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Niagara River Regulations

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UPPER NIAGARA RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES SEASONS AND LIMITS

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

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

All year

None

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 and Tiger Muskellunge

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30

54”

1

Black Bass (north of the Peace Bridge)

Statewide Angling Regulations Apply

Statewide gear restrictions apply in Upper Niagara River and tributaries.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES SEASONS AND LIMITS

Species

Open Season

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

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

All year

15”, except 21” for Rainbow Trout

3 (Trout & Salmon) in any combination, not to include more than 1 Atlantic Salmon or 2 Lake Trout

Lake Trout

Dec 1–Sept 30

None, except only 1 Lake Trout may be between 25” and 30”

Atlantic Salmon

All year

25”

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge

3rd Sat in June–Dec 15

54”

1

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May–Mar 15

22”

5

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Dec 31

18”

3

Jan 1–Mar 15

18”

1

American Eel

Closed

Possession prohibited

Statewide gear restrictions apply in Lower Niagara River and tributaries.