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West Branch Reservoir


West Branch Reservoir

West Branch Reservoir, located in Carmel, provides anglers with a great cold and warm water fishery. West Branch is stocked annually with 4000 brown trout and 1500 landlocked salmon. Anglers targeting the trout and salmon have success trolling with flutter spoons at various depths. Anglers fishing from shore report using rapalas and spoons will catch these two species as well. Bass fisherman report of having the most success fishing around submerged structure and drop-offs.

Physical Features

Elevation: 502 feet
Surface Area: 1,061 acres
Shore Length: 14.8 miles
Max Depth: 52 feet
Mean Depth: 29 feet


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).


Access is provided by the New York City DEP. A free NYC DEP watershed access permit is required. Rowboats must be approved and registered by the NYC DEP. Contact the DEP using the link under "Links Leaving DEC's Website" in the right hand column.
West Branch Reservoir Contour Map PDF (215 KB)

Fish Species Present

Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Bluegill, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Common Carp and Bullhead.