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Special Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain

Note: Beginning January 1, 2004, a reciprocal license agreement went into effect for that portion of Lake Champlain within Vermont and New York, as described in Vermont's Title 10 V.S.A. 4609 and the Fish and Wildlife Board Regulation.

Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain

Including all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish*
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit
Trout All year 12" 3
Lake Trout All year 15" 3
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 2
Black Bass 2nd Sat in June - Nov. 30 10" 5
Black Bass Dec 1 thru the Fri preceding the 2nd Sat in June catch-and-release only Artificial lures only
Walleye 1st Sat in May - March 15 18" 3
Northern Pike All year 20" 5
Pickerel All year Any size 10
Crappie All year 8" 25
Yellow Perch and Sunfish
All year Any size Any number
Bullheads, Catfish, Carp, Cisco, Rock Bass, Smelt, Suckers, Whitefish, Yellow Perch, and all other fish not listed in this table. All year Any size Any number
Lake Sturgeon and Mooneye Possession Prohibited

Note: Each fishing line may have no more than two baited hooks or artificial lures with or without added natural bait.

Ice Fishing is legal to take any species during its open season. No more than 15 ice fishing lines may be used for ice fishing from Nov 15 through April 30.

*Contact Region 5 DEC Regional Office at Ray Brook for barrier locations.

Additional Lake Champlain Tributary Regulations

Table listing special fishing regulations for Lake Champlain tributaries
Stream Section Regulations
Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam. Ausable River beginning at the marked boundary 800 feet west of the first bridge upstream from Lake Champlain, continuing upstream and ending at Rainbow Falls. Angling from boats prohibited.
Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam.
Ausable River from D & H railroad bridge upstream to Rainbow Falls.
Boquet River from mouth upstream to Wadhams Falls.
North Branch Boquet and tributaries from mouth to first upstream barrier.

Note additional closed sections below.
From June 15 through December 31:
  • maximum hook gap 1/2 inch
  • fishing prohibited from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise
  • fishing permitted with unweighted artificial flies or unweighted natural baits only (see Definitions). Exception: On the Saranac River, floating lures with one free-swinging hook are also permitted.
  • no supplement weight, such as metal leaders, sinkers, split shot, twist-ons, or swivels may be attached to line, leader, or hook.
North Branch Boquet River and tributaries to first barrier; Mill Brook (in Port Henry) from mouth to falls west of Route 22, Ausable Boat Basin pool at mouth of Ausable Chasm as posted on site. Fishing prohibited from October 1 through December 31 to protect spawning salmon.
Boquet River from marked boundary below Willsboro Dam upstream to Route 22 in Willsboro.
Ausable Boat Basin pool at mouth of Ausable Chasm as posted on site.
Fishing prohibited to protect migrating landlocked salmon.
Chazy River from Route 9B at Coopersville upstream to Perrys Mills Dam. Fishing prohibited March 16 through the opening of walleye season in May to protect spawning walleye