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Putnam County has some of the finest fishing in the country. There are opportunities for excellent fishing opportunities for both warm-water species such as smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as cold-water species such as trout. Fishing is available year round. In fact, ice fishing is a popular winter activity. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation You need a fishing license if you are 16 years and older and fishing for freshwater fish, frog species and freshwater baitfish. You need a marine fishing registration if fishing for migratory fish of the sea and saltwater fish species. In Putnam County, fishing licenses are available at:
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BREWSTER
Total Firearm Techniques Inc.
1004 Rte 22 10509
845.704.7756

Town of Southeast
1360 Rte 22 10509
845.279.2196
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COLD SPRING
Town of Philipstown
238 Main St. 10516
845.265.3329

KENT LAKE
Town of Kent
25 Sybil'S Crossing 10512
845.225.207


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MAHOPAC
Big Wave Sports & Tackle
441 Rte 6 10541
845.803.8360

Town of Carmel
60 Mcalpin Ave. 10541
845.628.1500

PUTNAM VALLEY
Town of Putnam Valley
265 Oscawna Lake Rd 10579
845.526.3280
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Fishing is allowed on City-owned (NYC DEP) reservoirs, lakes and streams with a DEP permit in areas designated by specific DEP signs and according to all applicable New York State regulations. City-owned reservoirs are open for fishing from shore and with fishing boats, and it is common for many reservoirs to produce 4-5 pound bass and lake trout exceeding 15 pounds. Get your free DEP Access Permit online at: www.nyc.gov/dep/accesspermit You do not need a fishing license if you are:
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  • Fishing on a licensed fishing preserve
  • Fishing during the free fishing weekend
  • Fishing at a free fishing clinic
  • A resident landowner primarily engaged in farming (including lessees and members of their immediate families) when fishing on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • A farm fish pond license holder (including members of their immediate families) fishing on waters covered by the license.
  • A Native American living and fishing on reservation land.
  • A patient residing at a qualifying U.S. Veterans Administration hospital or facility in New York State.
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In addition to its western side bordering the Hudson River, Putnam County has over 200 miles of waterways to fish at. Check out:
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  • Bailey Brook 3.1 miles
  • Beacon Reservoir 6 miles
  • Bird Pond 5.1 miles
  • Black Pond 5.7 miles
  • Black Pond Brook 3.1 miles
  • Bloomer Pond 5.8 miles
  • Boyd Corners Reservoir 3.1 miles
  • Bryant Pond 4.1 miles
  • Canopus Lake 2.7 miles
  • Catfish Pond 5.7 miles
  • Clear Lake 2.4 miles
  • Clear Pool 3.5 miles
  • Dean Pond 5.8 miles
  • Dixon Lake 3.5 miles
  • Duck Pond 4.7 miles
  • Gem Lake 5.4 miles
  • Horse Pound Brook 5.3 miles
  • Indian Brook Pond 4.6 miles
  • John Pond 4.1 miles
  • Jordan Pond 3.8 miles
  • Kirk Lake 4.1 miles
  • Lake Gleneida 5.9 miles
  • Lake Mahopac 4.9 miles
  • Lake Nimham 4.4 miles
  • Lake Tibet 1.4 miles
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  • Leetown Brook 5.2 miles
  • Little Buck Mountain Pond 5.3 miles
  • Loch Lyall 5.9 miles
  • Lockwood Pond 2.8 miles
  • Mud Lake 2.6 miles
  • Mud Pond 5.1 miles
  • Oscawana Lake 3.8 miles
  • Pelton Pond 2.5 miles
  • Pine Pond 4.9 miles
  • Reeves Pond 5.3 miles
  • Roaring Brook 1.6 miles
  • Roaring Brook Lake 0.6 miles
  • Sagamore Lake 2.8 miles
  • Sand Spring Brook 4.1 miles
  • Secor Brook 5.3 miles
  • Secor Lake 4.1 miles
  • Stillwater Pond 1.5 miles
  • Trout Creek 4.8 miles
  • Weise Pond 5.3 miles
  • West Branch Canopus Creek 5.3 miles
  • West Branch Reservoir 5.4 miles
  • White Pond 5.9 miles
  • Wiccopee Brook 2.6 miles
  • Wiccopee Reservoir 1.8 miles
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