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Lake Champlain Regulations

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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, Sauger

1st Sat. in May through March 15

18″

3 in combination

Muskellunge

All year

30″

1

Northern Pike

All year

20″

5

Pickerel

All year

Any size

10

Crappie

All year

8″

25

Yellow Perch and Sunfish (except Cumberland Bay)

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 and Mooneye

Possession Prohibited

Note: Each fishing line may have no more than two baited hooks or artificial lures with or without added natural bait. Ice fishing is legal to take any species during its open season. No more than fifteen tip-ups and two hand lines may be used for ice fishing from Nov 15 – April 30.

Cumberland Bay, Lake Champlain

Cumberland Bay is defined as those waters of Lake Champlain north and west of a line extending from Cumberland Head Lighthouse to the northern tip of Crab Island, then westerly to the southerly of the two piers at the Oil Terminal known locally as the Copeland Oil Terminal.

Yellow Perch, Sunfish

Statewide angling regulations apply

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 December 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 December 31 to protect spawning salmon.

Boquet River from marked boundary below Willsboro Dam upstream to Route 22 in Willsboro. 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

Scomotion Creek from mouth upstream to Pardy Road

Snatching and blind snatching of burbot permitted from

December 1 through March 31.

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Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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