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East Branch Reservoir

Ice fishing for panfish can be very productive in East Branch Reservoir

East Branch Reservoir, also known as Sodom Reservoir, is located right off of Route 22 just east of Brewster.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 417 feet
Area: 525 acres
Shoreline Length: 8.5 miles
Max Depth: 62 feet
Mean Depth: 32 feet
Town: Southeast

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.
East Branch Reservoir Contour Map PDF (262 KB)

Fish Species:

Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead and Common Carp

Fishing:

This NYC reservoir offers a great mix of warm water species. Look for largemouth bass holding around shoreline structure. East Branch also has a lot of submerged structure that helps concentrate the walleye and panfish. For walleyes and panfish, try fishing around the old foundations with a bright colored jig head tipped with a night crawler or minnow.

Regulations:

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