New York Saltwater Regulations

New York Saltwater Regulations

2016 Season

SPECIES OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT MINIMUM SIZE ¹

Summer Flounder (Fluke)³

May 17 – Sept. 21 5 18 Inches
Fluke (summer flounder)
SPECIES OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT MINIMUM SIZE ¹

Winter Flounder

April 1 – May 30 2 12 Inches
Winter Flounder
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Tautog (Blackfish)

Oct. 5 – Dec. 14 4 16 Inches
blackfish (tautog)
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Bluefish (including “snappers”)

All Year No more than 10 of which shall be less than 12″ In Length No Size Limit For First 10 Fish, 12 + Inches For The Next Five Fish
Bluefish
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Weakfish

All Year 1 16 Inches, 10 Inches Filleted 5 or 12 Inches Dressed 6
Weakfish (sea trout)
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American Cod 4

All Year 10 22 Inches
Atlantic Cod
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Pollock

All Year No Limit 19 Inches
Pollock
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Haddock

All Year No Limit 18 Inches
Haddock
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Striped Bass (North of George Washington Bridge)

April 1 – Nov. 30 1 18 – 28 Inches or >40 Inches
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Striped Bass (South of George Washington Bridge)

April 15 – Dec. 15 1 28 Inches
Striped Bass
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Atlantic Sturgeon

CLOSED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED Moratorium
atlantic-sturgeon
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Red Drum

All Year No Limit on Fish Under 27 Inches NO Fish 27 Inches or Greater
red-drum
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Spanish Mackerel

All Year 15 14 Inches
Spanish mackerel
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King Mackerel

All Year 3 23 Inches
 King mackerel
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Cobia

All Year 2 37 Inches
 cobia
 

Black Sea Bass

June 27 – August 31 3  

15 Inches

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 8
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 10
Black Sea Bass
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Scup (Porgy)

May 1 – Dec. 31 30 10 Inches
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Scup (Porgy)²

Anglers aboard licensed
party/charter boats

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 45 10 Inches
scup(porgy)
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American Eel

All Year 25 For Individuals and 50 For Anglers Aboard Charter Boats 9 Inches
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American Eel

(New York City: Harlem and East Rivers, Hudson River North To Troy Dam)

All Year – for use as bait only,
otherwise possession
prohibited
25 for use as bait only, otherwise possession prohibited 9 – 14 Inches for use as bait only, otherwise possession prohibited
American eel
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Monkfish (Goosefish)

All Year No Limit 17 Inches/11 Inch Tail Length
monkfish1
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Anadromous River Herring

(North of George Washington
Bridge)

March 15 – June 15 10 per angler
50 per boat/day
No Size Limit
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Anadromous River Herring 7

(South of George Washington
Bridge)

CLOSED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED
Blue back river herring
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American Shad

CLOSED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED
American Shad
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Hickory Shad

All Year 5 No Size Limit
Hickory Shad
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Yellowtail Flounder

All Year No Limit 13 Inches
Yellowtail flounder
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Oyster Toadfish

July 16 – May 14 3 10 Inches
oyster toadffish
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Atlantic Menhaden

All Year 100 No Size Limit
Menhadden (bunker)
SPECIES OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT MINIMUM SIZE ¹

Horseshoe Crabs

All Year 5 No Size Limit
horseshoe_crab
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Blue Crab 10

All Year 50 Hard Shell 4 1/2 Inches, Soft Shell 3 1/2 Inches, Peeler/Shedder 11 3 Inches
Blue Crab
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Crabs# (except blue or blue claw crabs)

All Year 50 No Size Limit
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American Lobster

LMA 4: closed Apr. 30 through May 31 LMA 6: closed Sept. 8 through Nov. 28 All other LMAs: open all year 6 3 3/8” minimum carapace length 5¼” maximum carapace length
 Lobster
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Whelk

All Year 24 No Size Limit

CATEGORY SPECIES MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT DAILY POSSESSION LIMIT

Allowed Sharks

Great hammerhead, Scalloped hammerhead, Smooth hammerhead 78 inches fork length 8 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.
Tiger, Blacktip, Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Spinner, Blue, Shortfin mako, Oceanic whitetip, Porbeagle, Common Thresher, Blacknose 54 inches fork length 8
Atlantic Sharpnose, Bonnethead, Finetooth, Blacknose No size limit
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, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Smalltail, Dusky, Whale, White 9, Silky and Sandbar, Sharpnose sevengill, Bluntnose sixgill. No possession allowed No possession allowed

(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) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) Lobsters and crabs in spawn (eggs visible thereon) may not be taken or possessed.
(11) Peeler or shedder crabs are hard blue crabs which have a fully formed soft shell beneath the hard outer shell and the impending shedding process is evidenced by the white sign along the outer rim of the paddle-like appendages on the crab’s fifth pair of legs

 

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