Orange County, New York, is a place that I am very familiar with. It is located roughly 50 miles from New York City. The county is also home to many fall fishing spots that my family has been frequenting for generations. With that said, here's a quick rundown on a handful of the county's best fishing spots:
The Delaware River is home to a sizable population of largemouth bass, walleye, panfish, trout and chain pickerel. You can also catch eels and shad. One of the best places to launch your boat is West End Beach. It is located in Port Jervis. You can typically back your vehicle right up to the water's edge. Just be sure to go slow when you first enter the parking lot. If you go too fast, your vehicle's undercarriage could end up making contact with the pavement. I should also mention that there is a hand launch area that is located off of Route 97 in Sparrowbush. While you're in Port Jervis, the best place to grab bait and tackle is Sam and Mabel's on West Main Street.
The Neversink River is a great place to go fishing for rainbow, brown and brook trout. It is typically restocked with trout each spring. A good place to access the river is in Cuddebackville. If you go fishing early in the season, I'd suggest staying at the Oakland Valley Campground or the Deerpark KOA campground. Both are located on the river. Anglers that plan on visiting in mid to late fall should head towards the D and H Canal Park. That's where my family would go fishing in the fall. There is a picnic pavilion located onsite where you can enjoy a quick lunch.
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area
The 2,409-acre Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area is partially located in Orange County. It is accessible from Route 209 and South Road near Westbrookville. In my experience, the Bashakill Marsh is a good place to catch bowfin, chain pickerel, bass and panfish. There are approximately 15 access sites where you can launch a canoe, a kayak or a small jon boat into the marsh. You can also fish from shore. I'd recommend buying your bait in Port Jervis at Sam and Mabel's. I'd also suggest fishing with minnows, crayfish, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. The most productive fishing times tend to be at dusk and dawn.
The 1,036-acre Greenwood Lake is home to trout, muskies, largemouth bass, panfish and chain pickerel. If you decide to visit, I'd suggest staying at Anton's on the Lake. It is located in the Village of Greenwood Lake. Anton's has lake access, boat docks, and overnight lodging. There are also a handful of marinas located on the lake. Emerald Point offers seasonal slip rentals, a boat launch and an onsite restaurant. They also sell a decent slice of brick oven pizza.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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