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Bashakill Marsh


Bashakill Marsh Photo

The Bashakill Marsh lies entirely within the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area that covers 2,409 acres. With 15 different access sites, this is a great area for canoes and kayaks. The Bashakill Marsh is the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern New York and represents a unique biotic community.

Special Regulations

Special fishing regulations exist for the Bashakill. Please review your fishing regulations guide for details.


Bashakill Marsh can be accessed along Route 17 and South Road.


A typical bowfin averages between 18 and 24 inches and can weigh up to 11 pounds. A great way to catch these fish is to use spinnerbaits, inline spinners and weedless plastic worms. If you prefer to use live bait, minnows or crayfish fished along the bottom are another great technique.

Fish Species Present

Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Panfish and Bowfin.

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