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Parent Category: Recreation
Category: Tourism

Please see New York State DEC Fishing Registry requirements

Species Minimum Size1 Daily Limit Season
Summer Flounder (Fluke)3 19" 3 May 17 - September 21
Winter Flounder
12"
2
April 1 - May 30
Tautog (Blackfish)
16"
4
October 5 - December 14
Bluefish (including
"Snappers")
No minimum size for first 10 fish; 12" for the next 5
15; no more than 10 of which shall be less than 12"
All year
Weakfish
16"; 10" filleted5; 12" dressed6
1
All year
Atlantic Cod4
22
10
All year
Pollock
19
No limit
All year
Haddock
18
No limit
All year
Striped Bass: marine waters
28"
1
April 15 - December 15
Red Drum
No minimum  size
No limit for fish less than 27"; greater than 27" not allowed
All year
Spanish Mackerel
14"
15
All year
King Mackerel
23"
3
All year
Cobia
37"
2
All year
Atlantic Sturgeon
Moratorium
Moratorium
Moratorium
Black Sea Bass
15"
3
8
10
June 27- Aug. 31
Sep. 1 - Oct. 31
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
Scup (Porgy)2
10"
30
May 1 - December 31
Scup (Porgy)2; anglers
aboard licensed party/charter boats
10"
45
Sep. 1 - Oct. 31
American Eel
9"
25 for individuals; 50 for charter boat captain & crew
All year
Monkfish (goose fish)
17"; 11" tail length
No limit
All year
Anadromous River Herring
(Alewife & Blueback Herring)7
Possession prohibited
Possession prohibited
Possession prohibited
American Shad
Possession prohibited
Possession prohibited
Possession prohibited
Hickory Shad
No size limit
5
All year
Yellowtail Flounder
13"
No limit
All year
Oyster Toadfish
10"
3
July 16 - May 14
Atlantic Menhaden
No size limit
100
All year
Horseshoe Crabs
No size limit
5
All year
Blue Crab8
Hard Shell
Soft Shell Peeler/Shedder 9
4½"
3½"
3"
50
All year
All Other Crabs8 No Size Limit 50 All year
Whelk No size limit 24 All year
American Lobster8
(Recreational permit required)
3-3/8" minimum carapace length; 5 1/4" maximum carapace length  6 Check website for "Lobster Management Areas" and seasons
1 Total length is the longest straight line measurement from the tip of the snout, with the mouth closed, to the longest lobe of the tail, with the lobes squeezed together, and the fish laid flat on the measuring device. Exception: Black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout (or jaw), with the mouth closed, to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament.
2 A party/charter boat customer who lands and possesses more than 30 scup during September 1 - October 31 must obtain a dated original fare receipt from the licensed vessel.
3 Summer flounder may not have heads or tails removed or be otherwise cleaned, cut, filleted, or skinned until brought to shore, with the following exception: the white side fillet or white skin only of a legal size fluke may be removed to use as bait. The carcass of the fluke with dark side completely intact must be retained for inspection of size limit and counts against the possession limit.
4 Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.
5 The fillet length is the longest straight line measurement from end to end of any fleshy side portion of the fish cut lengthwise away from the backbone, which must have the skin intact, laid flat on the measuring device.
6 Dressed length is the longest straight line measurement from the most anterior portion of the fish, with the head removed, to the longest lobe of the caudal fin (tail), with the caudal fin intact and with the lobes squeezed together, laid flat on the measuring device.
7 Anadromous river herring is defined in 6 NYCRR Part 10 (except the Hudson River and its tributaries and embayments north of the George Washington Bridge at river mile 11).
8 Lobsters and crabs with eggs may not be taken or possessed.
9 Peeler/shredder is when the crab is about to molt or shed its hard outer shell. At this stage, the crab has a fully formed soft shell beneath the hard outer shell. The impending shedding process is evident by the white coloration along the outer rim of the paddle-like appendages on the crab's fifth pair of legs.
Shark Species Minimum Size Daily Limit
Allowed Sharks
Tiger, Blacktip, Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Spinner, Blue, Shortfin Mako, Oceanic whitetip, Porbeagle, Common
Thresher, Silky
54” fork length10
One shark per vessel per trip, except that one additional Atlantic Sharpnose and one additional Bonnethead may be taken and possessed per angler per trip.
Allowed Sharks
Great hammerhead, Scalloped hammerhead, Smooth hammerhead
78" fork length10
One shark per vessel per trip, except that one additional Atlantic Sharpnose and one additional Bonnethead may be taken and possessed per angler per trip.
Allowed Sharks
Atlantic Sharpnose, Bonnethead, Finetooth,
Blacknose
No Size Limit
One shark per vessel per trip, except that one additional Atlantic Sharpnose and one additional Bonnethead may be taken and possessed per angler per trip.
Allowed Sharks Smooth Dogfish, Spiny Dogfish No Size limit Any Number
Prohibited Sharks
Atlantic angel, Galapagos, Basking, Longfin mako, Bigeye sand tiger, Narrowtooth, Bigeye sixgill, Night, Bigeye thresher, Sand tiger, Bignose, Reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Dusky, Whale, White11, Silky, Sandbar, Sharpnose sevengill, Bluntnose sixgill, Smalltail
No possession allowed No possession allowed
10 Fork length means the straight-line measurement of a fish from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail. The measurement is not made along the curve of the body.
11 A person may fish for white sharks with rod and reel, provided the person releases such fish immediately with a minimum of injury and that such fish may not be removed from the water. Other provisions: All landed sharks must have head, tails, and fins attached. No sale allowed. No finning. Sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken for commercial or recreational purposes by baited hooking except with the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks. No person shall conduct, sponsor or participate in any shark tournament unless said tournament's rules and regulations require the exclusive use of non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks.

Effective Date: May 10, 2017


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