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Lower Esopus Creek

Introduction

Photo of Esopus Creek

This section of the Esopus Creek is located above the Cantine dam in the Village of Saugerties. This warm water river provides anglers with a good chance of catching some nice sized bass and common carp. This section of the Esopus also has a good variety of panfish.

Access

Shore access and boat launch provided by the Village of Saugerties park. A Village permit is needed to launch a boat. Contact the Village of Saugerties for more details.

Special Regulations

Special fishing regulations exist for all rivers and streams in Ulster County. Please review your fishing regulations guide for details.

Bass

The lower Esopus Creek has both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Anglers have reported having success catching smallmouth along the rocks on the upper reaches of this section using cranbaits and tube jigs. Anglers targeting the largemouth report of having success catching them out of the grass beds and fallen timber along the banks using top water fogs and texas-rigged worms.

Carp

Carp are very abundant and anglers report of catching fish up to 20 lbs. Anglers like to target carp using nightcrawlers, canned corn and doughballs. Try fishing shallow in the spring and move to deeper water in the summer months.


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