New York Saltwater Fishing Regulations 2020

The New York Saltwater Fishing Regulations 2020 listed below are currently in effect for recreational anglers in the New York Marine District for the 2020 season. Changes will be made to both bluefish and striped bass. Although not official yet the bag limit on bluefish for recreational anglers will be 3 fish per angler and 5 fish per angler on any boat for hire. This includes snappers. Striped bass will be 1 fish per day, between 28-35 inches. New York Saltwater Fishing Regulations 2020 can change during the season so if you would like to check it please visit tier website.
Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html or call (631) 444-0430 for the most updated regulations.
The official New York Saltwater fishing regulations 2020, by the Department of State are the official source of NYSDEC regulations.
Before fishing you must call 1-866-933-2257 or visit https://decals.dec.ny.gov/DECALSCitizenWeb to register with the NYS Recreation Marine Fishing Registry. New York Shark Regulations can be found here, https://nyangler.com/blog/fishing-regulation-2019-fish-limits-sharks/

SPECIES MINIMUM SIZE (1)
(Total Length in Inches)
DAILY POSSESSION LIMITS
(Number of Fish)
OPEN SEASONS
Winter flounder 12 2 April 1 – May 30
Striped bass: Hudson River
(North of George Washington Bridge)
18 – 28 or >40 1 April 1 – Nov 30
Striped bass: marine waters
(South of George Washington Bridge)
28 1 April 15 – Dec 15
Scup (Porgy) 9 30 All year
Scup (Porgy) (2)
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
9 50 Sept 1 – Oct 31
Summer flounder (fluke) (3) 19 4 May 4 – Sept 30
Black Sea Bass 15 3
7
June 23 – Aug 31
Sept 1 –Dec 31
Oyster toadfish 10 3 July 16 – May 14
Tautog (blackfish)
Long Island Sound Region
16 2
3
April 1 – April 30
Oct 11 – Dec 9
Tautog (blackfish)
NY Bight Region
16 2
4
April 1 – April
30 Oct 15 – Dec 22
American eel 9 25 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 – 14 for use as bait only, otherwise possession prohibited 25 for use as bait only, otherwise possession prohibited All year for use as bait only, otherwise possession prohibited
Atlantic cod (4) 22 10 All year
Atlantic menhaden No size limit 100 All year
Bluefish
(including “snappers”)
No size limit for first 10 fish, 12″ TL for the next 5 15
No more than 10 of which shall be less than 12″ TL
All year
Cobia 37 2 All year
Haddock 18 No limit All year
Hickory shad No size limit 5 All year
King mackerel 23 3 All year
Monkfish (goosefish) 17
11″ tail length
No limit All year
Pollock 19 No limit All year
Red drum No size limit No limit for fish less than 27″ TL Fish greater than 27″ TL shall not be possessed All year
Spanish mackerel 14 15 All year
Weakfish 16
10″ filleted (5)
12″ dressed (6)
1 All year
Yellowtail flounder 13 No limit All year
Anadromous river herring
(North of George Washington Bridge)
No size limit 10 per angler
50 per boat/day
March 15 – June 15
Anadromous river herring (7)
(South of George Washington Bridge)
No possession No possession allowed No possession allowed
American shad No possession No possession allowed No possession allowed
Atlantic sturgeon Moratorium No possession allowed No possession allowed