Top 10 Places to Catch a Fish in New York City

New York City is a vast, sprawling metropolis with a population of almost 9 million and a reputation as one of the busiest cities in the world. But nestled inside this massive hive of activity are several spots where the fish are plentiful and anglers flock. Last week, we examined the fishing in Central Park's bodies of water - this week, we present the rest of the places to catch a fish in New York City.

Remember: a New York State Fishing License is required to fish at any of these locations.

Central Park - Manhattan

Central Park is probably the best freshwater fishing spot in all of NYC, with several species of fish and three different bodies of water to choose from. For a more detailed look, check out last week's article.

Indian Lake - Crotona Park, The Bronx

Indian Lake is a great spot for kids to fish, as it is stocked with panfish such as perch, catfish, and bluegill sunfish. The population of fish in the lake is traditionally high, making it a prime location for a day of laid-back fishing with the family.

Van Cortlandt Lake - Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx

Located next to a public golf course, Van Cortlandt Lake is one of the biggest freshwater lakes in NYC and a great spot for bass fishing. The lake is also well-stocked with various species of panfish, including yellow perch and crappie.

Van Cortlandt Lake

Prospect Park Lake - Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The 60-acre Prospect Park Lake is the only freshwater lake in Brooklyn. It is stocked with catfish and pickerel, and there is also an abundance of largemouth bass, blue gill, carp, and even muskie. The Lake is one of NYC's most beloved fishing holes and is considered to be the best location for bass fishing in the city.

Baisley Pond - Baisley Pond Park, Queens

This is a small pond that is tucked away inside one of the city's most quaint parks. Don't let the size fool you, however - it is full of bass, and a great spot for anglers young and old to catch a few. While the bass fishing may not be as good as that in Prospect Park Lake, it's definitely still worth trying a few casts.

Baisley Pond

Kissena Lake - Kissena Park, Queens

If you're a fan of fishing for carp, you'll love this small lake located in Queens' Kissena Park. It boasts the best carp fishing in the city, so if it's a fight you're looking for, you'll find it here.

Meadow Lake/Willow Lake - Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Several species of fish can be found in these sizable lakes, including trophy white perch, gizzard shad, largemouth bass, and more. The occasional snakehead can also be caught, and this is the one time where catch-and-release is not enforced, as snakeheads are an invasive species. If you catch one, contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

Clove Lake - Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

A long, narrow lake that is a dream come true for any angler who loves fishing for catfish. It is the most abundant species in Clove Lake, making it the undisputed lake of choice for any catfish angler in NYC.

Wolfe's Pond - Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island

A favorite location for conservationists and anyone who wants to get out of NYC for a while without actually leaving the city. A wooded shoreline with plenty of cover and lily pads galore makes for great bass fishing in a secluded spot.

The East River/The Hudson River

And, of course, we can't forget about saltwater anglers. The East River is arguably one of the best spots to fish along the entire east coast. It is teeming with bluefish, striped bass, and even the occasional fluke. The Hudson River is teeming with smallmouth and largemouth bass, While some might think that the river is full of pollution, the fish are actually safe to eat.

The East River
U.S. Coast Guard

So, there you have it - a list of spots in New York City that provide a great fishing experience for anglers of every skill level. Whether you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot for a day of catch-and-release fishing, or looking to meet your ten-bluefish limit on the East River, NYC has you covered.

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