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North-Central New York

Public Fishing Rights Maps

Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33' strip on one or both banks of the stream). For more information on PFR and legally permissible activities on those easements, please see our Public Fishing Rights page.

Most PFR easements are on trout streams. While keeping and eating the fish you catch is part of the fishing experience, many people choose to release their catch. If you release the fish you catch, please review our Catching and Releasing Trout page for tips on reducing the mortality of released trout. Want to know how much that fish you released weighed? Our Use a Ruler to Weigh Your Fish page will help you estimate the weight of your catch.

Below are links to pdf files of the generalized location maps that are intended to aid anglers in finding PFR segments and are not survey quality. Width of displayed PFR is displayed wider than reality to make it more visible on the maps. Please look for official PFR signs to ensure that you are in the right location and have legal access to the stream bank.

Prevent the Spread of didymo! - Didymo is an invasive algae that can negatively impact trout populations. It has been found in several of New York's trout streams and could spread to other waters without proper precautions. Wading anglers are a primary means of spreading didymo. For more information on didymo and how you can avoid spreading it, please see the "Didymo Alert" link to the right!

Felt Sole Considerations

DEC encourages anglers to consider alternatives to felt-soled waders such as rubber studded boots. Felt-soles, due to their ability to absorb didymo cells and to stay damp for prolonged periods of time, are a major vector in spreading didymo and require special treatment (prolonged soaking in disinfectant).

Jefferson County

Public Fishing Rights in Jefferson County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Black River (PDF) (Salmon Run Section)
(511 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Coho salmon
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The Black River drains approximately 1,920 square miles of New York. The section from the Mill Street Dam in Watertown downstream to Lake Ontario supports runs of Chinook and Coho Salmon (Sept. to Nov.), steelhead (Oct. to April) and brown trout (year round). Brown trout have a spawning run in the fall from Lake Ontario and are stocked during the spring, providing a year-round opportunity. Quality smallmouth bass and walleye fishing can also be had from their season openers through season closure or ice-in, whichever comes first.
Felt Mills/Townsend Creek (PDF)
(381 kB)
Brook trout Felts Mills Creek in Jefferson County goes by many names including Townsend, Champion, Huddle and White Creek. From the mouth at the Black River to just above St. Rt. 3 it is a wild Brook Trout Fishery. The section above this and including Townsend creek is stocked with 2100 Brook Trout. There is 9.2 miles of Public Fishing Rights and two developed Fisherman Parking Areas.
Jacobs Creek (PDF)
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Brook trout Jacobs creek in Jefferson County is a small but productive Brook Trout stream. It is stocked with around 900 Brook Trout but some wild fish are present. There is 5.4 miles of Public fishing Rights and also a cooperative agreement with a landowner that opens up an additional 1.5 miles. Numerous beaver dams and ponds are found on this low gradient stream.
Lindsey Creek (PDF)
(723 kB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Skinner and Lindsey Creeks are small tributary streams that flow through North Pond into Lake Ontario. Both streams get small runs of Chinook Salmon and steelhead. Chinook Salmon make their spawning run from September through November. Steelhead enter the creeks in November and are present through April when their spawning season is over. Public Fishing Rights (PFR) can be found in scattered sections downstream of Route 11 with some additional PFR on Big Deerlick Creek and Jacob's brook.
Mad River (PDF)
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Brook trout The Mad River is located partially in Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis counties. There are 6.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this large, tree lined stream. The Mad River section in Lewis County is stocked annually with around 400 brook trout. Wild brook trout can be found in the rest of the river.
Sandy Creek (PDF) (aka North Sandy Creek)
(592 kB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Sandy Creek is a medium sized tributary to Lake Ontario via Floodwood Pond just south of Southwick Beach State Park. Substantial runs of Chinook Salmon occur from September through November. Steelhead appear in the creek during November and remain until the spawning season is over in April. Public Fishing Rights can be found in the lower 5 miles of the creek with additional access on Lakeview Wildlife Management Area downstream of Route 3. While this creek doesn't offer the same runs as the more popular Salmon River to the south, it provides an alternative to the crowds that often visit that river.
Skinner Creek (PDF)
(545 kB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Skinner and Lindsey Creeks are small tributary streams that flow through North Pond into Lake Ontario. Both streams get small runs of Chinook Salmon and steelhead. Chinook Salmon make their spawning run from September through November. Steelhead enter the creeks in November and are present through April when their spawning season is over. Public Fishing Rights (PFR) can be found in scattered sections downstream of Route 11 with some additional PFR on Big Deerlick Creek and Jacob's brook.
South Sandy Creek (PDF)
(703 kB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
South Sandy Creek is a medium sized tributary to Lake Ontario that flows through Ellisburg, NY. Substantial runs of Chinook Salmon occur from September through November. Steelhead appear in the creek during November and remain until the spawning season is over in April. Public Fishing Rights (PFR) can be found in most sections of the creek from Ellisburg downstream to South Landing. Additional access can be had on Lakeview Wildlife Management Area downstream of South Landing. This creek is the most popular alternative for anglers avoiding the crowds that are often found on the nearby Salmon River.
Stony Creek (PDF)
(384 kB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Stony Creek is small tributary stream that flows into Lake Ontario just south of Stony Point. A small run of wild Chinook Salmon make their spawning run from September through November. A small run of wild steelhead enters the creek in November and are present through April when their spawning season is over. Public Fishing Rights can be found along most of the creek downstream of Henderson. While this creek doesn't offer the same runs as the more popular Salmon River to the south, it can offer an alternative to the crowds that often visit that river.

Herkimer County

Public Fishing Rights in Herkimer County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Little Black Creek (PDF)
(713 kB)
Brook Trout Little Black Creek is a tributary of the Black River in Herkimer County. There is 3.9 miles of Public Fishing rights and additional county and state forest lands. It has a wild brook trout population throughout its reach.
West Canada Creek Brown Trout
Brook Trout
West Canada Creek is one of the most renowned trout streams in central New York, providing anglers with good fishing for both brown trout and brook trout. Beginning with its headwaters in the southeastern Adirondacks in Hamilton County, West Canada Creek provides good fishing opportunities throughout its length as it flows east and then south through Herkimer and Oneida counties, emptying into the Mohawk River near Herkimer, New York.
Woodhull Creek (PDF)
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Brook Trout Woodhull Creek is located in northern Oneida County, Town of Forestport. It has 3.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights and additional state forest lands. It has a wild brook trout population; however, it can be tough to fish due to the alder covered
banks.

Lewis County

Public Fishing Rights in Lewis County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Alder Creek (PDF)
(430 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Alder Creek in Lewis County is a tributary of the East Branch of Fish Creek. It is currently stocked with 2500 yearling Brown Trout. The upper section supports a wild Brook Trout population that increases as you move upstream towards the headwaters. There are 4.85 miles of Public Fishing Rights and State Forest Land.
East Branch Fish Creek (PDF)
(896 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Brook trout
Atlantic salmon
The East Branch of Fish Creek is located in Lewis and Oneida Counties. There are 22.26 miles of Public Fishing Rights and additional state and easement lands in the headwaters. The lower sections are stocked with Brown and Rainbow Trout. The upper section in Highmarket is stocked with Brook Trout and the new fee and easements lands have wild Brook Trout. Most of the tributaries also contribute wild Browns, Brooks and Rainbows to the main river fishery. You also can catch landlocked Atlantic salmon in the lower section that are being stocked by the Atlantic Salmon Fish Creek Club.
Mad River (PDF)
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Brook trout The Mad River is located partially in Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis counties. There are 6.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this large, tree lined stream. The Mad River section in Lewis County is stocked annually with around 400 brook trout. Wild brook trout can be found in the rest of the river.

Mill Stream (PDF)
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Brook trout Mill Stream is located on the border of Oswego and Lewis counties. There are 6.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small and brush lined stream. Mill stream is not stocked but wild brook trout are found in the stream.
Point Rock Creek (PDF)
(576 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Atlantic salmon
Point Rock Creek is a tributary of EB Fish Creek in Oneida and Lewis Counties. There is almost 20 miles of Public Fishing Rights. The lower section is stocked with 3,000 brown trout. The mid to upper sections transition from a wild brown trout fishery to wild Brook Trout. You can also catch residualized Atlantic salmon stocked by the Atlantic Salmon Fish Creek Club.
Powlish Pond Brook (PDF) (562 kB) Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Brook trout
Powlish Pond Brook located in Lewis County is a tributary to East Branch Fish Creek. It has 2.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights and flows directly into Rome Reservoir. It has a wild brook trout population, and occasionally larger browns and rainbows can be caught in the lower section coming up from the reservoir.
Prince and
Stony Brooks (PDF)
(669 KB)
Brook trout Prince and Stony Brooks are located on the border of Lewis and Oswego counties. There are 0.5 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Prince Brook and one mile along Stony Brook. Neither stream is stocked and wild brook trout are found in both.

Oneida County

Public Fishing Rights in Oneida County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Black Creek (PDF)
(587 KB)
Brown trout Black Creek is located on the border of Oswego and Oneida counties near the town of Cleveland. There are 1.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized brush lined stream. Black Creek is not stocked but does support wild brown trout.
East Branch Fish Creek (PDF)
(896 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Brook trout
Atlantic salmon
The East Branch of Fish Creek is located in Lewis and Oneida Counties. There are 22.26 miles of Public Fishing Rights and additional state and easement lands in the headwaters. The lower sections are stocked with Brown and Rainbow Trout. The upper section in Highmarket is stocked with Brook Trout and the new fee and easements lands have wild Brook Trout. Most of the tributaries also contribute wild Browns, Brooks and Rainbows to the main river fishery. You also can catch landlocked Atlantic salmon in the lower section that are being stocked by the Atlantic Salmon Fish Creek Club.
Little Black Creek (PDF)
(713 kB)
Brook trout Little Black Creek is a tributary of the Black River in Herkimer County. There is 3.9 miles of Public Fishing rights and additional county and state forest lands. It has a wild brook trout population throughout its reach.
Oriskany Creek (PDF) (679 kB) Brown trout Oriskany Creek is located in Madison and Oneida counties and runs from the village of Madison to the Mohawk River. There are 16.2 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized, partially open and swift flowing stream. Both stocked and wild brown trout can be found in the stream which is stocked annually with around 8,050 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 750 two year-old brown trout (12-15").
Point Rock Creek (PDF)
(576 kB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Atlantic salmon
Point Rock Creek is a tributary of EB Fish Creek in Oneida and Lewis Counties. There is almost 20 miles of Public Fishing Rights. The lower section is stocked with 3,000 brown trout. The mid to upper sections transition from a wild brown trout fishery to wild Brook Trout. You can also catch residualized Atlantic salmon stocked by the Atlantic Salmon Fish Creek Club.
Sauquoit Creek (PDF)
(663 kB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Sauquoit Creek is a popular trout stream in Oneida County. It has 5.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights and is stocked with around 6,000 yearling brown trout. It also receives 330 two year old fish. The headwaters are predominantly hold wild brown and brook trout.
Sconondoa Creek (PDF)
(725 kB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Sconondoa Creek is located in southern Oneida County. It has 5.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights. It is stocked with 1900 yearling brown trout. The upper section supports wild brown and brook trout populations with more brook trout found as you move upstream towards the headwaters.
West Canada Creek Brown trout
Brook trout
West Canada Creek is one of the most renowned trout streams in central New York, providing anglers with good fishing for both brown trout and brook trout. Beginning with its headwaters in the southeastern Adirondacks in Hamilton County, West Canada Creek provides good fishing opportunities throughout its length as it flows east and then south through Herkimer and Oneida counties, emptying into the Mohawk River near Herkimer, New York.
West Branch Fish Creek (PDF) 1.3 MB Brown trout Brook trout Atlantic salmon The West Branch of Fish Creek is located in Oswego and Oneida counties. There are 27.8 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized stream. Stocked brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout can be caught in the creek which is stocked annually with around 12,600 one year-old brown trout (8-10") and 200 two year-old brown trout (12-14").
Woodhull Creek (PDF)
(755 kB)
Brook trout Woodhull Creek is located in northern Oneida County, Town of Forestport. It has 3.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights and additional state forest lands. It has a wild brook trout population; however, it can be tough to fish due to the alder covered banks.

St. Lawrence County

Public Fishing Rights in St. Lawrence County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Grass River (PDF)
(341 kB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Grass River and its branches are located in St. Lawrence County. There is 10.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights but many more miles in state forests, forest preserve and conservation easements. We currently stock three sections with Brown Trout, the Russell area, Donnerville State Forest and above and below Degrasse. The upper section of the branches has wild Brook Trout populations. Most of the streams are canoe water.
Little River (PDF)
(781 kB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Little River is a tributary of the Oswegatchie River in St. Lawrence County. It is stocked in two reaches. The lower is from the mouth to the Oswegatchie Trail and is stocked with 1800 brown trout. The upper section is at Aldrich Pond and is stocked with 1700 brook trout. Between these two sections, there is 5.1 miles of Public Fishing Rights and additional Forest Preserve lands. Wild browns and brookies are found throughout both sections, but not in high numbers.
Plumb Brook (PDF)
(541 kB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Plumb Brook is a tributary of the Grass River in the Town Of Russell, St. Lawrence County. There is 3.2 miles of Public Fishing Rights with additional state forest lands. The lower and mid-sections are stocked with 4600 Brown trout. The headwaters have some wild Brook Trout.