Fishing Permit

The Renssleaer County Clerk’s Office, nor does the Troy City Clerk Office issue NYS Fishing Licenses. For information on obtaining a NYS Fishing License go to


The City of Troy’s Clerk’s Office issues fishing permits for the Tomhannock Reservoir. A new permit or renewal can be purchased at the City Clerks office. You must show a valid driver’s license and a current NYS Fishing License. The permit is $10 for 2 years.  Persons 70 years of age and older are eligible for a FREE permit with proper proof of age.

Tomhannock Reservoir Provides a variety of sport fishing – During the open water season, yellow perch, black crappie and bluegill comprise the biggest share of the panfish catch, while smallmouth bass are the most important game fish. Largemouth bass, chain pickerel and walleye are also available. During the ice fishing season, the action centers around yellow perch, black crappie and chain pickerel. Bluegill and walleye round out the catch.

Tomhannock Reservoir, a 1700-acre public water supply, services Troy and surrounding communities – For this reason, special rules and regulations apply to protect its water quality. Boating and wading are prohibited. Except as otherwise provided, the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) orders with respect to open seasons, size limits and catch limits shall be in effect.

Fishing permits, which are revocable, are issued by the City Clerk’s Office with proper ID and your NYS Fishing License (as stated above). Children under the age of 16 and accompanied by an adult, do not require a Tomhannock Fishing Permit.

The ice fishing season runs from January 1 through March 15 during daylight hours only. Ice fishing is permitted only on that part of the reservoir from the dam southerly to a continuous line extending between two orange markers and on that part from the south end of the reservoir northerly to a continuous line between two orange markers.

Troy’s Department of Public Utilities and DEC reserve the right to eject anyone from the area for disorderly conduct, intoxication or any behavior that endangers the general safety or health of people in the area.

ATTENTION: Tickets are issued at the discretion of the DEC Officer on duty at that time. These tickets are non-disputable and should not be brought to the City Clerk’s Office.

If you would like information as to the Do’s and Don’t’s of the Reservoir, please feel free to contact NYS DEC office or go to