Fishing Regulations

Statewide Angling Regulations

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Dangerous Water Releases

Many rivers in New York State have dams on them. Some areas downstream have variable flows, including rapidly rising water that quickly creates conditions that are dangerous to anglers. Before fishing an unfamiliar river, become aware of the potential dangers or contact the Regional Bureau of Fisheries office for detailed information.

Also, keep in mind that almost any dammed or regulated water can be subject to quick increases in flow accompanied by rapidly increasing water depth and current speed.

When fishing on any river, if the water begins to rise unexpectedly, anglers should quickly move safely to shore.