New York Steelhead Fishing Regulations

New York Steelhead Fishing Regulations
Steelhead fishing in New York has never been better thanks to management by the Department of Environmental Management. There are special regulations for steelhead on the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario tributaries.

Possession Limits

On any Lake Ontario stream, you are allowed to take no more than one steelhead per day with a minimum length of 21 inches. The only exception is on the Niagara River in which anglers are allowed three fish per day with same 21-inch minimum. As for the Lake Erie tributaries, anglers are allowed to take three fish per day with a 12-inch minimum size.

Rule to be Followed at All Times

No matter if anglers are on a Lake Erie or Lake Ontario stream, they cannot snag or attempt to snag a steelhead. Foul-hooked fish must be released immediately, and anglers are not allowed to corral, kick, drive or kick fish from their concealment.

Effective Dates

All New York tributary regulations are in effect from Sept. 1 through March 31, with the exception being the Salmon River in Oswego County, where the effective dates are Aug. 15 through April 14.

Fishing Hours

Anglers are not allowed to night fish for steelhead in New York waters, including the Great Lakes and its tributaries. This rule takes effect 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Hook Restrictions

Steelhead anglers cannot use hooks that have a gap larger than 1/2 inch from the hook point to the hook shank. Also, anglers must use single hooks, with the exception being floating lures, in which treble hooks are allowed.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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