Fish the Esopus
creek, Ashokan Reservoir,
East Branch of the Delaware & the Pepacton Reservoir.
Colonial Inn & Restaurant - Pine Hill, NY
Colonial Inn is located at the headwaters of the Esopus creek, which
flows into the Ashokan Reservoir and is a few miles from the
East Branch of the Delaware headwaters that flow into the Pepacton Reservoir.
Both streams offer prime trout fishing. The Esopus has a springtime spawning
run of native rainbow trout, which usually remain in the stream from opening
day (April 1st) thru June. Smaller rainbows are taken during the entire trout
season. Brown trout are also present throughout the entire stream with the spawning
run taking place during the fall.
Colonial Inn owner Steve Witte took these Brown Trout on the last day of
the 2003 Season.
The fast water stretches offer great fishing during the dog days of summer
with slower deeper stretches holding more fish in the cold, deeper water.
The East branch of the Delaware and its tributaries is primarily a brown trout
habitat with the best fishing from April thru July and a good run of brown
trout during the fall if the water levels are up.
Summer is fly-fishing time with the best time being in the evening. There are
also runs of large browns during the summer after a heavy rain that really
brings the stream up. These fish generally hold until the water level drops,
with some fish remaining under ledges or in the deeper pools.
The Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs offer excellent small mouth bass and trout
fishing. Walleyes are also present in the Ashokan, while not as numerous as
they once were; they are probably as big as anyplace in NY Sate.
A NYC Watershed Permit is required to fish in the reservoirs and it is issued
at no charge when applied for. Rowboats without motors are only allowed on
these reservoirs and they must be registered with the DEP as well (at no charge).
Newly instituted NY State regulations, (instituted
following the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks), require an Public Access Permit
and a Boat Registration Form, to be completed before fishermen can use
the NY State Reservoir System, complete information and links to the
applications are available at:
CITY OF NEW YORK - DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Web site
Much of the reservoirs are only lightly fished and some areas not fished at
all. We will try to keep the weekly fishing conditions posted at this site.
Steve Witte, the Colonial Inn's owner has fished the Esopus since 1947.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions. (1.845.254.5577)