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New York City Reservoir Regulations

The General Angling Regulations apply to species and waters not listed

Special Fishing Regulations for New York City Reservoirs
Reservoir Species Open Season Minimum
Length
Daily
Limit
Amawalk Reservoir*
Bog Brook Reservoir*
Cross River Reservoir*
Diverting Reservoir*
Middle Branch Reservoir*
Muscoot Reservoir*
Titcus Reservoir*
Trout All year 12" 3
Croton Falls Reservoir* Trout All year 18" 1
Lake Gilead*
Lake Glenida*
Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Trout All Year Any size 5
Boyd Corners Reservoir*
East Branch Reservoir*
Trout All year 12" 3
Walleye 1st Sat in May-March 15 18" 3
West Branch Reservoir* Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Trout All year 12" 3
Landlocked salmon All year 18" 1
Kensico Reservoir Lake Trout All year 18" 3
Trout All year 12" 3
New Croton Reservoir
Schoharie Reservoir
Trout All year 12" 3
Rondout Reservoir Lake trout April 1-Nov 30 18" 3
Trout April 1-Nov 30 12" 3
Ashokan Reservoir Trout April 1-Nov 30 12" 3
Walleye 1st Sat in May-March 15 18" 3
Cannonsville Reservoir,
Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 3
Neversink Reservoir Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 3
Smelt fishing prohibited
Pepacton Reservoir** Trout April 1-Sept 30 15" 2 fish to include
only 1 over 21"

*Ice fishing permitted
**Pepacton Reservoir: use of a line with more than three hooks and any hook with more than three points is prohibited

Fishing and Boating on NYC Reservoirs

Almost 400 miles of shoreline are open for fishing on the reservoirs and controlled lakes of the New York City Water Supply. A free New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Public Access Permit is required to fish New York City reservoirs. In addition, all anglers 16 years of age or older must possess a valid New York State fishing license. All DEP permits issued prior to 2002 are no longer valid and a new permit must be obtained. For those 18 years of age or older, permits can be obtained online at www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/watershed_protection/recreation.shtml (leaving DEC website).

Permits can also be obtained by completing an application and mailing to: NYCDEP-Access Permits, 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Guest passes are also available for those who would like to accompany an access permit holder onto water supply lands but do not want to obtain their own access permit. Access permits and applications can be obtained online or by visiting a DEP office or police precinct, town hall or sports/tackle shop within the watershed. In New York City, applications are available during normal business hours at:

  • DEP Central Office
    96-05 Horace Harding Expressway
    Corona, NY
    (718) 595-4595

  • DEP's Bureau of Customer Conservation
    Services in Manhattan
    1250 Broadway, 8th Floor
    New York, NY
    (212) 643-2215

In addition to shoreline fishing, boating for the purposes of fishing is allowed on NYC reservoirs to those with the appropriate DEP Access Permits and Boat Tags. Anglers must store their fishing boats at designated storage areas. All boats must be steam cleaned and registered with DEP. Some of the over 240 boat storage areas may at times be closed to the placement of new boats due to overcrowding and maintenance needs; several are currently closed. People who want to register a new boat must first obtain a valid DEP Access Permit and then call the DEP Office near the reservoir of interest to make a steam - cleaning and Boat Tag registration appointment. There is no cost for this service, which must be performed by DEP.

NYC DEP allows non-motorized recreational boating with canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and skulls on a day use basis on Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie Reservoirs. Recreational boating season currently opens on the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Columbus Day.

A pilot program now allows the use of electric trolling motors on fishing rowboats on Cannonsville Reservoir. All trolling motors must be registered and steam cleaned prior to use. Details about these expanded recreational boating opportunities can be found at www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/recreation/cannonsville_boating_program.shtml (leaving DEC website).

  • Ashokan Reservoir: (845) 657-2663
  • Schoharie Reservoir: 607-588-6231
  • Rondout & Neversink Reservoirs: (845) 3347-7152
  • Pepacton & Cannonsville Reservoirs: (607) 363-7009
  • All East of Hudson Reservoirs: (914)232-1309

For more information about fishing on NYC reservoirs, visit the NYC Department of Environmental Protection website (leaving DEC's website.)