Lime Lake Outlet & McKinstry Creek About Public Fishing Rights
Lime Lake Outlet
Description of Fishery Lime Lake Outlet originates from Lime Lake in the northeast Cattaraugus County town of Machias. It flows north to join Elton Creek in the Village of Delevan. McKinstry Creek is an important tributary of Lime Lake Outlet. There are 4.4 miles of public fishing rights easements on Lime Lake Outlet and 4.2 miles on McKinstry Creek. Lime Lake Outlet and Mckinstry Creeks are wild trout streams which have not been stocked with trout in several years. These streams have excellent, reproducing populations of wild brown trout and wild rainbow trout. Some wild brook trout are found in the upper section of McKinstry Creek. Recent DEC surveys estimate the population of adult wild trout to be 1,150 fish per stream mile in Lime Lake Outlet and 800 fish per stream mile in McKinstry Creek.
Trout Fishing Regulations
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 o...
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