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Tidal Hudson River Regulations

Statewide Angling Regulations apply except as listed below:

Species Location Season Details
American eel From the Battery to the Troy Dam and all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish All year 50 eels between 6 and 14 inches may be possessed for bait. No eels greater than 14 inches may be possessed. No eels may be possessed for food.
Black Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth) Hudson River from the Troy Dam downstream and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish 3rd Sat. in June - Nov. 30 15 inch minimum length; limit 5
Note: It is illegal to target largemouth bass and smallmouth bass during the closed season of December 1 through the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June.
Striped Bass Hudson River and its tributaries north of the George Washington Bridge 16 March to Nov. 30 18 inch minimum length; limit 1
For more information, contact (845)256-3009.
American Shad Fishery closed. Targeting American Shad is prohibited.
Hudson River Anadromous River Herring* Regulations
Location Open Season Minimum Length Daily Possession Limit Manner of Taking
Main stem of the Hudson River from Lock 1 near Waterford NY south to the George Washington Bridge March 15 through June 15 None 10 per angler,
OR
a maximum boat limit of 50 per day for a group of boat anglers, whichever is lower
Angling or by personal use nets
Hudson River Tributaries and Embayments** March 15 through June 15 None 10 per angler,
OR
a maximum boat limit of 50 per day for a group of boat anglers, whichever is lower
Angling only

* Anadromous river herring are alewife, "Alosa pseudoharengus," and blueback herring, "Alosa aestivalis."

** Boundary points between the main stem of the Hudson River and it's tributaries are available in Table A of NYCRR Part 10.10(b).

Taking of anadromous river herring with personal use nets

1- No person shall take anadromous river herring with a net within Hudson River Tributaries and Embayments.

2- No person shall take anadromous river herring from the Hudson River:

  • with more than one net when taking with a scap or dip net;
  • with a dip net exceeding 14 inches in diameter if it is round form or exceeding 13 inches by 13 inches if it is square form;
  • with a scap, or lift, net exceeding 16 square feet;
  • with a seine net exceeding 36 square feet; or
  • with a cast net exceeding 10 feet in diameter.

3- Prior to entering a Hudson River tributary or embayment, all personal use nets must be stowed in a secured container on deck or in a container below deck.

License requirements

Depending on the specific location of the Hudson River fishing activities, and/or the specific species fished for, an angler may need to have a recreational marine fishing registry, a fishing license or both :

  • If you are fishing downstream from the Tappan Zee Bridge, you are considered fishing in the marine and coastal district and will need to enroll in the recreational marine fishing registry.
  • If you are fishing upstream from the Tappan Zee Bridge and are fishing for non-migratory fish (such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, carp, walleye, and perch) only, you need to have a fishing license.
  • If you are fishing upstream from the Tappan Zee Bridge and are fishing for "migratory fish from the sea" (such as striped bass, hickory shad, and anadromous river herring (blueback herring, or alewife)) only, you need to enroll in the recreational marine fishing registry.
  • If you are fishing upstream from the Tappan Zee Bridge and are fishing for migratory fish from the sea and non-migratory fish, you need to enroll in a recreational marine fishing registry and also have a fishing license.

What license do I need to fish the tributaries to the Hudson River?

  • If an angler is fishing these tributaries for species other than "migratory fish from the sea," they need a freshwater fishing license.
  • If an angler is fishing these tributaries for "migratory fish from the sea," (such as striped bass, hickory shad, blueback herring, alewife) they will need to enroll in the recreational marine fishing registry.
  • If an angler is fishing these tributaries for both "migratory fish from the sea" and other species, they need both a freshwater fishing license and enroll in the recreational marine fishing registry.

Circle Hook Recommendation

If you plan to use natural baits for striped bass, please use circle hooks. Circle hooks increase the percentage of fish that are hooked in the mouth, decreasing hooking mortality in released fish. If you plan on practicing catch and release fishing, you should only use circle hooks for natural baits.