Are you planning a trip to Sullivan County, New York? If so, I'd recommend bringing your fishing gear along. Based on my experience, the area is home to numerous fishing spots. Of course some are better than others. With that said, here's a quick look at a few of my favorites:
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area
The 2,409-acre Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area is one of my favorite fishing spots. It is located on the borders of Orange and Sullivan Counties. A hand boat launch area is located in the Town of Mamakating near Haven and South Roads. Fish that call the Basha Kill home include chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, bowfin, panfish and largemouth bass. Some of the best baits to use are crayfish and minnows. Fishing with spinnerbaits, soft plastics and worms also tends to be productive. A great place to grab bait and tackle is Sam and Mabel's. It is located in Port Jervis.
Mongaup Falls Reservoir
The 935-acre Mongaup Falls Reservoir is a good spot to go if you have your sights set on brown trout or black crappie. That's because it tends to get stocked with trout in the spring. The reservoir's waters are also home to chain pickerel, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch and smallmouth bass. It's also a great spot to catch sight of eagles. A concrete boat launch is located on Forestburgh Road. It usually stays open until the end of November. Parking is available at the launch site. The fish can be hard to find at times. As such, an electronic fish finder may come in handy. I'd suggest targeting the drop offs with minnows, worms and leeches. There are bait and tackle stores located in Livingston Manor, Narrowsburg, Port Jervis, Callicoon and Barryville.
The 38-acre Crystal Lake is another great spot to look for trout. Unfortunately, the use of live baitfish is prohibited. Therefore, anglers may want to consider using spoons and flies. There is a hand boat launch located on Crystal Lake Road just outside of Roscoe. Great places in the area to pick up fishing supplies are Dette Trout Flies and Catskill Flies. Both are located in Roscoe. While in the area, I'd also suggest stopping by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Other super fishing spots located nearby include the Beaverkill River, the Delaware River and Willowmec Creek.
Lake Superior State Park
Lake Superior State Park is home to a 90-acre body of water known as Lake Superior. It is a good spot to go if you want to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie and chain pickerel. The lake also sports a population of pumpkinseed. There is a boat launch located within the confines of the park. If you need extra fishing supplies, The Sportsmen's Den in nearby Callicoon is worth a visit. The park opens daily and admission is usually free.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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