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Tidal Hudson River Special Regulations

Statewide seasons and limits apply, except as listed below.

Tidal Hudson River Special Regulations
Location Regulation
Tidal Hudson River and all tributaries to the first impassible barrier by fish Black Bass: June 15 through November 30, Minimum Length 15", Daily Limit 5. Fishing for black bass (including catch and release) is prohibited outside of the open season.
American Shad, Fishing for or possession prohibited
Tidal Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge and all tributaries upstream to the 1st impassible barrier to fish Striped Bass, April 1-Nov 30, Daily Limit-1 (not less than 18" nor greater than 28")

Note: Non-offset (inline) circle hooks must be used when recreationally fishing for striped bass using natural bait as defined (see definition). Exemption: Circle hooks are not required when fishing with an artificial lure, whether or not they are tipped with bait.
From the Battery to the Troy Dam and all tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish American Eel (for bait only), All year, Minimum Length-9"-14", Daily Limit-25

(Note: No eels may be possessed for food)

Taking of Anadromous River Herring with Personal Use Nets

  • No person shall take anadromous river herring with a net within Hudson River tributaries and embayments. Prior to entering a Hudson River tributary or embayment, all personal use nets must be stowed in a secured container on deck or in a container below deck.
  • No person shall take anadromous river herring from the Hudson River:
    • with more than one net when taking with a scap or dip net;
    • with a dip net exceeding 14 inches in diameter if it is round form or exceeding 13 inches by 13 inches if it is square form;
    • with a scap or lift net exceeding 16 square feet;
    • with a seine net exceeding 36 square feet; or a cast net exceeding 10 feet in diameter.
Hudson River Anadramous River Herring Regulations
Location Method of Taking Open Season Daily Possession Limit
Hudson River tributaries and embayments, including Mohawk River (see the Mohawk River exception on the DEC Region 5 Special Regulations page). Angling only March 15-June 15 10 per angler, OR a maximum boat limit of 50 per day for a group of boat anglers, whichever is lower
Main stem of the Hudson River from Lock 1 near Waterford, south to the George Washington Bridge Angling or by personal use nets

License or Registry Requirements

License or Registry Requirements for Fishing in Tidal Hudson River
Location Species Fishing For License or Registry
North of Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Freshwater Species Freshwater Fishing License
Migratory Marine Species Recreational Marine Fishing Registry
South of Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
(Marine and Coastal District)
All Species

Blue Crab Regulations

50 blue crabs per day. Minimum carapace length across the back is:

  • Hard crab: 4-1/2 inches
  • Soft shell crab: 3-1/2 inches
  • Peeler crab: 3 inches

No license is required to collect blue crabs.