Fishing the Lakes & Ponds of Delaware County

Looking for somewhere to drop your line? While our area is famous for fly fishing in the vast network of rivers and streams, which you can read about here, there are also some amazing stillwater catches to be had in our lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

A printable version of this list can be downloaded here.

Fishing Rivers Delaware County

Big Pond
549 Barkaboom Road
Here you can expect to find Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch. This pond receives a good amount of pressure all year long even for its location. Some very impressive catches have been recorded. Stocked annually with approximately 250-1000 Brown Trout 8-21″ in length (most years it receives roughly 200-250 brown Trout 8-9″ in length) and 250 rainbow trout 8-9″ in length. Ice fishing is also permitted.

Cannonsville Reservoir
Route 10
Deposit & Tomkins
The reservoir is most popular for its Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishery and can be accessed via several points along Route 10. Stocked annually with approximately 6,500-7,000 Brown Trout 8-9″ in length. The panfishing can be decent at times. A contour fishing map of the reservoir can be downloaded here.

East Sidney Reservoir
Route 357
The lake is mainly fished for its Panfish, but some huge Bass have been caught. It is also a popular destination for those seeking to catch Common Carp, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.

Huggins Lake
Berry Brook Road
Accessed via a trail off Berry Brook Road, the lake is fished for its large Brook Trout, as well as Golden Shiner, Satinfin Shiner, and Brown Bullhead. Ice fishing and live bait is prohibited.

Pepacton Reservoir
Various access points
Colchester, Andes
The reservoir is most popular for its Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishery; both species are caught annually at trophy sizes. Channel Catfish are being caught with more consistency in recent years. The Panfish population is abundant. Stocked annually with approximately 8,000-9,000 brown trout 8-9″ in length. Ice fishing is not allowed. The majority of shoreline is accessible through New York City Department of Environmental Conservation land with numerous designated boat launches. A contour fishing map of the reservoir can be downloaded here.

To utilize the reservoirs, you’ll need an additional, easy-to-obtain access permit. For all you need to know about fishing our region, please visit the links below.

For a complete guide to freshwater fishing regulations in New York State, please visit this page at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website:

For Delaware County special fishing regulations, including exceptions to statewide regulations, please visit:

Fishing licenses can be purchased online here:

Some NYC Department of Environmental Protection access locations (such as some reservoir access points) require a DEP Access Permit or Guest Pass. Get yours here:

Bait, Tackle & Local Fishing Resources:

Al’s Sport Store
6964 River Road, Downsville

East Branch Outfitters
1471 Peas Eddy Rd, Hancock

Northhill Outdoors, LLC
916 Main St, Margaretville


Other Things to do While in the Area…

Going to Big Pond?

The Andes Hotel
110 Main St, Andes

The Meadows Golf Center and All American BBQ
42565 State Highway 28, Margaretville

Tompkins Fall Waterfall
Barkaboom Rd, Andes

Going to the Cannonsville Reservoir?

Butterfields Cafe
16 Division St, Deposit

French Woods Golf & Country Club
17440 NY-97, Hancock

Hancock House Hotel
137 E Front St, Hancock

Going to the East Sidney Reservoir?

Awestruck Ciders
8 Winkler Rd
Sidney, NY 13838

East Main Bowling Lanes & Lounge
1 E Main St, Sidney

Tulip & Rose Cafe
435 Main St, Franklin

Going to Huggins Lake?

Downsville Covered Bridge
15500 NY-30, Downsville

The Old School House Inn & Restaurant
28218 NY-206, Downsville

Russell Brook Campsites
731 Russell Brook Rd, Roscoe

Going to Pepacton Reservoir?

The Ark Bowl and BBQ
42366 State Highway 28, Arkville

Palmer Hill Trail
11 Finkle Rd, Andes

Wayside Cider
55 Redden Ln
Andes, NY 13731

Learn more about all our outdoor recreation here.

If you are looking to hire a guide for a future fishing or other outdoor adventure in Delaware County, please click here.