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Exploring the Top Fishing Spots in the Sullivan Catskills


Just in time for the summer season, The Sullivan Catskills offers numerous fishing opportunities for both beginners and pros alike. Whether you’re looking for tranquil lakes or bustling rivers, this picturesque county has something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best fishing spots in Sullivan County. 

Bashakill Marsh 

The largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York, representing a unique biotic community including Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Panfish and Bowfin. The Bashakill Marsh has a wheelchair accessible fishing/viewing platform. 

Cliff Lake 

With a short hike and no gas motors allowed, Cliff Lake receives minimal fishing pressure compared to some of the more accessible locations. Fish species include Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. 

Crystal Lake 

Crystal Lake offers access to hiking trails, camping opportunities and some great scenery. Fish species include the Brook Trout, supported by natural reproduction. 

Lake Huntington 

100 acres and parking for 5 cars and trailers, fish species include Walleye, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel and Panfish. 

Lake Superior 

In addition to a beach and some picnic areas, Lake Superior is a great place to fish. Fish species include Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Black Crappie and Yellow Perch 

Loch Sheldrake 

Providing easy access right off Route 52 and some picnic tables for a nice family day, fish species include Brown Trout, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Yellow Perch and Largemouth Bass. 

Long Pond 

Located in the Willowemoc Wild Forest, Long Pond is a great location for a scenic hike in addition to fishing. Fish species include Bullhead, Chain Pickerel and Brown Trout. 

Mongaup Falls Reservoir 

Located in Forestburgh, fish include Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Bullhead, Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Black Crappie.  

Mongaup Pond 

Amenities include campsites and boat and canoe rentals with fish species including Brook Trout, Chain Pickerel, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass. 

Neversink River Trout Fishing 

Consists of two parts: the headwaters upstream of the Neversink Reservoir (upper Neversink) and the lower section downstream of the reservoir (lower Neversink). Fish species include Brook trout, brown trout, and the occasional rainbow trout or landlocked Atlantic salmon in the upper and wild and stocked brown trout and smallmouth bass in the lower.  

Rio Reservoir 

The remains of an old bridge offer good structure for bass fishing and the occasional bald eagle sighting. No gas motors allowed, and no ice fishing allowed (Eagle habitat.) Fish species include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bullhead, Chain Pickerel, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch and Walleye. 

Swinging Bridge Reservoir 

A great place for a weekend getaway including a campground, boat rentals and a marina. Fish species include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Brown Trout, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, Common Carp, Brown Bullhead and White Perch. 

Toronto Reservoir 

One third of the reservoir is owned by a private club. This portion of Toronto Reservoir is marked by buoys and is not open to public fishing. Fish species include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Panfish, Walleye and Brown Bullhead 

Waneta Lake 

Located in Willowemac Wild Forest and including a wheelchair accesible fishing/viewing area and picnic area, fish species include Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Chain Pickerel 

White Lake 

With a good bass population, White Lake fish species include Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, and Panfish. 

Sullivan County is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, offering a variety of fishing spots amidst stunning natural beauty. Remember to check local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary permits before you head out.  Although these spots are free, most people fishing in New York need a New York State Fishing License. There are three ways to get a fishing license in New York including visiting an official License Issuing Agent, ordering over the phone, or ordering online through this link


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