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Cayuga County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the General Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column, they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Cayuga County
Waters Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except those listed below Trout April 1-Oct 15 Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and their tributaries to first barrier All species See Finger Lakes regulations
Cross Lake, Seneca River Northern pike 1st Sat. in May-March 15 22" 5 Ice fishing permitted
Cross Lake, Seneca River from Jordan Rd. to Plainville Rd. in Onondaga Co. Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge Angling and dipnetting prohibited from March 16 until the opening of the walleye season
Lake Ontario and tributaries to first barrier All species See:
Lake Ontario Regulations
Great Lakes Tributary Regulations
Salmon Creek Trout April 1 to Oct 15 Any size 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Oct 16 - March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Owasco Lake Outlet Lake trout All year 15" 3