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Clinton County Ice Fishing

The table below lists the lakes and ponds in Clinton County that are open to ice fishing. Please note that some waters are privately owned and it is the angler's responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions before fishing these waters.

Ice Fishing Seasons:

  • November 15 - April 30 - for those species in the General Angling Regulations for which there is no closed season or no minimum length.
  • November 15 - March 15 - for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye.

Three (3) hand lines and five (5) tip-ups may be used, except if noted in the Clinton County Special Fishing Regulations. All tip-ups must be marked with the name and address of the operator; the operator must be present when lines (either tip-ups or hand lines) are in the water. Ice shanties must be marked on the outside with the owner's name and address in letters at least three inches high. Shanties must be removed from all waters by March 15.

Clinton County Waters With Ice Fishing
Water Town Ownership Species Regulations
Lake Alice Chazy Public Pks Special Angling Regulations apply
Chateaugay Lake, Upper Dannemora Public/Private LT, RT, LLS, S, YP, NP
Chazy Lake Dannemora Public/Private LT, RT, LLS, YP, S, Pks, NP
Duncan Pond Beekmantown Private No data
Fern Lake Black Brook Private NP, RB, Pks, BC, WAE
Lake Champlain See Special Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain
Lily Pond Ausable Private No data Special Angling Regulations apply
Little Slush Pond Black Brook Private No data
Silver Lake Black Brook Public/Private NP, YP, RB
Union Falls Flow Black Brook Public/Private WAE, NP, YP, RB, Pks
Woodruff Pond Plattsburgh Public/Private No data

All Clinton County waters except Cumberland Bay on Lake Champlain: yellow perch and sunfish - all year; any size; any number, where ice fishing is permitted.

Fish Species Key

  • BC - Black crappie
  • LLS - Landlocked salmon
  • LT - Lake trout
  • NP - Northern pike
  • Pks - Pumpkinseed
  • RB - Rock bass
  • RT - Rainbow trout
  • S - Smelt
  • WAE - Walleye
  • YP - Yellow perch

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