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Delaware County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the General Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Delaware County
Waters Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All streams and their tributaries that flow into the Delaware River in Delaware County downstream of Hancock Trout 1st Sat. after April 11-Sept 30 Any size 5
All unlisted tributaries to Pepacton Reservoir and to East Branch Delaware River upstream from Pepacton Reservoir highwater mark Trout April 1-Sept 30 Any size 5
Bush Kill, Tremper Kill, Terry Clove, Fall Clove, Platte Kill, Dry Brook, Batavia Kill Trout April 1-Sept 30 9" 5
Town of Colchester- Trout Pond (Cables Lake), Huggins Lake Trout April 1-Sept 30 12" 2 Artificial lures only; use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
Launt Pond Trout April 1-Oct 15 10" 3
Big Pond, Little Pond Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Mud Pond Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 3
Cannonsville Reservoir, Pepacton Reservoir Trout See NYC Reservoirs regulations
East Branch Delaware River - Special Regulations by River Section below:
From Pepacton Reservoir highwater mark upstream Trout April 1-Sept 30 9 5
From Pepacton Dam downstream to Shinhopple Bridge Trout April 1-October 15 12" 2
All angling prohibited from Oct 16-March 31 to protect spawning trout
From Shinhopple Bridge downstream to the mouth at Hancock Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 2
Oct 16-Nov 30 Catch and Release only
All streams and their tributaries that flow in to the East Branch of the Delaware River between the villages of East Branch and Hancock Trout 1st Sat. after April 11-October 15 Any Size 5
West Branch Delaware River - Special Regulations by River Section below:
From Cannonsville Reservoir highwater mark upstream Trout April 1-Sept 30 9" 5
From Cannonsville Dam downstream to the Route 17 overpass at Deposit Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 2
All angling prohibited from Oct 16-March 31 to protect spawning trout
From Route 17 overpass at Deposit downstream 2.0 miles Trout April 1-October 15 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
All angling prohibited from Oct 16-March 31 to protect spawning trout
From the lower limit of catch-and-release section in Deposit downstream to NY/PA border (1.7 miles below Hale Eddy Bridge) Trout April 1-October 15 12" 2
All angling prohibited from Oct 16-March 31 to protect spawning trout
Delaware River and West Branch Delaware River forming NY/PA border Black bass, Trout, Muskellunge, Pickerel, Walleye See Border Waters regulations
Beaver Kill from State Route 206 (County Route 7) bridge downstream except sections below: Trout April 1-Nov 30 9" 5
Beaver Kill 1) from Sullivan County line (below Roscoe) downstream 2.5 miles to the old railroad trestle and 2) from one mile upstream to 1.6 miles downstream of iron bridge at Horton Trout All year Catch and Release only Artificial lure only
Beaver Kill from Iron Bridge at Horton downstream to first Rt. 17 overpass Angling prohibited July 1 through August 31 to protect thermally stressed trout