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.