Lake Erie and Tributaries Angling Regulations
|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||First Saturday In May through March 15||22"||5|
|walleye||First Saturday in May through March 15||15"||6|
|muskellunge, tiger muskellunge||Third Saturday in June through November 30||54"||1|
|yellow perch, sunfish||All year||Any size||50 of each|
|black bass||First Saturday in May through Friday before Third Saturday in June||20"||1|
|Third Saturday in June through November 30||12"||5|
|December 1 through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May||Catch and Release only||Artificial lures only|
|lake sturgeon||Closed||Possession Prohibited|
|all other fish species||Statewide angling regulations apply|
Review Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for regulations that apply to all Great Lakes waters.
SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR LAKE ERIE TRIBUTARIES
Lake Erie Tributaries with Seasonal Closures
Fishing is prohibited from Jan. 1 through March 31 on Spooner Creek and its tributaries, and North Branch Clear Creek and tributaries from Taylor Hollow Road upstream to the outflow of Clear Lake.
Lake Erie Year-Round Catch-and-Release Regulations for Chautauqua and Eighteenmile Creeks
- Catch and release only for trout and salmon in creek sections described below
- Only artificial flies or artificial lures can be used in catch-and-release sections
- Seasonal regulations regarding hooks, leaders, and weights apply (see below)
|Chautauqua Creek||Chautauqua||From the bridge on South Gale Street upstream 1.3 Miles to the upper dam used by the Village of Westfield for water intake.|
|Eighteenmile Creek||Eri||Main Branch of Eighteenmile Creek (Erie County), excluding S. Branch, contained within the Eighteenmile Creek County Park.|
Portions of Lake Erie Tributaries Subject to Seasonal (September 1 through March 31) Regulations
The following tributary sections are subject to seasonal fishing regulations described below during the period September 1 through March 31:
|Water||County||Portion of Tributary Subject to Seasonal Regulations|
|Cattaraugus Creek||Erie & Cattaraugus||From the Aldrich Street Extension Bridge in Gowanda upstream to Springville Dam|
|Buffalo River and Tributaries to the Buffalo River||Erie||From the I-90 (NYS Thruway) bridge upstream to first barrier impassable by fish|
|All other tributaries||All||From the bridge closest to the mouth upstream to first barrier impassable by fish|
Lake Erie Tributary Seasonal Fishing Regulations
- Fishing only permitted one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset (fishing at night is prohibited).
Hook, Leader and Weight Regulations
- The distance between a hook's shaft and point cannot exceed one-half inch.
- Hooks attached to any lure must be freeswinging, except on an artificial fly.
- Use of hooks with added weight is prohibited, except for artificial flies and jigs weighing no more than one-eighth ounce 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.