Fishing Prohibited in Sections of Esopus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir Due to Drought

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Leslie_Zucker

Effec­tive 11/2/16, a new NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) Emer­gency Reg­u­la­tion pro­hibits fish­ing for all species in the fol­low­ing sec­tions of the upper Eso­pus creek and Ashokan reservoir:

- 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 (see attached PDF for map of area affect­ed by the regulation).

This Emer­gency Reg­u­la­tion is in effect until Jan­u­ary 31, 2107.

Due to pro­longed dry con­di­tions, the Eso­pus Creek and its trib­u­tary streams are expe­ri­enc­ing very low water flow, cre­at­ing a stress­ful envi­ron­ment for trout. Addi­tion­al stress on these fish from angling may impact their abil­i­ty to spawn and pro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion of trout.

A map of closed areas is pro­vid­ed here.