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Message from the Governor New York: A State of Angling Opportunity New York is a world class fishing destination and I thank you for being one of the more than 1.8 million anglers in New York State who enjoy our unparalleled fishing opportunities. Whether you are a competitive bass angler, fly fishing purist, or just enjoy fishing with your family on vacation, the Empire State has something for you. Through my NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative we are making fishing and hunting more affordable and accessible to all, and I am proud of our recent progress. In 2015, we invested $2.7 million to upgrade boat launches on Forge Pond in Suffolk County, Lake George in Warren County and Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes in Franklin County. A new site designed for the hand launching of boats was also completed on the Susquehanna River at Colliersville (Otsego County) and a universally accessible fishing platform was installed on Wiscoy Creek in Wyoming County. In 2016, we will unveil even more opportunities as part of our 50 new or improved land and water access projects, and make sure you download the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App on your smartphone to find all our great fishing access points and more. In addition to promoting access, over the past two years we have invested $8 million to make much needed improvements to our fish hatchery system, including upgrades to the Oneida, Chautauqua, Rome and Salmon River hatcheries, and purchase of 16 new stocking trucks outfitted with state of the art tanks and aeration systems. New York's fish hatchery system is a vital part of our recreational fishing program, and I encourage everyone to visit one of our hatcheries and learn about our incredible efforts to restore fish populations. We also continue to expand efforts to engage new anglers and increase interest in the sport of fishing, offering eight ‘free fishing’ days year round, now including Veteran’s Day and Presidents Weekend. We also offer free fishing clinics throughout the state, more than 200 were hosted in 2015 alone, providing a great introduction to the sport of fishing. If you’re new to fishing, be sure to check out these clinics, or one of DECs I FISH NY fishing education programs near you for tips on how to start. From fishing a Catskill Mountain stream for trout, the Finger Lakes for bass, or Lake Ontario for salmon, New York has an incredible range of opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. We’re working hard to make fishing in New York better than ever, and be sure to bring a friend along on your next fishing trip and help us grow the sport. Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful 2016 season. See you on the water! Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York 2 2016–2017 New York Freshwater Fishing Guide

Contents Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species2 Highlights of Changes4 License Information6 NYS Environmental Conservation Police Q&A8 Feature: Fisheries Management in NYC Reservoirs10 Statewide Angling Regulations13 Special Regulations: Region 115 Special Regulations: Region 216 Special Regulations: Region 318 Special Regulations: Region 420 New York City Reservoir Regulations22 Tidal Hudson River Regulations23 Border Waters Regulations24 Feature: New York City Reservoir Fishing25 Special Regulations: Region 528 Lake Champlain Regulations33 Special Regulations: Region 634 Special Regulations: Region 738 Special Regulations: Region 841 Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations43 Special Regulations: Region 944 Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations46 General Regulations50 Definitions54 Baitfish Regulations55 Freshwater Fish Identification58 New York State Angler Achievement Awards60 Weigh Your Fish With A Ruler61 Catch & Release Guidelines65 Public Fishing Rights66 Health Advisories 67 Environmental Conservation Officers 72 DEC Fish Hatcheries 74 Funding Fisheries Management 76 Using This Guide 1. Review the Statewide Angling Regulations. — page 13 2. Review the Special Regulations section, which begins on page 14 and includes regulations for specific waters (i.e., Lake Champlain) or group of waters (i.e., Great Lakes). If the water you intend to fish is not listed in this section, statewide angling regulations apply. 3. Review: »» General Regulations — page 50 »» Baitfish Regulations — page 55 »» Definitions — page 54 4. Consult the License Information section to determine if you need a fishing license. — page 6 5. Review the NYS Environmental Conservation Police Q&A section, which provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions concerning the information in this guide. — pages 8, 33, 65 and 66 6. Review Health Advisories. — page 67 If you have any questions or are unsure of any regulations, call or e-mail the nearest DEC regional office. Contact information can be found in the Special Regulations section of the guide. — pages 14–45 This guide is a summary that is intended for convenience only. For a complete reference, consult New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and Volume 6 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Copies can be reviewed at the nearest library with a State Supreme Court reference section, on-line at www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/ for ECL and www.dec.ny.gov/regs/2494.html for NYCRR, or by contacting a Regional DEC Division of Law Enforcement Office. State of New York Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Basil Seggos, Acting Commissioner Kathy Moser, Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources Patricia Riexinger, Director, Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources Phil Hulbert, Chief, Bureau of Fisheries How to contact us: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Fisheries 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-4753 fwfish@dec.ny.gov Website: www.dec.ny.gov Main cover photo: Alejandro Reyes with a Cross River Reservoir Largemouth Bass, photo by Eli Garnish Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources’ Mission: The mission of DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources is to serve the interests of current and future generations of New Yorkers by using our collective skills, in partnership with the public, to describe, understand, manage and perpetuate a healthy and diverse assemblage of fish, wildlife and ecosystems. 2016–2017 New York Freshwater Fishing Guide 1

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