The new rules eliminate more than 20 types of special regulations associated with trout stream reaches, reducing 26 regulations to four.
DEC says that the new regulations support the objectives of the five management categories of the Department’s Trout Stream Management Plan and significantly increase trout stream angling opportunities by allowing fishing year-round.
DEC recently launched a new interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map to provide anglers with information about how and where to find their preferred type of trout angling opportunities.
According to DEC, the Trout Stream Management Plan’s categories, objectives, and strategies hope to achieve outcomes identified in more than 20 public meetings held across the state. The changes also reflect the Department’s efforts to simplify regulations whenever possible to make fishing more accessible.
The new regulations are:
- Daily creel limit of five trout per day with no more than two longer than 12 inches statewide and for reaches categorized as Wild or Stocked in effect from April 1st through October 15th;
- Daily creel limit of three trout per day with no more than one longer than 12 inches for reaches designated as
- Wild-Quality or Stocked-Extended in effect from April 1st through October 15th;
- Daily creel limit of one trout per day, any size, for reaches designated as Wild-Premier in effect from April 1st through October 15th; and
- Creation of a statewide catch-and-release trout season in effect from October 16th to March 31st. During this period anglers are restricted to artificial lures only and must promptly release all trout caught.
Some exceptions apply for certain stream reaches. The new 2021 fishing regulations guide lists the new regulations with descriptions of the applicable stream reaches. A listing of how publicly accessible trout stream reaches are categorized is also available in DEC’s Categorization of New York State Trout Stream Reaches, available at DEC’s website.
Photo of Brook Trout provided by DEC.