Fishing Prohibited in the Catskill’s Esopus Creek

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Esopus Creek near Shandaken NY
Esopus Creek near Shandaken NY By Daniel Case (Own work) [via Wikimedia Commons
On November 4th, 2016 the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a notice that fishing is now prohibited in parts of the famed 64 mile Esopus Creek due to low water levels.

The NYSDEC says all species will be included during this order of suspension and that the low water flow is “creating a stressful environment for trout”. Continuing fishing during these conditions may cause added stress and impact spawning and production of the next generation of trout, according to the NYSDEC.

On the NYSDEC website, it indicates the closed area as:

“from the Shandaken Tunnel outlet in Allaben, to a downstream boundary in the Ashokan Reservoir from the mouth of Traver Hollow stream due east to the old railroad causeway”

The map of the closure is found on the NYSDEC website. This fishing suspension is in effect until January 31, 2017.