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.

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.

  • Gate E14—Woodstock Dike Guidance: Please park in the lot closest to the access road and be sure to avoid any active constriction areas. In the event of access restrictions, the gate will be closed (please do not block it) or notices will be posted at the entrance. Please avoid any active construction areas.
  • Gate W12—Boiceville/Chimney Hole Area Guidance: Access to this site is available by entering the access road at the gate off of 28A. Please park in designated spaces only as to not impede any construction activity traffic. During heavy construction activity, this area may be closed. If only parking restrictions are in place, anglers will be asked to park along the road and not block the gate. Please see the access map for more guidance on access to this site.