In Steuben County everything leads back to the water and such diverse waterways offer anglers a variety of fish species and methods.

While in some waterways open season for trout is all year, each type of waterway has its own fishing season as well as particular regulations with regards to species of fish that can be taken, minimum length, daily limit, and methods allowed. 

You can find basic information on fishing seasons in Steuben County below.

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All Waters in Steuben County

except as listed below

Trout open season runs April 1st through October 15th. Minimum length is any size and the daily limit is 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12″.


Chemung River and tributaries upstream of Route 352 Patterson Bridge west of Corning

Black Bass open season runs the 3rd Saturday in June through November 30th. Minimum length is 10” and the daily limit is 5 fish.

From December 1st through the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June, catch and release only. Artificial lures only.


Chemung River, Tioga River

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge open season runs 1st Saturday in May through March 15th. Minimum length is 40” and the daily limit is 1 of either species.


Cohocton River (except sections below):

Trout open season runs all year. Minimum length is any size and the daily limit is 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12″.

Cohocton River (from North Boundary of U.S. Veterans Facility upstream to Route 415 bridge and from north boundary of Avoca Village upstream to mouth of Neil Creek):

Trout open season runs all year. Minimum length is 12” and the daily limit is 2 fish. Artificial lures only.


Mill Creek 

Trout open season runs all year. Minimum length is any size and the daily limit is 5 with no more than 2 longer than 12″.

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Fall Fishing on Keuka Lake

Keuka Lake

Open season for Northern Pike begins the 1st Saturday in May and runs through March 15th. Minimum length is 22” and the daily limit is 5 fish. Ice fishing is allowed.

Open season for Walleye begins the 1st Saturday in May and runs through March 15th. Minimum length is 18” and the daily limit is 3 fish. Ice fishing is allowed.

Open season for Black Bass runs from the 3rd Saturday in June through March 15th. Minimum length is 12” and the daily limit is 5 fish.

From March 16th through the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June, catch and release only. Artificial lures only.

Open season for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Landlocked Salmon is all year. Minimum length is 15” and the daily limit is 5 in combination. Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout or 3 Landlocked Salmon.

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Fishing on Keuka Lake

All Tributaries to Keuka Lake

upstream to the first barrier impassable by fish

Open season for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Landlocked Salmon is April 1st through December 31st. Minimum length is 15” and the daily limit is 3 in combination. Catch shall include no more than 1 Rainbow Trout.

Click here for Additional Tributary Regulations including stream sections requiring those additional regulations.

For important information on minimum length allowed, daily limit, and methods allowed, please visit: http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/steuben-county/.