The Fish of Long Island Surf
Please practice catch and release !
New York State Fisheries Regulations are frequently amended.
Call Hotline: 1-800-REGS-DEC (7 days / 24 hrs)
for updated information or visit DEC web site:
Not sure about regulation - release your catch.
Striped Bass, Marine Waters open season: April 15 - December 15
All anglers - 28" minimum size, 1 fish peer day.
North of Gorge Washington Bridge, open season:
April 1 - November 30, 18'-28" or >40", 1 fish per day.
PLEASE RELEASE ALL FISH OVER 36"
Bluefish, open season: all year
no minimum size for first 10 fish, next 5 fish min length of 12",
15 fish per day max (including snappers !)
Weakfish, open season: all year, 16" minimum size, one (1) fish per day
Summer Flounder - Fluke, open season: May 17 - September 21
19.0" minimum size, 3 fish per day (for 2017 season)
Windowpane (Turbot family flatfish) - no regulation
Spanish Mackerel, open season: all year, 14" minimum size, 15 fish per day
False Albacore, no regulations
Dogfish Shark, no regulations
Skate, no regulations
Sea Robin, no regulations
Atlantic Menhaden - Bunker, no regulations
(shown snagged, Bunker is feeding on phytoplankton and zooplankton)
Herring, no regulations, but:
The harvest of river herring (alewife, blueback herring) is prohibited
in all streams and rivers on Long Island
more info: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/84530.html
Kingfish, no regulations
Hickory Shad, open season: all year
no minimum size, 5 fish per day
Stargazer, no regulations