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Hamilton 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 Hamilton County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 12" 5 Fishing for Black Bass (including catch and release) is prohibited outside of the open season
Hudson River Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Abanakee (Town of Indian Lake) Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year Any size 3
Limekiln Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond, Utowana Lake, Indian Lake (Town of Indian Lake), Lake Eaton, Lewey Lake, Raquette Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year 21" 2
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Lake Lila, First Lake of Essex Chain Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 15" 3 Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Piseco Lake Lake Trout All year 21" 2 Ice fishing permitted
Fawn Lake (Town of Lake Pleasant) Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 18" 3 Maximum of 3 ice fishing lines allowed
Fishing prohibited Oct 16 through March 31
Fourth Lake of Fulton Chain Trout All year 9" 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Black Bass Statewide Black Bass Regulations apply
Sacandaga Lake tributaries and outlet, Lake Pleasant tributaries Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Fishing prohibited March 16 until the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May
Lake Pleasant, Sacandaga Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
Lake Pleasant outlet to mouth of the Kunjamuk River Fishing prohibited from March 16 until the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May
Sagamore Lake Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 18" 3
Round Lake to the boundary with Little Tupper Lake Brook Trout April 1 through Oct 15 12" 3 Artificial lures only;
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Seventh Lake, Sixth Lake Trout All year Any size 5 Ice Fishing Permitted
Lake Trout All year 18" 3
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Great Sacandaga Lake tributaries from the upstream mouth to first highway bridge. Sacandaga River from Bridge Street in Northville upstream to the first crossing of Route 30. Fishing prohibited March 16 until the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May
Little Tupper Lake, Rock Pond & Rock Pond Outlet Stream between Rock Pond & Little Tupper Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Catch and release only Artificial lures only.
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
Indian River (Town of Indian Lake) Trout All year Any size 5
Charley Pond Outlet (within W.C. Whitney Area) Fishing prohibited July 1st through Sept 15th

Baitfish-prohibited waters

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited on all lands, lakes, ponds and streams of the following geographic areas: Blue Ridge Wilderness, Buell Brook Primitive Area, Five Ponds Wilderness, High Peaks Wilderness (except Raquette River), Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area (except Hudson River), Pigeon Lake Wilderness, Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Silver Lake Wilderness (except Sacandaga River), Little Moose Wilderness, West Canada Lakes Wilderness, William C. Whitney Wilderness and the following waters:

  • Town of Arietta- Christian Lake, G Lake, Iron Lake, Jockeybush Lake, Lower Sargent Pond, Middle Sargent Pond, Red Louse Lake
  • Town of Hope- Bennett Lake, Middle Lake, Murphy Lake
  • Town of Indian Lake- Barker Pond, Bullhead Pond, First Lake (Essex chain of lakes), Grassy Pond, Little Grassy Pond, Lower Helms Pond, Middle Helms Pond, OK Slip Pond, Pine Lake, Pine Pond (west of Blue Mt. Lake), Tirrell Pond, Unknown Pond, Unnamed Pond (3/4 mile east of Barker Pond), Upper Carter Pond, Upper Helms Pond
  • Town of Inlet- Bug Lake, Eagles Nest Lake, Unnamed Pond (aka: High Rock Pond) (1 mile east of Eighth Lake), Icehouse Pond, Lost Ponds (3), Mitchell Ponds (2)
  • Town of Lake Pleasant- Panther Mountain Pond
  • Town of Long Lake- Bog Pond, Clear Pond, High Pond, Loon Pond, Lost Pond, Mays Pond, Mosquito Pond, Owls Head Pond, Raquette Lake Reservoir, Round Lake
  • Town of Morehouse- Bochen Lake, Squaw Lake, Unnamed Pond (1/4 mile southwest of Squaw Lake).