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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. 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

Physical Features

Elevation: 417 feet
Surface Area: 525 acres
Shore Length: 8.5 miles
Max Depth: 62 feet
Mean Depth: 32 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.
East Branch Reservoir Contour Map PDF (262 KB)

Fish Species Present

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