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Bait License

Statutory Authority: ECL 11-1315 and 11-1317, 6 NYCRR Part 175

A Bait License allows the licensee to take for sale as bait and sell as bait certain fish and aquatic insects.

Gear Operation: Bait License Fee
Residents Non-residents
To sell bait fish $ 2.00 $ 6.00
To take and sell bait fish.
Each net not over 50 feet long
10.00 30.00
Each additional foot: .25 .75
To take and sell aquatic insects. 2.00 6.00
To take bait fish with traps or fyke nets in Lake Erie and the Niagara River west of the Falls, each minnow trap (specification as in Section 11-1315) 3.00 9.00
In privately owned ponds, each trap not exceeding 3 x 1 ½ feet, or fyke net not exceeding 2 foot hoop. 3.00 9.00

Each establishment for retail or wholesale sale of bait fish or fish bait (aquatic insects) must be licensed.

To apply for this license, you can either download the application (PDF) (25 KB), or contact your nearest Regional DEC Fisheries Office for a copy.

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    Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
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    Albany, NY 12233-4752
    518-402-8985
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