Top Fishing Locations in New York

Planning your next fishing trip with your family?  There are plenty of fishing locations in New York as it has a plethora of interior lakes, ponds and brackish waters. The state is home to nearly 7,500 ponds and lakes. The vast network of fishing spots has a number of cold water and warm water fishes.  The common catches include bass, trout, bluefish, and flounder. Here are some locations that fishing enthusiasts would love to visit.

Delaware River

The Delaware river is a paradise for dry fly fishing and is famous for the rainbow trout. Over the years the number of brown trout has increased and many of these fish are more than twenty inches long.

During summer the twenty-five miles of the river provide a great opportunity for fly fishing as there are strong hatches of caddis, stoneflies, and mayflies.

Hudson River

The Hudson has a rich history of commercial fishing. The Hudson and its watershed boast of an impressive variety of fish with over 200 species, many of which are found in abundance.

Along Manhattan the river is a hub for salt water fishes such as striped bass, blue fish, weak fish, porgy, and summer flounder.


Salmon River

Salmon river is a major angling stream in New York where some of the finest sport fishing takes place. Anglers from around the world take part in fishing sports in this river, situated in the Tug Hill region. As the name suggests, the river is famous for Chinook salmon and also has brown trout, and steelhead fisheries.

Central Park

Central Park in New York has become a favorite spot for young fishing enthusiasts because of its youth based program that involve catching the fish and leaving them back in the water. The common fisheries found in the Central park region include bass, catfish, crayfish, sunfish, pickerel, and black crappie.

Lake Ontario

Open water excursions have become a yearly trend in Lake Ontario as it is one the best fishing locations in the New York state. The lake is renowned for its picturesque fishing and its amazing variety of fish including coho, steelhead, Chinook, lake trout, brown trout, pan fish, walleye, and bass.

Niagara River

Niagara river is one of the most diverse fisheries in the state. The river is divided into parts, the upper and the lower Niagara. Every year anglers undertake a number of boat trips to the lower Niagara that covers a distance of around 14 miles. Niagara river is known for rainbow trout, walleye, bass, yellow perch and Chinook varieties.

Oneida Lake

Oneida lake is the largest fresh water lake and provides excellent fishing opportunities to anglers throughout the year.  The lake has an abundance of yellow perch and walleye. During the spring season one can fish walleye in the shallow waters near the spawning locations.  In the summer one can find walleye in the deep waters and in the winters these fish move back to the shallow waters.

New York City Reservoirs

Most reservoirs are excellent fishing locations in New York and have both cold water and warm-water fishes. The common varieties include bass (both large and small mouth) that weigh up to five pounds, and trout that exceed 15 pounds.

Lake Eerie

The New York waters of Lake Eerie are one of the largest fresh water resources in the state and are home to the small mouth bass. During the months of July and August one can find trophy size walleye, often weighing up to 10 or 11 lbs.

Otsego Lake

Otsego lake stretches around 9 miles and is famous for bass, salmon, and trout fisheries.  Over the years, walleye fishing in the lake has increased whereas salmon and trout fisheries have declined.