Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Tributaries Angling Regulations
|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
Except 9" for brown trout in Irondequoit Creek (entire), Lindsey Creek and Skinner Creek (Oswego and Jefferson Counties), and the Black River (Jefferson County)
|3 in any combination not to include more than 1 rainbow trout (or steelhead) in the tributaries|
|lake trout||Jan. 1 through September 30||none||2 except no more than 1 shall be between 25" and 30"|
|Atlantic salmon||All year||25"||1|
|northern pike||First Saturday in May through March 15||22"||5|
|Black Bass (Lake Ontario & tributaries except in Jefferson County and including the St. Lawrence River & tributaries)||Statewide angling regulations apply|
|Black Bass (Lake Ontario and tributaries in Jefferson
County & St. Lawrence River and tributaries)
|3rd Saturday in June through Nov 30||12"||5|
|Fishing for black bass (including catch and release) is prohibited outside of the open season|
|walleye||First Saturday in May through March 15||18"||3|
|muskellunge and tiger muskellunge||Third Saturday in June through December 15||54"||1|
|lake sturgeon, American eel||Closed||Possession Prohibited|
|yellow perch, sunfish||All year||Any size||50 of each
Except Yellow Perch and Sunfish may be taken in any number in Jefferson County
|all other fish species||Statewide angling regulations apply|
* Statewide Angling Regulations apply to all St. Lawrence River tributaries in Clinton and Franklin Counties.
Review Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for regulations that apply to all Great Lakes waters.
SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR LAKE ONTARIO TRIBUTARIES EXCEPT THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER AND SALMON RIVER
Lake Ontario Tributaries with Seasonal Closures
Little Sandy Creek (Oswego County): Fishing is prohibited from March 16 through the first Saturday in May from the State Route 3 bridge downstream 850 feet to the intersection of the channelized area and upstream 1.0 miles from the bridge to the Public Fishing Rights section.
Sections of Lake Ontario Tributaries Subject to Seasonal (Sept. 1 to Mar. 31) Regulations
The following tributary sections are subject to seasonal fishing regulations described below during the period September 1 to March 31:
|Water||County||Portion of Tributary Subject to Seasonal Regulations|
|Eighteenmile Creek||Niagara||From the Route 18 bridge upstream to Burt Dam|
|Oak Orchard Creek||Orleans||From the power lines that are 1.9 miles upstream (south) of Route 18 bridge upstream to Waterport Dam|
|Genesee River||Monroe||From the State Routte 104 Bridge upstream to the Lower Falls|
|Sterling Creek||Cayuga||From Old State Road to impassable barrier upstream of Route 104A|
|Sterling Valley Creek||Cayuga||From McIntyre Road to impassable barrier upstream of Route 104A|
|Oswego River||Oswego||From the Utica Street bridge upstream to the Varick Dam|
|Catfish Creek||Oswego||From the mouth upstream to dam at County Route 1|
|Black River||Jefferson||From the upstream tip of the lowermost island to Mill Street dam in Watertown|
|All other tributaries||All||From the bridge closest to the mouth upstream to first barrier impassable by fish|
Lake Ontario Waters and Tributaries Exempted from Seasonal Tributary Regulations
The following regulations apply except those listed in the table below:
|Niagara River||Erie & Niagara||Upper Niagara River or Lower Niagara River regulations apply|
|Round Pond, Buck Pond, Long Pond, Cranberry Pond, and Irondequoit Bay||Monroe||Lake Ontario regulations apply|
|Sodus Bay||Wayne||Lake Ontario regulations apply|
|South Sandy Pond||Oswego||Lake Ontario regulations apply|
Lake Ontario Tributary Seasonal Fishing Regulations
Fishing from one-half hour after sunset to onehalf hour before sunrise is prohibited except in the Black River (Jefferson County) from Lake Ontario upstream to the Route 180 bridge in Dexter, where fishing is permitted at all times.
Hook, Leader and Weight Regulations
Only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except as outlined below for floating lures and artificial flies.
Hooks attached to any lure must be freeswinging, except on an artificial fly.
An artificial fly may not have more than two hook points.
The gap between a hook's shaft and point cannot exceed one-half inch.
Use of hooks with added weight is prohibited, except that artificial flies and jigs weighing no more than one-eighth ounce are permitted.
A floating lure is a lure that floats at rest in water with or without any weight attached to the lure, leader or line.
Can have multiple treble hooks.
Any hooks on a floating lure must be attached to the lure by a ring or swivel except for artificial flies.
The distance between the body of a floating lure and the points of any attached hooks shall not exceed one and one-half inches.
Leaders and Weights
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.
Any weight added to the line, leader, swivels, artificial fly or lure shall not hang lower than the hook when the line or leader is held vertically.