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Chautauqua 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.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Chautauqua 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" Ice fishing permitted
Chautauqua Lake and its tributaries and the Chadakoin River to Warner Dam Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Last Saturday in May through Nov 30 40" 1 Ice fishing permitted
Goose Creek Trout All year Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Lake Erie and tributaries to first barrier impassable by fish See Great Lakes and Tributaries Regulations
Clear Creek (Ellington), Prendergast Creek Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Oct 16 through March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only