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Long Island/NYC Fishing

Often recognized for its excellent saltwater fishing, Long Island also provides the angler with outstanding freshwater fishing opportunities in more than 500 lakes and ponds and over 30 miles of streams. Even in New York City, an angler can find good fishing close to home in numerous small ponds and lakes, including those within world-renowned Central and Prospect Parks.

Watch a clip about urban fishing in New York City and check out other fishing clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to watch for spawning alewives in April and May each year. For additional information please contact Enrico Nardone at the Seatuck Environmental Association (631) 626-1269 or email him at in March.

Access for Anglers with Disabilities

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Read about accessible fishing piers, platforms and launches that provide access to waters in the Long Island / New York City area.

New York City

While NYC has abundant saltwater fishing opportunities, there are also scattered ponds across all five boroughs that offer quality fishing as well. All ponds within NYC Parks have catch and release fishing regulations on all species, resulting in great fishing with the opportunity to catch a lunker bass. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the memory!

For infomation about saltwater fishing locations see Saltwater Fishing Guide for New York City Area

Nassau County

Most ponds in Nassau County are small park ponds where fishing is only allowed from the shore. However, good action can be found for bass, trout and panfish in many of these ponds. Bass fishing in Nassau County is catch and release only. As a result, large bass are not uncommon.

Western Suffolk County

This area offers a diverse fishing opportunity with lake, pond, and stream fishing, from both shore and boat. Bass and other warmwater species are common in most lakes and ponds, and many are stocked with trout as well. Stream fishing is primarily for trout. The Carmans River showcases native brook trout, the only trout species native to Long Island.

Eastern Suffolk County

Offering a more secluded fishing experience, Eastern Suffolk County waters provide fishing for bass, yellow perch, white perch, catfish, and others. Of special note is Fort Pond in Montauk which offers fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye. Be sure to review parking and/or angling restrictions for each water body.

Maps of Long Island Water Bodies