News: Local Fishing Holes and Streams
|4/22/2020 12:00:00 AM
We may not be able to have a Fishing Derby this year, but we can offer you info on local places to fish!
Saturday, April 25th was the date of our now cancelled Fishing Derby. To help families interested in fishing we have compiled a list of local fishing holes! Please check them in advance as the statuses are always changing and what may have been open at the time of publication, may now be closed and vice versa.
We tried to provide helpful links to enable you to research each location to see the specifics. If the link we provide directs you to a “Public Fishing Rights” (PFR) map, please look at the map key which will show you the location of the access to the stream that the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has obtained for the public either in a red or blue cross hatched area or DEC lands. You may see other locations along the stream, like a Town Park, but those may or may not be open to you, so please check before you go!
Another resource for all of these is the NYS DEC Info Locator. Once you find a pond or stream below, you may find helpful info on the Locator as to where on the property the parking and the waterways are!
Please know that anyone 16 and over needs a Fishing License. Click on the link for more information and how to obtain one!
Waterways in Beekman:
Streams in Dutchess County with PFR (see above for what that means)
- Fishkill Creek right here in Rec Center Park!
- Sylvan Lake in Beekman with boat launch off County Rt. 10. The cold deep water provides good trout habitat, and the shallow weed beds provide great cover for panfish and largemouth bass.
Other streams and rivers in Dutchess County with varied access points
Some streams in Putnam County
Lakes and ponds in Dutchess County
- Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area, on the north side of Haviland Hollow Rd., in Patterson, NY next to the CT border, has over 800 acres with a hiking trails and great gorge waterfall
- Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area includes the Quaker Brook Stream accessed off Haviland Hollow Road in Patterson, NY
- Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, off Cornwall Hill Rd., Patterson, NY consists of 444 acres and a trail good for bird watching, but fishing is off of Route 22 in Patterson, south of Haviland Hollow Road
- Iron Mine Pond in Millerton is located in Taconic State Park south of Rudd Pond, north of the town of Millerton. This small pond is great for those that want to get away from the crowds and fish along the shoreline.
- Rudd Pond, part of the Taconic State Park, with access off Rt 62, two miles north of Millerton and parking available for 10 cars, no gas motors allowed. It has great habitat for both largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Anglers report of having a lot of success catching both species using spinnerbaits and soft plastic minnow imitations on top of the weed beds. Also try using weedless jigs and texas-rigged worms in the 10-14' range during the day light hours. Rudd pond also has a good panfish population, including bluegills, black crappie, and yellow perch. Fishing with a bobber and nightcrawler/minnow in 6-8' of water will produce a lot of strikes.
- Morgan Lake off of Creek Road in Poughkeepsie includes shore fishing and a fishing pier
- Stissing Pond in Pine Plains includes boat launch on east shore with parking for 5 cars
- Wappingers Lakein Wappingers access is provided with a small boat launch on the south shore off of Spring St
Lakes and ponds in Putnam County
- White Pond Multiple Use Area on White Pond Road in the Town of Kent includes a small boat ramp on Farmers Mill Rd (County Route 42) to White Pond Road with parking for 10 cars and trailers, electric motors only. In addition there is an accessible fishing pier and trail around the lake
- Wonder Lake State Park, 380 Ludingtonville Rd., Holmes has fishing opportunities but you must hike in – see map of marked trails
- Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area, Gypsy Trail Road, Kent (Carmel zip code), NY has over 1000 acres with a number of trails as shown on this map, shore fishing is allowed on Rinaldi Pond.
- Pudding Street Pond in Kent NY
- Bog Brook Unique Area off of Fogginton Road in Southeast
- Canopus Lake access is in Clarence Fahnestock State Park, off route 301, 9 miles east of Village of Cold Springs with parking for 10 cars, permit needed for boat access.
- Stillwater Pond in Fahnestock State Park, but off the Taconic Parkway, southbound, 1 mile south of Route 301 with parking for 10 cars, Stillwater pond is ideal for the angler fishing from a canoe or kayak with hand launch with permit.
NYC Reservoirs in Putnam County: To fish on those you must have a permit from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP not DEC). This includes:
- Mahopac Lake is in Mahopac and the shoreline is privately owned; acess is through private marinas on the south shore off S Lake Blvd