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Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake Regulations

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All Finger Lakes

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May – March 15

22″

5

Ice fishing permitted

Walleye

1st Sat in May – March 15

18″

3

All Finger Lakes except Cayuga Lake, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake

Black Bass

3rd Sat in
June – March 15

12″

5

March 16 – Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year

15″

5 in combination. Catch shall include no more than 1 rainbow trout or 3 Landlocked salmon

Honeoye Lake,
Skaneateles Lake

Alewife (sawbellies)

Possession prohibited

Owasco Lake, Cayuga Lake, Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year

15″ Except 12″ for Brown Trout in Otisco Lake, and 18″ for Landlocked salmon in Cayuga Lake

5 in combination. Catch shall include no more than 3 lake trout or 3 Landlocked salmon

Otisco Lake

Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through
March 15

36″

1

Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All tributaries to Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Hemlock Lake, Keuka Lake, and Seneca Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 through Dec 31

15″

3 in combination, catch shall include no more than 1 rainbow trout

All tributaries to Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake and Skaneateles Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish except tributaries listed below

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 through Dec 31

9″ except 15″ for Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

All tributaries to Cayuga Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish except tributaries listed below

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1 through Dec 31

15″ except 18″ for Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

Fall Creek (Cayuga Lake) from the downstream edge of the railroad bridge below Rt. 13 to Ithaca Falls

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 through Dec 31

15″ except 18″ for Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

Jan 1 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Angling prohibited between sunset and sunrise

Spafford Creek (Otisco Lake)

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Tributaries to all Finger Lakes upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish

All other species

Open season, daily limit and minimum length regulations that are in effect for the Finger Lakes

Additional Tributary Regulations

  1. Any action to frighten fish and move them from concealment, including herding, driving, kicking and stoning is prohibited.
  2. Angling is prohibited from January 1 through March 31, except for those stream sections listed below and Fall Creek downstream of Ithaca Falls.
  3. Angling is also prohibited between sunset and sunrise from April 1 through May 15 and October 1 through December 31 except for those stream sections listed below.
  4. Use of more than one line with a single hook point is prohibited except for those stream sections listed below.
  5. Possession of hooks with a gap greater than ½” is prohibited except for those stream sections listed below.
  6. Possession of landing nets larger than 50 inches around the frame or with handles longer than 20 inches is prohibited except for those stream sections listed below.

Stream Sections For Which Additional Tributary Regulations B, C, D, E and F Above Do Not Apply:

Trout season is closed January 1 through March 31 in these sections.

  • West River and Sucker Brook from Canandaigua Lake upstream in Ontario County.
  • Guyanoga Creek from Keuka Lake upstream to Rt. 54A bridge, Yates County.
  • Cayuga Inlet and flood control channel from Cayuga Lake upstream to posted “NO FISHING” boundary below the fishway in Tompkins County.
  • Barge Canal from Seneca Lake upstream to northernmost Rt. 14 bridge in Montour Falls, Schuyler County.
  • Old Seneca Inlet in the southeast corner of Seneca Lake upstream of State Route 414.
  • Yawgers Creek from Cayuga Lake upstream to abandoned Lehigh Valley railroad bridge in Cayuga County.
  • Owasco Inlet from Owasco Lake upstream 0.7 mile to marked boundary at old railroad bed in Cayuga County.
  • Fall Creek from Cayuga Lake to the downstream edge of the railroad bridge below Rt. 13 in Ithaca, Tompkins County.

Note: Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake to Rt. 38A: fishing or dip-netting prohibited from March 16 to the opening of walleye season.