Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline
December 19 - December 26, 2013
Ice Fishing General
The weather has been cooperating with us recently and hopefully the cold weather continues. The recent snowfall can make early ice conditions unsafe. Currently many of the small waterbodies here in Southeastern NY are iced over. The big question is how much ice do we have underneath the snow? The snow can really slow down our ice making progress, so please be careful if venturing out on the ice. A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is a general rule for walking out to your fishing location. Please use the "buddy system" and your own proper judgment before venturing out onto the ice.
Below are some possible early ice recommendations by county (this doesn't mean there is safe ice, just locations that usually have safe ice first):
Ulster County - Chodikee Lake, Onteora Lake, Louisa Pond
Sullivan County - Morningside Lake, Mongaup Pond, Lake Superior
Orange County - Glenmere Lake, Round Lake, some Herriman State Park Lakes
Dutchess County - Stissing Pond, Morgan Pond, Whaley Lake
Putnam County - White Pond, Coves of East Branch Reservoir
Westchester County - Coves of Muscoot Reservoir
Below is a table based on solid, blue, clear ice with no running water underneath it.
|Ice Thickness||Permissible Load|
|2 inches||one person on foot|
|3 inches||group in single file|
|7.5 inches||one car (2 tons)|
|8 inches||light truck (2.5 tons)|
|10 inches||truck (3.5 tons)|
|12 inches||heavy truck (7-8 tons)|
|15 inches||10 tons|
|20 inches||25 tons|
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.