Southeastern New York Fishing Hotline
October 1 - October 8, 2015
Water temperatures are currently around 65 degrees. The water clarity is off due to the recent rain, but with the declining water temperatures, the fishing action for both largemouth and smallmouth bass should really pick up.
The largemouth bass are starting to move into the major tributaries and can be caught on a variety of baits. The smallmouth bass are starting to move up shallow on the main river points, suck holes and sunken barges. These smallmouth tend to school up and when you find one you can often find many!
Fall Bass Fishing Tips
With water temperatures getting into the mid-60s, largemouth bass are starting to move into their more aggressive fall feeding patterns. As the water temperatures drop, the largemouth start to feed more aggressively 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 try 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
As the water temperatures start to drop, these waterbodies really start to turn on. In the Wallkill River, Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing can be really good, try using crankbaits, spinnerbaits 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 size trout, bass and panfish in Croton Falls, Cross River, Titicus and Kensico Reservoirs. Trout fishing has been good all throughout the Croton Watershed.
West of Hudson Reservoirs
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 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.