Delaware River Fishing
The Delaware River is over 410 miles
long and forms in part the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania.
The Delaware River is also the only major undammed river east
of the Mississippi River. The East and West branches of
the Delaware River meet at Hancock, N.Y. From there the
river extends about 330 miles till it reaches the mouth of Delaware
Bay. The clear water of the Delaware River provides ideal
habitat for a nice variety of fish species and is well known for
it's abundent fishing opportunities.
The Delaware River features great
fishing for american shad, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth
bass, walleye, and striped bass. Perhaps no species is more
abundant in the Delaware River than American shad, albeit for
a short period of time. Shad migrate all the way upriver and into
the upper tributaries to spawn, with the bulk of the fishing activity
taking place from late April through mid-June. These fish are
frequently caught in 4-6 pound sizes, and they are pursued by
both boat and fly-fishermen in popular areas such as; Port Jervis,
Sparrowbush, Barryville, Lackawaxen, and Narrowsburg. Although
trout are found throughout the Delaware River, the section from
Hancock to Callicoon is the prime trout water, with a good population
of brown trout and rainbow trout. These are predominantly wild
fish, and there is a good chance of catching some in the 15-20
inch range. Rainbow trout are more common and fly-fishing is the
preferred method, although other artificials and bait are used.
Smallmouth bass are found throughout the river, but good fishing
exists in the upper river, and especially south of Callicoon,
where the water temps are more favorable. A valid New York fishing
license is required for all anglers, age 16 and older, on the
Delaware River between NY and PA when fishing from a boat or from
Delaware River NY Boat
Hancock Boat Launch
launch off NY Route 97 and Bard Parker Rd.
Deposit Boat Launch
launch off Airport Rd.
Sparrowbush Boat Launch
launch located off Routes 97 and 42 and W. Main St.
Barryville Boat Launch
launch located off Route 97
Narrowsburg Boat Launch
launch located on DeMauro Ln.
Skinners Falls Boat Launch
launch located off Co. Rd. 44