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West Branch Reservoir

West Branch Reservoir, located in Carmel, provides anglers with a great cold and warm water fishery.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 502 feet
Area: 1,061 acres
Shoreline Length: 14.8 miles
Max Depth: 52 feet
Mean Depth: 29 feet


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.
West Branch Reservoir Contour Map (PDF)

Fish Species:

Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Bluegill, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Common Carp and Bullhead.


West Branch Reservoir

West Branch is stocked annually with 4000 brown trout and 1500 landlocked salmon. Anglers targeting the trout and salmon have success trolling with flutter spoons at various depths. Anglers fishing from shore using rapalas and spoons will catch these two species as well. Bass fisherman report having the most success fishing around submerged structure and drop-offs.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply

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