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New York


Great Lakes & Tributaries Regulations

These regulations apply to the New York waters of Lake Erie, the Upper and Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and designated sections of the tributaries to these waters.

  • Tributary sections subject to these regulations are generally defined as the bridge closest to the mouth upstream to the 1st barrier impassable to fish.
  • Tributaries with different boundaries and exemptions are listed separately.
  • Note that there are also seasonal tackle restrictions and restrictions on night fishing in the tributaries.


Regulations for all Great Lakes waters, including Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Upper and Lower Niagara River, St. Lawrence River, and tributaries to these waters.

At all times:

Snatching and attempting to snatch is prohibited.

All foul-hooked fish must be immediately released without unnecessary injury.

Use or possession of gaff hooks is prohibited except when ice fishing.

Any action to frighten fish and move them from concealment, including herding, driving, kicking or stoning, is prohibited.

The use of eggs for chumming is prohibited.