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Contact DEC Fisheries/ Regional Information

There are nine DEC Regions within New York State, each providing a variety of fishing opportunities. Whether you fish the coastal plains ponds of Region 1, the urban ponds in Region 2, the legendary Catskill streams of Regions 3 and 4, the Great Lakes of Regions 6, 7, 8 and 9, the Finger Lakes of Regions 7 and 8, or small pristine Adirondack ponds of Regions 5 and 6, New York has a fishing opportunity for you.

To find out more about the fishing opportunities and fisheries in a particular DEC region, use the map to identify the region you are interested in, and send us an e-mail, or check out Places to Fish. It's a great way to learn about fishing opportunities in portions of the state you have never visited or to learn more about your local area. One thing is certain-- the variety of fishing opportunities in New York will amaze you!

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Regional Offices

Each of DEC's nine regions has a fisheries unit responsible for the oversight and management of the fishery resource found there. The regional fisheries office is typically your best source of information concerning fishing opportunities, fisheries management, stocking, public access and other issues associated with local waters. To contact the regional fisheries office covering the area you are interested in, click on the correct segment of the map or contact the regional office directly at one of the phone numbers provided.

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 Region 9

Region 1 (Long Island) Nassau and Suffolk counties; phone: (631) 444-0280

Region 2 (New York City) Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island; phone: (718) 482-4922

Region 3 (Lower Hudson Valley) Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties; phone: (845) 256-3161

Region 4 (Capital Region/Northern Catskills) Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties; phone: (607) 652-7366

Region 5 (Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain) Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties; phone: (518) 897-1200 (Raybrook) or (518) 623-1200 (Warrensburg)

Region 6 (Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario) Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties; phone: (315) 785-2263 (Watertown) or (315) 793-2554 (Utica)

Region 7 (Central New York) Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins counties; phone: (607) 753-3095

Region 8 (Western Finger Lakes) Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties; phone: (585) 226-5343

Region 9 (Western New York) Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties; phone: (716) 851-7000 (Buffalo) or (716) 372-0645 (Olean)

Central Office

DEC's Central Office in Albany is mostly administrative in function, with the fisheries staff routinely involved in issues that go beyond the boundaries of one or more regions. Preparation of statewide fish stocking plans, development of statewide fishery management plans, coordination of the statewide boating access program and promulgation of statewide regulations are examples of the items that Central Office staff typically get involved in. For general fisheries questions not specific to a particular region, contact our Central Office staff.

Fisheries Central Office located at 625 Broadway in Albany.

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    Bureau of Fisheries
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    Albany, NY 12233
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