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Tompkins 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 Tompkins 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"
Cayuga Lake and tributaries to first barrier impassable to fish All species See Finger Lakes regulations
Fall Creek from Ithaca Falls upstream Black Bass All year Any size 5
Fall Creek from Route 38 bridge at Freeville upstream to bridge at Groton City Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Tri-County Pond Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Salmon Creek above Ludlowville Falls, West Branch Owego Creek Trout April 1 - October 15 Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Trout October 16 - March 31 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only