Putnam County, New York: Where to Fish in the Fall

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New York's Putnam County has much to offer visitors in the fall. For starters, the region is home to the Chuang Yen Monastery, Boscobel House and the Cold Spring Farmers' Market. It is also home to several fall fishing spots that shouldn't be missed. Here's a brief glimpse at a few of them:

West Branch Reservoir

The 1,601-acre West Branch Reservoir is one of several reservoirs located within the confines of Putnam County. It is an excellent spot to catch landlocked salmon, trout and bass. Other species of fish that call the West Branch Reservoir home are perch, walleye, bullhead, bluegill and carp. The reservoir is accessible in Carmel. Tackle shops located in the surrounding area include Bob's Sport and Tackle in Katonah and the Anglers' Den in Pawling. Bob's Sport and Tackle typically carries live bait.

The use of rowboats is permitted at the reservoir just as long as anglers obtain a Watershed Recreation Access Permit and boat tags from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The permits are free and may be obtained online. Boat tags are obtained by appointment only. Appointments may be arranged through the reservoir's DEP office.

Lake Gilead

Lake Gilead is a 118-acre body of water that is also located in Carmel. It is a great place to catch trout. The lake is traditionally restocked with three species of trout each year. Other Species of fish that anglers are apt to find in the lake are bluegill, bass, perch and chain pickerel. I would suggest that anglers consider targeting the lake's weed lines at dawn and dusk. The lake is accessible from Seminary Hill Road. Both shoreline and boat fishing is permissible. However, I should also mention that the lake is considered a part of the New York City reservoir system. As such, anglers wishing to boat on the lake will need to apply for a permit and boat tags.

White Pond

White Pond is a 140-acre body of water that is home to bass, bullhead, perch, pickerel and crappie. While fishing in the pond, anglers are also likely to encounter sunfish. The pond is accessible along White Pond Road in Kent. A fishing pier, modest parking lot and a gravel boat launch area are located onsite. The use of motorized and non-motorized boats is permissible. In my experience, anglers should consider targeting the areas around the stone sluiceway. They tend to be the most productive spots.

Canopus Lake

Canopus Lake is a 103.7-acre body of water that is located within the confines of Clarence Fahnestock State Park. It is one of several bodies of water located on park grounds. Some of the park's other bodies of water are Pelton Pond (9.1-acres) and Stillwater Pond (55.3 acres). Canopus Lake is home to carp, bass, pickerel and panfish. Anglers hoping to catch rainbow trout and brook trout should head towards Stillwater Pond.

There are seasonal boat rentals and a launch area located near Canopus Lake. However, boaters must obtain a permit from the park's office before attempting to use it. Permit fees start at $10. Boat rental fees start at $7 per hour. Picnic areas and refreshments are also available onsite. The park opens daily and anglers may expect to pay a $7 vehicle entrance fee.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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