‘Tis the season

Whether you’re casting off the beach, fishing from your kayak, 14’ Starcraft or a 36’ Off-shore Grady White, you need to be concerned with what and how many fish you can catch/keep. (If you are that lucky.)

There have been some changes implemented this year that affect New York State recreational fishing limits, so as responsible fishermen, we are providing the chart below for your use.

Why not print the chart and put in your tackle box along with that 007 lure or jelly worm.

Click here for printer friendly version of the chart below

Marine Recreational Fishing Limits
(EFFECTIVE APRIL 12, 2010)
Species Size Limits Daily Possession Limits Open Seasons
(Total Length in Inches) (Number of Fish)
Summer Flounder (fluke) 21 2 May 15 – Sept 6
Winter Flounder 12 2 April 1 – May 30
Tautog (Blackfish) 14 4 Oct 1 – Dec 20 Jan 17 – Apr 30
Bluefish (including “snappers”) No minimum size for first 10 fish 15 All year
12 TL for the next 5 No more than 10 of which shall be less than 12″ TL
Weakfish 16 6 All year
10 filleted
12 dressed
Atlantic Cod 22 No limit All year
Striped Bass: marine waters** 28 2*** Apr 15 – Dec 15
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
Striped Bass: marine waters** 28 – 40 1 Apr 15 – Dec 15
Striped Bass: Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge 18 1 Mar 16 – Nov 30
Spanish Mackerel 14 15 All year
Black Sea Bass 12.5 25 May 22 – Sept 12
Scup (Porgy) 11 10 June 8 – Sept 6 Sept 7 – Oct 11***
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats 40***
Scup (Porgy) 10.5 10 May 24 – Sept 26
All other anglers
American Eel 6 50 All year
Horseshoe Crabs No size limit 5 All year
Blue Crab+ 4 1/2″ 50 All year
Hard Shell 3 1/2″
Soft Shell 3″
Peeler/Shedder++
American Lobster+ (Recreational permit required) 3 3/8″ minimum carapace length 51/4″ maximum carapace length 6 All year
SEE  FOOTNOTES FOLLOWING
*** The customer of any party/charter boat who takes more than 10 scup from Sept 1 – Oct 15 or takes two striped bass from Apr 15 – Dec 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.
The above information is an extract from http://www.dec.ny.gov

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