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Finger Lakes & Tributary Regulations

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ALL FINGER LAKES I

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-22”, D-5 Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3, (see Honeoye Lake for exception)

CANADICE LAKE, CANANDAIGUA, CONESUS LAKE, HEMLOCK LAKE, KEUKA LAKE, AND SENECA LAKE I

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June–Mar 15, M-12”, D-5

Mar 16–Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-5 in combination

Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout or 3 Landlocked Salmon

CAYUGA LAKE I

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year, M-15” except 18” for Landlocked Salmon, D-5 in combination

Catch shall include no more than 3 Brown Trout, 3 Rainbow Trout, or 3

Landlocked Salmon

HONEOYE LAKE I

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June–Mar 15, M-12”, D-5

Mar 16–Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-5 in combination Catch shall include no more than

1 Rainbow Trout or 3 Landlocked Salmon

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-15”, D-3

Alewife (sawbellies) Possession prohibited

OTISCO LAKE I

Tiger Muskellunge

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-36”, D-1 Trout

All year, M-12”, D-5

OWASCO LAKE

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-5 in combination

Catch shall include no more than 3 Brown Trout, 3 Rainbow Trout, or 3 Landlocked Salmon

SKANEATELES LAKE

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-5 in combination

Catch shall include no more than 3 of any species.

Alewife (sawbellies) Possession prohibited

ALL TRIBUTARIES TO CANADICE LAKE, CANANDAIGUA LAKE, HEMLOCK LAKE, KEUKA LAKE, AND SENECA LAKE UPSTREAM TO THE 1ST BARRIER IMPASSABLE BY FISH

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1–Dec 31, M-15”, D-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 1ST BARRIER IMPASSABLE BY FISH EXCEPT SPAFFORD CREEK

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1–Dec 31, M-15” except 9” for Brown Trout, D-3 in combination

ALL TRIBUTARIES TO CAYUGA LAKE UPSTREAM TO THE 1ST BARRIER IMPASSABLE BY FISH EXCEPT FALL CREEK

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1–Dec 31, M-15” except 18” for Landlocked Salmon, D-3 in combination

FALL CREEK (CAYUGA LAKE) FROM THE DOWNSTREAM EDGE OF THE RAILROAD BRIDGE BELOW RTE. 13 TO ITHACA FALLS

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

April 1–Dec 31, M-15” except 18” for Landlocked Salmon, D-3 in combination

Jan 1–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

Angling prohibited between sunset and sunrise from Oct 1–May 15

SPAFFORD CREEK (OTISCO LAKE)

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, D-5–with no more than 2 longer than 12”

TRIBUTARIES TO ALL FINGER LAKES UPSTREAM TO THE 1ST BARRIER IMPASSABLE BY FISH

All other species

Open season, daily limit, and minimum length regulations that are in efect 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 Jan 1–Mar 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 Oct 1–Dec 31 except for those stream sections listed to the right.
  4. Angling is prohibited all year in Cayuga

    Inlet for a distance of 500 feet up and downstream of the dam located within the food control channel and Coy Glenn Creek from Cayuga Inlet up to and including the second check dam in Tompkins County.

  1. Use of more than one line with a single hook point is prohibited except for those stream sections listed to the right.
  2. Possession of hooks with a gap greater than 1⁄2” is prohibited except for those stream sections listed to the right.
  3. 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 to the right.

Stream Sections for Which Additional Tributary Regulations B, C, D, E, F, and G above Do Not Apply:

Trout season is closed Jan 1–March 31 in these sections.

  • Barge Canal from Seneca Lake upstream to northernmost Rte. 14 bridge in Montour Falls, Schuyler County
  • Cayuga Inlet and food 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 mile 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 abandoned Lehigh Valley railroad bridge in Cayuga County