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Madison 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 Madison 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"
Eaton Brook Reservoir Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
Cazenovia Lake, DeRuyter Reservoir Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Chenango Canal from Route 46 to Oriskany Creek Trout All year 12" 2 Artificial lures only
Chittenango Creek from Route 20 north to Conrail railroad line (except as listed below) Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Chittenango Creek from the Town of Fenner/ Town of Sullivan Town Line at mile marker 1219 on Rt. 13 to mile marker 1237 south of the Village of Chittenango Line Trout All year Catch and release only Artificial Lures only
Lebanon Reservoir, Leland Ponds Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12" Ice fishing permitted
Oneida Creek from Peterboro Road (Rt. 34) downstream to NYS Thruway Trout All year Any size 5
Oneida Lake east of Route 81 bridge and tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish, and Barge (Erie) Canal & tributaries upstream to Lock 22 Walleye First Saturday May through March 15 15" 3 Ice fishing permitted
East Branch Tioughnioga River, Otselic River Trout April 1 through October 15 Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Oct 16 through March 31 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Fishing is prohibited March 16 until the Friday preceding the first Sat in May in the following waters:
  • Canaseraga Creek from Route 31 bridge upstream to Thruway
  • Chittenango Creek from mouth upstream to Conrail railroad line
  • Cowaselon Creek from mouth upstream to Route 13