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Broome County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the Statewide Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column, they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Broome County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except as listed below Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Arctic Lake, Greenwood Lake, Nanticoke Lake Trout All year Any size 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Chenango River, Susquehanna River, Tioughnioga River Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge First Saturday in May through March 15 40" 1 of either species
American Shad All year Catch and release fishing only. All American shad shall be returned to the water immediately.
Oquaga Creek from Old Route 17 bridge east of McClure downstream 3 miles to new Route 17 bridge west of Deposit Trout All year Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Whitney Point Reservoir and upper Otselic River upstream to Cortland County Route 169 bridge at Landers Corners Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
Fishing is prohibited March 16 until the Friday preceding the first Sat in May in the following waters:
  • Otselic River from mouth upstream to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam
  • Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street bridge
  • Susquehanna River from the railroad bridge 0.65 miles downstream of Rte 201 bridge in Johnson City to Murphys Island (0.5 miles upstream of Harold Moore Park)
  • Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge
  • Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building
West Branch Delaware River Special Regulations by River Section below:
From Broome/Delaware Co. border downstream to Rte 17 overpass at Deposit Trout April 1 through Oct 15 12" 2
All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout
From Route 17 overpass at Deposit downstream 2.0 miles Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout
From the lower limit of trout catch and release section near Deposit downstream to NY/PA border (1.7 miles below Hale Eddy Bridge) Trout April 1 through Oct 15 12" 2
All angling prohibited from Oct 16 through March 31 to protect spawning trout