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Statewide Angling Regulations

The following statewide regulations apply to all waters for which special regulations have not been established. Follow steps on the Freshwater Fishing Regulations page to determine if the water body you plan to fish has exceptions to the following statewide regulations:

Statewide Fishing Regulations by Fish Species
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit
Trout (Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout and hybrids of these species; and Splake) April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 5
Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 21" 3
Landlocked/ Atlantic Salmon April 1 through Oct 15 15" 3
It is illegal to take Atlantic Salmon from the waters of the marine and coastal district
Kokanee April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 10
Coho & Chinook Salmon See Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations
Black Bass
Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 12" 5
Dec 1 through Friday preceding the third Saturday in June Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Muskellunge Last Saturday in May through Nov 30 40" 1
Northern Pike First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 5
Pickerel First Saturday in May through March 15 15" 5
Tiger Muskellunge First Saturday in May through March 15 30" 1
Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 15" 5
Crappie All year 9" 25
Yellow Perch All year Any size 50
Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Redbreast Sunfish) All year Any size 50
Lake Whitefish All year Any size
Atlantic, Shortnose, Lake Sturgeon; Paddlefish, Sauger Closed Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited.
Striped Bass - Hudson River and all inland waters except Delaware River (see Border Waters Regulations) April 1 through Nov 30 1 fish between 18 and 28 inches total 1
American Shad - All inland waters except Hudson, Chemung, Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers. All year Any size 3
Possession prohibited in Marine District
Hickory Shad Aug 1 through Nov 30 Any size 5
Anadromous River (Ocean-run) Herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring) Possession prohibited except in Hudson River and tributaries (See Tidal Hudson River Regulations)
American Eel- all waters except Hudson River, St. Lawrence R., L. Niagara R., Lake Ontario and tributaries to these waters. All year 9"


American Eel- Hudson River from the Battery to Troy and all tributaries upstream to the first barrier See Tidal Hudson River Regulations
All endangered or threatened fish species. See complete list of species. Fishing for (including catch and release) or possession prohibited
All other species (except those listed elsewhere in special regulations tables) All year Any size Any number


Dangerous Water Releases

Many rivers in New York State have dams on them. Some areas downstream have variable flows, including rapidly rising water that quickly creates conditions that are dangerous to anglers. Before fishing an unfamiliar river, become aware of the potential dangers or contact the Regional Bureau of Fisheries office for detailed information.

Also, keep in mind that almost any dammed or regulated water can be subject to quick increases in flow accompanied by rapidly increasing water depth and current speed.

When fishing on any river, if the water begins to rise unexpectedly, anglers should quickly move safely to shore.