great-northern-catskills.JPGFish for trophy bass and fly fish on scenic Catskills' streams all season long Greene County, N.Y. - Fish for trophy bass and angle for trout in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County New York this spring. Just two hours north of New York City and 3.5 hours west of Boston, the Catskills offer world class fishing in a spectacular natural setting. Fish the Catskills' quiet mountain streams, clear lakes and the deep waters of the Hudson River. Cast a line for trophy bass on the Hudson River or fly fish on the Schoharie Creek, offering some of the best Brown Trout populations in eastern waterways. Trout season is now open on all Catskill waterways, and Black Bass season will open June 16th. Catskills bass fishing tournaments kick off with the Rip Van Winkle Rod & Gun Club Striped Bass Tournament on May 5. The tournament is open to all ages - weigh in for your chance to win the $500 first place prize. Great Northern Catskills outdoor events are held throughout the season on the Hudson River, and include:
  • Greene County Youth Fishing & Derby Day, May 19 at the Historic Catskill Point. For more information, call (518)945-2912.
  • Massachusetts Bass Federation State Championship, August 23 - 24 at Dutchman's Landing Park in Catskill. For more information, call (413)348-4951.
  • New Jersey Bass Federation Tournament, October 7 at the Historic Catskill Point in Catskill. For more information, call (856)557-1355.
  • 4th Annual Hudson River Challenge Open Benefit Tournament to support our troops, October 14 at the Historic Catskill Point in Catskill. For more information, call (516)242-9491.
  • Bergen Bassmasters Bassin' Lane Open Tournament, November 4 at Dutchman's Landing Park in Catskill. For more information, call (917)217-9350.
For all tournaments, call ahead for weigh in times. Services are available for Catskills guided fishing trips, and provide gear, insider tips and more. A New York State Fishing License is required for everyone over 16 years of age. June 23-24 is Free Fishing Weekend in New York and anyone can fish fresh or marine waters throughout the state without a fishing license. For more information about fishing in the Catskills, go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website.   About Greene County: Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park. Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene.  This 705,500 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events. Learn more about Catskills and spring events at


Contact: Rebecca Steffan (518) 523-9258