Your Best Spring Fishing in New York

Your Best Spring Fishing in New York
Photo By Ron Sinfelt

There's never been a better time for spring fishing in New York, so grab your favorite rod and reel and hit the water! Here are the places you won't want to miss.


Brown Trout

Oswego Harbor

Around St. Patrick's Day, the slush ice is melting along the Lake Ontario shore and brown trout weighing 5 to 15 pounds begin cruising around the break walls at the mouth of the Oswego River.

Yellow Perch

Seneca Lake

The Watkins Glen pier, among other places, offers open-water fishing for Seneca perch that average more then a foot long.

Northern Pike

Fulton Chain of Lakes

Popular with family vacationers in the summer, Old Forge and the Fulton Chain also boast of some wonderful late-winter ice angling.


Rainbow Trout

Catharine Creek

Seneca Lake rainbows averaging about 3 or 4 pounds charge upstream through a gauntlet of anglers to lay their eggs in Catharine Creek. It will be interesting to see how the annual spawning run is impacted by the new creel limit — just one 'bow per day.

Brown Trout

Kinderhook Creek

The epitome of a put and take fishery, Kinderhook is an Albany-area trout stream which has good mayfly hatches all season, but shines brightest after hatchery trucks have seeded its pools.


Tully Lake

Situated on the border between Onondaga and Cortland counties, Tully Lake is known for its jumbo bluegills, pumpkinseeds and red-breasted sunfish.


Brown Trout

Beaverkill River

In the Catskills, May begins with the Hendrickson hatch and concludes with the emergence of the fabled Green Drake. A fly-fisher needs no greater excuse to spend part of the month on the Beaverkill, whose plentiful aquatic insects make it a hatch-matcher's dream.

Susquehanna River


Although walleyes can be caught throughout New York's stretch of the Susquehanna, the biggest fish are in the deep pools between Binghamton and Owego.

Honeoye Lake


Few lakes can top little Honeoye, in Ontario County, for numbers "keeper" largemouths. Experienced bass anglers often do 40 or 50 bass a day.

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