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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

September 4 - September 11, 2014

Bass Fishing Tips

Largemouth Bass are still in their summer patterns and can really be found in a variety of depths and cover type. A good approach is to start fishing shallow and work your way out to deeper water until you locate the right depth. For shallow water try using a topwater weedless frog or a weight less stick bait. As you start to work your way out to deeper water try using a variety of baits that cover all depths in the water column.

Smallmouth Bass are also in their summer patterns. Popular techniques that can really produce for catching big Smallmouth Bass are using a tube jig or a crayfish imitation around rock piles. Smallmouth Bass in many waterbodies will get off shore in search of schools of baitfish, for these fish try using minnow imitations like a topwater zara-spook or a suspended jerk bait.

Hudson River

Water temperatures are currently around 76 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 catfish and common carp in all sections of the river.

Trout Fishing Region 3

Region 3 offers alot of options for trout fisherman. The Croton Watershed in Putnam and Westchester Counties offers some great tail-water streams that produce year round because of the cold water releases. For some great reservoir fishing within the Croton Watershed try: Titicus, Cross River and Croton Falls reservoirs. Dutchess County doesn't have that many trout lakes but does have some great trout streams: Fishkill Creek, Sprout Creek, Roeliff Jansen Kill, Ten Mile River and Wappingers Creek. Of course the famous Catskill streams are fantastic and a must fish for trout fisherman, top spots include the Beaverkill, Willowemoc Creek, Esopus Creek and Neversink River. The Rondout and Ashokan Reservoirs both offer excellent fishing.

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.