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Middle Branch Reservoir

Introduction

View across the Middle Branch reservoir

Middle Branch Reservoir located just west of Brewster is part of the NYC Watershed and provides great fishing opportunities. Middle Branch is stocked yearly with 1,000 tiger muskies. Tiger muskies can grow to be over 40" and can be a challenge to the most advanced anglers. Look for tiger muskies around weedlines using large inline spinners, crankbaits and spoons. Middle Branch also has a healthy population of bass and panfish.

Physical Features

Elevation: 367 feet
Surface Area: 395 acres

Shore Length: 6.3 miles
Max Depth: 62 feet
Mean Depth: 31 feet

Special Regulations

Special fishing regulations exist for Middle Branch Reservoir. Please review your fishing regulations guide for details.

Access

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.
Middle Branch Reservoir Contour Map PDF (230 KB)

Fish Species Present

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Muskellunge, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, White Perch, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Bullhead and Common Carp.