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St. Lawrence County Special Fishing Regulations

  • Fishing (including catch & release) for black bass outside of the open season is prohibited.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 St. Lawrence County
Waters 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"
All waters except those listed below: Black bass 3rd Saturday in June to November 30 12" 5 Fishing (including catch & release) for black bass outside of the open season is prohibited.
All rivers and streams except the Raquette River impoundments and those covered by Great Lakes Tributary Regulations Black bass 3rd Sat. in June-Nov 30 10" 5 Fishing (including catch & release) for black bass outside of the open season is prohibited.
All baitfish-prohibited waters (see below) except those listed below Trout Statewide angling regulations apply
Black Lake including the Indian River from falls in Rossie downstream to the confluence with the Oswegatchie River Black bass 3rd Sat. in June-Nov 30 15" 5 Ice fishing permitted.
Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3
Oswegatchie River from north side of the lower most bridge, St. Route 68 upstream to the dam in Ogdensburg Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May
South Branch Grass River from 0.5 mile downstream of Route 3 upstream to Grass River Flow Trout April 1 - Oct 15 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
St.Lawrence River and tributaries to first barrier All species See:
St. Lawrence River Regulations
Great Lakes Tributary Regulations
Tooley Pond Black bass 3rd Sat in June-Nov 30 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Lake Ozonia Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
LL salmon All year 15" 3
Little River (Towns of Fine, Clinton), Oswegatchie River from Cranberry Lake Dam downstream Trout April 1-Nov 30 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Pleasant Lake, Horseshoe Lake Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
St. Regis River from Ft. Jackson upstream to Franklin County Line Trout All year Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Star Lake Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
LL salmon All year 15" 3
Lake trout All year 21" 3
Trout Lake, Sylvia Lake Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Lake trout All year 21" 3
Tupper Lake Lake trout All year 21" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Allen Pond Trout Apr 1 - Oct 15 12" 3
All waters in the Massawepie Conservation Easement Area, Tamarack Pond Trout Apr 1 - Oct 15 12" 3
Cranberry Lake Northern pike 1st Sat. in May - Mar 15 Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Sterling Pond Statewide Angling Regulations Apply Ice fishing permitted

Baitfish-prohibited waters

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in the following waters: All ponds and streams in the Five Ponds Wilderness, and Raquette-Boreal Wilderness Area, also:

  • Town of Clare-Allen Pond
  • Town of Colton-Burntbridge Pond, Church Pond, Clear or Hedgehog Pond, Curtis Pond, Dog Pond, Townline Pond, Big Trout Pond, Little Trout Pond
  • Town of Fine-Long Lake, Nicks Pond, Round Lake, Streeter Lake
  • Town of Parishville-Clear Pond, Long Pond, Lilypad Pond
  • Town of Piercefield-Big Trout Pond, Black Pond, Bottree Pond, Bridgebrook Pond, Deer Pond, Horseshoe Pond, Little Trout Pond, Long Pond, Lows Lake (Bog River upstream of dam above Hitchens Pond), Massawepie Lake, Pine Pond, Round Pond, Townline Pond.