New York Statewide Freshwater Regulations

New York Freshwater Regulations

The following statewide angling regulations apply to all waters for which special regulations have not been established. See special regulations for specific waters.

Species
Open Season
Minimum Length
Daily Limit
Trout (brook, brown and rainbow trout and hybrids of these species; and splake)
April 1 through Oct 15
Any size
5
Lake Trout
April 1 through Oct 15
21″
3
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
April 1 through Oct 15
15″
3
It is illegal to take Atlantic Salmon from the waters of the marine and coastal district
Kokanee
April 1 through Oct 15
Any size
10
Coho and Chinook Salmon
See Great Lakes Regulations
Black Bass
largemouth/smallmouth
3rd Sat in June through Nov 30
12″
5
Dec 1 – Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June
Catch and release only
Artificial lures only
Muskellunge
Last Sat in May through Nov 30
40″
1
Northern Pike
1st Sat in May through March 15
18″
5
Pickerel
1st Sat in May through March 15
15″
5
Tiger Muskellunge
1st Sat in May through March 15
30″
1
Walleye
1st Sat in May through March 15
15″
5
Crappie
All year
9″
25
Atlantic, Shortnose & Lake Sturgeon; Paddlefish; Sauger
Closed
Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited
Lake Whitefish
All year
Any size
5
Striped Bass – Hudson River and all inland waters except Delaware River (see Tidal Hudson River Regulations)
April 1 through Nov 30
1 fish between 18 and 28 inches OR 1 fish larger than 40 inches
1
American Shad
Closed
Fishing for (including catch and release) or possessing American shad in the Hudson River or Marine District is prohibited.
Hickory Shad
Aug 1 – Nov 30
Any size
5
Anadromous River Herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring)
Closed
Possession prohibited except in Hudson River and tributaries (see Tidal Hudson River Regulations)
Yellow Perch
All year
Any size
50
Sunfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed and redbreast sunfish)
All year
Any size
50
American Eel- all waters except Hudson River, St. Lawrence R., L. Niagara R., Lake Ontario and tributaries to these waters.
All year
9″
25
American Eel- Hudson River from the Battery to Troy and all tributaries upstream to the first barrier
See Tidal Hudson River regulations
All endangered or threatened fish species. General Regulations for complete list of species.
Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited
All other species (except those listed elsewhere in special regulation tables in this guide).
All year
Any size
Any number
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.

Caution:

Dangerous Water Releases

Many rivers in New York State have dams on them. Some areas downstream have variable flows, including rapidly rising water that quickly creates conditions that are dangerous to anglers. Before fishing an unfamiliar river, become aware of the potential dangers or contact the Regional Bureau of Fisheries office for detailed information.

Also, keep in mind that almost any dammed or regulated water can be subject to quick increases in flow accompanied by rapidly increasing water depth and current speed.

When fishing on any river, if the water begins to rise unexpectedly, anglers should quickly move safely to shore.

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