2013 New York State Fishing Regulations
19 4 May 1 - Sept 29
Winter flounder 12 2 April 1 - May 30
Tautog (blackfish) 16 4 Oct 5 - Dec 14
No minimum size
limit for first 10 fish,
12” TL for the next 5
No more than 10 of which
shall be less than 12" TL
(10” filleted &
1 All year
Atlantic cod+ 22 10+ All year
Pollock 19 No limit All year
Haddock 18 No limit All year
Anglers aboard licensed
28 2*** April 15 - Dec 15
Striped bass :
All other anglers
28 to 40
April 15 - Dec 15
Striped bass: Hudson
River north of George
18 1 Mar 16 - Nov 30
Scup (Porgy) 10 30 May 1 - Dec 31
Anglers aboard licensed
May 1- Dec 31
Sept 1 – Oct 31
Black Sea Bass 13 8 July 10 - Dec 31
Atlantic sturgeon Moratorium No possession allowed No possession allowed
Cobia 37 2 All year
Spanish mackerel 14 15 All year
King mackerel 23 3 All year
Red drum No minimum size
No limit for fish less than 27" TL
Fish greater than 27" TL shall not be
American eel 6 50 All year
Monkfish (goosefish) 17
11” tail length
No limit All year
No possession allowed No possession allowed
SPECIES MINIMUM SIZE
(Total Length in Inches)
DAILY POSSESSION LIMITS
(Number of Fish)
American shad No possession No possession No possession
Hickory shad No size limit 5 All year
Yellowtail flounder 13 No limit All Year
Oyster toadfish 10 3 July 16 - May 14
50 All year
Crabs# (except blue or
No Size Limit 50 All year
Horseshoe crabs No size limit 5 All year
LMA 6 (Long Island
3 3/8” minimum
6 All year
* 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.
** For striped bass only, marine waters is defined as south of George Washington Bridge.
*** Customers aboard a licensed party/charter boat who take more than 30 scup from Sept 1 - Oct 31 or take two striped bass from April 15 - December 15 must
possess an original dated receipt from the licensed vessel.
# Lobsters and crabs in spawn (eggs visible thereon) may not be taken or possessed.
## 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.
+ Customers aboard federally permitted party or charter boats may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.
++ Anadromous river herring (alewife and blueback herring) except the Hudson Rivers and its tributaries and embayments north of the GW Bridge at river mile 11.
Recreational Fishing Regulations for Sharks
For further information call NMFS Fisheries
Information Line at (301) 713-2347
Category Species Minimum Size Limit Daily Possession
Tiger, Blacktip, Bull, Great Hammerhead, Lemon, Nurse,
Scalloped hammerhead, Smooth hammerhead, Spinner,
Blue, Shortfin mako, Oceanic whitetip, Porbeagle,
54 inches fork length* One shark per vessel
per trip, except that
and one additional
Bonnethead may be
taken and possessed
per angler per trip.
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, Dusky, Whale, White+, Silky, Sandbar,
Sharpnose Sevengill, Bluntnose Sixgill
No possession allowed No possession
* 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.
+ 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.
All landed sharks must have head, tails and fins attached.
No sale allowed.