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Special Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain and Lake George

Lake George Special Fishing Regulations

Including all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassible by fish
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
Trout All year Any size 5 Ice fishing permitted
Lake Trout All year 23" 2
Landlocked Salmon All year 18" 2
Smelt May 16 through March 31 Any size 25
April 1 through May 15 Use and possession prohibited

Additional Lake George Tributary Regulations upstream to the first barrier impassible by fish:

  • Oct 1 through March 31: Fishing prohibited
  • April 1 through May 15: No fishing between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM
  • Dip-netting for smelt is prohibited.

Attention Lake Champlain Anglers

Lake Champlain Reciprocal Agreement:
Anglers with either a New York or Vermont fishing license may fish in the "Main Lake" and "South Lake" portions of Lake Champlain between New York and Vermont. South Bay in New York, and the Inland Sea, Mallett's Bay and Missisquoi Bay (including the area between North and South Hero Island commonly referred to as "The Gut") in Vermont are not included in the
agreement. Anglers fishing on these waters must have a fishing license from the state in which the waterway is located. Shore fishing along the lake portions noted above is permitted as part of the agreement. Rivers that flow into Lake Champlain are not included in the reciprocal agreement.

Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain

Including all tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish*
Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit
Trout All year 12" 3
Lake Trout All year 15" 3
Landlocked Salmon All year 15" 2
Black Bass Second Saturday in June through Nov 30 10" 5
Dec 1 through the Friday preceding the second Saturday in June Catch and release only Artificial lures only
Walleye First Saturday in May through March 15 18" 3
Northern Pike All year 20" 5
Muskellunge Last Saturday in May through Nov 30 40" 1
Pickerel All year Any size 10
Crappie All year 8" 25
Yellow Perch and Sunfish
All year Any size Any number
Bullheads, Catfish, Carp, Cisco, Rock Bass, Smelt, Suckers, Whitefish, and all other fish not listed in this table. All year Any size Any number
Lake Sturgeon, Mooneye and Sauger Possession prohibited

Notes:

  • No more than 2 lines per person. Each fishing line may have no more than 2 baited hooks or 2 artificial lures, with
    or without added natural bait.
  • No more than 15 ice-fishing lines may be used for ice fishing from Nov 15 - April 30.Each fishing line may have no more than two baited hooks or artificial lures with or without added natural bait.

Additional Lake Champlain Tributary Regulations

Table listing special fishing regulations for Lake Champlain tributaries
Stream Section Regulations
Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam. Ausable River beginning at the marked boundary 800 feet west of the first road bridge upstream from Lake Champlain, continuing upstream and ending at Rainbow Falls. Angling from boats prohibited.
Saranac River from Catherine Street bridge upstream to Imperial Dam. Ausable River from D & H railroad bridge upstream to Rainbow Falls. Boquet River from mouth upstream to Wadhams Falls. North Branch Boquet and tributaries from mouth to first upstream barrier. Note additional sections closed below. From June 15 through Dec 31: Maximum hook gap 1/2 inch. Fishing prohibited from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise. Fishing permitted with unweighted artificial flies or unweighted natural baits only (see definitions). Exception: On the Saranac River, floating lures with one free-swinging hook permitted. No supplement weight, such as metal leaders, sinkers, split shot, twist-ons, or swivels may be attached to line, leader, or hook.
North Branch Boquet River and tributaries to first barrier; Mill Brook (in Port Henry) from mouth to falls west of Route 22. Fishing prohibited from October 1 through Dec 31 to protect spawning salmon.
Boquet River from the Route 22 bridge in Willsboro downstream approximately 1500 feet to the marked boundary at the base of the cascades. Ausable Boat Basin pool at mouth of Ausable Chasm as posted on site. Fishing prohibited to protect migrating Landlocked Salmon.
Chazy River from Route 9B at Coopersville upstream to Perrys Mills Dam. Fishing prohibited March 16 through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May