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Lake George & Lake Champlain Regulations

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Lake George – including all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassible by fish.

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

23″

2

LL Salmon

All year

18″

2

Smelt

May 16-Mar 31

Any size

25

Apr 1-May 15

Use and possession prohibited

Additional Lake George Tributary Regulations upstream to the first barrier impassible by fish:

  • Oct. 1 – Mar 31: Fishing Prohibited
  • Apr 1 – May 15: No fishing between 10 pm – 5 am
  • Dip-netting for smelt is prohibited.

Lake Champlain — including all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish. Contact Region 5 DEC Regional Office at Ray Brook for barrier locations.

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Trout

All year

12″

3

Lake Trout

All year

15″

3

Landlocked Salmon

All year

15″

2

Black Bass

2nd Sat in June though Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through the Fri preceding the 2nd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Northern Pike

All year

20″

5

Pickerel

All year

Any size

10

Crappie

All year

8″

25

Yellow Perch and Sunfish

All year

Any size

Any number

Bullheads, Catfish, Carp, Cisco, Rock Bass, Smelt, Suckers, Whitefish, and all other fish not listed in this table.

All year

Any size

Any number

Lake Sturgeon, Mooneye and Sauger

Possession Prohibited

Additional Lake Champlain Tributary Regulations

Stream Section

Regulations

Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam. Ausable River beginning at the marked boundary 800 feet west of the first bridge upstream from Lake Champlain, continuing upstream and ending at Rainbow Falls.

Angling from boats prohibited.

Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam. Ausable River from D & H railroad bridge upstream to Rainbow Falls. Boquet River from mouth upstream to Wadhams Falls. North Branch Boquet and tributaries from mouth to first upstream barrier. Note additional sections closed below.

From June 15 through Dec 31:

Maximum hook gap 1/2 inch. Fishing prohibited from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise. Fishing permitted with unweighted artificial flies or unweighted natural baits only (see definitions). Exception: On the Saranac River, floating lures with one free-swinging hook permitted. No supplement weight, such as metal leaders, sinkers, split shot, twist-ons, or swivels may be attached to line, leader, or hook.

North Branch Boquet River and tributaries to first barrier; Mill Brook (in Port Henry) from mouth to falls west of Route 22.

Fishing prohibited from October 1 through Dec 31 to protect spawning salmon.

Boquet River from the Route 22 bridge in Willsboro downstream approximately 1500 feet to the marked boundary at the base of the cascades. Ausable Boat Basin pool at mouth of Ausable Chasm as posted on site.

Fishing prohibited to protect migrating landlocked salmon.

Chazy River from Route 9B at Coopersville upstream to Perrys Mills Dam.

Fishing prohibited March 16 through the opening of walleye season in May to protect spawning walleye

Attention Lake Champlain Anglers

Lake Champlain Reciprocal Agreement: Anglers with either a New York or Vermont fishing license may fish in the “Main Lake” and “South Lake” portions of Lake Champlain between New York and Vermont. South Bay in New York, and the Inland Sea, Mallett’s Bay and Missisquoi Bay (including the area between North and South Hero Island commonly referred to as “The Gut”) in Vermont are not included in the agreement. Anglers fishing on these waters must have a fishing license from the state in which the waterway is located. In addition, rivers that flow into Lake Champlain are excluded from the reciprocal agreement.