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Cortland 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 Cortland 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"
Goodale Lake, Little York Lake, Casterline Pond, Tri-County Pond Trout All year Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
East Branch Owego Creek, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River, Otselic River Trout April 1- Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
East Branch Owego Creek, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River, Otselic River Trout Oct 16 - March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Otselic River, Tioughnioga River, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River Black bass 3rd Sat. in June-Nov 30 10" 5
Otselic River, Tioughnioga River, East Branch Tioughnioga River, West Branch Tioughnioga River Black bass December 1 - Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Otselic River from County Rt. 169 bridge at Landers Corners downstream to Broome County line Walleye 1st Sat. in May - March 15 18" 3
Skaneateles Lake and tributaries to first barrier All species See Finger Lakes regulations
Tully Lake Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted