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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

October 13 - October 20, 2016

Attention Anglers! - Esopus Creek Alert

If you live near or fish the upper reach of the Esopus Creek, you have no doubt noticed that the water level has dropped and the Creek has become brown with suspended sediment. Normally water from the Schoharie Reservoir is brought to the Esopus via the Shandaken Portal, supplementing the natural flow of the creek and helping to maintain its trout population. Drought conditions have reduced the water levels and increased sediment levels. DEC Fisheries staff are concerned that these conditions will adversely affect the stream ecosystem and trout spawning.

*Emergency regulations are being drafted that will prohibit fishing downstream of the portal. We anticipate that these regulations will take effect soon, and will keep the public informed of any changes.

Hudson River

A man in a boat holding up a sizable fish he caught.

With water temperatures dropping (currently 64 degrees) the bass action is going to heat up! Every fall, largemouth bass start to make their annual movement to the rivers major tributaries. Anglers have success using a variety of baits, the key is being at the right place at the right time on this tidal fishery. Big smallmouth bass also start to show themselves, focus on main river points, "suck holes" and sunken barges.

Fall Bass Fishing!

When the water temperatures start to drop the largemouth bass start to move into their more aggressive fall feeding patterns. The largemouth will start to feed more 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 fall bass fishing locations to are: Hudson River, 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.

Wallkill River, Rondout Creek, Sturgeon Pool and Lower Esopus Creek

Like most waters this time of year, as the water temperatures drop these waterbodies really start to turn on. In the Wallkill River, smallmouth bass and Walleye fishing can be really good, try using crankbaits 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.

East of Hudson Waters

Anglers have been reporting nice sized trout, bass and panfish in Croton Falls, Cross River, Titicus and Kensico Reservoirs. Trout fishing has been good throughout most of the Croton Watershed.

West of Hudson Waters

Smallmouth bass 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). 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.