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Jefferson 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 Jefferson County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except those listed below Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
All waters except Sandy Pond Yellow Perch & Sunfish All year Any size Any number
All waters except Black River and Indian River Black Bass Third Saturday in June through November 30 12" 5
Fishing for Black Bass (including catch and release) is prohibited outside of the open season
Black River from Dexter Dam upstream, Indian River Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 10" 5
Fishing for Black Bass (including catch and release) is prohibited outside of the open season
Walleye Statewide Angling Regulations Apply
Black River from upstream tip of lower-most island to Mill St. Dam in Watertown See Great Lakes and Tributaries Regulations
Sandy Pond Yellow Perch & Sunfish All year Any size 50 of each Ice fishing permitted
Clear Lake, Grass Lake, Hyde Lake, Sixtown Pond, Butterfield Lake Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Lake-of-the-Woods, Sixberry Lake Lake Trout All year 21" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, and their tributaries to first barrier See Great Lakes and Tributaries Regulations
Perch Lake Closed to all fishing from March 2 through Nov 30 Ice fishing permitted from Dec 1 through March 1. Statewide angling regulations minimum lengths and daily limits apply.
Millsite Lake LL Salmon All year 15" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Trout All year 12" 3
Lake Trout April 1 through Oct 15 21" 3