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New York

Fishing

Finger Lakes & Tributary Regulations

Water Species Regulation
All Finger Lakes Northern Pike May 1-Mar 15, Minimum Length-22", Daily Limit-5
Walleye May 1-Mar 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3 (see Skaneateles Lake for exception)
Brook Trout Apr 1-Oct 15, Daily Limit-5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"

Canadice Lake
Canandaigua Lake
Conesus Lake
Hemlock Lake
Keuka Lake
Seneca Lake

Black Bass June 15-Mar 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-5
Mar 16-June 14, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon All year, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-5 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout or 3 Atlantic Salmon
Cayuga Lake Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon All year, Minimum Length-15" except 18" for Atlantic Salmon, Daily Limit-5 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 3 Brown Trout, 3 Rainbow Trout, or 3 Atlantic Salmon
Honeoye Lake Black Bass June 15-Mar 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-5
Mar 16-June 14, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Sunfish (see page 61) All year, Minimum Length-8", Daily Limit-15
Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon All year, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-5 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout or 3 Atlantic Salmon
Alewife Possession prohibited
Otisco Lake Tiger Muskellunge May 1-Mar 15, Minimum Length-36", Daily Limit-1
Sunfish (see page 61) All year, Minimum Length-8", Daily Limit-15
Trout All year, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-5
Owasco Lake Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon All year, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-5 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 3 Brown Trout, 3 Rainbow Trout, or 3 Atlantic Salmon
Skaneateles Lake Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon All year, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-5 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 3 of any species
Walleye All Year, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-Any number
Alewife Possession prohibited
All tributaries to Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Hemlock Lake, Keuka Lake, and Seneca Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon April 1-Dec 31, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3 in combination, Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout
All tributaries to Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake and Skaneateles Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish, except Spafford Creek Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon April 1-Dec 31, Minimum Length-15", except 9" for Brown Trout, Daily Limit-3 in combination
All tributaries to Cayuga Lake upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish, except Fall Creek Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon April 1-Dec 31, Minimum Length-15", except 18" for Atlantic Salmon, Daily Limit-3 in combination
Fall Creek (Cayuga Lake) from the downstream edge of the railroad bridge below Rt. 13 to Ithaca Falls Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon April 1-Dec 31, Minimum Length-15", except 18" for Atlantic Salmon, Daily Limit-3 in combination
Jan 1-Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Angling prohibited between sunset and sunrise from Oct 1-May 15
Spafford Creek (Otisco Lake) Trout April 1-Oct 15, Daily Limit-5-with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Tributaries to all Finger Lakes (except Conesus Lake and Honeoye Lake) upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish All other species Open season, daily limit and minimum length regulations that are in effect for the Finger Lakes

Additional Tributary Regulations

  1. Any action to frighten fish and move them from concealment, including herding, driving, kicking, and stoning is prohibited.
  2. Angling is prohibited from January 1-March 31,except for those stream sections listed below and Fall Creek downstream of Ithaca Falls.
  3. Angling is prohibited between sunset and sunrise from April 1-May 15 and October 1-December 31, except for those stream sections listed below.
  4. Angling is prohibited all year in Cayuga Inlet for a distance of 500 feet up and downstream of the dam located within the flood control channel and Coy Glenn Creek from Cayuga Inlet up to and including the second check dam in Tompkins County.
  5. Use of more than one line with a single hook point is prohibited, except for those stream sections listed below.
  6. Possession of hooks with a gap greater than ½" is prohibited, except for those stream sections listed below.
  7. Possession of landing nets larger than 50 inches around the frame or with handles longer than 20 inches is prohibited, except for those stream sections listed below.

Stream Sections for Which Additional Tributary Regulations B through G Do NOT Apply:

Trout season is closed January 1-March 31 in the follow waters:

  • Barge Canal from Seneca Lake upstream to the northernmost Rte. 14 bridge in Montour Falls, Schuyler County
  • Cayuga Inlet and flood control channel from Cayuga Lake upstream to posted "NO FISHING" boundary below the fishway in Tompkins County
  • Fall Creek from Cayuga Lake to the downstream edge of the railroad bridge below Rte. 13 in Ithaca, Tompkins County
  • Guyanoga Creek from Keuka Lake upstream to Rte. 54A bridge, Yates County
  • Old Seneca Inlet in the southeast corner of Seneca Lake upstream of State Rte. 414
  • Owasco Inlet from Owasco Lake upstream 0.7 miles to marked boundary at old railroad bed in Cayuga County
  • Sucker Brook from Canandaigua Lake upstream in Ontario County
  • West River from Canandaigua Lake upstream in Ontario County
  • Yawgers Creek from Cayuga Lake upstream to the abandoned Lehigh Valley railroad bridge in Cayuga County