East Branch of the Delaware River East Branch of the Delaware River
Description of Fishery The East Branch of the Delaware River is divided into two sections by the Pepacton Reservoir. Below the Pepacton Reservoir, the East Branch is a tailwater fishery that supports wild populations of brown, rainbow, and occasional brook trout; plus seasonal anadromous runs of American shad with reports of occasional striped bass. The DEC stocks close to 3,000 brown trout annually in this stretch of river. Above the Pepecaton Reservoir, the DEC stocks a little over 5,000 brown trout annually in this section. Wild brown trout production exists. Public Fishing Access is granted by NYC via a DEP permit immediately upstream of the Pepacton Reservoir to the village of Margaretville ,but no Public Fishing Rights are available upstream of there except in one tributary stream, the Bush Kill.
About Public Fishing Rights Public Fishing Rights (PFR’s) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33’ strip on one or both banks of the stream). This right is for the purpose of fishing only and no o...
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