Seneca Nation of Indians Fishing Licenses

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In order to fish on any of the Seneca Nation of Indians territories you must have a Seneca Nation of Indians fishing license.

Please note that:

  • a portion of the Cattaraugus Creek runs through the Cattaraugus Territory
  • a portion of the Allegany River runs through the Allegany Territory

Seneca Nation of Indians Fishing Licenses can be obtained at:

  • the Seneca Nation's Clerk's Office in Irving
    Cattaraugus Territory, 12837 Route 438, Irving, New York 14081
    (716) 532-4900
  • the Seneca Nation's Clerk's Office in Salamanca
    Allegany Territory, 90 Ohiyo Way, Salamanca, NY 14779
    (716) 945-1790
  • Nation-owned One Stop Convenience Stores

See more SNI fishing license information on the Seneca Nation of Indians Tourism website.

Note: If you are fishing on a Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation you need a SNI Fishing license but you do not need a NYS Fishing License on a SNI Reservation.

View information on fishing in Cattaraugus County.

"Any enrolled Seneca may request to see the fishing license of any individual while on Seneca Territories, but only the SNI Conservation Officer or SNI Marshal shall have the authority to impound equipment or issue a citation." (as found on in Seneca Nation of Indians Fishing & Conservation Laws)

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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