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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

January 12 - January 20, 2017

Ice Fishing General

Many variety of fish on top of ice

With the cold snap we just had, many of the smaller waterbodies formed safe ice and anglers were taking advantage of the ice conditions. Currently the air temperatures are above freezing and we are not making any new ice and hoping we keep the ice that we currently have. 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 judgment before venturing out onto the ice.

Below are some locations that we have heard of anglers fishing and some possible early ice recommendations by county (this doesn't mean there is safe ice, just recommendations):

Ulster County - Chodikee Lake, Onteora Lake, Louisa Pond, Wilson Lake

Sullivan County - Morningside Lake, Mongaup Pond, Lake Superior, Loch Sheldrake

Orange County - Round Lake and some Herriman State Park Lakes

Dutchess County - Morgan Pond, Stissing Pond

Putnam County - White Pond, Canopus Lake, Coves of East Branch Reservoir

Westchester County - Coves of Muscoot Reservoir

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.