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Lower Esopus Creek

Photo of Esopus Creek

This section of the Esopus Creek is located above the Cantine dam in the Village of Saugerties. This warm water river provides anglers with a good chance of catching some nice sized bass and common carp. This section of the Esopus also has a good variety of panfish.


Shore access and boat launch provided by the Village of Saugerties park. A Village permit is needed to launch a boat. Contact the Village of Saugerties for more details.

For more information on these launches including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Ulster County page.

Fishing Species:

Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, carp, panfish


The lower Esopus Creek has both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Anglers have reported having success catching smallmouth along the rocks on the upper reaches of this section using crankbaits and tube jigs. Anglers targeting the largemouth report of having success catching them out of the grass beds and fallen timber along the banks using top water frogs and texas-rigged worms.

Carp are very abundant and anglers report of catching fish up to 20 lbs. Anglers like to target carp using nightcrawlers, canned corn and doughballs. Try fishing shallow in the spring and move to deeper water in the summer months.


Statewide Fishing Regulations Apply