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Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations

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Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake,
Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake Regulations

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All Finger Lakes

All species except those listed below

Statewide angling regulations apply

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year

15" except 9" for Rainbow Trout in Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake and 18" for Landlocked Salmon in Cayuga Lake

5 in combination (catch shall include no more than 3 Lake Trout or 3 Landlocked Salmon)

Ice fishing permitted

Northern Pike

1st Saturday in May – March 15

22"

5

Walleye

1st Saturday in May – March 15

18" except 15" in Honeoye Lake

3

All Finger Lakes except Cayuga Lake, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake

Black Bass

3rd Sat. in
June – March 15

12"

5

March 16 – Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Owasco Lake, Cayuga Lake, Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake

Black Bass

Statewide angling regulations apply

Honeoye Lake,
Skaneateles Lake

Alewife (sawbellies)

Possession prohibited

Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations

Water

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Method

All tributaries to Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Hemlock Lake, Keuka Lake, and Seneca Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 – Dec 31

15"

3 in combination

All other species

Open season, daily limit and minimum length regulations that are in effect for the Finger Lakes

All tributaries to Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake and Skaneateles Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish except tributaries listed below

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 – Dec 31

9" except 15" for Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

All tributaries to Cayuga Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish except tributaries listed below

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1 – Dec 31

15" except 18" for Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

Fall Creek (Cayuga Lake)
from the downstream edge of
the railroad bridge below Rt. 13
to Ithaca Falls

Lake Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Landlocked Salmon

April 1 – Dec 31

15" except 18" for Landlocked Salmon

3 in combination

Jan 1 – March 15

Catch and release only

Artificial lures only

Angling prohibited between sunset and sunrise

March 16 – March 31

Angling prohibited

Spafford Creek (Otisco Lake) upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish

Trout

April 1 – Oct 15

Any size

5 – with no more than 2 longer than 12"

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