Wade Hill Road Section
Description of Fishery Originating in the town of Charlotte in eastern Chautauqua County, Clear Creek flows southeasterly through the Village of Ellington and joins Conewango Creek in Cattaraugus County. There are 10.4 miles of public fishing rights easements and three angler parking areas on this stream. Since 2006, Clear Creek has been managed as a wild trout fishery and no hatchery trout have been stocked. Clear Creek has a healthy, reproducing population of wild brown trout from the creek mouth, upstream to the Cockaigne Ski Area. Recent DEC surveys showed an average of 823 adult wild brown trout per stream mile.
Public Fishing Rights (PFR’s) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33’ strip on one or both banks of the stream). This right is for the purpose of fishing only and no other purpose. Treat the land with respect to insure the continuation of this right and privilege. Fishing privileges may be available on some other private lands with permission of the land owner. Courtesy toward the land-owner and respect for their property will ins...
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