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Statewide Freshwater Fishing Seasons and Catch Limits

Exceptions may apply to the statewide freshwater fishing regulations below.
Check the
Special Regulations to determine if other rules apply to the water you'll be fishing.
Statewide Regulations Effective April 1, 2022
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit
Brook Trout (in lakes and ponds) April 1 - Oct 15 None 5
Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Splake (in lakes and ponds) All year 5 (only 2 longer than 12")
Trout in inland trout streams (see Definitions) April 1 - Oct 15 5 (only 2 longer than 12")
Oct 16 - Mar 31 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Lake Trout April 1 - Oct 15 21" 3
Atlantic Salmon (Landlocked) All year 15" 3
Coho and Chinook Salmon See Great Lakes and Tributaries Special Regulations
Black Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth) June 15 - Nov 30 12" 5
Dec 1 - June 14 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Muskellunge June 1 - Nov 30 40" 1
Northern Pike May 1 - Mar 15 18" 5
Pickerel May 1 - Mar 15 15" 5
Tiger Muskellunge May 1 - Mar 15 30" 1
Walleye May 1 - Mar 15 15" 5
Crappie (Black and White) All year 10" 25
Yellow Perch All year None 50
Sunfish (Bluegill, Redbreast, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish) All year None 25
Lake Whitefish All year None 5
Paddlefish, Sauger Closed Fishing for (including Catch and Release) or possession prohibited
Striped Bass April 1 - Nov 30 1 (not less than 18" no greater than 28")
American Shad - All inland waters except those listed in special regulations. All year None 3
Possession prohibited in Hudson River and tributaries (page 24)
Hickory Shad Aug 1 - Nov 30 Any Size 5
American Eel All year 9" 25
All endangered or threatened fish species Fishing for (including Catch and Release) or possession prohibited
Snakeheads (all species) Possession prohibited
All other species (except those listed in special regulations) All year None Any number