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New York

Fishing

Statewide Species Regulations

  • The following statewide species regulations apply to all fresh waters for which special regulations have not been established. See www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html for fishing regulations in the Marine and Coastal District (page 70).

  • Special regulations for specific waters are listed in Special Regulations (pages 8–69).

SPECIES OPEN SEASON¹ MINIMUM LENGTH² DAILY LIMIT³

Trout 4,5–except Inland Trout Streams

April 1–Oct 15

None

5

Trout 4,5–Inland TroutStreams (see page 70 for definition)

April 1–Oct 15

5 with no more than 2 longer than 12”

Oct 16–Mar 31

Catch and Release5 only

Artificial lures only

Lake Trout

April 1–Oct 15

21”

3

Atlantic Salmon (Landlocked)

April 1–Oct 15

15”

3

Kokanee

April 1–Oct 15

None

10

Coho & Chinook Salmon

See Great Lakes & Tributaries Regulations

Black Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30

12”

5

Dec 1–Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and Release6 only

Artifcial lures only

Muskellunge

Last Sat in May–Nov 30

40”

1

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

18”

5

Pickerel

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

15”

5

Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

30”

1

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

15”

5

Crappie

(Black and White)

All year

9”

25

Yellow Perch

All year

None

50

Sunfish (Bluegill, Redbreast, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish)

All year

None

50

Lake Whitefish

All year

None

5

Paddlefish, Sauger

Closed

Fishing for (including Catch and Release5) or possession prohibited

Striped Bass7,8

April 1–Nov 30

1 (not less than 18” nor greater than

28”)

American Shad—All inland waters except those listed in special regulations.

All year

None

3

Possession prohibited in Hudson River and tributaries

(page 24)

Hickory Shad

Aug 1-Nov 30

Any Size

5

American Eel

All year

9”

25

All endangered or threatened fish species (page 72).

Fishing for (including Catch and Release) or possession prohibited

Snakeheads (all species)

Possession prohibited (see page 72)

All other species

(except those listed in special regulations).

All year

None

Any number

¹ Open Season means the time during which fish may be legally taken.

² Minimum length means the greatest possible length measured from the tip of the fish’s snout to the tip of the tail. The mouth may be open or closed and the tail may be spread or compressed in order to achieve the greatest length.

³ Daily Limit

  • A person may not fish for a species (not even Catch and Release) outside of the open season for that species on a given water.
  • A person may not have in possession, or intentionally kill or injure fish other than the sizes specified and allowed for that species on a given water. Any fish in a vehicle used to access a given water counts towards the number and sizes of fish in possession.

Trout means brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and hybrids of these species including splake.

Ice fishing is prohibited in waters inhabited by trout unless specifically allowed.

Catch and Release means catching and immediately releasing the caught fish without harm. See page 72 for Catch and Release regulations.

7A non-offset (in-line) circle hook (page 70) is required when fishing for striped bass when using any natural bait (page 70).

8Applies to Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge