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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
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,
Neversink Reservoir**
Trout April 1-October 15 12" 3
Pepacton Reservoir*** Trout April 1-Sept 30 15" 2 fish to include
only 1 over 21"

*Ice fishing permitted
** Neversink Reservoir: smelt fishing prohibited.
***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

Note: A free New York City Public Access Permit is required in order to fish these reservoirs. A valid New York State fishing license is no longer necessary to obtain a NY City Public Access Permit. However, all anglers must possess a valid New York State fishing license when fishing on New York City Reservoirs.

All New York City fishing permits issued prior to 2002 are no longer valid. You must obtain a new permit before entering these lands.

Public Access Permits and applications are now available online at the DEP website (see link below). Applicants not choosing to apply online must submit their applications by mail, to the address indicated on the application. Public Access Permit application forms are available at existing New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Offices, DEP Police Precincts, Town Offices within the NYC watershed area and tackle shops and sporting goods stores within the NYC watershed area. In New York City, applications are available at:

  • DEP's One-Stop Center in Queens, 59-17 Junction Blvd., 1st Floor, Low Rise (718)595-4820
  • DEP's Bureau of Customer Conservation Services in Manhattan, 1250 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY (212) 643-2215

Additional information about changing NYC Reservoir access conditions, information about fishing on New York City reservoirs, Public Access Permit application forms, Boating Tag application forms and Fishing and Boating Regulations are available at the DEP website (see link below).

Boating for the purpose of fishing is allowed on New York City Reservoirs. Boats are permitted for the reservoir specified on the application only, and must remain at the reservoir. All boats must be approved by and registered with NYC DEP. The DEP will honor current boat permits. Anglers who would like to register a new boat must first obtain a valid Public Access Permit and then file a Boating Tag Application in person. For more information on boating, or to schedule an appointment to process a new boat, contact the appropriate Watershed Protection Office:

  • Ashokan Reservoir, Box 370, NYS Route 28A, Shokan, NY 12481; (845) 657-2663
  • Schoharie Reservoir, Box 234, Road Seven, Prattsville, NY 12468; 607-588-6237
  • Rondout & Neversink Reservoirs, Box 358, NYS Route 42, Grahamsville, NY 12740; (845) 985-0386
  • Pepacton & Cannonsville Reservoirs, Box D, NYS Route 30, Downsville, NY 13755; (607) 363-7009/7010
  • All East of Hudson Reservoirs, 54 Croton Falls Road, Mahopac, NY 10541; (914)232-1309

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