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Chautauqua 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 Chautauqua County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except as listed below Trout April 1 - Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Chautauqua Lake and its tributaries and the Chadakoin River to Warner Dam Muskellunge and Tiger muskellunge Last Sat in May-Nov 30 40" 1
Walleye 1st Sat in May - Mar 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Goose Creek Trout All year Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Lake Erie See Great Laks Regulations
Clear Creek (Ellington), Prendergast Creek Trout April 1 - Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Oct 16 - March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only