Fishing at Esopus Creek, New York State

Information about fishing at Esopus Creek, New York State. Find out about special fishing regulations, which fish species are present and exact locations and types of waterbody access.

Fishing spot information

Esopus/Woodland Valley/Stony Clove Creek 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 other purpose. Treat the land with respect to insure the continuation of this right and privilege. Fishing privileges may be available on some other private lands with permission of the land owner. Courtesy toward the land-owner and respect for their property will insure their continued use.
Description of Fishery The Esopus Creek upstream of Ashokan Reservoir is one of the most popular trout streams in the Catskills. The Esopus offers great angling opportunities for both wild brown and rainbow trout throughout the watershed. In addition to this good population of wild trout this creek is also stocked with over 20,000 brown trout annually. Wild brook trout can be found in the headwaters.
These generalized location maps are intended to aid anglers in finding PFR segments and are not survey quality. Width of displayed PFR may be wid... ... Read more

Fish Species present

Brook Trout - Brown Trout* - Rainbow Trout

Additional Information

Special Regulations

Types of public access

Shore Fishing - Public Fishing Rights

Public fishing access owner

Public Easement

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