Let's Go Fishing!

Fly fishing season in the Catskills opens on April 1. It's a date avid anglers look forward to every year. Catskill Mountain waters have gained fame as the birthplace of American fly fishing, and to this day our waterways are home to some of the best fly fishing in the Northeast. Fresh, unspoiled reservoirs, rivers and streams, peaceful mountain landscapes, and an abundance of fish make the region a favorite spot for anglers from all walks of life.

We have all the info you'll need about great spots, permits, guides, lodging, and community events!

Get a license

Before you hang that “Gone Fishing” sign on your door, make sure you have everything in order for a splendid day on the water. You will need a New York State fishing license and to be familiar with Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulations. Find any gear you might need at one of our sporting goods specialty stores.

Best spots

Now you’re ready to go out and find your way to one of our best and proudest fishing hot spots:

Aside from fly fishing, the stillwaters in our region yield great catches too. Try our lakes (Big Pond in Andes or Beaver Spring Pond in Davenport) or reservoirs (Cannonsville, Pepacton or East Sidney). To utilize the reservoirs, you’ll need an additional access permit.

Consider an outdoor guide

If you're not familiar with our waterways or fly fishing, or you just want the company of a seasoned angling expert on your fishing excursion, hiring a Catskills outdoor guide is a wonderful option. Get expert recommendations, personal lessons and an entirely customized experience with one of our many local guides.

Fishing events

With such a strong fishing tradition, our area has communities that share a passion for the sport. Connect with like-minded people at these events this spring:

April 7
Trout Tales: A Fish Fest and Feast
Spillian, 50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd, Fleischmanns, NY
A gathering of the clan with an expo, feast and story-telling contest.

April 14
Asohokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited Anniversary Celebration
30th annual banquet and auction.

April 20-22
A Mythic Catskills Weekend
Spillian, 50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd, Fleischmanns, NY
Guided fishing expedition, hike, fireside legends, foraging, stream-to-table cuisine.

April 21
Something Fishy on Main
Main Street, Margaretville, NY
The inaugural celebration of trout. A festival for all ages.

April 27
One Bug 2018 - 11th Annual Kick-Off Party
Hancock Firemen's Field, 12 Park St, Hancock, NY
Spectacular buffet, music, and auction.

April 28
Trout Appetizers on Lake Wawaka
Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm, 1 Bragg Hollow Road, Halcottsville, NY
Learn about stream entomology, and flies. Casting demos and hands-on instruction. Fishing.

May 5
All-Seasons Sportsmen's Expo
Delaware County Fairgrounds, Fair St, Walton, NY
Demos, workshops, hands-on learning, sportsmen vendors.

May 12
Fly Fishing Film Tour
Union Grove Distillery, 43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY
An evening of fly fishing films and hand-crafted vodka.

May 19
Trout Throughout: Roxbury's O-FISH-All Trout Tales Weekend
Roxbury, NY
A weekend of fishing games, trout activities, food,  fishing derby for kids, trout dinner.

May 26
Paddle the Pepacton
Andes, NY
Guided scenic paddle.

Sportsman lodging

Bass Cabins
Lower Cadosia Rd, Hancock, NY

Buck Horn Lodge & Cottages
1577 State Hwy 30, East Branch, NY

Downsville Motel
6945 River Rc, Downsville, NY

Dream Catcher Lodge
393 River Rd, Deposit, NY

East Branch Outfitters
1471 Peas Eddy Road, Hancock, NY

Pepacton Cabins
348 Hood Ln, Downsville, NY

West Branch Angler Resort
150 Faulkner Rd, Hancock, NY

>> More sportsman lodging

More resources

NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App for your smartphone
Our listings for guide services, gear shops, and lodging
Delaware County special fishing regulations