DEC has announced new recreational saltwater fishing regulations for the summer flounder (fluke) season that began on May 1st. Changes will provide more opportunities for anglers by extending the season a total of 12 fishing days to end on October 9th, 2022, and decreasing the minimum size limit by half an inch.
The New York State recreational summer flounder season in 2022 is open from May 1st to October 9st, 2022, and anglers are allowed four fish at a minimum size limit of 18.5 inches in response to new interstate fishery management plan requirements. New York State’s recreational regulations for summer flounder are the same as Connecticut’s regulations to maintain consistency in the Long Island Sound and maximize the benefit to recreational anglers and associated industries.
The complete text of the rulemaking is available on DEC’s website. DEC is accepting comments on the regulations from May 18, 2022, through July 18, 2022. Written comments can be sent by mail to Rachel Sysak, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the current regulations in effect, check DEC’s Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations. Anglers must enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry before going fishing in New York’s Marine and Coastal District waters or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for “migratory fish of the sea” (such as striped bass). Anglers can enroll for the registry online or by phone or by visiting a license issuing agent location.
Looking for A Spot to Go Saltwater Fishing?
Find fishing locations using DEC’s Marine Boat Ramp and Fishing Access Interactive Map and for additional information, visit Public Access to New York’s Marine Waters.
Submit Your Catches to DEC’s Marine Recreational Angler Records Program.
If you catch a large fish or crab in New York, DEC wants to hear from you. Visit DEC’s Marine Recreational Angler Records Program for program details and information on how to submit your fishing information.
Photo of summer flounder courtesy DEC.