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Region 5 Special Fishing Regulations

Select a county to view waters with special regulations:
Clinton || Essex || Franklin || Fulton || Hamilton || Saratoga || Warren || Washington

Review additional special regulations when fishing within:
Inland Trout Streams || Border Waters (Lake Champlain and Tributaries) || Baitfish Prohibited Waters

Statewide seasons and limits apply only if the water you're fishing or the species you're fishing for is not identified within any of the following:
- county special regulations listed below, or
- additional special regulated waters in the link(s) above

Clinton County

Water Special Regulations
Chazy Lake Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Cranberry Pond
(Town of Black Brook)
Ice fishing prohibited
Great Chazy River
(from Rte. 9B at Coopersville upstream to Perrys Mills Dam)
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Mud Pond
(Town of Black Brook)
Ice fishing prohibited
Mud Pond
(Town of Black Brook - 2 miles south of Riverview)
Mud Pond
(Town of Dannemora)

Essex County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
Bigsby Pond
  • Fishing prohibited October 16 through March 31
  • Ice Fishing Permitted. Maximum of 3 ice-fishing lines allowed
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Connery Pond
(Town of North Elba)
Ice fishing permitted
Copperas Pond
  • Fishing prohibited October 16 through March 31
  • Ice Fishing Permitted. Maximum of 3 ice-fishing lines allowed
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Crane Pond
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Eagle Lake Ice fishing permitted
First Lake of Essex Chain
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Harris Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Lake George
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Atlantic Salmon, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-2
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-23", Daily Limit-2
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited
Lake George Tributaries
from Lake George upstream to first barrier impassable by fish
  • Fishing is prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM from April 1 through May 15
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession is prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited
Lake Placid Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Lower Cascade Lake Round Whitefish, Possession prohibited
Mirror Lake Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Moose Pond
(Town of St. Armand)
Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Paradox Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Pharaoh Lake
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Putnam Pond
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Schroon Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Schroon River
from Schroon Lake upstream to Alder Meadow Road
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
  • Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, All year, Daily Limit-5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Upper Cascade Lake Round Whitefish, Possession prohibited

Franklin County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
All waters
  • Black Bass:
    • June 15 through November 30, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-5
    • Fishing for black bass, including catch & release, is prohibited outside of the open season
Big Fish Pond Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Kiwassa Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Lake Clear Ice fishing permitted
Lake Colby Ice fishing permitted
Lake Kushaqua
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Little Clear Pond and Tributaries Fishing prohibited
Little Fish Pond Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Little Green Pond and Tributaries Fishing prohibited
Little Wolf Pond
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Meacham Lake Ice fishing permitted
Mountain Pond
(Town of Brighton)
Trout, April 1-Nov 30, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Rollins Pond
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Saranac River
from Hough Brook at Union Falls Flow upstream to Franklin Falls Flow Dam
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
St. Lawrence River See Great Lakes & Tributaries Regulations
St. Regis Falls Impoundment
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
St. Regis Pond Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Tupper Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Upper Saranac Lake
  • Ice Fishing Permitted, Maximum of 3 ice-fishing lines allowed
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-23", Daily Limit-3

Fulton County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
Canada Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
East Caroga Lake Ice fishing permitted
Great Sacandaga Lake
Great Sacandaga Lake Tributaries
(Except Sacandaga River) from the stream mouth upstream to 1st road bridge
Fishing is prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Green Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
Kyser Lake Ice fishing permitted
Lily Lake
Northville Pond
Sacandaga River
from Bridge St. in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Rte. 30
Fishing is prohibited from March 16 through April 30
West Caroga Lake Ice fishing permitted
West Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3

Hamilton County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
All waters except Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain
  • Black Bass:
    • June 15 through November 30, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-5
    • Fishing for black bass, including catch & release, prohibited outside of the open season
Blue Mountain Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
  • Brook Trout, All year, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-5
Eagle Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Fawn Lake
(Town of Lake Pleasant)
  • Fishing prohibited October 16 through March 31
  • Ice Fishing Permitted. Maximum of 3 ice-fishing lines allowed
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
First Lake of Essex Chain
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Forked Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-3
  • Brook Trout, All year, Minimum Length-9", Daily Limit-5
  • Black Bass, Statewide Regulations Apply
Gilman Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Indian Lake
(Town of Indian Lake)
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Lake Abanakee
(Town of Indian Lake)
Ice fishing permitted
Lake Eaton
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Lake Lila
  • Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited
  • Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-15", Daily Limit-3
Lake Pleasant
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Lake Pleasant Outlet
from Lake Pleasant downstream to mouth of the Kunjamuk River
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Lake Pleasant Tributaries
  • Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Lewey Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Limekiln Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Brook Trout, All year, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-5
Little Tupper Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Piseco Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Raquette Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
  • Brook Trout, All year, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-5
Rock Pond Trout, April 1 through October 15, Catch and Release only, Artificial lures only
Round Lake
to the boundary with Little Tupper Lake
Brook Trout, April 1-Oct 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-3, Artificial lures only
Sacandaga Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Sacandaga Lake Outlet
  • Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
  • Walleye, May 1 through March 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Sacandaga Lake Tributaries
Sacandaga River
from Bridge St. in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Rte. 30
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Sagamore Lake Lake Trout, April 1 through October 15, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Seventh Lake of Fulton Chain
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Sixth Lake of Fulton Chain
South Pond
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-21", Daily Limit-2
Utowana Lake

Saratoga County

Water Special Regulations
All waters except as prohibited below Ice fishing permitted
Fish Creek
from Saratoga Lake downstream to the old railroad crossing between Staffords and Bryants bridges
Sunfish, All year, Minimum Length-8", Daily Limit-15
Great Sacandaga Lake Ice fishing permitted
Great Sacandaga Lake Tributaries
(Except Sacandaga River) from the stream mouth upstream to 1st road bridge
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Hudson River
from Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to 1st barrier impassable by fish
  • All Species, All year, Catch and release. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately except bait fish may be collected and/or possessed for use as bait while fishing only.
  • Bowfishing prohibited
Kayaderosseras Creek
from Saratoga Lake upstream to 1st railroad bridge
Fishing prohibited from March 16 through April 30
Mohawk River
from confluence with Hudson River upstream to Rte. 32 bridge
  • All Species, All year, Catch and release. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately except bait fish may be collected and/or possessed for use as bait while fishing only.
  • Bowfishing prohibited
Mohawk River
from Lock 2 to Guard Gate 2 (Waterford Flight)
Use or possession of alewife or blueback herring prohibited
Saratoga Lake Sunfish, All year, Minimum Length-8", Daily Limit-15

Warren County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
Brant Lake Ice fishing permitted
Brant Lake Mill Pond
Brant Lake Outlet
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Rainbow and Brown Trout, All year, Daily Limit-5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Glen Lake Ice fishing permitted
Hour Pond Trout, April 1-October 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-3, Artificial lures only
Jabe Pond
Lake George
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Atlantic Salmon, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-2
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-23", Daily Limit-2
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited
Lake George Tributaries
from Lake George upstream to 1st barrier impassable by fish
  • Fishing prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM from April 1 through May 15
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession is prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited
Lake Luzerne Ice fishing permitted
Little Jabe Pond Trout, April 1-October 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-3, Artificial lures only
Palmer Pond Trout, April 1-November 30, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-5
Peaked Mountain Pond Trout, April 1-October 15, Minimum Length-12", Daily Limit-3, Artificial lures only
Schroon Lake
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Schroon River
(from Starbuckville Dam upstream to Schroon Lake)
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, All year, Daily Limit-5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-3
Thirteenth Lake Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Thirteenth Lake Outlet
from dam at the 13th Lake Road upstream to Thirteenth Lake
Trout Lake Ice fishing permitted

Washington County

Water Special Regulations
All waters inhabited by trout except as permitted below Ice fishing prohibited
Dead Lake Ice fishing permitted
Hudson River
from Troy Dam upstream to Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls and tributaries in this section to 1st barrier impassable by fish
  • All Species, All year, Catch and release. All fish shall be returned to the water immediately except bait fish may be collected and/or possessed for use as bait while fishing only.
  • Bowfishing is prohibited
Lake George
  • Ice fishing permitted
  • Atlantic Salmon, All year, Minimum Length-18", Daily Limit-2
  • Lake Trout, All year, Minimum Length-23", Daily Limit-2
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited
Lake George Tributaries
from Lake George upstream to 1st barrier impassable by fish
  • Fishing prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM from April 1 through May 15
  • Smelt:
    • May 16 through March 31, Minimum Length-None, Daily Limit-25
    • April 1 through May 15, Use or possession is prohibited
    • Dip netting prohibited