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Ice Fishing in New York’s Palisades Region: Where to Wet Your Line

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Are you planning on visiting New York's Palisades Region this winter? If so, you may want to consider doing a bit of ice fishing while you are there. There are several places located in the region that allow ice fishing. Some charge a modest entrance fee. With that said, here's a brief rundown on a few of my favorite locations:

Harriman State Park

With 31 bodies of water on offer, Harriman State Park is a great place to go ice fishing. The park is spread out across two counties and consists of several sections. The two counties are Orange and Rockland. Popular ice fishing areas include Lake Tiorati, Lake Welch and Silver Mine Lake. Lake Tiorati is 292-acres wide and offers opportunities for catching pumpkinseed, perch, bass and bluegill. The 205-acre Lake Welch is home to panfish, chain pickerel and bass. Silver Mine Lake, on the other hand, is 84-acres wide. Species of fish found within the confines of Silver Mine Lake are chain pickerel, rock bass, yellow perch, sunfish and largemouth bass. All three areas are open daily, weather permitting. Each section charges a vehicle entrance fee. I'd suggest using the Silver Mine Lake area because the vehicle fee is just $6. The other areas traditionally sport an $8 vehicle entrance fee. The Silver Mine Lake area also has restrooms, grills and picnic tables located onsite.

Rockland Lake State Park

Rockland County's Rockland Lake State Park is another super spot to go ice fishing. It is home to a 279-acre body of water known as Rockland Lake. Species of fish that call Rockland Lake home include bass, tiger musky and yellow perch. The park opens from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. Winter anglers may expect to pay an $8 vehicle use fee. There are seasonal boat launches and picnic areas located onsite. For anglers that are interested, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website contains a downloadable contour map of the lake.

Sterling Forest State Park

Orange County's Sterling Forest State Park features a 288-acre lake that is suitable for ice fishing. Species of fish that anglers are likely to encounter in Sterling Lake include chain pickerel, lake trout, bass and panfish. I should mention, however, that there are restrictions on when lake trout may be taken from the lake. Full details about those restrictions may be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website. The park is typically open daily from sunrise until sunset.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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