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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

December 2018

Ice Fishing!

We have been getting some really cold days as of late and folks are getting excited about the ice season. Ice fishing can be a great way to access water that you may not always get a chance to fish if you don't have a boat. It's also a great opportunity to fish with a group of friends and have some good fish catching action. 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

Putnam County - White Pond, 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.