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Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Fishing Regulations

And all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish except tributaries to the St. Lawrence River in Franklin and Clinton Counties where general angling regulations apply

Special Fishing Regulations for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit
brown trout, rainbow trout (including steelhead), coho salmon, chinook salmon, pink salmon All year 15", except 21" for rainbow trout

Except 9" 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
walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
muskellunge and tiger muskellunge Third Saturday in June through December 15 48" 1
lake sturgeon, American eel Closed Possession Prohibited
yellow perch, sunfish All year Any size 50
Except Yellow Perch and Sunfish may be taken in any number in Jefferson County
all other fish species Statewide angling regulations apply

Review Great Lakes Tribtaries Regulations for additional special regulations for tributary streams.