Fishing

Fishing at Rondout Reservoir

City-owned reservoirs are open for fishing from shore and boats. It is common for many reservoirs to produce 4–5 pound bass and lake trout exceeding 15 pounds! If you are interested in angling from a boat, visit Boating for Anglers for information about boat tags and other boating requirements.

In addition to our reservoirs, we also offer City-owned watershed lands that border excellent trout fishing streams such as the Batavia Kill, West Branch Delaware River, Esopus Creek, and many smaller tributaries.

For answers to commonly asked questions about fishing, visit Fishing FAQs.

DEP posts Watershed Recreation Signs on City-owned land. These signs indicate the types of permitted recreational activity according to DEP’s recreation rules all applicable New York State regulations. If your activity requires a free DEP Access Permit, be sure to apply for one before heading out. For answers to commonly asked questions about DEP Access Permits, please visit DEP Access Permit FAQs.

Recreation Unit Closures

Please read and follow the Watershed Recreation Signs posted in these project areas.

  • Boyd Corner Reservoir is currently closed to ice fishing due to the lowering of the reservoir which creates unsafe conditions.
  • Mount Royal Recreational Unit: Town of Conesville, Sullivan County. A portion of The 279 Acre Mount Royal Recreational Unit will be temporarily closed due to the construction of a pump station. Access to the unit at the intersection of NYS Route 990V and Bull Hill Road, and the areas immediately surrounding the work site will be restricted. Following construction, a portion of the unit where the pump station may remain closed. Download the Mount Royal Unit Map.
  • East Branch Outlet Unit: Town of Southeast, Putnam County. A portion of The 126 Acre East Branch Outlet Recreational Unit will be temporarily closed due to construction work to replace the Sodom Road Bridge. Access to the unit from Sodom Bridge Road and the areas immediately surrounding the work site (including in-stream locations) will be restricted. Download the East Branch Outlet Unit Map.