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Fishing Preserve License

The Fishing Preserve License allows operation of fishing facility on a qualifying man-made water body. It may be issued to a landowner if the pond or ponds qualify.

If you wish to stock fish in a natural body of water, refer to Stocking Permits.

License Provisions

  • The pond must be man-made, but can be any size.
  • The pond(s) must be within the boundaries of lands possessed by a single landowner. If holdings are in separate parcels, separate licenses are required.
  • The licensee and members of his immediate family may fish in their licensed waters without a fishing license. They may take fish of any size, number, manner or time permitted by the license.
  • A licensee may sell fish taken from his waters, and may charge others for fishing or for fish taken from such waters. If under club ownership, dues may be charged allowing fishing by members of the club.
  • A person paying for fishing, or otherwise permitted to fish in such waters, may do so without a fishing license.
  • Within limitations, which may be set by terms of the license, the license holder may regulate fishing (size and catch limits, seasons and manner of takings) in licensed ponds as he/she sees fit.

License Fee: $50.00
License Expiration: occurs annually on December 31.

Applying for a Fishing Preserve License

Send the following to the Special License Unit at: NYSDEC, Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752

  • A Fishing Preserve License Application (please contact the Special License Unit for an application - contact information is to the right)
  • A check or money order for the appropriate amount
  • A map of the property to be licensed

Current License Holder Information

Annual Report and License Renewal

If you currently possess a Fishing Preserve License, you must submit a report of your annual activities and a license renewal form. The forms will be sent to licensees in the mail. Please contact the Special Licenses Unit (contact information is to the right of this page) if you did not receive these forms.

Carcass Identification Form

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF 231 kb) is required to use for animals taken from a fishing preserve facility. This form is free of charge and is replacing the $0.05 metal carcass tags (licensees may continue to use any existing metal tags before switching over to the new paper form). The form has been designed for simplicity and ease of use while providing the necessary information on all carcasses being transported from the facility.

Helpful information when using the Carcass Identification Form is below:

  • One form can be used for more than one carcass. However, a separate form should be filled out for each person taking possession of the carcass(es).
  • The form must remain with the carcass(es) while in transit from the facility and until the animal is prepared for consumption.
  • A person may transport the carcass(es) for other individuals provided that the transporter has the original Carcass Identification Form. Upon delivery of the carcass(es), the transporter shall give the appropriate Carcass Identification Form to the individual taking final possession of the carcass(es).
  • For ease of continued use, licensees may fill out sections 1-3 with name, license information, mailing address and facility address and make copies.

Applicable Laws and Regulations

  • New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
    To view the following, visit Department of State website at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi
    • 11-1913
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    Albany, NY 12233-4752
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