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Essex 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 Essex County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
Lake Champlain and tributaries to the first barrier All species See Lake Champlain regulations
Boquet River from Wadhams Falls upstream to Route 9N in Elizabethtown Trout April 1-Oct 15 9" 5
Indian River Trout All year Any size 5
West Branch Ausable River except section below: Trout April 1-Oct 15 Any size 5
West Branch Ausable River from mouth of Holcomb Pond Outlet downstream to marked boundary 2.2 miles downstream of Monument Falls Trout All year Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
West Branch Ausable River from the Whiteface Ski Center bridge downstream to the Rt 86 bridge at the flume Trout All year Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Bigsby Pond, Copperas Pond Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 15" 3 Tip-ups prohibited
Fishing prohibited Oct. 16-Mar 31
Eagle Lake, Connery Pond, Hudson River Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Upper and Lower Cascades Round whitefish Possession Prohibited Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
First Lake of Essex Chain, Pharaoh Lake Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 15" 3 Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Lake George and tributaries upstream to first barrier impassable by fish Lake trout, Landlocked salmon, Trout, Smelt See Lake George under Warren County Use or possession of smelt prohibited
Yellow perch, Sunfish All year Any size 50
Crane Pond Lake trout All year 15" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Paradox Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 21" 3
Mirror Lake, Lake Placid Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 15" 3
Moose Pond (Town of St. Armand) Black Bass April 1-Nov 30 Any size Any Number Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 15" 3
Schroon Lake, Schroon River from Schroon Lake upstream to Alder Meadow Rd. Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 18" 2
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 3
Ticonderoga Creek from lower falls upstream to Lake George Lake trout, Landlocked salmon, Trout Lake Champlain regulations apply
Harris Lake, Franklin Falls Flow Walleye 1st Saturday in May through Mar 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited on all lands, lakes, ponds, and streams of the following geographic areas: Dix Mountain Wilderness, Giant Mountain Wilderness, High Peaks Wilderness, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Hudson Gorge Primitive Area (except Hudson River), McKenzie Mountain Wilderness (except West Branch of the Ausable River), Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and Sentinel Range Wilderness (except East Branch Ausable River) and the following waters:

  • Town of Jay - Clements Pond
  • Town of Minerva - Barnes Pond, Black Pond, Center Pond, Clear Pond, Corner Pond, Deer PondFirst Lake (Essex Chain of Lakes), Hewitt Pond, Jackson Pond, Mud Pond (north of Clear Pond), Mud Pond (north of Third Essex Lake Chain), Nate Pond, Pine Lake, Rankin Pond, Little Rankin Pond; Second, Third and Forth Lakes of Essex Chain; Sherman Pond, Stony Pond, Twenty Ninth Pond
  • Town of Newcomb - Beaver Lake (south of Lake Andrew), Cedar (or Roundtop) Pond, Cheney Pond (northwest of Split Rock Lake), Chub Pond, Clear Pond; Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eigth Lakes of Essex Chain; Jackson Pond, Lake Andrew, Mud Pond (north of Clear Pond)Newcomb Lake (including Upper and Lower Duck Hole), Unnamed Pond (north of LeClair Brook), Upper and Lower Preston Ponds, Henderson Lake
  • Town of North Elba - Big Cherry Patch Pond, Cameras Pond, McKenzie Pond, Tom Peck Pond, Upper and Lower Preston Ponds
  • Town of North Hudson - Bass Lake, Bloody Pond, Boreas Pond, Challis Pond, Courtney Pond, Howard Pond, Moose Mountain Pond, Triangle Pond, Lower Twin Pond, Upper Twin Pond, White Lily Pond
  • Town of St. Armand - Moose Pond; Town of Schroon - Cotters Pond
  • Town of Willmington - Morgan Pond (Cooperkill)
  • Town of Moriah - Goose Puddle, Trout Pond
  • Town of Schroon - Cotters Pond