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St. Lawrence County

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St. Lawrence 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″

All waters except as listed below

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.

All rivers and streams except the Raquette River impoundments and those covered by Great Lakes regulations

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

10″

5

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

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Any size

5

Black Lake including the Indian River from falls in Rossie downstream to the confluence with the Oswegatchie River

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

15″

5

Ice fishing permitted

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

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

South Branch Grass River from 0.5 mile downstream of Route 3 upstream to Grass River Flow

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Allen Pond

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

St. Lawrence River and tributaries to first barrier

See Great Lakes Regulations.

Tooley Pond

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June through Nov 30

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

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

Lake Ozonia

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Pleasant Lake, Horseshoe Lake

Walleye

1st Sat in May through March 15

18″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Little River (Towns of Fine, Clifton), Oswegatchie River from Cranberry Lake Dam downstream

Trout

April 1 through Nov 30

Any Size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

St. Regis River from Ft. Jackson upstream to Franklin County Line

Trout

All year

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12″

Star Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

LL Salmon

All year

15″

3

Trout Lake, Sylvia Lake

Trout

All year

12″

3

Ice fishing permitted

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

Tupper Lake

Lake Trout

All year

21″

3

Ice fishing permitted

All waters in the Massawepie Conservation Easement Area, Tamarack Pond

Trout

April 1 through Oct 15

12″

3

Cranberry Lake

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May through Mar 15

Any size

5

Ice fishing permitted

Sterling Pond

Statewide Angling Regulations Apply

Ice fishing permitted

Fishing is prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May in the following waters:

  • Fish Creek from west side (downstream) side of State Route 58 bridge upstream to highest point of Fish Creek Falls in Pope Mills
  • Grasse River from the downstream side of the ALCOA Road Bridge upstream to the upstream side of the Main Street Bridge in the Village of Massena
  • Indian River at Rossie from west side (downstream) side of County Route 8 bridge upstream to highest point of Rossie Falls
  • Oswegatchie River from north side of the lower most bridge, State Rt. 68, upstream to the dam in Ogdensburg

Help the Sturgeon Recovery Effort

Lake sturgeon are on the road to recovery. Spawning groups of these fish are regularly seen in tributaries to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake. To keep the recovery on the right track, lake sturgeon must be allowed to spawn without harassment for a number of additional years. Handling sturgeon during the spawning season can cause them to abandon the attempt.

To help them recover, use the tips to the right.

  • Don’t fish for them. It is illegal in NY.
  • If you accidently hook a sturgeon, don’t remove it from the water and quickly and carefully remove the hook.
  • If the sturgeon is deeply hooked, cut the line.
  • Report sightings to fwfish@dec.ny.gov

Baitfish Prohibited Waters

  • Five Ponds Wilderness
  • Raquette-Boreal Wilderness Area

Town of Clare

  • Allen Pond

Town of Colton

  • Burntbridge Pond
  • Church Pond
  • Clear or Hedgehog Pond
  • Curtis Pond
  • Dog Pond
  • Townline Pond
  • Big Trout Pond
  • Little Trout Pond

Town of Fine

  • Long Lake
  • Nicks Pond
  • Round Lake
  • Streeter Lake

Town of Parishville

  • Clear Pond
  • Long Pond
  • Lilypad Pond

Town of Piercefield

  • Big Trout Pond
  • Black Pond
  • Bottree Pond
  • Bridgebrook Pond
  • Deer Pond
  • Horseshoe Pond
  • Little Trout Pond
  • Long Pond
  • Lows Lake (Bog River upstream of dam above Hitchens Pond)
  • Massawepie Lake
  • Pine Pond
  • Round Pond
  • Townline Pond