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St. Lawrence County Special Fishing Regulations

  • Fishing (including catch & release) for black bass outside of the open season is prohibited. 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 St. Lawrence County
Waters 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 those listed below Black Bass Third Saturday in June through November 30 12" 5 Fishing for black bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.
All rivers and streams except the Raquette River impoundments and those covered by Great Lakes Regulations Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 10" 5 Fishing for black bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.
All baitfish-prohibited waters except those listed below Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Any size 5
Black Lake including the Indian River from falls in Rossie downstream to the confluence with the Oswegatchie River Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 15" 5 Ice fishing permitted
Fishing for Black Bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.
Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
South Branch Grass River from 0.5 mile downstream of Route 3 upstream to Grass River Flow Trout April 1 through Oct 15 Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Allen Pond Trout April 1 through Oct 15 12" 3
St.Lawrence River and tributaries to first barrier See Great Lakes and Tributaries Regulations
Tooley Pond Black Bass Third Saturday in June through Nov 30 Catch and release only Artificial lures only; Fishing for black bass (including catch & release) is prohibited outside of the open season.
Lake Ozonia Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Pleasant Lake, Horseshoe Lake Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Little River (Towns of Fine, Clifton), Oswegatchie River from Cranberry Lake Dam downstream Trout April 1 through Nov 30 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
St. Regis River from Ft. Jackson upstream to Franklin County Line Trout All year Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Star Lake Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 3
Trout Lake, Sylvia Lake Trout All year 12" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Tupper Lake Lake Trout All year 21" 3 Ice fishing permitted
All waters in the Massawepie Conservation Easement Area, Tamarack Pond Trout Apr 1 through Oct 15 12" 3
Cranberry Lake Northern Pike First Saturday in May through Mar 15 Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Sterling Pond Statewide Angling Regulations apply Ice fishing permitted

Baitfish-prohibited waters

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in the following waters: All ponds and streams in the Five Ponds Wilderness, and Raquette-Boreal Wild Forest, also:

  • Town of Clare- Allen Pond
  • Town of Colton- Burntbridge Pond, Church Pond, Clear or Hedgehog Pond, Curtis Pond, Dog Pond, Townline Pond, Big Trout Pond, Little Trout Pond
  • Town of Fine- Long Lake, Nicks Pond, Round Lake, Streeter Lake
  • Town of Parishville- Clear Pond, Long Pond, Lilypad Pond
  • Town of Piercefield- Big Trout Pond, Black Pond, Bottree Pond, Bridgebrook Pond, Deer Pond, Horseshoe Pond, Little Trout Pond, Long Pond, Lows Lake (Bog River upstream of dam above Hitchens Pond), Massawepie Lake, Pine Pond, Round Pond, Townline Pond