Types & Fees
General Fishing Licenses (View residency qualifications)
|Type||Resident Fee||Nonresident Fee|
|Annual||$25 (ages 16-69)||$50|
|$5 (ages 70+)|
Valid Annual License Dates
Annual fishing licenses are valid one full year (365 days) from the date of purchase.
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 (military, legally blind, Native Americans, students)
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 above.
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:
- Freshwater fish species by angling, spearing, hooking, longbow, and tip-ups.
- Frog species by spearing, catching with the hands or by use of a club or hook.
- Freshwater baitfish for personal use.
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 Erie||Ontario, Pennsylvania||No|
|St. Lawrence River||Ontario, Quebec||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|
Purchase Your Fishing License
General License Information
Other Helpful Links/Resources
- Freshwater Fishing Regulations
- Boat Registration (External Link) (Issued by NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles)
- Access Permits: Some state and municipal lands require a special access permit for fishing, hunting and trapping. Details on how to get the permit can be found in the links below:
-> New York City Watershed Recreation Access Permit (External Link) (Issued by NYC DEP)
-> Long Island State Land Access Permit (Issued by DEC)
More about Fishing Licenses:
- Lake Champlain Reciprocal Fishing License - Lake Champlain Reciprocal Fishing License information.