Statewide Regulations can be found below
or go to the official NYS DEC website
A note from Bill Hilts Jr. 12/11/07
I notice where you announced changes to Ontario fishing regs for 2008, when I click through it has NYS regs, too, and the lake trout regs are wrong for Lake O and the lower river. Actually I'm not sure how that will play out for the lower river now and will check the DEC website. For Lake O, you can only keep two lake trout per person and one can be any size; the second must be outside the slot limit. That was a change that went into effect Oct. 1, 2006. The lower river limit is three in aggregate for all trout and salmon species. I would assume that no more than two can be lake trout - one of any size and one outside the slot if they decide to keep lakers
Note: Read what it says in the yellow box above
Rainbow trout (including steelhead)
Chinook salmon Pink salmon
(b) Additional special fishing regulations for Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and St. Lawrence River and their tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish. No person, when fishing in these waters, may:
(2) possess foul-hooked fish, i.e.,fish not hooked in the mouth;
(3) fail to immediately return foul-hooked fish to the water;
(4) take fish by snatching or any other fishing technique that results in fish being intentionally foul-hooked;
(5) fish at any time, unless otherwise posted by the department, in Beaverdam Brook, Oswego County, from the mouth to the upstream boundary of the Salmon River Hatchery property, or within 100 yards of any department fish collection device;
(6) use other than a conventional sportfishing rod, reel and line.
(c) Additional special fishing regulations for Great Lakes tributaries.
(i) The special regulations set forth in this paragraph shall apply to that portion of each tributary that runs from the bridge closest to the mouth upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish, except that the area of applicability for the following tributaries shall be as specifically provided below:
(a) Cattaraugus Creek (Erie and Cattaraugus Counties) from the Aldrich Street extension bridge in Gowanda upstream to Springville Dam.
(b) Eighteenmile Creek (Niagara County) from the Route 18 bridge upstream to Burt Dam.
(c) Oak Orchard Creek (Orleans County) from the power lines that are 1.9 miles upstream (south) of Route 18 bridge upstream to Waterport Dam.
(d) Sterling Creek (Cayuga County) from Old State Road to impassable barrier upstream of Route 104A.
(e) Sterling Valley Creek (Cayuga County) from McIntyre Road to impassable barrier upstream of Route 104A.
(f) Owego River (Oswego County) from the Utica Street bridge upstream to the Varick Dam.
(g) Catfish Creek (Oswego County) from mouth upstream to dam at County Route 1.
(h) Black River (Jefferson County) from the upstream tip of the lowermost island to Mill Street Dam in Watertown.
(ii) From September 1st through March 31st of the following year, the following regulations shall apply:
(a) Fishing at night is prohibited, except in the Black River (Jefferson County) from Lake Ontario upstream to Route 180 bridge in Dexter.
(b) Hooks attached to any lure, except an artificial fly as defined in section 19.1(c) of this Title, shall be free-swinging.
(c) Hooks shall not have a gap (distance between the shank and the point) greater than one-half inch.
(d) Use of hooks with added weight is prohibited, except that artificial flies with no more than one-eighth ounce added weight are permitted.
(e) The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.
(f) For tributaries located in Oswego and Cayuga Counties, weight shall not be added to the line, leader, swivels, artificial fly or lure in any manner such that the weight hangs lower than the attached hook, artificial fly or lure when the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod. This prohibition shall also apply from September 1st through November 30th in the Genesee River (Monroe County) from the Driving Park Bridge upstream to the Lower Falls.
(g) Use or more than one hook is prohibited, except that multiple hooks attached to floating lures are permitted as noted in "special provisions for floating lures" in clause (i) of this subparagraph.
(h) Use of hooks having more than one point is prohibited, except that double or treble hooks attached to floating lures are permitted as noted in "special provisions for floating lures" in clause (i) of this subparagraph.
(i) Special provisions for floating lures:
(1) A floating lureis a lure that floats while at rest in water regardless of any weight attached to the line, leader or lure.
(2) Multiple, single, double or treble hooks are permitted on floating lures, except:
(i) in tributaries within Cayuga and Oswego Counties other than the Oswego River; and
(ii) from September 1st through November 30th in the Genesee River (Monroe County) from the Driving Park Bridge upstream to the Lower Falls.
(3) Any hooks on a floating lure, other than an artificial fly as defined in section 19.1(c) of this Title, must be attached thereto by a ring or swivel.
(4) The distance between the body of a floating lure and the points of any attached hooks shall not exceed one and one-half inches.
(iii) From April 1st through August 31st, subdivision (a) of this section shall apply. For species not listed in subdivision (a) of this section, general angling regulations listed in section 10.1(b) of this Part shall apply.
(iv) The special regulations set forth in this paragraph shall not apply to:
(a) tributaries of the St. Lawrence River in Franklin and Clinton Counties;
(b) Buffalo River (Erie County);
(c) Niagara River (Erie and Niagara Counties);
(d) Round Pond, Buck Pond, Long Pond, Cranberry Pond and Irondequoit Bay (Monroe County);
(e) Sodus Bay (Wayne County); and
(f) Salmon River, its tributaries, and South Sandy Pond (Oswego County).