Fishing Fun for Everyone
Though some of the best fishing is during spring and fall, fisher folk over the age of 16 can enjoy casting a line anytime on Fire Island with a free, New York State recreational marine fishing registry. (New York State recreational saltwater fishing seasons, size and possession limits apply. Commercial fishing is not allowed within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore.)
Where can I fish?
Striped bass, bluefish, and fluke are the most sought after species and there are plenty of places to fish. Fishing is allowed on private vessels; ocean beaches outside of designated lifeguarded areas; on the bay shoreline; and authorized docks and piers outside of NPS marinas, including Patchogue Headquarters, Patchogue Ferry Terminal, and Talisman Dock. However, fishing is not permitted on the Lighthouse Pier or on a vessel within 300 feet of the pier.
Know Before You Go
The harvest of horseshoe crabs is prohibited within Fire Island National Seashore.
Sportsman's Recreational Vehicle Permits are sold in the fall when beach conditions permit, as a means of access for fishing or hunting. Stringent restrictions apply.
Last updated: September 2, 2020