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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Seasons,
Size and Possession Limits for New York

Effective May 5, 2003
Laws and regulations are frequently amended by the Legislature or DEC. You should check with the Marine Fisheries office to ensure that the requirements set forth in this notice remain in effect.

Shark Regulations
Summer flounder (fluke) * 17 3 May 15 to Sep. 6
Winter flounder 11 15 All state waters: 3rd Sat. in March - June 30 & Sept 15 - Nov 30
Tautog (blackfish) 14 10 Oct 1 - May 31
Bluefish (including "snappers") No size limit 10 All year
Weakfish 16 
10 filleted 
12 dressed
6 All year
Atlantic cod 23 No Limit All year
Pollock 19 No Limit All year
Haddock 23 No Limit All year
Striped bass; marine waters** 28 1 Apr 15  - Dec 15
Striped bass; north of George Washington Bridge 18 1 March 16 - Nov 30
Red drum No minimum size No limit for fish less then 27" TL. Fish greater than 27" shall not be possessed. All year
Spanish mackerel 14 15 All year
King mackerel 23 3 All year
Cobia 37 2 All year
Atlantic sturgeon Moratorium Moratorium Moratorium
Black Sea Bass 12 25 Oct. 8 to Sep. 23
Scup (Porgy) 11 20 Jun. 16 to Oct. 17 and
Nov. 1 to Nov. 30
American eel 6 50 All year
Monkfish (goose fish) 21 
14 tail length
Any number All year
American Shad No size limit 5 All year
Hickory Shad No size limit 5 All year
Crabs ++ No size limit 50 All year
American lobster ++
(Rec. permit required)
3 1/4" carapace length 6 All year
Yellowtail flounder 13 Any number All year
Horseshoe crabs No size limit 5 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 the purposes of these regulations, Long Island Sound includes all adjacent bays and harbors.

** Marine waters -- South of George Washington Bridge

++ Lobsters and crabs in spawn (eggs visible thereon) may not be taken or possessed.

Check this web site periodically for changes in saltwater fishing regulations.

Recreational Fishing Regulations for Sharks

For further information call National Marine Fisheries Service Fisheries Information Line at (978) 281-9278

Laws and regulations are frequently amended by the Legislature or DEC. You should check with the Marine Fisheries office to ensure that the requirements set forth in this notice remain in effect.



Large and Small Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks Sandbar, Silky, Tiger, Blacktip, Bull, Great Hammerhead, Lemon, Nurse, Scalloped Hammerhead, Smooth Hammerhead, Spinner, Blacknose, Bonnethead, Finetooth, Blue, Shortfin mako, Oceanic whitetip, Thresher, Poreagle 54 inches fork length* One shark per vessel per trip
Large and Small Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks (cont.) Atlantic sharpnose No size limit One Atlantic sharpnose per person per trip
Prohibited Sharks Atlantic angel, Galapagos, Basking, Longfin mako, Bigeye Sand Tiger, Narrowtooth, Bigeye Sixgill, Night, Bigeye Thresher, Sand tiger, Bignose, Sevengill, Carribean Reef, Sixgill, Carribean sharpnose, Smalltail, Dusky, Whale, and White+ No possession allowed No possession allowed

* 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.

Other provisions
  • All landed sharks must have head, tails and fins attached.
  • No sale allowed.
  • No finning.
Information about the conservation and management of sharks is available on the NMFS web site.

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