Fishing in the Croton Watershed

Welcome to our home waters: the Croton River system and its many lakes and tributaries. The Croton Watershed, which covers some 387 square miles, The West Branch of the Croton rivercontains some of the finest fishing in the eastern U.S. The system includes three major tributaries and 15 reservoirs, not to mention a number of smaller watercourses. We are fortunate that the rivers and lakes in our watershed are part of the New york City water supply. Considering the number of people living in the area and the amount of residential and commercial development, were it not for the preservation and care accorded our local lakes, rivers and the land around them, we would be hard pressed to find any clean, cold water to wet a fly in, let alone drink. So, the availability of such terrific trout fishing venues so close to home is truly a blessing. Trout anglers will find many fine fishing opportunities on stream segments downstream of nine New York City Reservoirs. Combined these nine stream segments offer over 13 miles of publicly accessible trout water. In most cases brown trout are the most common species, while in others rainbow and sometimes even an occasional brook trout provide diversity.

Read more in our book, A Fly Fisherman's Guide to Fly Fishing the Croton Watershed