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Region 6 Regulations

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Jana Lantry, Regional Fisheries Manager

Dulles State Office Bldg.

317 Washington Street

Watertown, NY 13601-3787

(315) 785-2263

fwfish6@dec.ny.gov

COUNTIES:

HERKIMER

JEFFERSON

LEWIS

ONEIDA

REGION-WIDE REGULATIONS

ALL WATERS EXCEPT INLAND TROUT STREAMS, BAITFISH-PROHIBITED WATERS AS LISTED BELOW

Trout

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

ALL BAITFISH-PROHIBITED WATERS LISTED EXCEPT AS LISTED BELOW OR INLAND TROUT STREAMS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-5

COUNTY REGULATIONS

JEFFERSON COUNTY

ALL WATERS EXCEPT AS LISTED IN THE INDIVIDUAL WATERS REGULATIONS

Black Bass 3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, M-12”, D-5 Fishing for Black Bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.

ALL WATERS EXCEPT SANDY POND

Yellow Perch & Sunfish

All year, M-None, D-Any number

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

ALL WATERS EXCEPT AS LISTED IN THE INDIVIDUAL WATERS REGULATIONS

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, M-12”, D-5

Fishing for Black Bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.

INDIVIDUAL LAKE AND POND REGULATIONS

ALLEN POND

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-12”, D– 3

BEARDSLEY LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3,

INDIVIDUAL LAKE AND POND REGULATIONS

BEAVER LAKE (LEWIS COUNTY) I

BLACK LAKE I

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, M-15”, D-5

Fishing for Black Bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

BUTTERFIELD LAKE I

Walleye prohibited

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

CLEAR LAKE (JEFFERSON COUNTY) I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

CRANBERRY LAKE I

Northern Pike

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-None, D-5 HORN LAKE

DELTA RESERVOIR I

EVERGREEN LAKE

Trout April 1–Oct 15, M-none, D-3,

Artifcial lures only

FIRST LAKE OF FULTON CHAIN I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-5

Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3 Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3 Trout

FORESTPORT RESERVOIR I

FOURTH LAKE OF FULTON CHAIN I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-5

Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3

Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

FRANCIS LAKE I

GRASS LAKE I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

HIDDEN LAKE

Use or possession of baitfish is

Trout April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-3,

Artifcial lures only

HINCKLEY RESERVOIR I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

Horn Lake

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Trout Use or possession of baitfish is April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-3,

prohibited Artifcial lures only

HORSESHOE LAKE I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

HYDE LAKE I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

KAYUTA LAKE I

KYSER LAKE I

All year, M-12”, D-3

MASSAWEPIE CONSERVATION EASEMENT – ALL WATERS EXCEPT INLAND TROUT STREAMS

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Trout April 1–Oct 15, -12”, -3

LAKE BONAPARTE I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-5

Lake Trout

All year, –M 18”, D-3

LAKE-OF-THE-WOODS I

Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3 Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

LAKE ONTARIO AND TRIBUTARIES TO 1ST BARRIER

• See Great Lakes & Tributaries

Regulations on pages 62-69.

LAKE OZONIA I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

LIMEKILN LAKE I

Walleye Trout

All year, M-None, D-5

MILLSITE LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3 Lake Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-21”, D-3

All year, M-15”, D-3

MOSHIER RESERVOIR

North Lake

rout

All year, M-9”, D-5

OLD FORGE POND I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-5

Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-21”, D-3

Lake Trout

All year, M-15”, D-3

ONEIDA LAKE EAST OF RTE. 81 BRIDGE I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-15”, D-3

PEAKED MOUNTAIN LAKE

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, M-None, D-3,

Artifcial lures only

PERCH LAKE I

Closed to all fishing from Mar 2–Nov

30

⊲ Ice fishing permitted from Dec 1–Mar 1

PLEASANT LAKE (TOWN OF MACOMB) I

Walleye

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

PROSPECT RESERVOIR

All year, M-12”, D-3

SANDY POND (JEFFERSON COUNTY) I

Yellow Perch & Sunfish

All year, M-None, D-50 of each

INDIVIDUAL LAKE AND POND REGULATIONS

SECOND LAKE OF FULTON CHAIN I

Trout

All year, M-9”, D-5

Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3

Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

SIXBERRY LAKE I

Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3

Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

SIXTOWN POND I

Walleye Catch and Release) is prohibited

1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

SOFit MAPLE RESERVOIR I

STAR LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3 Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3 Atlantic Salmon

All year, M-15”, D-3

STERLING POND I

STILLWATER RESERVOIR I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3

SYLVIA LAKE I

Trout

All year, M-12”, D-3 Lake Trout

All year, M-21”, D-3

TAMARACK POND

Use or possession of baitfish is

prohibited

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, -12”, -3

THIRD LAKE OF FULTON CHAIN I

Trout

All year, -9”, -5

Lake Trout

All year, -21”, -3

Atlantic Salmon

All year, -15”, -3

TOOLEY POND I

Black Bass

3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, Catch and

Release only, Artifcial lures only Fishing for Black Bass (including

outside of the open season.

TROUT LAKE (ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY) I

Trout All year, -12”, -3

Lake Trout All year, – 21”, -3

TUPPER LAKE I

Lake Trout All year, -21”, -3

WHETSTONE MARSH POND WOODHULL LAKE I

Lake Trout April 1–Oct 15, -18”, -3

INDIVIDUAL RIVER AND STREAM REGULATIONS

BARGE (ERIE) CANAL AND TRIBUTARIES I

• From Oneida Lake upstream to Lock 22:

Walleye 1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-15”, D-3

BLACK RIVER

• From Dexter Dam upstream:

Walleye Statewide seasons and limits apply

  • Downstream of Mill St. in Watertown ⊲ See Great Lakes regulations on pages 62-69

EAST BRANCH FISH CREEK

  • From mouth upstream to the Rte. 69 bridge in Taberg:

    Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

FISH CREEK (ONEIDA COUNTY)

  • From Barge Canal upstream to junction of East and West Branches of Fish Creek:

    Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

FISH CREEK (ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY)

• From west side (downstream) side of State Rte. 58 bridge upstream to highest point of Fish Creek Falls in Pope Mills:

Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

GRASS RIVER

• From the downstream side of the ALCOA Rd. Bridge upstream to the upstream side of the Main Street Bridge in the Village of Massena:

Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

• From falls in Rossie downstream to the confuence with the Oswegatchie River:

Black Bass 3rd Sat in June–Nov 30, M-15”, D-5

Fishing for Black Bass (including Catch and Release) is prohibited outside of the open season

Walleye 1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-18”, D-3

  • At Rossie from west side (downstream) of County Rte. 8 bridge upstream to highest point of Rossie Falls:

    Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

MOHAWK RIVER

  • From Delta Lake upstream to bridge in Westernville:

    Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

ONEIDA LAKE TRIBUTARIES I

  • Upstream to 1st barrier impassable by fish:

Walleye 1st Sat in May–Mar 15, M-15”, D-3

OSWEGATCHIE RIVER

• From north side of the lowermost bridge, State Rte. 68, upstream to the dam in Ogdensburg:

Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

INDIAN RIVER I

ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES TO 1ST BARRIER

  • See Great Lakes & Tributaries

    Regulations on pages 62-69.

WEST BRANCH OF FISH CREEK

• From mouth upstream to dam in McConnellsville:

Fishing is prohibited Mar 16 until the Fri preceding the 1st Sat in May

TROUT STREAM REGULATIONS

Trout stream reaches categorized as Wild or Stocked are managed using statewide trout stream regulations (page 6). Regulations for other categorized stream reaches are listed below.

* Asterisk represents streams with more than 1 management category.

STOCKED-EXTENDED

REGULATIONS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, D-3 with no more than 1 longer than 12”

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

MOHAWK RIVER

• From Delta Dam downstream to 1st confuence with Barge Canal

WEST CANADA CREEK*

  • From Bridge St. in Middleville upstream to the 1st bridge (Comstock Bridge) downstream of the mouth of Cincinnati Creek
  • See Catch and Release for additional reach.

WILD-QUALITY

REGULATIONS

Trout

April 1–Oct 15, D-3 with no more than 1 longer than 12”

Oct 16–Mar 31, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

CRYSTAL CREEK

  • From confuence with the Black River upstream to Crystal Pond Dam
  • From Crystal Pond upstream to Erie Canal Rd.

    CATCH AND RELEASE

REGULATIONS

Trout

All year, Catch and Release only, Artifcial lures only

SOUTH BRANCH GRASS RIVER

• From 0.5 mile downstream of Rte. 3 upstream to Grass River Flow

WEST CANADA CREEK*

  • From the 1st bridge (Comstock Bridge) downstream of the mouth of Cincinnati Creek upstream to Trenton Falls dam
  • See Stocked-Extended for additional reach.

BAITFISH PROHIBITED WATERS

Use of baitfish is prohibited in the following waters:

* Note: Statewide Species Seasons and Limits (page 6) apply to most of the Baitfish Prohibited Waters. A select few have their own special trout regulation. Review the Region 6 Regulations to find out which regulation applies.

HERKIMER COUNTY

  • Five Ponds Wilderness
    • Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness
  • Pepperbox Wilderness
    • Pigeon Lake Wilderness
    • West Canada Lake Wilderness

    TOWN OF WEBB

  • Bear Lake
  • Bubb Lake
  • Brewer Lake
    • Buck Lake (0.5 mile north of Hog Pond)
    • Buck Pond (1 mile west of Thirsty Pond)
  • Clear Pond
  • Moss Lake
  • Nicks Lake
  • Big Otter Lake
  • Quiver Pond
  • Razorback Pond
  • Sis Lake
  • Tied Lake
  • Twitchell Lake
    • West Pond (0.6 mile southwest of Big Moose Lake)
  • Wheeler Pond
  • Woods Lake

LEWIS COUNTY

  • Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness

TOWN OF CROGHAN

  • Clear Pond
  • Rock Pond
  • Seepage Pond
  • Trout Pond

    TOWN OF DIANA

  • Green Pond
  • Sealy Pond
  • Silver Dawn Lake
  • Little Silver Dawn Lake

    TOWN OF GREIG

  • Pitcher Pond

    TOWN OF WATSON

  • Cleveland Lake
  • Evies Pond
  • Long Lake
  • Payne Lake

    ONEIDA COUNTY

    TOWN OF FORESTPORT

  • Brandy Lake
  • Round Pond

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

  • Five Ponds Wilderness
    • Raquette-Boreal Wild Forest

    TOWN OF CLARE

  • Allen Pond

    TOWN OF COLTON

  • Burntbridge Pond
  • Church Pond
    • Clear or Hedgehog Pond
  • Curtis Pond
  • Dog Pond
  • Townline Pond
  • Big Trout Pond
  • Little Trout Pond

TOWN OF FINE

  • Long Lake
  • Nicks Pond
  • Round Lake
  • Streeter Lake

    TOWN OF PARISHVILLE

  • Clear Pond
  • Long Pond
  • Lilypad Pond

    TOWN OF PIERCEFIELD

  • Big Trout Pond
  • Black Pond
  • Bottree Pond
  • Bridgebrook Pond
  • Deer Pond
  • Horseshoe Pond
  • Little Trout Pond
  • Long Pond
    • Lows Lake (Bog River upstream of dam above Hitchens Pond)
  • Massawepie Lake
  • Pine Pond
  • Round Pond
  • Townline Pond