereof, into the freshwaters of the state within 100 feet of shore or upon any public or private lands contiguous to and within 100 feet of such water, except:
- On private lands by the owners of such lands;
- If properly disposing into suitable garbage or refuse collection systems or by burial;
- Where incidental cleaning of ﬁsh for consumption is permitted. However, resulting waste may not be disposed of within 100 feet of any public launching or docking site unless into a suitable refuse collection system; and
- Fish required to be returned to the water by regulation or law.
Transportation of ﬁsh is permitted as follows:
Fish caught in New York State
- Salable ﬁsh may be transported in any number.
- No more than two days’ legal take of nonsalable ﬁsh may be transported unless a permit is obtained from a DEC Regional Office, or the ﬁsh are frozen, processed, and packaged for storage.
- Smelt, suckers, alewives, and blueback herring taken for human consumption purposes only may be transported at any time.
- Baitﬁsh transportation regulations can be found.
Fish caught outside of New York State
Fish caught outside of New York may be transported into New York in any manner, except parcel post, in the number that may be legally exported from the place of taking.
Non-salable ﬁsh transported by carrier
A tag must be attached showing the name and address of both the taker and consignee, and the contents of the package.