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Fishing Licenses

Introducing New York's Adventure License Series at the NY License Center

Purchase Your Fishing License

Types & Fees

General Fishing Licenses (View residency qualifications)

Type Resident Fee Nonresident Fee
Annual
valid one full year (365 days)
from the date of purchase*
$25 (ages 16-69) $50
$5 (ages 70+)
7-day $12 $28
1-day $5 $10

*Note: If you purchased your license between October 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014, your license will remain valid through September 30, 2014.

Free/Reduced Fee & Lifetime Licenses

  • Free/Reduced Fee Licenses (for military, legally blind, Native Americans, and students who meet specific qualifications): An annual fishing license is available for free or a reduced fee to select groups meeting specific qualifications. Please review qualifications and how to get your license by visiting the link.
  • Lifetime License: Fish for life with a lifetime license! Available to New York residents only.

Who Needs a Fishing License?

You need a fishing license if you are 16 years and older and fishing for:

Note: You need a marine fishing registration if fishing for migratory fish of the sea and saltwater fish species.

You do not need a fishing license if you are:

  • Fishing on a licensed fishing preserve
  • Fishing during the free fishing weekend
  • Fishing at a free fishing clinic
  • A resident landowner primarily engaged in farming (including lessees and members of their immediate families) when fishing on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • A farm fish pond license holder (including members of their immediate families) fishing on waters covered by the license.
  • A Native American living and fishing on reservation land.
  • A patient residing at a qualifying U.S. Veterans Administration hospital or facility in New York State.

License Requirements for Border Waters

Can I fish border waters with a New York State Fishing License?

Water State or Province Bordering Yes/No
Lake Ontario Ontario No
Lake Erie Ontario, Pennsylvania No
St. Lawrence River Ontario, Quebec No
Niagara River Ontario No
Lake Champlain Quebec, Vermont View information and map on reciprocal Fishing License for Lake Champlain
Delaware River & West Branch Delaware River (along boundary) Pennsylvania Yes
Greenwood Lake New Jersey Yes, from boat or ice only
Indian Lake Connecticut Yes, from boat or ice only

General License Information

Other Helpful Links/Resources

More about fishing in New York State


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