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New York's Statewide & Adirondack Fishing Seasons

Please note, new regulations are in effect as of April 1, 2021. Download the NYS Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.

There are many species of fish located throughout New York State and the Adirondacks. Certain species of fish can only be taken during their regular fishing seasons. Fishermen and women are responsible for knowing the state regulations, and obtaining a NYS fishing license prior to fishing.

New York State has statewide, general regulations pertaining to each species of fish. There are also specific fishing regulations that are unique to certain bodies of water inside and outside of the Adirondack Park. Check special fishing regulations by NYS County here »

Trout Season

Open April 1 - October 15

brown trout

Salmon Season

Open April 1 - October 15

landlocked salmon

  • Landlocked Atlantic Salmon: Min. length of 15", daily limit of 3
  • Kokanee: Any size, daily limit of 10
  • Coho, Chinook, Pink Salmon: See county regulations

Walleye Season

Open 1st Saturday in May - March 15


  • Walleye: Min. length of 15", daily limit of 5

Perch Season

Open All Year

Town of Lake Placid NY in the heart of the of the Adirondacks

Pike & Pickerel Season

Open 1st Saturday in May - March 15

Resort overlooking the lake

Open Last Saturday in May - November 30

Bass Season

Open Third Saturday in June - November 30

largemouth bass

December 1 - Friday Before the Third Saturday in June

  • Catch & Release Only: No Live Bait

Bullhead & Catfish Season

Open All Year


  • Brown Bullhead: Any size, no daily limit
  • Channel Catfish: Any size, no daily limit

Fish Species in the Adirondacks »

NYS Fishing License Information »

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