West Branch of the Delaware River West Branch of the Delaware River
Description of Fishery The West Branch of the Delaware River is divided into two sections by the Cannonsville Reservoir. Downstream of the Cannonsville Reservoir, the West Branch is a tailwater fishery that supports excellent wild populations of brown, rainbow, and occasional brook trout (none are stocked); plus seasonal anadromous runs of American shad with reports of occasional striped bass. Upstream of the Cannonsville Reservoir, the river is stocked with over 14,000 brown trout by the DEC. In addition to the stocked fish, a wild brown trout population flourishes.
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 ...
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