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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. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for information on catching stream trout.

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).

Broome County

Public Fishing Rights in Broome County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Oquaga and Fly Creeks (PDF)
(370 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Oquaga Creek is located in Broome County near the town of McClure. There are 4.2 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) on Oquaga Creek and 0.04 miles on Fly Creek a tributary of Oquaga Creek. Wild brown trout and brook trout are present in both streams, brown trout being more common. Oquaga Creek is also stocked annually with around 3,400 one year-old brown trout (8-9"), and 370 two year-old brown trout (12-15"). Fly Creek is not stocked.
Nanticoke and E.Br Nanticoke Creek (PDF)
(320 KB)
Brown trout Nanticoke and East Br. Nanticoke Creeks are located in Broome County near the town of Maine. There are 0.85 miles of Public Fishing Right's PFR's) along these small partially brushed lined streams. Stocked brown trout and the occasional wild brown can be found in the creeks. There stocked annually with around 5,300 one year-old (8-9") brown trout and 700 two year-old (12-14") brown trout.

Cayuga County

Public Fishing Rights in Cayuga County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Decker and Sayles Creeks (PDF)
(379 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Decker and Sayles Creeks are located in Cayuga County near the town of Moravia. There are 2.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Decker Creek and 0.4 miles of PFR's along Sayles Creek. Both creeks are small and partially open streams. Though neither creek is stocked, both wild brown and brook trout can be found in both.
Dresserville Creek (PDF)
(495 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Dresserville Creek is located in Cayuga County near the town of Moravia. There are 4.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Dresserville Creek. The creek is a small sized partially open stream that is a tributary to Owasco Inlet. Both brown trout and rainbow trout can be found in the stream.
Fall Creek (PDF)
(545 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Smallmouth bass
Fall Creek is located in Cayuga and Tompkins Counties and stretches from Lake Cuomo to Ithaca, where it runs into Cayuga Lake. There are 10.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Fall Creek. The upper section of Fall Creek is stocked annually with around 2,500 brook trout (8-9"), and the lower section gets around 5,400 brown trout (8-9"). Brown trout, brook trout and smallmouth bass are the main game fish above Ithaca Falls. Below Ithaca Falls the fishery is a Finger Lakes Tributary fishery where lake run rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass are the main species.
Hemlock Creek (PDF)
(629 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Hemlock Creek is located in Cayuga County near the town of Locke. There are 1.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights(PFR's) along Hemlock Creek. Hemlock Creek is a medium sized mostly open stream and is a tributary to Owasco Inlet. Brown trout can be found in the creek year round and Hemlock Creek generally receives a good run of rainbow trout from Owasco Lake each spring.
North Brook (PDF)
(311 KB)
Brown trout North Brook is located in Cayuga County between Weedsport and Auburn. There are 2.5 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the brook. North Brook is a small partially open stream that receives a yearly stocking of around 1,350 year-old brown trout (8-9").
Owasco Inlet (PDF)
(987 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Owasco Inlet is located in Tompkins and Cayuga counties near the towns of Locke and Moravia. There are 13.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the Inlet. Owasco Inlet is a medium sized mostly open stream with the lower section having more long deep pools. Brown trout and rainbow trout are the main gamefish found in the Inlet. Owasco Inlet receives a yearly stocking of around 2,600 brown trout (8-9') and 20,000 fingerling rainbow trout (3-5").

Chenango County

Public Fishing Rights in Chenango County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Genegantslet Creek (PDF)
(511 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Genegantslet Creek is located in Chenango County near the town of Smithville Flats. There are 9.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) long this medium sized mostly tree lined stream. Both wild brown trout and brook trout can be found in the stream. Stocked brown trout are more common and the creek is stocked annually with around 4,250 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 230 two year-old brown trout (12-15").
Otselic River (PDF)
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Brown trout
Brook trout
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The Otselic River flows through Madison, Chenango, and Cortland counties and stretches from the town of Otselic to Cincinattus. There are 23 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this large sized mostly open river. Both stocked and wild brown trout are present in the river along with some wild brook trout. Smallmouth bass and walleye can also be found in the lower section of river. The Otselic River is stocked annually with around 14,000 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 2,000 two year-old brown trout (12-15").

Cortland County

Public Fishing Rights in Cortland County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
East Branch Owego Creek (PDF)
(598 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The East Branch of Owego Creek is located in Cortland and Tioga counties near the town of Richford. There are 5.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small partially open stream. The East Branch of Owego Creek is stocked annually with around 6,600 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 950 two year-old brown trout (12-15"). Wild brook trout may also be found in the creek.
East Branch Tioughnioga River (PDF)
(228 KB)
Brown trout
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The East Branch of the Tioughnioga River is located in Cortland County near the town of Truxton. There are 1.5 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this deep pooled river. The East Branch is stocked annually with around 8,800 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 750 two year-old brown trout (12-15"). Smallmouth bass and walleye can also be found in sections of the river.
Factory Brook (PDF)
(324 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Factory Brook is located in Cortland County near the town of Homer. There are 2.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized partially open stream. Factory Brook is not stocked and both wild brown and brook trout can be found in the brook.
Grout Brook (PDF)
(341 KB)
Rainbow trout Grout Brook is located in Cortland County near the town of Scott. There are 1.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small partially open stream. Grout Brook is a tributary to Skaneateles Lake and lake run rainbow trout are the main gamefish. These rainbow trout enter Grout Brook in the early spring to spawn.
Otselic River (PDF)
(1,057 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The Otselic River flows through Madison, Chenango, and Cortland counties and stretches from the town of Otselic to Cincinattus. There are 23 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this large sized mostly open river. Both stocked and wild brown trout are present in the river along with some wild brook trout. Smallmouth bass and walleye can also be found in the lower section of river. The Otselic River is stocked annually with around 14,000 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 2,000 two year-old brown trout (12-15").
Tioughnioga River (PDF)
(472 KB)
Brown trout
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The Tioughnioga River is located in Cortland County near the Town of Marathon. There are four miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this large deep pooled river. Brown trout, smallmouth bass and walleye are the main game fish found in the river and it is not stocked. The river is large enough for small boats and canoes.
West Branch Tioughnioga River (PDF)
(349 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Smallmouth bass
The West Branch of the Tioughnioga River is located in Cortland County near the town of Homer. There are 0.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized partially open river. Both wild and stocked brown trout, the occasional wild brook trout and smallmouth bass are found in the river. The river is stocked annually with around 4,450 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 550 two year-old brown trout (12-15").

Madison County

Public Fishing Rights in Madison County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Chenango River (PDF)
(400 KB)
Brown trout
Smallmouth bass
Walleye
The Chenango River is located in Madison County near the town of Morrisville. There are 2.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this deep slow moving river. Stocked brown trout, smallmouth bass and walleye can be found in the river. The river is stocked annually with around 3,500 one year old brown trout (8-9") and 425 two year-old brown trout (12-15").
Chittenango Creek (PDF)
(479 KB)
Brown trout Chittenango Creek is located in Madison County and runs from the village of Cazenovia to Oneida Lake. There are 2.9 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 14,300 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 1,900 two year-old brown trout (12-15").
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").

Onondaga County

Public Fishing Rights in Onondaga County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Butternut Creek (PDF)
(463 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Butternut Creek is located in Onondaga County and stretches from Apulia Station, flows through Jamesville Reservoir and then combines with Chittenago Creek at Minoa. There are 8.1 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized stream. Both wild and stocked brown trout, along with stocked and the occasional wild brook trout can be found in the creek. Butternut Creek is stocked annually by Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery with around 5,200 one year-old brown trout (8-9"), 2,400 two year-old brown trout (12-14") and 600 brook trout (8-10").
Carpenter's Brook (PDF)
(255 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Carpenter's Brook is located in Onondaga County near the town of Elbridge. There are 0.8 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized brush lined stream. Carpenter's Brook is located below Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery and is stocked annually by the hatchery with around 1,530 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 650 two year-old brown trout (12-14"). The occasional wild brook trout may also be found in the stream.
Fabius Brook (PDF)
(282 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Fabius Brook is located in Onondaga County near the town of Fabius. There are 1.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the brook. There are some wild brown trout and brook trout in Fabius Brook and it's also stocked annually by Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery with around 1,530 one year-old brook trout (9-11").
Limestone Creek (PDF)
(326 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Limestone Creek is located in Onondaga County near the town of Delphi Falls. There are 1.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the creek. Upstream of Route 20 the creek is small and brush lined, below Route 20 it becomes larger and deeper. Both wild brown and brook trout can be found in the creek which is also stocked annually by Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery with around 7,000 one year-old brown trout (8-9"), 4,200 two year-old brown trout (12-14") and 700 one year-old brook trout (9-11").
Ninemile Creek (PDF)
(484 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Ninemile Creek is located in Onondaga County near the towns of Camillus and Marcellus. There are 4.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized mostly open stream. Ninemile Creek is a popular fly fishing location. Both wild brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout are found in the stream.The stream is also stocked annually by Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery with around 11,500 one year-old brown trout (8-9"), 4,300 two year-old brown trout (12-14") and 2,280 one year-old brook trout (9-11").
Shotwell Brook (PDF)
(194 KB)
Rainbow trout Shotwell Brook is located in Onondaga County southeast of the village of Skaneateles. There are 0.01 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized brush lined stream which is a tributary to Skaneateles Lake. Showell Brook is not stocked but usually receives a small run of rainbow trout from Skaneateles Lake each spring.

Oswego County

Public Fishing Rights in Oswego 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.
Big Bay and
Dykeman Creeks (PDF)

(360 KB)
Brook trout Big Bay and Dykeman Creeks are located in Oswego County near the town of Mallory. There are six miles of Public Fishing Right's (PFR's) on Big Bay Creek and one mile on Dykeman Creek. They are both small sized, brush lined and lightly fished streams. These streams are not stocked but both support populations of wild brook trout.
Grindstone Creek (PDF)
(3700 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Grindstone Creek is located in Oswego County near the town of Port Ontario. There are 5.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized brush lined stream. Grindstone Creek is a tributary to Lake Ontario and enters the Lake at Selkirk Shores State Park. Lake run steelhead (rainbow trout) along with lake run brown trout and Chinook salmon can be found in the creek along with an occasional wild brook trout. Grindstone Creek is stocked annually with around 5,000 steelhead fingerlings.
Little Sandy Creek (PDF)
(330 KB)
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Little Sandy Creek is located in Oswego County near the town of Sandy Creek. There are 3.4 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small sized tree lined stream. Little Sandy Creek is a tributary to Lake Ontario and enters the lake through South Sandy Pond. Even though Little Sandy Creek is not stocked it receives a spring run of wild steelhead (rainbow trout) and a fall run of Chinook salmon.
Mill Stream (PDF)
(966 KB)
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.
Mad River (PDF)
(1,046 KB)
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.
North Branch Salmon
River (PDF)

(516 KB)
Brook trout The North Branch of the Salmon River is located in Oswego County near the town of Redfield. There are 8.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized mostly brush lined stream. Both wild and stocked brook trout can be found in the river which is stocked annually with around 2,000 one year-old brook trout (8-10").
Orwell and
Pekin Brooks (PDF)

(456 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Orwell and Pekin Brooks are located in Oswego County near the town of Altmar. There are 2.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Orwell Brook and 0.5 along Pekin Brook. Orwell Brook and Pekin Brook are medium sized brush lined streams that are tributaries to the Salmon River. Both streams receive spring runs of steelhead (rainbow trout) and fall runs of Chinook salmon and lake run brown trout. The streams are not stocked but are important spawning areas for trout and salmon.
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.
Salmon River (PDF)
(892 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Coho salmon
Atlantic salmon
Smallmouth bass
The Salmon River is located in Oswego County near the village of Pulaski. There are 12 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the river. The Salmon River is a world class sport fishery for Chinook and coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead (rainbow trout),and brown trout. Smallmouth bass are also found in the river. The Salmon River is stocked annually with around 300,000 Chinook salmon, 80,000 coho salmon, 100,000 steelhead (rainbow trout) and 30,000 Atlantic salmon. Significant natural reproduction also takes place in the river. The Salmon River Fish Hatchery is located on a tributary to the Salmon River and is the egg collection point for all of the NYS Lake Ontario Chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead stocking program.
Salmon River (East Branch) (PDF) (345 KB) Brook trout Rainbow trout The Salmon River, also called the East Branch of the Salmon River, is located in the town of Redfield on the border of Oswego and Lewis counties. There are 5 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized tree-lined stream. Each year the Oswego County section of the stream is stocked with around 1,000 rainbow trout and 1,000 brook trout. There are also some wild brook trout found in the stream.
Scriba Creek and
Spring Brook (PDF)

(318 KB)
Brown trout Scriba Creek and Spring Brook are located in Oswego County near the town of Constantia. There are 0.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Scriba Creek and 0.06 miles along Spring Brook. Both brooks are medium sized mostly brush lined streams. Neither brook is stocked, but wild brown trout can be found in both.
Trout and John O'Hara
Brooks (PDF)

(612 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Chinook salmon
Coho salmon
Trout and John O'Hara Brooks are located in Oswego County near the town of Richland. There are 5.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along Trout Brook and 2.8 miles along John O'Hara Brook. Both are medium sized brush lined streams. John O'Hara Brook is a tributary to Trout Brook. Trout Brook itself is a tributary to the Salmon River. Neither stream is stocked; however, they still receive spring runs of steelhead (rainbow trout) and fall runs of Chinook and coho salmon and lake run brown trout. Trout and John O'Hara brooks are both important spawning area for trout and salmon.
West Branch of Fish Creek (PDF) (1.3 KB)

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").

Tioga County

Public Fishing Rights in Tioga County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
East Branch
Owego Creek (PDF)

(598 Kb)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The East Branch of Owego Creek is located in Cortland and Tioga counties near the town of Richford. There are 5.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small partially open stream. The East Branch of Owego Creek is stocked annually with around 6,600 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 950 two year-old brown trout (12-15"). Wild brook trout may also be found in the creek.
West Branch
Owego Creek (PDF)

(675 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The West Branch of Owego Creek is located on the border of Tioga and Tompkins counties near the town of Speedsville. There are 1.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized mostly open stream. Both wild brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout can be caught in the creek which is also stocked annually with around 5,000 one year-old brown trout (8-10") and 650 two year-old brown trout (12-15").

Tompkins County

Public Fishing Rights in Tompkins County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Column 3
Cayuga Inlet (PDF)
(526 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Atlantic salmon
Smallmouth bass
Cayuga Lake Inlet is located in Tompkins County near the city of Ithaca. There are 7.9 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this small to medium sized stream. Cayuga Inlet is a major spawning stream for Cayuga Lake rainbows and a vast majority (around 70%) of the rainbows in the Inlet are wild fish. Enfield Creek, a tributary to Cayuga Inlet, is stocked annually with around 10,000 rainbow trout (Finger Lakes strain). Rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass can all be caught in the stream. The NYSDEC Cayuga Inlet Fishway is located on the inlet and is an important rainbow trout egg collection and sea lamprey control point.
Salmon Creek (PDF)
(353 KB)
Brown trout
Rainbow trout
Atlantic salmon
Smallmouth bass
Salmon Creek is located in Tompkins County near the village of Ludlowville. There are 1.1 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium to large sized stream which has some bed rock sections. The lower section (from Ludlowville Falls downstream) has lake run rainbow and brown trout, Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass and is stocked annually with around 30,000 rainbow trout (3-6"). Upstream of the falls both wild and stocked brown trout can be caught. This area receives an annual stocking of around 2,600 one year-old brown trout (8-10").
West Branch
Owego Creek (PDF)

(675 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The West Branch of Owego Creek is located on the border of Tioga and Tompkins counties near the town of Speedsville. There are 1.6 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along this medium sized mostly open stream. Both wild brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout can be caught in the creek which is also stocked annually with around 5,000 one year-old brown trout (8-10") and 650 two year-old brown trout (12-15").