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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

July 30 - August 6, 2015

Hudson River

Water temperatures are currently around 77 degrees. Anglers are reporting catching smallmouth bass using medium diving crankbaits around rock piles and day markers. Also catching smallmouth around "suck holes" using spinnerbaits. Largemouth bass are reported being caught any place were vegetation meets rock, popular baits include senko style baits and weedless jigs. Anglers are also reporting having success catching common carp and channel catfish in all sections of the river.

Region 3 Summer Time Fishing!

If you are a freshwater angler, Southeastern New York gives you so many different options of places to fish! Below are some recommendations on places to try for individual fish species:


*Please use proper judgment when fishing for trout in the summer months. Catching and handling trout in water temperatures that exceeds 68 degrees can result in mortality.

Croton Watershed - These tailwater fisheries produce good fishing all year round.

NYC DEP Reservoirs - Provides 21 reservoirs open to fishing. (NYS fishing license and free NYC DEP access permit needed).

Catskill Streams - These famous trout streams produce great fishing with some excellent scenery.


Top waters include - East Branch Croton Reservoir, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Rio Reservoir and Wallkill River (New Paltz Section)


Big bass can be found in most waterbodies in Region, here are some good locations to try: Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout Reservoir, Chodikee Lake, Rondout Creek, Wallkill River, Onteora Lake, Toronto Reservoir, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Round Lake, Greenwood Lake, Sylvan Lake, Stissing Pond, Middle Branch Reservoir, Croton Falls Reservoir, White Pond, Muscoot Reservoir and New Croton Reservoir.

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.