Carp Fishing In Region 3
Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) are an increasing popular sportfish in southeastern New York. They are widely distributed and may be found in many of the region's reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Average size is about 5 to 10 pounds, with fish from 15 to 20 pounds sometimes caught. A New York record 50.25 pound common carp was caught in 1995 at Tomhannock Reservoir, located northeast of Albany.
Carp feed on a variety of foods including small benthic animals such as snails, annelids, midge larvae, and crustaceans, as well as filamentous algae. Anglers who pursue this species often use bread dough, canned corn or a variety of commercial baits.
Learn more about carp fishing, including the type of equipment and bait you'll need and the best methods to use when trying to catch this fish.
Below are some good carp fishing waters in Southeastern NY, listed by county:
Fishkill Creek - Town of Fishkill
Diverting Reservoir *
East Branch Reservoir *
* New York City Department of Environmental Protection Fishing Access Permit required to fish in these waters. Visit the NYC DEP website to find more details on fishing these locations and how to apply for a NYC DEP Access Permit (leaves DEC website).
For additional fishing opportunities in Region 3, visit the Southeastern NY Fishing page.