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Erie 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 Erie 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
Lake Erie, Niagara River, and their tributaries to the first barrier, Cattaraugus Creek downstream of Springville Dam, that portion of Ellicott Creek within Amherst State Park All species

See:
Lake Erie Regulations
Upper Niagara River Regulations

Great Lakes Tributaries Regulations

Hosmer (Sardinia) Brook Trout April 1-Oct 15 9" 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Hosmer (Sardinia) Brook Trout Oct 16 - March 31 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam Trout April 1 - October 15 Any size 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam Trout Oct 16 - March 31 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Buffalo River and tributaries to first barrier impassable by fish All species See Great Lakes Tributary Regulations