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North Central NY Fishing

A boy holding up a brook trout caught on the Tug Hill Plateau

This page contains links with information on places to fish in North Central New York. There is also information on each fishing spot such as physical features, species stocked, species occurring naturally, special regulations, and public access.

Our fisheries unit manages fishery resources in an 8,000 square mile region of the state The area extends from the Mohawk Valley in the south to the St. Lawrence River in the north and from the Adirondack Mountains west to the Tug Hill Plateau and Lake Ontario. Region Six contains extensive fishery resources ranging from Adirondack wilderness brook trout to trophy Great Lakes salmon and walleye. There are highly productive warmwater fisheries in the Indian River Lakes system, urban trout streams in the Mohawk Valley and world class muskellunge fishing in the St. Lawrence River.

In all, there are some 2,700 lakes and ponds with a total area of 110,000 acres, and 8,000 permanent streams and rivers totaling 11,700 miles. Three thousand miles of these support trout populations. We manage 110 miles (76,000 acres) of the St. Lawrence River, and over 800 square miles of eastern Lake Ontario.

The region has more than 340 miles of Public Fishing Rights on 112 streams. Boat access is provided at 80 sites. In 2007 anglers took advantage of these opportunities to the tune of 2.7 million trips, contributing $65 million in direct local expenditures to the regional economy. This North Central region contains at least part of three of the four most fished waters in the state: Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the St. Lawrence River (Lake Erie is number 3).

WANTED: Lake Ontario Bass Anglers to participate in a Lake Ontario Black Bass Angler Diary Program. For more information, click on the link to the right.

Access for Anglers with Disabilities

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Read about accessible fishing piers, platforms and launches that provide access to waters in North Central New York.

Fishing in DEC Region 6

Herkimer County

Jefferson County

Lewis County

Oneida County

St. Lawrence County

Black River

Grass River

Indian River and Lakes