Hudson river Valley


The Hudson is a river rich with fish. Fishermen go to the mid-Hudson region, between Newburgh and Albany, for largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass and shad. Less common or rare species include pickerel, northern pike, tiger muskies and walleye.

The fish population of the Hudson is aided by the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Headquartered at Tivoli South Bay, the NERR conducts scientific studies of the river. One of its components, Stockport Flats, provides spawning and/or nursery ground for anadromous and freshwater fish species including alewife, blueback herring, American shad, rainbow smelt, striped bass, and smallmouth bass. Stockport Flats, with 1,543 acres, is owned by the state and is under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the New York State Office of General Services.

Fishing for the two species of black bass includes the lower portions of all the Hudson's tributaries: Fishkill Creek, Wappinger Creek, Rondout Creek, Esopus Creek, Roeliff Jansen Kill and Catskill Creek. The Hudson's tributaries also make fine trout fishing destinations, with none more prominent than Esopus Creek. This clean, cold river, its source in the Catskill mountains, contains brook, brown and rainbow trout. Catskill Creek is also a major trout stream. It flows through Schoharie, Albany and Greene Counties before joining the Hudson at Saugerties, New York. Its many drops and cascades give it charm, beauty and a number of deep pools harboring a strong population of native rainbow trout. At lower altitudes warm-water species make their appearance and brown trout outnumber the rainbows.

Bash Bish Brook at Taconic State Park's Copake Falls Area is another favorite place for trout fishing.


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