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Expanded access for trout fishing

April 2, 2014

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds anglers that upstate reservoirs and dozens of properties along creeks and streams will be open for fishing when trout season begins April 1. Twenty-two reservoirs and lakes, covering roughly 33,500 acres, will be open for fishing from shore or from boats that have a valid DEP boat tag. Most of these reservoirs and lakes include habitat for cold-water species such as trout and warm-water species such as smallmouth and largemouth bass.

“DEP is proud to support the strong heritage of fishing that has thrived for generations throughout the upstate watersheds, including the Catskill streams and rivers that are hailed as the birthplace of fly fishing in North America,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd. “As anglers prepare for the first cast of the season, DEP encourages them to take advantage of expanded access and new recreation programs across the watersheds.”

In addition to its reservoirs and lakes, the city also owns protected land in the watersheds that include roughly 209 miles of frontage along rivers, streams and creeks that are suitable for trout fishing. The expanded access spot in Sullivan County is the North Side Unit. It comprises 636 acres with a half mile of frontage along the Rondout Creek. Access is along Sundown Road in Neversink. A DEP access permit is not required.