Freshwater Fishing Regulations
How to find freshwater fishing regulations
Note: all links in this section leave DEC's website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website.
- Review the Statewide Angling Regulations.
- Review Special Regulations by County.
- Review any appropriate special waters regulations:
- If the water you intend to fish is not among the waters named above or in the Special Regulations by County, then Statewide Angling Regulations apply.
Other Considerations While Fishing
Review Fish Health Advisories (leaving DEC website) to be better informed about the fish you may keep and eat.
Review Fish Health Regulations to better understand the regulations designed to protect healthy fish populations.
Review Fishing Responsibly in New York State for tips on reducing your impact on the environment and reporting fishing violations.
Questions Regarding Regulations
View or Print the 2017-18 Fishing Regulations Guide
The 2017/18 Fishing Regulations Guide contains the fishing regulations that will become effective on April 1, 2017. In order to reduce printing costs, the guide was printed in a magazine format with advertising.
Warning! This is a large document and may be slow to download.
Highlights of Changes for 2017/18 Fishing Regulations
Summary of Changes in the freshwater fishing regulations that will go into effect April 1, 2017.
Fish Health Collectors
Review the Fish Health Collectors List page for a list of people certified to collect fish for disease testing.