Your Guide to Spring Fishing

The Catskills have long been a major fishing destination.  There are bountiful rivers with deep pools and large ponds with bass, brown and rainbow trout, that make fishing and spending time outdoors a wonderful pastime.  Each Spring, the Department of Environmental Conservation stock rivers, ponds and creeks with rainbow and brown trout.  From April to May they release varying quantities and sizes in Catskill waterways to sustain the population and enhance fishing.  All the action starts on April first! Start planning your fishing adventure with some resources below.

Photo by Chris Hensley


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) offers a great resource page for all the things you need to know before beginning your fishing adventure. Learn all about catch limits for each species here, and terminology and fishing methods here. In New York State, it is necessary to obtain a fishing license. Read up before you go so that you can fully enjoy your fishing experience.

There are many wonderful fishing spots in Delaware County. View the downloadable guide to public access points here. For a downloadable guide to lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in Delaware County click here.


Fishing is family friendly. Bring your kids!


There are many wonderful places to stay in the Great Western Catskills, some of which will put you walking distance to public access fishing spots. Browse a collection below and find more sportsman lodging options here.

Downsville Motel
(607) 363-7740
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

Dream Catcher Lodge
(607) 467-4900
383 River Road
Deposit, NY 13754

Old School House Inn
(607) 363-7814
28218 NY-206
Downsville, NY 13755


Photo courtesy of West Branch Angler Resort


Pepacton Cabins
(607) 363-2094
348 Hood Lane
Downsville, NY 13755

West Branch Angler Resort
(607) 467-5525
150 Faulkener Road
Hancock, NY 13783


Enjoy the many restaurants of Delaware County. We put together a list of options that would be great for after your fishing adventure, whether you’ve had time to change out of your gear or not.

Andes Hotel
(845) 676-4408
10 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731

Dana’s Place
103 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731

Honest Eddie’s Taproom
(607) 637-7100
137 East Front Street
Hancock, NY 13783



Old School House Inn
(607) 363-7814
28218 NY-206
Downsville, NY 13755

Tremperskill Country Store
(845) 676-3244
1024 County Road 1
Andes, NY 13731

Browse more dining options here.


Whether you need a few lures or forgot your rod, the following shops will help you out with your fishing supply needs:

Al’s Sport Store
(607) 363-7740
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

Catskill Outpost (for souvenirs!)
(607) 214-4166
13 Harper Street
Stamford, NY 12167

Gifford’s Sports Supply
(607) 865-4427
133 Stockton Avenue
Walton, NY 13856


Photo courtesy of Al’s Sports Store


Marino’s Outdoor World
(607) 637-3573
95 East Front Street
Hancock, NY 13785

Northhill Outdoors LLC
(845) 586-3006
916 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455

Ray’s Sports Shop
(845) 254-4951
46046 NY-28
Fleischmanns, NY 12430


There are a handful of guide services in the Great Western Catskills. If you’d like to fish with a pro look into the available Guides & Services.

Browse even more fishing resources on our website here.