Freshwater Fun

Opening Day for freshwater fishing in New York State is coming up quickly and you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to drop your line than the rivers and lakes of our area.

With a wide variety of trout species, shad, bass, pike, pickerel and more, our region has a long history as one of America’s ultimate angling destinations, known for our prime fly fishing.

A fishing license is required for anyone over 16 years old which can be purchased here. For everything you need to know about fishing in the area, we encourage you to visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website.

Looking for a place to cast your line? Here are some recommendations.

Cooperstown Area

Otsego Lake, the region’s centerpiece, holds brown trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, walleye, and more. A Cooperstown boat launch, plus public access at Glimmerglass State Park, put fish habitat within easy reach for anglers. Throughout Otsego County, ponds and lakes offer more chances to hook largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, and yellow perch including Arnold Lake, Canadarago Lake, Crumhorn Lake, Goodyear Lake, and Wilber Lake.

Read more about fishing in the Cooperstown Area here.

Delaware County

The Great Western Catskills region offers some of the finest fishing in the United States. With hundreds of miles of world-class fishing streams and reservoirs open to the the public, visitors can take full advantage of a wide variety of to fish the variety of species that call these waters home. Favorite spots include Delaware River East Branch, Delaware River West Branch, Beaverkill River, Pepacton Reservoir, and Cannonsville Reservoir.

Read more about fishing in Delaware County here.

Photo courtesy of Great Western Catskills of Delaware County

Sullivan County

Today, Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills are still a much-sought-after destination for trout fishing tourists.

Satisfied anglers report good catches of fish from the six NYC Catskill Reservoirs of Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout and Schoharie. Catch-and-release areas still produce great numbers of brown and rainbow trout, and statewide fishing regulations allow up to five trout per day to be taken from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Favorite destinations for trout fishing still include the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink, Callicoon and Mongaup Creeks, as well as the East, West and main branches of the Delaware River.

Sullivan County is also home to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum!

Read more about fishing in Sullivan County here.

Ulster County

The Catskills of Ulster County boast some of the best fishing spots in the country, thanks to an abundance of lakes, rivers, and creeks. Year after year, folks from all over the world come to Esopus Creek, the Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout Creek, Rondout Reservoir, the Wallkill River, and the Hudson River.

Read more about fishing in Ulster County here.