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Where to fish in Dutchess!

New York State is home to more than 165 freshwater fish species, including some that were around when dinosaurs roamed the land! These fish come in all different sizes, from two-inch darters to sturgeon that can grow to more than seven feet. They come in all different shapes, too. Sunfish have compressed bodies, whereas common carp are fat and round. Pike and pickerel are long and narrow. The different sizes, shapes and colors are not accidental; each has a purpose in helping a fish survive and reproduce.

Enjoy world class fishing for a wide variety of cold-water, warm-water and saltwater fish species. Fishing for stripers on the Hudson River is quite popular. Saturday, April 1 was opening day of fishing season in New York State for trout and other species. There are several Dutchess lakes and streams into which you can cast your reel.

Anglers looking for good early season trout fishing should consider Wappinger Creek, Ten Mile River, and Fishkill Creek. These fairly large streams will be well stocked prior to opening day and support some wild brown trout. From April 1 to Oct. 15, anglers can take trout of all species, landlocked Atlantic salmon, and kokanee, and from April 1 to Nov. 30, striped bass.

Seasons for other fish, such as bass, pike and pickerel, don’t start until May 6. It’s legal to fish for crappie, Lake Whitefish, American shad, yellow perch, sunfish and American eel throughout the year.

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) employees and volunteers have actively restocked streams, lakes and other bodies of water throughout Dutchess preparing for the big day; they’ll continue to stock through April.  Their Spring Trout Stocking list reflects the anticipated number of yearling and older trout to be stocked into listed waters during spring 2017.

Check out the list of fishing spots, with information from the DEC website.

Crum Elbow Creek, stocked at Hyde Park
DEC stocks: Rainbow trout, brown trout

Fishkill Creek stocked at Beacon, Fishkill, Beekman
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Iron Mine Pond, stocked at Northeast
DEC stocks: Rainbow trout
Other common species: Chain pickerel, bluegill, green sunfish, brown bullhead.

Mill Pond Brook, stocked at Amenia
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Morgan Lake, College Hill City Park, Poughkeepsie
DEC stocks: No stock this year

This 19-acre lake is a great place to introduce someone to the sport of fishing. Morgan Lake offers anglers great shore access, and you can expect to catch a wide variety of fish, including trout, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, common carp and pan fish. Shore fishing is available on the south shore off Creek Rd. A fishing pier is also available.
Common species: Trout, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, common carp, pan fish

Roeliff Jansen Kill, stocked at Milan:
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Sawkill, stocked at Red Hook
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Shekomeko Creek, runs north along Silvernails Road in Pine Plains into Columbia County
No stock this year
Common species: Brown trout, brook trout

Sprout Creek, stocked at East Fishkill, LaGrange
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Swamp River, stocked at Dover
DEC stocks: Brown trout

Sylvan Lake, stocked at Beekman
DEC stocks: Brown trout
Other common species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, cisco

Tenmile River and Wassaic Creek, stocked at Tenmile River at Amenia and Dover
What is stocked: Brown trout

Wappinger Creek, stocked at Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie, Stanford
What is stocked: Brown trout, Rainbow trout (Pougkeepsie)
Also: There will be additional stock delivered in Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie and Stanford in May-June.

Webutuck Creek stocked at Amenia & Northeast
What is stocked: Brown trout

Whaley Lake Brook, Beekman
What is stocked: Brown trout


Other fishing spots not known for having trout:

Rudd Pond, Lake Taconic, North of Millerton
Common species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pan fish

Stissing Pond, Pine Plains
Common species: Largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills

Wappinger Lake, Wappingers Falls
Common species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, carp, black crappies

Helpful Links:

Fishing Licenses

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Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide

Places to Fish

Fishing Hotlines
Freshwater Places to Fish

Stocking Information

Review the planned spring stockings by DEC Fish Hatcheries or last year's actual stockings (by DEC and County Hatcheries).

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Learn to Fish

Free Fishing Clinics offer anglers a chance to learn about the sport of fishing for free!
I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing
Taking a child fishing: tips for making your trip enjoyable for your child!

Angler Awards

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New York's Record Fish

Freshwater State records
Marine Fishing Records

2018/19 Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Read the freshwater fishing regulations for 2018-2019




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