UPDATED- Four Great Fall Fishing Spots in New York City

As the days grow shorter and the ocean water cools, voracious bluefish and striped bass chase baitfish into the bays and beaches around New York City for one last feeding-frenzy before moving into deeper water for winter. For the recreational fisherman, it is one last opportunity to put some meat in the freezer by catching a big autumn bass.

Johnnie Nolan at 69th Street Pier in Brooklyn.

Fishing on the island of Manhattan is unlike any fishing experience you will ever have. Friends and acquaintances always find it surprising to here that there are fish in our waters. They say fish have no business in these waters, but the facts are indisputable. Cleaner water has brought the fish back.

The recently completed 32-mile Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Trail features 23 miles of waterfront pathways for bikers, joggers and fishermen. After 370 years of commercial exploitation, city residents now have priority access to our wonderful waterways.

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There are plenty of place around NYC to wet a line. These four spots will give you a leg up on the competition:



There is a great abundance of fish in the Hudson, which use this waterway as home or nursery. Over 100 species of fish swim in its waters-from shad and striped bass to eels, anchovies, perch, blue crab, sturgeon, large and smallmouth bass, sunfish and trout. No license is required in the main-stem Hudson, but one is necessary on its tributaries. Fishing from shore is popular and usually successful. However, knowledge of a local area and the tides in the river are helpful.

Wow. This is a great example of one of the astounding public spaces created during New York’s waterfront revival. Miles of public water access has been created in an area that was a symbol of the neglect of the preceding era. The refurbished piers provide a variety of fishing opportunities for all skill levels.


This is a heaven to kids who are urban anglers. Hudson River Park Trust’s fishing program features catch-and-release fishing in Tribeca (Pier 25), Greenwich Village (Pier 45 ), and Chelsea (Pier 66A). This program is fun for all ages and is appropriate for kids as young as five. They provide all of the necessary supplies, including rod, reel and bait, as well as formal instruction for all participants. The program begins with a brief introduction into Hudson River ecology and water quality, followed by an overview of the many species of fish that live in the River and the Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary. Call for details. Class trips welcomed!

Educators please take note- Great Class Trip!  “Fish in the Hudson River? You bet! More than 200 species of fish are found in the Hudson River and its tributaries. Go Fish! introduces students to life under the Hudson River through activities such as catch and release fishing, fish anatomy, touch tank fun and a striped bass life cycle game.”

Phone and Fax: Main Office Phone: 212-791-2530 Fax: 917-661-8777

Maintenance and Operations, Permits and Public Programs, Park Enforcement:
Phone: 212-627-2020, Fax: 212-627-9224

LOCATION: Sea walls behind Battery Gardens. Fish the Battery behind the World Financial Center. The North And South Coves, in the south cove there’s a pier and north of the pier is a marina. Around the north end up to Christopher St Pier.

AVAILABLE FACILITIES: Some of the best public facilities down at Battery Park next to Battery gardens. Refreshment, new facilities, clean bathrooms at Christopher Street Pier.

BEST TIME AND TIDE: An hour either side of high tide. Lots of old piers and hidden debris. Bring plenty of rigs. Great spring and fall striper spot. Great Blackfishing along the pilings in November. No giant fish, but good action.

SIGHTS- World Financial Center, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Staten Islanf Ferry and New York Harbor.

FISH: Spring- Striped bass, Flounder Summer- Fluke, Bluefish Fall- Blackfish, Striped Bass and Bluefish Winter-Nada

RATING: >)))>>)))> >)))> 3 OF

Sunset Harbor


Pacific Aquarium
46 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
Telephone: 212.995.5895 | Fax 212.995.8041
Open 7 Days & All Holidays10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Capitol Fishing Tackle Company
Long-running fishing shop offering fresh- & saltwater rods, reels, lures & hooks.
132 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-6132


2. BAY RIDGE- American Veterans Memorial Pier, 69th. STREET TO GRAVESEND BAY

The American Veterans Memorial Pier at 69th St is located south of Owl’s Head Park, is one of Bay Ridge’s best spots to drop a salty line. The area recently welcomed its first Eco Dock, a $1.1 million storm-resilient dock, which will be used for commuter ferries, educational programming and recreational boating opportunities.jim striper
A good fishing seawall runs for about three miles along the harbor next to the Belt Parkway and around past Ft Hamilton and Gravesend bay. There are access points all along the way- Parking Areas are along the Eastbound Belt. Pwky. (Rt. 27) near the VZ Bridge, and near Bay 8th. Street; Park on Shore Road near 69th. Street to access the pier; Park on Shore Road near 80th Street, then walk the foot bridge over to access that area. There is also access at Shore Road at 104th st under the VZ Bridge.

69th st pier

LOCATION: It begins at Bay Parkway and Ends at the ’69th. Street Pier’ The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is its nearest Landmark. The Bay Ridge neighborhood that was the setting for “Saturday Night Fever” still has plenty of great restaurants and bars.

AVAILABLE FACILITIES: Port-A-San toilets are located near these fishing areas and they ain’t pretty.

FISH: Spring- Striped bass, Flounder Summer- Fluke, Bluefish Fall- Blackfish, Striped Bass and Bluefish Winter-Nada


Sunset over 69th Street Pier by John Nolan.

BEST TIME AND TIDE: One hour either side of high tide.

RATING: >)))> >)))>>)))> 3 OF 4

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the United States. Encompassing 9,155 acres, it is comprised of diverse habitats, including salt marsh, upland field and woods, several fresh and brackish water ponds and an open expanse of bay and islands- all located within the limits of New York City. The Wildlife refuge is nationally and internationally renowned as a prime birding spot where thousands of water, land and shorebirds stop during migration. More than 325 species have been recorded here during the last 25 years.

Trails, benches, blinds and gardens make it quite human-friendly. A Visitor Center provides maps, guides, trail brochures, and a display room. Park Rangers give interpretive talks and lead nature walks on a year-round basis.

Constructed on the site of Barren Island and additional landfill, Floyd Bennett Field was New York City’s first municipal airport. The airport is located in the southern part of Brooklyn between Flatbush Avenue and Jamaica Bay, and was completed in 1930 ( a smaller airfield, Barren Island Airport, had been there since the mid-1920s) and dedicated by Mayor Jimmy Walker.

Open All Year 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Educators please take note- Great Class Trip.

PHONE -(718) 338-3799

LOCATION: Floyd Bennett Field is on Flatbush Avenue South Brooklyn, New York

AVAILABLE FACILITIES: Port-A-San toilets are located near these fishing areas.

FISH: Spring- Striped bass, Flounder Summer- Fluke, Bluefish Fall- Blackfish, Striped Bass and Bluefish Winter-Nada

PERMIT: Gateway Parking Permit or Gateway Four-wheel Drive Permit. During the first half of the season the last day to obtain a permit is April 17th. Those without permits can car-pool with permit holders.


RATING: >)))>>)))> >)))> 3 OF 4


Bernies Bait & Tackle
3035 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 646-7600

Stella Maris Fishing Station
2702 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 646-9754

Dream Fishing Tackle
673 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-9670

No matter how many times you’ve been on the ferry, the 5.2-mile sail from Whitehall Terminal to St. George Terminal will take your breath away. The ferry offers unbeatable vistas of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown and southern Brooklyn, The Narrows, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty — world-class attractions, all. The ferry makes 104 trips daily and claims an on-time performance rate of 96%.

Great Kills inlet in March
Local anglers say that Raritan Bay has some of the best fishing in the Northeast, superior to anything found in New Jersey or Long Island, except for Montauk. The reason is that baitfish swim into the bay and stay for two or three months, the bigger fish follow.


This park is home to a beautiful swimming beach with a new bathhouse and snack bar. Also located here are nature trails, great fishing, a marina, a public boat launch, paths for walking and jogging, and playing fields. Great Kills Park is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, National Park Service. Free Parking is available. Permit gets you closer to The Point.


colin great kills
Brother Colin working the inlet in Great Kills.


Open All Year 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Friday –Monday Closures – The ranger station is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1. Special Programs – Some ranger-led programs start at the station. Call for details.


PHONE – (718) 987-6790

LOCATION – Great Kills Park, Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York

AVAILABLE FACILITIES – Restrooms are available at the beach houses. Port-A-San toilets are located near these fishing areas.

FISH: Spring- Striped bass, Flounder Summer- Fluke, Bluefish Fall- Blackfish, Striped Bass and Bluefish Winter-Nada

PERMIT: Gateway Fishing Permit. Those without permits can car pool with a permit holder to the park.

DIRECTIONS: Verezanno Bridge, exit right to Hylan Blvd., make left approx 4 miles, entrance on right. From SI ferry, S78 bus to park.

BEST TIME AND TIDE: The last two hours of the outgoing and the first two hours of the incoming tides are best. The area’s bottom consists of packed mud and sand. There are sharp drop offs near the channel. Walk two feet into the water and the drop can be up to eight feet. Back bay to 30 feet.

RATING: >)))> >)))> >)))> >)))> 4 OF 4


Michael’s Bait & Tackle Shop
187 Mansion Ave, Staten Island, NY 10308
Phone: (718) 984-9733

Midland Bait & Tackle  
837 Father Capodanno Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 980-1981

Great Kills Bait and Tackle
4044 Hylan Blvd.,
Staten Island, NY 10308
(718) 356-0055



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