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Fishing in New York State: Fact Sheet

Published: Feb 25, 2014
Adirondacks

With over 3,000 freshwater lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, the Adirondacks are a haven for both lure and fly fishing. The waters are teeming with bass, trout, perch, land-locked salmon, northern pike, muskies and walleye. The Ausable River is legendary among fly fishermen.  Lake George and Lake Champlain attract trophy fishermen from around the world. Fishing guides can help you find the best places to catch your prize fish.

Capital Saratoga

Anglers can choose from nearly 50 lakes in the region to fish for bass, trout, perch and walleye.  The Battenkill is a nationally-recognized trout stream. There are fishing tournaments in almost every season. During ice-fishing season, the annual Walleye Challenge on the Great Sacandaga Lake welcomes over 1500 enthusiasts each January.

Spring is "Striper Season" in the Capital region.  Both east and west shores of the Hudson fill with sportsmen.  Spawners arrive in the upper Hudson by late April and the run peaks in May.

Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA), consists of about 4,500 acres of upland and wetland habitat in Berne, Albany County. It provides a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities including fishing, hunting, trapping, birding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing and horseback riding.

Dyken Pond, located in Grafton in the midst of the Rensselaer Plateau, is an area of high elevation and New York's fifth largest unfragmented forest.  Thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps and vernal pools. This variety offers visitors an exciting blend of places to explore and enjoy.

Open during daylight hours, the park offers great fishing along the shoreline and a launch for non-motorized boats.  In addition, there are over 6 miles of trails for hiking, bird watching and nature photography. 

Catskills

The Catskills are known as the fly fishing capital of North America. Legendary trout streams for fly-fishing include Willowemoc Creek and the West Branch of the Delaware River. Private outdoor resorts such as the 3,000-acre Eldred Preserve in Eldred and the West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, cater to fishing and hunting enthusiasts. Lodging and boat rentals are available. The Catskill network of reservoirs is now open for fishing and non-motorized boating.

Central New York

State parks such as Chittenango Falls State Park and Delta Lake State Park offer fishing and boat launches. Oneida Lake is also popular for fishing and boating as it is one of the top bass and walleye fisheries in all of New York State. Stillwater Reservoir is renowned for bass, and the Fulton Chain of Lakes provides record lake trout, northern pike and muskies.

Chautauqua- Allegheny

The region's diverse landscape and abundance of lakes and streams delight sport fisherman. In 2012, Chautauqua Lake was the host site for Jack Link's Major League Fishing General Tire Summit Cup, a competition among the world's best professional bass anglers. Chautauqua Lake is also a renowned fishery for muskellunge. Nearby, Lake Erie is famous for walleye and bass as well as chinook and coho salmon. The Chadwick Bay/Dunkirk Harbor area, recently named the walleye capital of the Northeast, offers excellent bass fishing. Cattaraugus Creek has been listed as one of the ‘Top 10 Steelhead Fishing Sites' by several fishing magazines. The Genesee River is also a popular fishing spot.

Fishing guides can help you find the best places to catch your prize fish:

  • Alberto Rey, Orvis Guide Service: Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a guide can accommodate your needs and choose locations appropriate to your skill level. All equipment, flies and instruction are provided as part of your guide fees. Location: Fredonia, NY

  • Chautauqua Angling Adventures: Bob Green, a NYS licensed guide, has over 40 years of fishing experience. The most recent 25 years have been spent fishing and accumulating knowledge about Chautauqua Lake both as a local resident and as a tournament angler. Location: Jamestown, NY

Finger Lakes

With many rivers, streams and canals connecting each of the eleven Finger Lake to the Great Lake Ontario, the region is a haven for sport fishing and boating. The New York State Fish Hatchery in Bath produces close to 1,000,000 fish each year, specializing in brown trout, rainbow trout, and lake trout. The B.A.S.S.Masters tournament was held here in 2014. For more information on the fishing in the Finger Lakes region please visit www.lovefreshair.com

Summit to Stream Adventures: Daily and three or more day kayak rentals are available as well as guided tours for Seneca Lake and Queen Catharine Marsh. Fly fishing in area creeks and chartered fishing trips available in local lakes. Location: Glen, NY

Chemung River:The Chemung River is known for its Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. It has boat launch sites throughout the Southern Tier.

Greater Niagara

Two Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, as well as the lower Niagara River are touted as some of North America's best places for trophy fishing (steelhead, bass, trout, salmon, walleye pike and more). Fishing tournaments draw anglers from around the globe. The region also offers excellent fly fishing from spring through fall on scenic Oatka Creek in the quaint village of LeRoy. Oak Orchard River offers year-round world class trout and salmon fly fishing.

Hudson Valley

State parks such as Bear Mountain, Harriman and Lake Taghkanic, as well as many of the region's more than 30 campgrounds and preserves offer fishing and boat launches.

Guide services can help you find the best fishing spots:

Fly fishing guide service - Catskill trout and smallmouth, Hudson stripers. Drift boat float trips. Neversink River, Hudson River, Esopus and Rondout Creeks. Beginner instruction. Groups up to 4 people. Open year-round. Location: Stone Ridge, NY

Fly fishing school and guide service on Catskill trout streams. Private lessons, group and corporate classes. April - November. Location: Tillson, NY

Following are a few suggested locations for fishing in the Hudson Valley:

  • Orvis Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Schools. Orvis Sandanona Lodge (with catering service and meeting space) creates a benchmark experience for corporate recreation and individual sporting pursuits. Enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors while learning how to cast and going fly-fishing at their nearby lake. Location: Millbrook, NY

Lake, fishing, swimming, boating, rowing/pedal boats and hiking. Beach and picnic area, pavilions and snack bar. Bring your own canoe/kayak. Handicap accessible. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.  Location: Pine Hill, NY

  • Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area offers fishing, boat rentals, hiking, nature trails, launching site, picnic tables and rental pavilion. Tent and RV sites (no electrical hook ups). Mid-May - Columbus Day, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  Location: Mt. Trember, NY

Long Island

Surrounded by water on all sides, Long Island, NY has over 400 miles of coastline with spectacular shoreline and a wide variety of ocean fishing experiences. Due to the region's geographic diversity, Long Island fishing charters offer a variety of salt water fishing adventures from calm bay fishing to exciting Long Island deep sea fishing. Both northern and southern fish species frequent Long Island waters, including Atlantic cod, winter flounder and mackerel in the spring, or bluefish, summer flounder and Spanish mackerel in the fall. Other species of fish include blackfish, porgies, and fluke, in addition to shark, tuna, and abundant striped bass.

The tail end of Long Island, Montauk Point and Orient Point offer distinct sport fishing experiences for everything from striped bass to shark fishing. In fact, Montauk Point on Long Island is often called the "sport fishing capital of the northeast." Montauk Point boasts some of the world's best surf fishing.  Special events at Montauk Point State Park include fishing tournaments.

Long Island's Great South Bay or Moriches Bay from marinas such as Captree, Point Lookout, Smith Point and Freeport. Bay fishing offers calm waters and a relaxed atmosphere. The unique bay water has a variety of fish such as black and blue fish, summer and winter flounder, striped bass, cobia, sea bass, and many other species.

Shoreline fishing is also permitted at several state park beaches, along with many other opportunities to put your hook in the water. Permit may be required.

Thousand Islands-Seaway

Anglers come from around the world for trophy-sized catches and fishing derbies on Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and smaller tributaries throughout the region year-round, including great ice-fishing in winter. The B.A.S.S.Masters tournament was held here in 2013. World-class carp fishing draws visitors from around the world.

About New York State:

New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span landmarks from Niagara Falls to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's outdoor activities for the whole family like ice-fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers big excitement and tons of activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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