Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline
October 3 - October 11, 2013
Fall Bass Fishing Tips
With water temperatures getting into the mid 60's largemouth bass are starting to move into their more aggressive fall feeding patterns. As the water temperatures drop the largemouth start to feed more aggressively to get ready for the long inactive period of the winter months. This time of year gives the angler a great chance to catch that trophy fish. Try using bulkier baits like large spinnerbaits or a weedless jig next to hard structure to catch that big one!
Smallmouth bass are also moving into their fall patterns. Smallmouth will position themselves in the shallower water to start feeding aggressively on baitfish and crayfish. Popular baits in the fall include shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tubes and topwater plugs.
Some good summer bass fishing locations to try are: Ashokan Reservoir, Chodikee Lake, Onteora Lake, Greenwood Lake, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Toronto Reservoir, Wappingers Lake, Wallkill River, Lower Esopus Creek, Rondout Creek, Stissing Pond, Sylvan Lake, Muscoot Reservoir, Croton Falls Reservoir and White Pond.
Water temperatures are currently around 65 degrees. Water clarity is great and the smallmouth and largemouth bass are biting! Look for smallmouth around rock structures during the higher tides. Best baits to use during these times are crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Largemouth bass are leaving there summer weedbeds and are starting to make there migrations into the creeks. Best baits to try are senko style worms and jig and pig combinations.
Wallkill River, Rondout Creek, Sturgeon Pool and Lower Esopus Creek
As the water temperatures start to drop, these waterbodies really start to turn on. In the Wallkill River smallmouth bass and walleye fishing can be really good, try using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and curly tailed grubs. In the Rondout and Lower Esopus Creeks look for largemouth bass holding close to lay downs and brush piles, try using jigs and Texas rigged creature baits.
All the streams are fishable and water temps are in the mid to high 50's. Popular fly imitations are caddis, olives, isonychias, nymphs and streamers. From now until the end of the season can produce some great action.
East of Hudson Waters
Anglers have been reporting nice size trout, bass and panfish in Croton Falls, Cross River and Kensico Reservoirs. Trout fishing has been really good all throughout the Croton Watershed. To learn more about the NYC watershed stream trout fishing click here: Guide to Stream Trout Fishing on NYC Watershed Property in Westchester and Putnam Counties (PDF) (529 KB)
West of Hudson Reservoirs
Smallmouth are biting good on green pumpkin colored tube jigs on the Rondout and Ashokan Reservoirs. This time of year look for big brown trout cruising the shorelines.
Angler Diarists Needed
The New York State Region 3 Unit will be looking for anglers to participate in a angler diary program for Kensico Reservoir (Trout and Salmon). The information gathered through the angler diary program is extremely useful for helping to better manage the fishery. For more information please contact Ryan Coulter at 845-256-2204.
To apply for a NYC DEP Watershed Access Permit use the link located on the right column under Links Leaving DEC's Website.
If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report/post a picture of your catch, please call Ryan Coulter; 845-256-2204 or email Region 3 fishery.