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Fishing

Lake Erie & Tributaries Regulations

Portions of Lake Erie tributaries where seasonal regulations apply

CATTARAUGUS CREEK

From the Aldrich Street Extension Bridge in Gowanda upstream to Springville Dam

BUFFALO RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES

From the I-90 (NYS Thruway) bridge upstream to 1st barrier impassable by fish

ALL OTHER LAKE ERIE TRIBUTARIES

From bridge closest to the mouth upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish

Season

Seasonal fishing regulations apply Sept 1–Mar 31.

Fishing hours

Fishing only permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset (fishing at night is prohibited).

Hook, leader, and weight regulations

The distance between a hook’s shaft and point cannot exceed 1/2 inch.

Hooks attached to any lure must be free-swinging, except on an artificial fly.

Use of hooks with added weight is prohibited, except for artificial flies and jigs weighing no more than 1/8 oz are permitted.

The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.

Catch and Release Regulations for Chautauqua and Eighteenmile Creeks

LAKE ERIE AND TRIBUTARIES SEASONS AND LIMITS*

Species

Open Season

Minimum

Length

Daily Limit

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout (including Steelhead), Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon

All year

12”

3 in any combination

Lake Trout

All year

12”

1

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

22”

5

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

15”

6

Muskellunge, Tiger Muskellunge

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30

54”

1

Black Bass

December 1–Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June

20”

1

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30

12”

5

  • Regulations apply from Lake Erie upstream to Springville Dam for Cattaraugus Creek.

Catch and Release only for trout and salmon in creek sections described below

Only Artificial lures can be used in Catch and Release sections

Seasonal regulations regarding hooks, leaders, and weights apply.

Stream reaches where Catch and Release regulations apply

CHAUTAUQUA CREEK

From bridge on South Gale St. upstream 1.3 miles to the upper Village of Westfeld water intake dam

EIGHTEENMILE CREEK (ERIE COUNTY)

Main branch of creek (excluding South Branch) contained within Eighteenmile Creek County Park