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Fishing in the Catskill Mountains

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County's waterways can be fished almost year-round, and ice-fishing is a popular cold-weather sport for outdoorsmen. Greene County is home to a variety of fish species for winter and early spring fishing.

Just two hours north of New York City, the waters of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County lure anglers with the promise of trophy Trout, Lunker Bass and a large variety of Pan Fish. Greene County is home to winding mountaintop streams and clear blue river town lakes offering excellent spin or fly fishing throughout the fishing season. You're invited to journey to Greene County and enjoy a true fishing trip - whether you're casting on a remote stream or fishing on the Mighty Hudson River! 

 

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Important Catskills Fishing Information

Stocked Fishing Waters

Many of Greene County's waterways are stocked with Brown Trout from April through June, including the Batavia Kill, Catskill Creek, East Kill and Colgate Lake.

Special Fishing Regulations

In Greene County, there are a few exceptions to the New York State's Department of Environmental Conservations General Fishing Regulations for freshwater fishing, including:

  • Fish for Trout all year on Greens Lake and Colgate Lake and enjoy winter ice-fishing as long as fish measure 12 inches or more in length. The daily limit is three fish per person. 
  • Fish for Black Bass on the Hudson River downstream of the Troy Dam and all along tributaries located on that section of the river. Season is open from the third Saturday in June through November 30 and fish must be at least 15 inches long. The daily limit is five fish per person.

Catch-and-Release on the Hudson River 

On the upper section of the Hudson River, a catch-and-release policy is in place for all sport fishing. All fish, no matter the size, caught in the section of the river between the Federal Dam in Troy and Bakers Falls in the Village of Hudson Falls must be released back into the water without injury to the fish. The use of fish as bait is prohibited, and state-wide open seasons apply to fishing for all species found in the river.

    The DEC's website offers a complete list of stocked fishing waters in the Great Northern Catskills, details on public & special fishing rights in Greene County, as well as additional information about the Hudson River's catch-and-release regulations.

    Best Fishing Locations in the Catskills

    Some popular waters for warm and cold weather fishing

    Colgate Lake

    Located in the town of Jewett, the lake reaches a depth of 10 feet, providing prime fishing conditions for Brown Trout, Golden Shiner, Common Shiner, Creek Chub and more. A popular fishing spot year-round, the lake is stocked annually with more than 700 Brown Trout.

    Greens Lake

    Located in the town of Athens, the lake reaches a depth of 50 feet and is a popular year-round fishing spot for Trout in the river towns. A DEC boat launch is located off of Valley Road along the southwest shoreline. Fish for American Eel, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Chain Pickerel, Golden Shiner, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass and many more.

    North-South Lake

    Located in the town of Hunter, the lake reaches a depth of 12 feet and is surrounded by the North-South Lake Campground. A DEC boat launch for non-motorized boats only is located off of Route 18. Fish for Chain Pickerel, Tiger Musky, Largemouth Bass and Brown Bullhead and enjoy a family fishing trip.

    Hudson River

    Running along the eastern border of Greene County, the Hudson River offers ample fishing for Striped Bass (which are more abundant in April and May), as well as Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Tiger Musky and Walleye throughout much of the year. In addition, fishing charters offer guided expeditions to the Hudson Valley's most fertile fishing areas, providing sportsmen with the opportunity to catch and land trophy fish.

    Batavia Kill

    Flowing for 22 miles before entering Schoharie Creek upstream of the town of Prattsville, fish for wild Trout in the upper reaches above Batavia Pond. The DEC stocks this stream with approximately 6,000 yearling Brown Trout, and around 350 two-year-old Brown Trout. 

    Catskill Creek

    Enters the Hudson River in the village of Catskill after flowing for 37 miles, offering great fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout. The river town section of the Creek is stocked with 6,500 yearling and 400 two-year-old Brown Trout. From the village of Catskill, fish for Bass and Walleye at the mouth of the Hudson River. 

    Ten Mile Creek

    Winds for 10 miles before entering Catskill Creek one mile above the village of Oak Hill. The last two miles of the stream are in Greene County, offering wild Brown and Rainbow Trout. 

    West Kill

    Flows for 11 miles before entering Schoharie Creek near the village of Lexington. Wild Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout are found on this waterway, and are most abundant in the upper eight miles. Approximately 700 yearling Brown Trout are stocked in the lower three miles of the stream.  

    Schoharie Creek & East Kill

    Meanders for 86 miles before entering the Mohawk River in the village of Fort Hunter. The upper 27 miles in Greene County are Brown and Brook Trout waters. Below the reservoir, Schoharie Creek is considered a warm water fishing habitat offering Bass and Walleye fishing. Wild Trout exists throughout Schoharie Creek in Greene County. From the barrier dam at Prattsville, the stream is stocked with 16,300 yearling and 1,600 two-year-old Brown Trout. 

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    Fishing Trip Extras

    Book a fishing trip with your buddies and enjoy the best of the outdoors, from hiking to learning about Elk farming at Armstrong's Elk Farm, to celebrating a great day with a cold brew made on the Catskills Beverage Trail.