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Lower Niagara River Fishing Regulations

Special Fishing Regulations for Lower Niagara River
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 3 (Trout & Salmon) in any combination, not to include more than 1 Atlantic Salmon or 2 Lake Trout
Lake Trout Dec 1 through September 30 None, except only 1 Lake Trout may be between 25" and 30"
Atlantic Salmon All year 25"
Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Third Saturday in June through Dec 15 54" 1
Northern Pike First Saturday in May through March 15 22" 5
Black Bass Statewide Angling Regulations Apply
Walleye First Saturday in May through Dec 31 18" 3
January 1 through March 15 18" 1
Yellow Perch, Sunfish All year Any size 50 of each
Lake Sturgeon, American Eel Closed Possession Prohibited

Note: Statewide gear restrictions apply in Lower Niagara River and tributaries.