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North Central NY Fishing

A boy holding up a brook trout caught on the Tug Hill Plateau

This page contains links with information on places to fish in North Central New York. There is also information on each fishing spot such as physical features, species stocked, species occurring naturally, special regulations, and public access.

The North Central region contains some of the most fished waters in the state, including Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake, and the St. Lawrence River. Fishery resources extend 8,000 square miles from the Mohawk Valley in the south to the St. Lawrence River in the north, and from the Adirondack Mountains west to the Tug Hill Plateau and Lake Ontario. There are around 2,700 lakes and ponds with a total area of 110,000 acres, and 8,000 permanent streams and rivers totaling 11,700 miles - with 3,000 miles of these supporting trout populations.

Throughout this region extensive fishing opportunities exist, ranging from Adirondack wilderness brook trout to trophy Great Lakes salmon and walleye. There are highly productive warmwater fisheries in the Indian River Lakes system, urban trout streams in the Mohawk Valley, and world class muskellunge fishing in the St. Lawrence River.

Access for Anglers with Disabilities

Find accessible fishing piers, platforms and launches that provide access to waters in North Central New York.

Trout Fishing Opportunities in Region 6

DECinfo Locator- Interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map (DECinfo Locator is best viewed on a desktop computer).
Trout Stream Fishing Map User Guide ("How to" instructions for using the fishing map on DECinfo Locator).

Fishing in DEC Region 6

Fishing and access information on some of the top angling locations per county and across the North-Central NY/Region 6 area are provided in the links below. Additional access is available to more than 340 miles of Public Fishing Rights on 112 streams and boat launch access at 80 sites.

Herkimer County

Jefferson County

Lewis County

Oneida County

St. Lawrence County

Black River

Grass River

Indian River and Lakes