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Ice Fishing in Region 6

During northern New York's cold winter months, it is not uncommon to see ice fisherman with their tip-ups and ice shanties dotting the region's many frozen lakes and rivers. A person doesn't have to travel very far in the region to find a place to ice fish and many folks will come in from afar to avail themselves of the ice fishing opportunities. From small ponds, some rivers and the barge canal, to shallow bays on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the variety of fish species and locations can keep the most avid of ice fisherman busy all winter.

Ice fishermanIn a typical North Country winter the ice fishing season is a long one. Often ice conditions permit December fishing and in most years the season continues well beyond the end of northern pike and walleye season on March 15th. Of utmost importance to the ice angler is condition of the ice. When deciding if ice is safe, it is always best to err on the side of caution. Always test the ice before setting forth. It is also a good idea to talk to the local people about areas that traditionally have thin ice conditions due to springs or moving water, i.e. the mouth of a tributary.

The mainstay of ice fishing in Northern New York are panfish, yellow perch, walleye and northern pike. A good place to fish for these species is where you see others already fishing or where they have fished. Some opportunities for catching other species does exist including a few waters where anglers are allowed to take trout and salmon through the ice. To be sure what species are open for ice fishing, size restrictions and bag limits, be sure to check the fishing regulation guide and look at the special regulation section.

Lakes & Ponds in Region 6 Open to Ice Fishing (10 Acres and Larger) (for private access - ask permission)
County Town Body of Water Species Available Access
Herkimer Manheim/Orion Beardsley/
Keyser Lk.
Panfish Public
Webb First Lake Yellow perch, tiger muskellunge Private
Forestport Forestport Res. Chain pickerel Public
Webb Fourth Lake Yellow perch, lake trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon Public
Forestport Kayuta Lake Pickerel, panfish Public
Ohio Limekiln Lake Splake Public
Webb Moshier Reservoir Tiger muskellunge, panfish Undeveloped
Ohio North Lake Tiger muskellunge, perch Public
Webb Old Forge Pond Yellow perch Undeveloped
Webb Second Lake Yellow perch Undeveloped
Salisbury Spruce Lake Chain pickerel Private
Webb Stillwater Reservoir Splake Public
Webb Third Lake Yellow perch, lake trout, rainbow trout Undeveloped
Multiple Mohawk River/ Barge Canal Yellow perch, walleye, panfish Public
Warren Weaver Lake Panfish Public
Warren Youngs Lake Panfish Public
Jefferson Antwerp Antwerp Pond Northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch Undeveloped
multiple Black River Bay Northern pike, yellow perch, walleye Public
Alexandria Butterfield Lake Walleye, northern pike, yellow perch Public
multiple Chaumont Bay/ Guffin Bay Northern pike, yellow perch Public
Alexandria Clear Lake Yellow perch, walleye, northern pike Public
Ellisburg Colwell Pond Northern pike, yellow perch Public
Theresa Crystal Lake Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch Private
Theresa Grass Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge, walleye Public
Henderson Henderson Bay Northern pike, yellow perch, brown trout, rainbow trout Public
Theresa Hyde Lake Walleye, tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie yellow perch Public
Orleans Lake of the Isles Northern pike, yellow perch, panfish Public
Theresa Lake of the Woods Lake trout, whitefish, northern pike (no rainbow trout fishing) Public
Ellisburg Lakeview Pond Yellow perch, northern pike, sunfish Public
Theresa Millsite Lake Northern pike, cisco (no lake or rainbow trout fishing) Public
Theresa Moon Lake Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, tiger muskellunge Public
Alexandria Mud Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie Public
Theresa Muskellunge Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie Private
Antwerp Payne Lake Walleye, yellow perch, northern pike Public
Orleans Perch Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie Public
Champion Pleasant Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie Private
Theresa Red Lake Walleye, northern pike, yellow perch Public
Theresa Sixberry Lake Walleye (no lake or rainbow trout fishing) Public
Henderson Sixtown Pond Walleye, northern pike, yellow perch Public
Lewis Watson Beaver Lake Yellow perch, chain pickerel Undeveloped
Greig Brantingham Lake Yellow perch, chain pickerel Private
Watson Chase Lake Yellow perch, chain pickerel Private
Watson Francis Lake Yellow perch, chain pickerel Public
Diana Lake Bonaparte Northern pike, walleye, brown trout, yellow perch, lake trout Public
Croghan/Orion Soft Maple Res. Tiger muskellunge Public
Martinsburg Whetstone Marsh Tiger muskellunge Public
Oneida Sangerfield Chittning Pond Chain pickerel, panfish Public
Western Delta Reservoir Walleye, yellow perch, northern pike Public
Vienna Oneida Lake Walleye, yellow perch, northern pike Public
Morristown Black Lake Northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie, walleye Public
St. Lawrence Parishville Blake Falls Res. Walleye, yellow perch Public
Colton Carry Falls Res. Walleye, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge Public
Hermon Cedar Lake Yellow perch Private
Fine Greenfield Pond Yellow perch Private
Macomb Hickory Lake Yellow perch, northern pike Private
Colton Higley Falls Res. Walleye, northern pike, yellow perch Public
Piercefield Horseshoe Lake Tiger muskellunge, walleye Public
Edwards Huckleberry Yellow perch Public
Norwood/Orion Norwood Res. Walleye, yellow perch, black crappie Public
Hopkinton Lake Ozonia Trout, Landlocked salmon Public
Piercefield Piercefield Flow Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch Public
Macomb Pleasant Lake Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch Public
Parishville Rainbow Falls Res. Walleye, yellow perch Public
Colton/Orion S. Colton Reservoir Walleye, yellow perch Public
Colton/Orion Stark Falls Res. Walleye, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge Public
Fine Star Lake Trout, lake trout Public
Parishville Sterling Pond Walleye Private
Hermon Trout Lake Trout, lake trout, walleye Private
Rossie Yellow Lake Northern pike, yellow perch Private