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Hamilton 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 Hamilton County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except those listed below Black Bass 3rd Sat. in June-Nov 30 12" 5
Abanakee Lake (Town of Indian Lake) Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year Any size 3
Lake Algonquin Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Walleye 1st Sat in May - Mar 15 18" 3
Limekiln Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond, Utowana Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 21" 2
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 5
Lake Lila, First Lake of Essex Chain Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 15" 3 Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Piseco Lake Lake trout All year 21" 2 Ice fishing permitted
Landlocked salmon All year 18" 2
Fawn Lake (Town of Lake Pleasant) Lake trout April 1-Oct 15 18" 3 Tip-ups prohibited
Fishing prohibited Oct 16- March 31
Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain Trout All year 9" 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 21" 3
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 3
Lower Sargent Pond Trout April 1-Oct 15 Any size 5 Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Sacandaga Lake tributaries and outlet, Lake Pleasant tributaries Walleye First Saturday
in May through
March 15
18" 3
Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May
Lake Pleasant, Sacandaga Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Pleasant outlet to mouth of the Kunjamuk River Closed from March 16th until the opening walleye season in May.
Hudson River Black bass, Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Indian Lake (Town of Indian Lake), Lake Eaton, Lewey Lake, Raquette Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 21" 2
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 3
Jennings Park Pond Trout April 1-Oct 15 Any size 3 Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Sagamore Lake Lake trout April 1 - Oct 15 18" 3
Round Lake to the boundary with Little Tupper Lake Brook trout April 1 - Oct 15 12" 3 Artificial lures only;
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Seventh Lake, Sixth Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice Fishing Permitted
Lake trout All year 18" 3
Landlocked salmon All year 15" 3
Great Sacandaga Lake tributaries from the upstream mouth to first highway bridge. Sacandaga River and from Bridge Street in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Route 30 Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May
Little Tupper Lake, Rock Pond &Rock Pond Outlet Stream between Rock Pond &Little Tupper Lake Trout April 1 - Oct 15 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only.
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Indian River (Town of Indian Lake) Trout All year Any size 5
Charley Pond Outlet (within W.C. Whitney Area) Fishing prohibited July 1st - Sept 15th

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited on all lands, lakes, ponds and streams of the following geographic areas: Blue Ridge Wilderness, Buell Brook Primitive Area, Five Ponds Wilderness, High Peaks Wilderness (except Raquette River), Hudson Gorge Primitive Area (except Hudson River), Pigeon Lake Wilderness, Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Silver Lake Wilderness (except Sacandaga River), West Canada Lakes Wilderness, William C. Whitney area and the following waters:

  • Town of Arietta-Christian Lake, G Lake, Iron Lake, Jockeybush Lake, Little Moose Lake, Lower Sargent Pond, Middle Sargent Pond, Red Louse Lake
  • Town of Hope-Bennett Lake, Middle Lake, Murphy Lake
  • Town of Indian Lake-Barker Pond, Blue Ledge Pond, Bullhead Pond, First Lake (Essex chain of lakes), Grassy Pond, Little Grassy Pond, Lower Carter Pond, Lower Helms Pond, Middle Helms Pond, OK Slip Pond, Pine Lake, Pine Pond (east of Blue Mt. Lake), Pug Hole Pond, Tirrell Pond, Unknown Pond, Unnamed pond (3/4 mile east of Barker Pond), Upper Carter Pond, Upper Helms Pond
  • Town of Inlet-Bug Lake, Eagle Nest Pond, High Rock Pond, Icehouse Pond, Lost Ponds (3), Mitchell Ponds (2)
  • Town of Lake Pleasant-Panther Mountain Pond
  • Town of Long Lake-Bog Pond, Clear Pond, High Pond, Loon Pond, Lost Pond, Louie Pond, Mays Pond, Mosquito Pond, Owls Head Pond, Raquette Lake Reservoir
  • Town of Morehouse-Bochen Lake, Squaw Lake, Unnamed Pond (1/4 mile southwest of Squaw Lake).