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Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline

August 16 - August 24, 2018

Hudson River Bass Fishing

Water temperatures are currently around the 78 degree mark. Water chestnut beds are starting to breakup and the largemouth bass are being caught on hard structure close to the chestnut beds. Smallmouth bass are being caught around "suck holes" and shallow flats using a variety of topwater lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Stream Trout Fishing

Most of the streams in the region are unfishable due to recent rains. Check the USGS gauges to see if flows are coming down on the water body you want to fish in.
*Please use proper judgment when fishing for trout in the summer months. Catching and handling trout in water temperatures that exceed 68 degrees can result in mortality.

Bass Fishing

Fishing in the summer months can often be slow but luckily bass stay active throughout the summer months. Big bass can be found in most waterbodies in the region, here are some good locations to try: Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout Reservoir, Chodikee Lake, Rondout Creek, Wallkill River, Onteora Lake, Toronto Reservoir, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Round Lake, Greenwood Lake, Sylvan Lake, Stissing Pond, Middle Branch Reservoir, Croton Falls Reservoir, White Pond, Muscoot Reservoir and New Croton Reservoir.

Walleye Fishing

Top waters include: East Branch Croton River, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Rio Reservoir, Wallkill River (New Paltz Section) and Greenwood Lake. Also starting in 2014 Titicus Reservoir has been part of a 5-year experimental walleye stocking program.

NYC Reservoir Trout Fishing

NYC DEP Reservoirs continue to produce some great catches. For boating and shoreline access permits please contact the NYC DEP. Some of the top picks include: Ashokan, Cross River, Muscoot, Croton Falls, Titicus, West Branch, Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs.

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.