Fishing Chart

  1. Saltwater Fishing Limits
  2. Recreational Fishing Regulations for Sharks in State Waters
  3. Recreational Crab, Lobster & Whelk Limits
Species
Minimum Size Limits
(Total Length in Inches) (1)
Possession Limits
(Number of Fish)
Open Seasons
Winter Flounder122April 1 through May 30
Striped Bass: Hudson River (2)
(north of George Washington Bridge)
Slot size: 18 to 281April 1 through November 30
Striped Bass: marine waters (2)
(south of George Washington Bridge)
Slot size: 28 to 351April 15 through December 15
Scup (Porgy)930All year
Scup (Porgy) (3)
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
950September 1 through October 31
Summer flounder (fluke) (4)194May 4 through September 30
Black Sea Bass (5)153
7
June 23 through August 31 and
September 1 through December 31
Oyster Toadfish103July 16 through May 14
Tautog (blackfish): Long Island Sound Region
Marine and coastal district waters lying east of the Throgs Neck Bridge and west of a line that runs from Orient Point, NY to Watch Hill, RI
162
3
April 1 through April 30 and
October 11 through December 9
Tautog (blackfish): NY Bight Region
Marine and coastal district waters lying outside of the Long Island Sound Region
162
4
April 1 through April 30 and
October 15 through  December 22
American Eel925 for individuals
50 for anglers aboard
licensed party/charter boats
All year
American Eel
(New York City: Harlem and East Rivers,
Hudson River north to Troy Dam)
9 to 14 for use as bait
only, otherwise
possession prohibited
25 for use as bait only,
otherwise possession
prohibited
All year
Atlantic cod2110All year
Atlantic menhadenNo size limit100All year
Bluefish (including "snappers")No size limit3All year
Bluefish (including "snappers")
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
No size limit5All year
Cobia372All year
Haddock18No limitAll year
Hickory ShadNo size limit5All year
King mackerel233All year
Monkfish (goosefish)17
or 11 inch tail length
No limitAll year
Pollock19No limitAll year
Red drumNo size limitNo limit for fish less than 27 inches TL
Fish greater than 27 inches TL
shall not be possessed

All year
Spanish mackerel1415All year
Weakfish16
10 inch filleted (6)
12 inch dressed (7)
1All year
Yellowtail flounder13No limitAll year
Anadromous river herring
(alewife and blueback herring)

(north of George Washington Bridge)(8)
No size limit10 per angler or
50 per boat
March 15 through  June 15
Anadromous river herring
(alewife and blueback herring)
(south of George Washington Bridge)
No possessionNo possession allowedNo possession allowed
American shadNo possessionNo possession allowedNo possession allowed
Atlantic sturgeonMoratoriumNo possession allowedNo possession allowed

Regulations were last changed on April 21, 2021, and are subject to change at any time.

(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.

(2) Non-offset (inline) circle hooks must be used when recreationally fishing for striped bass using bait defined as any live or dead, whole or part of a marine or aquatic organism or terrestrial invertebrate. Exemption: Circle hooks are not required when fishing with an artificial lure, whether or not they are tipped with bait as previously defined.

(3) A party/charter boat customer who lands and possesses more than 50 scup during September 1 - October 31 must obtain a dated original fare receipt from the licensed vessel.

(4) 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 the dark side completely intact must be retained for inspection of the size limit and counts against the possession limit.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) 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.

(8) 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).