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Suffolk 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 Suffolk County
Waters Species Open
Season
Minimum
Length
Daily
Limit
Method
All waters Crappie All year 9" 15
Sunfish All year Any size 15
Yellow Perch All year Any size 15
All waters except Belmont Lake, Artist Lake, Blydenburgh Lake, Randall Pond Black Bass First Saturday in
June through 30
12" 5 Note: It is illegal to fish for bass during the period May 1 through Fri preceding the 1st Sat in June
Dec 1 through April 30
Catch and release only
Fort Pond and Lake Ronkonkoma Walleye First Saturday in May through Mar 15 18" 3
Blydenburgh Lake Black Bass First Saturday in
June through 30
12" 5
Dec 1 through Friday before first Saturday in June
Catch and release only
Artist Lake, Belmont Lake, Randall Pond Black Bass All Year Catch and release only
All freshwater (non-tidal) lakes and ponds except East (Swan) Lk, Laurel Lk, Deep Pd. Trout All year Any size 3 Ice fishing permitted
East (Swan) Lake Trout April 1 through Nov 30
10" 3
Laurel Lake
Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Deep Pond Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Chain Pickerel All year Catch and release only
All freshwater and tidal streams except Carmans River in Southhaven County Park, Connetquot River in Connetquot River State Park and Nissequoque River in Caleb Smith State Park Brown & Rainbow Trout All year Any size 3
Brook Trout April 1 through Sept 30 Catch and release only
Connetquot and Caleb Smith State Parks Trout Park Regulations apply, permit required. Call (631) 581-1005 Connetquot, (631) 265-1054 Nissequogue.
Carmans River (Southaven County Park) Special Regulations by River Sections.
Additional park regulations may apply. Call (631) 854-1414.
Carmans River (Southaven County Park), Hards Lake Brook Trout April 1 through Sept 30 Catch and release only
From LIPA transmission lines at Gate G upstream to Yaphank Avenue Trout April 1 through Sept 30 Catch and release only Fly fishing only
From Cement Dam upstream to LIPA transmission lines at Gate G Brown & Rainbow Trout April 1 through Sept 30 9" 3 Fly fishing only
From Cement Dam downstream to Hards Lake Dam, Hards Lake Brown & Rainbow Trout April 1 through Sept 30 9" 3