This is, by no means, meant to be construed as a complete set of Regulations. These are just excerpts from the guide which is available in its entirety from any Dept. of Environmental Conservation Office or where you Purchase your Fishing license.

Please obtain a full copy and Obey our Conservation Laws.

  • Everyone, except persons under 16 years of age, must have a valid fishing license in their possession while fishing.
A Fishing License or Combined Hunting/Fishing License entitles the Holder to;
  • Take fish by angling, spearing, hooking, long bow and tip-ups; take frogs by spearing, catching with the hands or by use of a club or hook; and take Bait fish for personal use, all as provided by the Laws and Regulations of the DEC.

  • The holder of a License, Tag or Stamp shall have such License, Tag or Stamp on the holders person while exercising any privilege of that license.

  • The holder of a License, Tag or Stamp shall exhibit it on demand to any Police Officer, Peace Officer or the Owner, Lessee or other person in control of the lands or waters on which the License holder is present.

  • No License or Stamp authorizes the holder to Trespass upon private lands or waters or interfere with property belonging to another person.
To qualify for a Resident Fishing License, One must;
  • Be domiciled in New York State for more than 30 days immediately preceeding the date of application for a License ( Property Ownership is not required).

  • Residency is that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principle home and to which such person always intends to return, evidence of which includes that such person votes or is registered to vote in that place in elections for any Public office.
  • Fishing licenses may be purchased Statewide from license issuing agents (town and county clerks, some major discount stores, and many sporting goods stores).

  • Licenses may be obtained by mail using applications available from license issuing agents and submitted to: NYSDEC License Sales, Room 151, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233-4790.
Everyone, except persons under 16 years of age, must have a valid fishing license in their possession while fishingFishing and Hunting License Fees

License Type
New York Resident
Senior Sportsman $5
Seven-day Fishing $12
Fishing $19
Small & Big Game 1 $19
Small Game $16
Trapping $16
Jr. Trapping $6
Sportsman $37
Bowhunting $16
Muzzleloading $16
Super Sportsman 2 $68
Turkey Permit $5
Conservation Legacy 3 $76
Fishing $40
Hunting $55
Big Game $110
Seven-day Fishing $25
Muzzleloading $110
Bowhunting $110
Bear Tag $30
Turkey Permit $30
Super Sportsman $250
Trapping $255
Resident & Nonresident
Jr. Small Game $5
Jr. Archery $9
One-day Fishing $15
Conservation Patron 4 $12
Habitat & Access Stamp 5 $5
Resident Lifetime Licenses
Sportsman 6
     child under 5 yrs old $300
     child 5-11 yrs old $420
     12-64 yrs old $600
     65 yrs and older $50
Small and Big Game $350
Fishing $350
Trapping $300
Bowhunting $180
Muzzleloading $180

1New license type that allows the bearer to hunt both small and big game. The current big game license is eliminated.
2New license type that allows the bearer to hunt small game and big game, bow hunt, muzzle-loader hunt, hunt turkeys and fish.
3New license type that includes a super sportsman license, habitat and access stamp and subscription to The Conservationist.
4Purchase package that includes a subscription to the Conservationist and a habitat and access stamp.
5A voluntary stamp. Revenue from sale of this item will go into a dedicated account within the Conservation Fund and can only be used for projects to protect and improve habitat and to provide public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.
6Lifetime turkey permit is included with purchase of a lifetime sportsman license.
7New license type. Replaces lifetime small game and lifetime big game licenses.

  • A person may not fish for a species {not even catch and release} during the closed season for that species on a given water.

  • A person may not have in possession, or intentionally kill or injure fish other than the sizes specified and allowed for that species on a given water.

  • A person may not possess, kill or unnecessarily injure fish in excess of the daily limit for that species.

  • The fish an angler catches and immediately releases uninjured will not be counted as part of the daily limit for that species.

  • A person may continue to fish for a species while in possession of a daily limit for that species provided all fish of that species subsequently caught are immediately returned to the water. Special provisions are made for Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.

  • A single, uninjured Largemouth Bass or Smallmouth Bass that an angler is landing, measuring or in the process of releasing from a recirculating or aerated livewell, is not considered to be part of the daily limit.
Each year, the last full weekend in June is designated as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fish New York State waters, and no fishing license is required. This event started in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

For additional information visit the NY DEC's
Fishing License Information Page
Complete Information can be found in the
New York State "Fishing Regulations Guide"
as published by the Department of Enviromental Conservation.
This guide is available wherever you purchase your NY Fishing License or by contacting the
Department of Enviromental Conservation
Region 6 Headquarters

317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601

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