Who Needs a Fishing License?
Persons 16 years of age and older.
Anyone fishing in any New York water body, except marine and
coastal district waters or tidal waters of the Hudson River,
Delaware River, or Mohawk River and their tributaries when fishing
for "migratory fish from the sea" (e.g. striped bass,
hickory shad, blueback herring, alewife) -- these anglers must
enroll in the no-fee recreational marine fishing registry.
When fishing on licensed fishing preserves.
Citizen-resident owners, lessees and citizen members of their
immediate families occupying and cultivating farm lands, when
fishing on their own lands.
Persons holding farm fish pond licenses and members of their
immediate families, when fishing on waters covered by their
Resident parties at United States Veterans Administration hospitals,
Department of Mental Hygiene institutions, and Department of
Health rehabilitation hospitals, and inmates at Division of
Youth rehabilitation centers. A free permit is available from:
NYSDEC License Sales, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4790.