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Carp Fishing in Region 3

Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) are an increasing popular sportfish in southeastern New York. They are widely distributed and may be found in many of the region's reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Average size is about 5 to 10 pounds, with fish from 15 to 20 pounds sometimes caught. A New York record 50.25 pound common carp was caught in 1995 at Tomhannock Reservoir, located northeast of Albany.

Carp feed on a variety of foods including small benthic animals such as snails, annelids, midge larvae, and crustaceans, as well as filamentous algae. Anglers who pursue this species often use bread dough, canned corn or a variety of commercial baits.

Here are some good carp waters in Region 3, listed by county:

Dutchess County
Wappinger Lake
Fishkill Creek - Town of Fishkill
Hudson River

Putnam County
East Branch Reservoir *
Diverting Reservoir *
Hudson River

Westchester County
New Croton Reservoir *
Muscoot Reservoir *
Cross River Reservoir *
Amawalk Reservoir *

Rockland County
Rockland Lake

Orange County
Hudson River

Sullivan County
Mongaup Falls Reservoir
Swinging Bridge Reservoir
Rondout Reservoir *

Ulster County
Ashokan Reservoir *
Wallkill River
Sturgeon Pool
Hudson River

* New York City Fishing Permit Required - See page 34 of New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations 2006-2008. To apply for a New York City DEP Watershed Permit click on the following link:

For additional information on opportunities in Region 3, you can contact DEC at: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3 Fisheries Unit, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1696, ph: (845)256-3161

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