Person’s over the age of sixteen (16), must
have a valid Fishing License in their possession while fishing, except where
noted below in License Requirements. Licenses may be purchased statewide
from license issuing agents (town and county clerks, some major discount
stores and many sporting goods stores).
Fishing – Season
Fishing – 1 Day
Fishing – 7 Day
Fishing – Season
Non-Resident 1 Day
Non-Resident 7 Day
Fishing (consecutive days)
Everyone must have a valid fishing license in
their possession while fishing except:
Persons under 16 years of age;
When fishing waters of the Marine District or
in the Hudson River south of Troy Barrier Dam (Note: a fishing license is
required on the entire length of all Hudson River tributaries south of Troy
Dam to Tappan Zee Bridge even if tributary is subject to tidal flow);
When fishing on licensed fishing preserves;
Citizen-resident owners, lessees and citizen
members of their immediate families occupying and cultivating farm lands, when
fishing on their own lands;
Active members of the U. S. Armed Forces who
are New York State residents and are in the state for a maximum of 30 days.
When fishing, such persons must carry their service identification cards and
Persons holding farm fish pond licenses and
members of their immediate families, when fishing on waters covered by their
Resident patients at U.S. Veterans
Administration hospitals, Department of Mental Health Institutions and
Department of Health rehabilitation hospitals, and inmates at Division of
Youth rehabilitation. A free permit is available from: NYSDEC License
Sales, Room 151, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4790.
To qualify for a resident license, a person must
be domiciled in New York State for more than thirty days immediately preceding
the date of application. Property ownership in New York does not make a person a
resident. Residency is that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent,
and principal home (regardless wherever temporarily located), such as where a
person is registered to vote. (If under the age of 18, the residence of parents
or legal guardian shall be deemed such person’s residence.)
Active members of the United States Armed Forces
stationed in New York and full-time college students in residence in New York
State during the school year (proof required) qualify for annual resident
Minimum Fishing Age
Minors under the age of sixteen (16) may fish
without a license. For safety, a minor should always fish with an adult who
holds a valid fishing license.
Free fishing licenses are available to citizen
residents who are blind or who are members of the Shinnecock and Poospatuck
tribes or the Six Nations residing on reservations in New York State.
Native Americans will receive their free fishing licenses at their reservations.
For additional information refer to the Fishing
Regulations Guide which is available at the Town Clerk’s Office or visit the
DEC’s website at www.dec.state.ny.us.