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Volume XXVIII, Number 5879
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013

Go Fish: Best Fishing Spots In NYC

Fishing with the Urban Park Rangers at Crotona Park's Indian Lake
Fishing with the Urban Park Rangers at Crotona Park's Indian Lake
Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Go Park, and get involved with the fun, adventure, and excitement of freshwater and saltwater sport fishing. Here are some of the Urban Park Rangers’ favorite fishing holes in the five boroughs:

Crotona Park
1682 Boston Rd Crotona Pkwy., Bronx
Crotona Park's Indian Lake is home to largemouth bass, brown bullhead catfish, blue gills and pumpkinseeds, among other species.

Louis Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier
Coffey St & Ferris St., Brooklyn
Fish for bluefish, striped bass, fluke, and weakfish while enjoying views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, Manhattan’s skyline, Staten Island, and the New York Harbor.

Pier 84
W 44th St. at 12th Ave., Manhattan
Not only does Hudson River Park boast a vast array of fish species, but the park’s Big City Fishing program offers rods and free instruction for interested anglers ages five and older.

Kissena Park
Kissena Lake, Flushing, Queens
Bluegill sunfish and black crappie flourish in this 8.5 acre lake, along with the city’s largest carp. Use lures, not bait, or you run the risk of catching one of the lake’s many turtles.

Clove Lakes Park
1150 Clove Rd, Staten Island
There are three major ponds in Clove Lakes Park. Clove Lakes Pond, Martlings Pond, and Brook Pond are all stocked with plenty of bass, panfish, catfish, and carp.

This summer, we’re encouraging all New Yorkers to Go Park and discover something new in the city’s 29,000 acres of parks and open spaces. Take advantage of our nature centers, sports fields, and recreation facilities – there’s so much more to explore in our parks! To learn more about NYC Parks’ special events and activities, visit or call 311. Share photos of how you Go Park this summer on twitter with #GoPark.

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