Catskill Outdoor Adventures

Fishing - Trout, Bass, and Brook Trout


Catskill Outdoor Adventures specializes in fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir, the crown gem of the New York City water system. Trophy trout fishing is a specialty.  Trout from  6-10 pounds are not uncommon and Sonny helped land the NYS inland water record brown trout in April 1994 -- 22 lbs. 0 oz., 37.5 inches!


Fishing season for trout on the Pepacton Reservoir begins April 1st.  The best early fishing is from shore where the waters are warmer.  As the season progresses, fishing from row boats (the only type of boat allowed on the Pepacton Reservoir) is preferable.

We read the water conditions and guide you in the fishing style which will target the hottest action.  As your guide rows, you may cruise the shoreline in the spring as trout search the warmer waters for food or later in the season, you may drift live bait or troll spoons as the warm weather drives the trout down into cooler waters.


You can also try your hand casting for smallmouth bass using topwater lures, diving lures or jigs.  These fish are feisty, doing cartwheels in the air or diving deep. 


We provide all the armstrong power to get you to where the fish are, so you can focus on landing that big fish.  Don't forget your camera, especially if you practice catch and release.


Wild, native brook trout can be found in all the streams throughout the Catskills.  When in search of the brookies, we will guide you to some of the most promising locations in the region on a day trip, 1/2 day trip, or try an overnighter if you would like to get in some camping, too.

The avid fly fisherman can have a field day casting a "Black Gnat", a "Green Drake" or a "Coachman"on the waters that are called the "Birthplace of fly fishing". Enjoy the action of the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Esopus or East Branch of the Delaware River.

We can also arrange a fully outfitted, extended trip to remote ponds in the Adirondack region (Call for rates)


General Fishing Trip Information:

On day trips, all bait is included as well as lunch. We can also supply rod and reel if needed. On 1/2 day trips we include snacks as well as all of the above.

Don't forget:  To fish on the Pepacton Reservoir, you will need a New York State Fishing License and a free permit to be on the reservoir. The New York City Watershed Public Access Permit is available online at  The reservoir permit is good for 5 years.
We cater to you, the fisherman, regardless of your level of skill. From the novice to the dyed in the wool purist we offer assistance and professional expetise to enable you to catch "The One That Got Away!"


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