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Orange County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the Statewide Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column, they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Orange County
Waters Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All rivers and streams except Hudson River and all tributaries to the first barrier impassable by fish & Delaware River Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 10" 5
Dec 1 through Friday preceding the third Saturday in June Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Hudson River and all tributaries in this section to the first barrier impassable by fish Black Bass See Tidal Hudson River Regulations
Askoti, Hessian, Round, Blue, Skannatati, Walton Lakes Trout All Year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Bashakill Marsh Pickerel All year 15" 5
Black Bass All year 12" 5
Sterling Lake Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 21" 1 Use and possession of baitfish prohibited
Delaware River, Greenwood Lake See Border Waters Regulations
Mongaup River from Rio Dam downstream to Route 97 bridge Trout April 1 through Oct 15 12" 3 Artificial lures only
Ramapo River Trout All year Any size 5
Rio Reservoir Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
Fishing prohibited from Dec 1 through Mar 31