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Chenango 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 Chenango County
Water 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"
Genegantslet Creek from first Route 220 bridge north of Smithville Flats upstream to mouth of Five Streams Trout All year Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Guilford Lake, Mill Brook Reservoir Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Chenango River, Susquehanna River Muskellunge and Tiger muskellunge 1st Sat. in May-March 15 40" 1 combined
American shad All year Catch and Release fishing only. All American shad shall be returned to the water immediately.
Otselic River Trout April 1 - October 15 Any size 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
October 16- March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only