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.
Construction Closures Around Ashokan Reservoir
There may be weekday restrictions at Gates E14 (Woodstock Dike) and W12 (Boiceville/Chimney Hole) around Ashokan Reservoir to accommodate construction activities. There will not be any restrictions on weekends.