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Region 7 • Central New York

Fishing Regulations New York Freshwater Fishing

Broome County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Arctic Lake, Greenwood Lake, Nanticoke Lake

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Chenango River, Susquehanna River, Tioughnioga River

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through March 15

40″

1 of either species

American Shad

All year

Catch and Release fishing only. All American Shad shall be returned to the water immediately.

Oquaga Creek from Old Route 17 bridge east of McClure downstream 3 miles to new Route 17 bridge west of Deposit

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy’s Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building

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

Whitney Point Reservoir and Upper Otselic River upstream to Cortland County Route 169 bridge at Landers Corners

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

West Branch Delaware River Special Regulations by River Section below:

From Broome/Delaware Co. border downstream to Rte 17 overpass at Deposit

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

From Route 17 overpass at Deposit downstream 2.0 miles

Trout

April 1 –
Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

From the lower limit of Trout catch and release section near Deposit downstream to NY/PA border (1.7 miles below Hale Eddy Bridge)

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout

Cayuga County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except those listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and their tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

Cross Lake, Seneca River

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May through March 15

22″

5

Ice fishing permitted

Cross Lake, Seneca River from Jordan Rd. to Plainville Rd. in Onondaga Co.

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge

Angling and dipnetting prohibited from March 16 until the opening of the walleye season

Lake Ontario and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations

Owasco Lake Outlet

Lake Trout

All year

15″

3

Salmon Creek

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 – March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Chenango County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Genegantslet Creek from first Route 220 bridge north of Smithville Flats upstream to mouth of Five Streams

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Guilford Lake, Mill Brook Reservoir

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Chenango River, Susquehanna River

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through March 15

40″

1 of either species

American Shad

All year

Catch and Release fishing only. All American shad shall be returned to the water immediately.

Otselic River

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial Lures Only

Cortland County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Goodale Lake, Little York Lake, Casterline Pond, Tri-County Pond

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

East Branch Owego Creek, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River, Otselic River

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Otselic River, Tioughnioga River, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

Dec 1 through Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Otselic River from County Rt. 169 bridge at Landers Corners downstream to Broome County line

Walleye

1st Sat in May through
March 15

18″

3

Skaneateles Lake and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

Madison County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Eaton Brook Reservoir

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Chenango Canal from Route 46 to Oriskany Creek

Trout

All year

12″

2

Artificial lures only

Chittenango Creek from Route 20 north to Conrail railroad line (except as listed below)

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Chittenango Creek from the Town of Fenner/Town of Sullivan Town Line at mile marker 1219 on Rt. 13 to mile marker 1237 south of the Village of Chittenango Line

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Lebanon Reservoir, Leland Ponds

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Oneida Creek from Peterboro Road (Rt. 34)
downstream to NYS Thruway

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Oneida Lake east of Route 81 bridge and tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish, and Barge (Erie ) Canal & tributaries upstream to Lock 22

Walleye

1st Sat May through March 15

15″

3

Ice fishing permitted

East Branch Tioghnioga River, Otselic River

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Canaseraga Creek from Route 31 bridge upstream to Thruway, Chittenango Creek from mouth upstream to Conrail railroad line, Cowaselon Creek from mouth upstream to Route 13

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

Onondaga County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than
2 longer than 12″

Chittenango Creek from mouth upstream to Conrail railroad line

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

Cross Lake, Seneca River

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May through March 15

22″

5

Ice fishing permitted

Cross Lake, Seneca River from Jordan Road in Cayuga Co. to Plainville Rd.

Walleye

1st Sat in May through
March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Green Lake in Green Lakes State Park

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Limestone Creek-mouth to Route 20, Butternut Creek-mouth to Route 20

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oneida Lake east of Route 81 bridge & tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish, and Barge (Erie) Canal & tributaries upstream to Lock 22

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

15″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Skaneateles Creek from Old Seneca Turnpike bridge north of Village of Skaneateles downstream 10.2 miles to the Jordan Road bridge in the Village of Jordan

Trout and LL Salmon

April 1 through Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and their tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

Jamesville Reservoir

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Ninemile Creek from Amboy Dam downstream to Onondaga Lake

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Oswego County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Lake Ontario and tributaries to first barrier impassable to fish

All Species

See Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations

Redfield Reservoir

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam

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

Oneida Lake east of Route 81 bridge & tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish, and Barge (Erie) Canal & tributaries upstream to Lock 22

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

15″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Tioga County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Catatonk Creek

Black Bass

All year

Any size

5

Cayuta Creek

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Owego Creek, East Branch Owego Creek, West Branch Owego Creek

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Susquehanna River

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through March 15

40″

1 of either species

American Shad

All year

Catch and Release fishing only. All American Shad shall be returned to the water immediately

Tompkins County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Cayuga Lake and tributaries to first barrier impassable to fish

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

Fall Creek from Ithaca Falls upstream

Black Bass

All year

Any size

5

Fall Creek from Route 38 bridge at Freeville upstream to bridge at Groton City

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Tri-County Pond

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Ice fishing permitted

Salmon Creek above Ludlowville Falls, West Branch Owego Creek

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oct 16 through March 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Chemung County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Cayuta Creek (except section below)

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Cayuta Creek from the Wyncoop Creek Road Bridge upstream to the NY Route 223 bridge

Trout

All year

12″

2

Artificial lures only

Chemung River and tributaries

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May through March 15

40″

1 of either species

American Shad

All year

Catch and Release fishing only. All American Shad shall be returned to the water immediately

Seneca Lake tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

Park Station Pond

Trout

All year

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Genesee County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oatka Creek

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Livingston County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Conesus Lake and Hemlock Lake and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Finger Lakes Regulations.

North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area from Conesus Lake south to the dam, except the canal west of Conesus Inlet and that portion of the inlet north of the canal

Fishing prohibited March 1 until the opening of walleye season in May

to protect spawning walleye and northern pike

Cohocton River, Mill Creek

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery property

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

Oct 16 through Mar 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery property as posted

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

8 am through 4 pm

12″

2

Artificial lures only

Oct 16 through Mar 31

8 am through 4 pm

Catch and release only

Monroe County

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All waters except as listed below

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Lake Ontario and tributaries to first barrier

All Species

See Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations

Oatka Creek except sections below

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road upstream 1.4 miles to Union St. and Wheatland Center Rd. upstream 2.5 miles to the mouth of Spring Creek

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

Oct 16 through Mar 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Oatka Creek from Union Street upstream 1.7 miles to Wheatland Center Road

Trout

All year

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Spring Creek

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

2

Oct 16 through Mar 31

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only