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Region 5 • Northeastern New York

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

Clinton County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Lake Champlain and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Lake Champlain Regulations.

Upper Chateaugay Lake, Chazy Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

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

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of Walleye season in May

Saranac River from Imperial Dam upstream to the Millstone Monument located at the intersection of Sand Pond Road and NYS Rt 22B in Morrisonville

Trout

All year

12″

5

Saranac River from the Millstone Monument located at the intersection of Sand Pond Road and NYS Rt. 22B in Morrisonville upstream to Kent Falls Dam

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Saranac River from marked boundary 100 yards upstream of its confluence with the North Branch Saranac River upstream 1.4 miles to Stord Brook

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

North Branch Saranac River from mouth of Cold Brook upstream to Goldsmith Road bridge (in Franklin County)

Trout

All year

12″

3

Refer below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Essex County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Lake Champlain and tributaries to the first barrier

All Species

See Lake Champlain Regulations.

Boquet River from Wadhams Falls upstream to Route 9N in Elizabethtown

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

9″

5

Indian River

Trout

All year

Any size

5

West Branch Ausable River except section below:

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5

West Branch Ausable River from mouth of Holcomb Pond Outlet downstream to marked boundary 2.2 miles downstream of Monument Falls

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

West Branch Ausable River from the Whiteface Ski Center bridge downstream to the Rt 86 bridge at the flume

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Bigsby Pond, Copperas Pond

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

Tip-ups prohibited

Fishing prohibited Oct 16 through Mar 31

Eagle Lake, Connery Pond, Hudson River

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Upper and Lower Cascade lakes

Round Whitefish

Possession Prohibited

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

First Lake of Essex Chain, Pharaoh Lake, Crane Pond

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Lake George and tributaries upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Lake Trout, LL Salmon, Trout, Smelt

See Lake George under Warren County.

Use or possession of smelt prohibited.

Paradox Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

Mirror Lake, Lake Placid

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

Moose Pond (Town of St. Armand)

Black Bass

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

Any Number

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

Schroon Lake, Schroon River from Schroon Lake upstream to Alder Meadow Rd.

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

18″

2

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Ticonderoga Creek from lower falls upstream to Lake George

Lake Trout, LL Salmon, Trout

See Lake Champlain Regulations.

Harris Lake, Franklin Falls Flow

Walleye

1st Sat in May through Mar 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Refer below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Franklin County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except Lake Colby

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

12″

5

Fishing for black bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season

Lake Colby

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

Any size

5

Big Fish Pond, Little Fish Pond,
St. Regis Pond

Lake Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

15″

3

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Lake Clear, Meacham Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Little Clear Pond, Little Green Pond, and their tributaries

Fishing prohibited to protect hatchery brood stock.

Salmon River from the Flat Rock Road bridge to 200 yards downstream of the Cargin Road bridge

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Mountain Pond (Town of Brighton)

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Saranac River from Hough Brook at Union Falls Flow upstream to Franklin Falls Flow Dam

Fishing prohibited March 1 through May 15 to protect spawning walleye

Saranac River from Pine Street bridge upstream to Lake Flower Dam in Village of Saranac Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

North Branch Saranac River from the mouth of Cold Brook (Clinton County) upstream to the Goldsmith Road bridge

Trout

All year

12″

3

Whey Pond

Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

12″

3

Artificial lures only

Upper Saranac Lake

Lake Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

23″

3

Ice fishing permitted; Tip-ups prohibited

Tupper Lake, Lake Kushaqua, Rollins Pond

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

Ice fishing permitted

See Below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Fulton County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Canada Lake, Green Lake, Lily Lake, West Lake

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Trout

All year

Any size

5

East Caroga Lake, West Caroga Lake, Northville Pond, Great Sacandaga Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Kyser Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Great Sacandaga Lake tributaries from the stream mouth to first highway bridge. Sacandaga River from the Bridge Street bridge in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Route 30.

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of Walleye season in May

See below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Hamilton County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except Hudson River

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

12″

5

Fishing for black bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season

Hudson River

Black Bass, Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Abanakee Lake (Town of Indian Lake)

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

Any size

3

Limekiln Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond, Utowana Lake, Indian Lake (Town of Indian Lake), Lake Eaton, Lewey Lake, Raquette Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

2

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Lake Lila, First Lake of Essex Chain

Lake Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

15″

3

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Piseco Lake

Lake Trout

All year

21″

2

Ice fishing permitted

LL Salmon

All year

18″

2

Fawn Lake (Town of Lake Pleasant)

Lake Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

18″

3

Tip-ups prohibited;

Fishing prohibited Oct 16 – March 31

Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain

Trout

All year

9″

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Sacandaga Lake tributaries and outlet, Lake Pleasant tributaries

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May

Lake Pleasant, Sacandaga Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Lake Pleasant outlet to mouth of the Kunjamuk River

Closed from March 16th until the opening walleye season in May.

Sagamore Lake

Lake Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

18″

3

Round Lake to the boundary with Little Tupper Lake

Brook Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Artificial lures only
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Seventh Lake, Sixth Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

18″

3

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Great Sacandaga Lake tributaries from the upstream mouth to first highway bridge. Sacandaga River from Bridge Street in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Route 30.

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May

Little Tupper Lake, Rock Pond & Rock Pond Outlet Stream between Rock Pond & Little Tupper Lake

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only.

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Indian River (Town of Indian Lake)

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Charley Pond Outlet (within W.C. Whitney Area)

Fishing prohibited July 1st through Sept 15th

See below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Saratoga County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Hudson River from Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to first barrier impassable by fish, including Mohawk River below Route 32 bridge

All Species

All year

Catch and release fishing only. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately.

Baitfish listed on Baitfish Regulations may be possessed for use as fish bait. Use of tip-ups is permitted.

Kayaderosseras Creek from Saratoga Lake upstream to first railroad bridge

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May

Kayaderosseras Creek from first railroad bridge upstream

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Great Sacandaga Lake, Moreau Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Great Sacandaga Lake tributaries from lake upstream to first highway bridge

Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May

Mohawk River from Lock 2 to Guard Gate 2 (Waterford Flight)

Use or possession of alewife or blueback herring is prohibited

Saratoga Lake including Fish Creek downstream to the old railroad crossing between Staffords and Bryants bridges

Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Redbreast)

All year

Any size

15

Ice fishing permitted

Warren County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Brant Lake, Brant Lake Mill Pond, Brant Lake Outlet, Hudson River, Lake Luzerne, Trout Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake George and tributaries upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted;

Use or possession of smelt prohibited

Lake Trout

All year

23″

2

LL Salmon

All year

18″

2

Glen Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Hour Pond, Jabe Pond, Little Jabe Pond, Peaked Mountain Pond, and their tributaries

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Artificial lures only

Schroon Lake, Schroon River from Schroon Lake downstream to Starbuckville Dam

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

18″

2

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Schroon River from Starbuckville Dam downstream

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

Any size

3

LL Salmon

All year

Any size

3

Thirteenth Lake and tributaries and outlet downstream to Hudson River

Trout

April 1 – Nov 30

Any size

5

Use or possession of baitfish prohibited

Salmon

April 1 – Nov 30

15″

3

Palmer Pond

Trout

April 1 – Nov 30

Any size

5

See below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

Washington County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

Batten Kill from Vermont state line downstream to covered bridge at Eagleville

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Hoosic River

Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

9″

5

Lake Champlain and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Lake Champlain Regulations.

Lake George and tributaries upstream to first barrier impassable by fish

Lake Trout, Trout,
LL Salmon

See Lake George under Warren County

Smelt: Use or possession of smelt prohibited

Hudson River from Troy dam upstream to Ft. Edward and tributaries in this section to first barrier impassable by fish, Mohawk River below Route 32 Bridge

All Species

All year

Catch and release fishing only. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately. Baitfish listed on Baitfish Regulations may be possessed for use as fish bait. Use of tip-ups is permitted.

See below for a complete listing of waters in which the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.

 Baitfish Prohibited Waters

Clinton County

Town of Black Brook

  • Cranberry Pond
  • Mud Pond (2 miles southwest of riverview)
  • Mud Pond

Town of Dannemora

  • Mud Pond

Essex County

  • Dix Mountain Wilderness
  • Giant Mountain Wilderness
  • High Peaks Wilderness
  • Hoffman Notch Wilderness
  • Hudson Gorge Primitive Area (except Hudson River)
  • McKenzie Mountain Wilderness (except West Branch of the Ausable River)
  • Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
  • Sentinel Range Wilderness (except East Branch Ausable River)

Town of Jay

  • Clements Pond

Town of Minerva

  • Barnes Pond
  • Black Pond
  • Center Pond
  • Clear Pond
  • Corner Pond
  • Deer Pond
  • First Lake (Essex Chain of Lakes)
  • Hewitt Pond
  • Jackson Pond
  • Mud Pond (north of Clear Pond)
  • Mud Pond (north of Third Lake Essex Chain)
  • Nate Pond
  • Pine Lake
  • Rankin Pond
  • Little Rankin Pond
  • Second, Third and Fourth Lakes of Essex Chain
  • Sherman Pond
  • Stony Pond
  • Twenty Ninth Pond

Town of Newcomb

  • Beaver Pond (south of Lake Andrew)
  • Cedar (or Roundtop) Pond
  • Cheney Pond (northwest of Split Rock Lake)
  • Chub Pond
  • Clear Pond
  • Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Lakes of Essex Chain
  • Jackson Pond
  • Lake Andrew
  • Mud Pond (north of Clear Pond)
  • Newcomb Lake (including Upper and Lower Duck Hole)
  • Unnamed Pond (north of LeClaire Brook)
  • Upper & Lower Preston Ponds
  • Henderson Lake

Town of North Elba

  • Big Cherry Patch Pond
  • Cameras Pond
  • McKenzie Pond
  • Tom Peck Pond
  • Upper & Lower Preston Ponds

Town of North Hudson

  • Bass Lake
  • Bloody Pond
  • Boreas Pond
  • Challis Pond
  • Courtney Pond
  • Deer Pond
  • Howard Pond
  • Moose Mountain Pond
  • Triangle Pond
  • Lower Twin Pond
  • Upper Twin Pond
  • White Lily Pond

Town of St. Armand

  • Moose Pond

Town of Schroon

  • Cotters Pond

Town of Willmington

  • Morgan Pond (Cooperkill)

Town of Moriah

  • Goose Puddle
  • Trout Pond

Franklin County

  • St. Regis Canoe Area
  • High Peaks Wilderness (except Raquette River and Saranac River)

Town of Bellmont

  • Drain Pond

Town of Brighton

  • Barnum Pond,
  • Black Pond (on Visitors Interpretive Center Property)
  • Long Pond (north of Black Pond)
  • Loon Pond
  • Lost Pond (0.4 mi. southwest of Mountain Pond)
  • Mountain Pond
  • Slush Pond
  • Star Mountain Ponds (2)
  • Upper Spectacle Pond

Town of Duane

  • Buck Pond
  • Clear Pond
  • Debar Pond
  • Skiff Pond
  • Winebago Pond

Town of Franklin

  • Fishhole Pond
  • Hope Pond
  • Little Hope Pond
  • No Hope Pond (300 feet north of Hope Pond)

Town of Harrietstown

  • Bear Pond
  • Meadow Pond (½ mile northwest of Lake Clear)
  • Panther Pond
  • Porkchop Pond (0.6 mi. east of Upper Saranac Lake)
  • St. Germain Pond (½ mile north of Lake Clear)

Town of Malone

  • Malone Village Ice Pond

Town of Tupper Lake

  • Rag Pond (200 feet north of West Pine Pond)
  • West Pine Pond

Town of Santa Clara

  • Bad News Pond (1000 feet northwest of Polliwog Pond)
  • Black Pond (between Square Pond and Whey Pond)
  • Duck or Echo Pond
  • Duell Pond (¼ mile south of Little Green Pond)
  • East Copperas Pond
  • Federation Pond (¼ mile southeast of East Pine Pond)
  • Frog Pond (650 feet north of Polliwog Pond)
  • Grass Pond (1¼ mile northeast of Benz Pond)
  • Little Black Pond (between Black and Square ponds)
  • Green Pond (north of Follensby Clear Pond)
  • Horseshoe Pond
  • Little Polliwog Pond
  • Madewaska Pond
  • Polliwog Pond
  • Rat Pond
  • Sunday Pond (southeast of Rat Pond)
  • Sunrise Pond (east of Follensby Clear Pond)
  • Track Pond (¾ mile northeast of Floodwood Pond)
  • Twelfth Tee or Gordon Pond (400 feet north of Green Pond)
  • Whey Pond

Town of Waverly

  • Balsam Pond (2 miles west of Duck Pond)
  • Benz Pond
  • Little Clear Pond
  • Long Pond

Fulton County

Town of Bleecker

  • Holmes Lake
  • County Line Lake
  • Mud Lake

Town of Caroga

  • Fish Hatchery Pond
  • Indian Lake
  • Otter Lake
  • Stewart Lake

Town of Stratford

  • Conglin Lakes
  • Fourth Lake
  • Goose Egg Lake
  • House Pond
  • Knapps Long Lake
  • Long Pond
  • Third Lake

Hamilton County

  • Blue Ridge Wilderness
  • Buell Brook Primitive Area
  • Five Ponds Wilderness
  • High Peaks Wilderness (except Raquette River)
  • Hudson Gorge
  • Primitive Area (except Hudson River)
  • Pigeon Lake Wilderness
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness
  • Silver Lake Wilderness (except Sacandaga River)
  • Little Moose Lake
  • West Canada Lakes Wilderness
  • William C. Whitney area

Town of Arietta

  • Christian Lake
  • G Lake
  • Iron Lake
  • Jockeybush Lake
  • Little Moose Lake
  • Lower Sargent Pond
  • Middle Sargent Pond
  • Red Louse Lake

Town of Hope

  • Bennett Lake
  • Middle Lake
  • Murphy Lake

Town of Indian Lake

  • Barker Pond
  • Blue Ledge Pond
  • Bullhead Pond
  • First Lake (Essex chain of lakes)
  • Grassy Pond
  • Little Grassy Pond
  • Lower Carter Pond
  • Lower Helms Pond
  • Middle Helms Pond
  • OK Slip Pond
  • Pine Lake
  • Pine Pond (east of Blue Mt. Lake)
  • Pug Hole Pond
  • Tirrell Pond
  • Unknown Pond
  • Unnamed pond (¾ mile east of Barker Pond)
  • Upper Carter Pond
  • Upper Helms Pond

Town of Inlet

  • Bug Lake
  • Eagle Nest Pond
  • High Rock Pond
  • Icehouse Pond
  • Lost Ponds (3)
  • Mitchell Ponds (2)

Town of Lake Pleasant

  • Panther Mountain Pond

Town of Long Lake

  • Bog Pond
  • Clear Pond
  • High Pond
  • Loon Pond
  • Lost Pond
  • Louie Pond
  • Mays Pond
  • Mosquito Pond
  • Owls Head Pond
  • Raquette Lake Reservoir

Town of Morehouse

  • Bochen Lake
  • Squaw Lake,
  • Unnamed Pond (¼ mile southwest of Squaw Lake)

Warren County

  • Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Town of Bolton

  • Brown Pond

Town of Chester

  • Clear Pond
  • Palmer Pond

Town of Hague

  • Buttermilk Pond
  • Jabe Pond
  • Little Jabe Pond
  • Racket Ponds
  • Spectacle Ponds (2)

Town of Horicon

  • Duck Pond
  • Long Pond
  • Round Pond

Town of Johnsburg

  • Crane Mountain Pond
  • Eagle Pond
  • Kibby Pond

Town of Stony Creek

  • New Lake
  • Wilcox Lake

Town of Thurman

  • Little Joe Pond
  • Lixard Pond
  • Shiras Pond
  • Un-named Pond (1 mi. northwest of Lixard Pond)
  • Un-named Pond (2 miles east of Kibby Pond)

Town of Warrensburg

  • Gay Pond
  • Viele Pond

Washington County

Town of Dresden

  • Black Mountain Ponds (2)
  • Bumps Pond
  • Fishbrook Pond
  • Greenland Pond
  • Lapland Pond

Town of Fort Ann

  • Inman Pond

Town of Jackson

  • Dead Lake

Town of Whitehall

  • Clear Pond
  • Sawmill Pond
  • Spruce Pond