Fishing in Manhattan

Most people don’t think fishing and New York City go together. Those that have traversed the city have likely seen the vast bridges, but the concept of fishing in a city that’s so well known for its art museums, stock market exchange, and overall busy business atmosphere seems counterintuitive. However, there are some really great places to fish in New York, so long as you know how to do it.

Let’s be honest, most of us go to New York to see a Broadway play. Then we stay for the ability to shop and explore famous locales, like the seven story Manhattan townhouse owned by Juan Pablo Molyneux and his wife, Pilar. Or see historic landmarks like the site of the Twin Towers. We don’t generally go there to fish. But while we’re in New York we might as well enjoy all it has to offer including the 326 fish species that hang out there.

Fishing in Manhattan


No matter where you travel for fishing you will have to follow the rules delineated by that location. Fishing in New York is no different. Anyone wishing to fish in New York must have a fishing license if he/she has surpassed the ripe old age of 16. And you’ll have to enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry (it’s free). The license prices range from $10 to $50 based on your fishing frequency. Obviously if you’re just there for vacation you’ll be able to get the cheaper license and residents get better rates. But to be sure, click this.

Fishing Options

Like we said previously, there are 326 species of fish living in the waterways of New York. That number opens up several fishing options. Choose which one is best for you:

Boat- There are a number of fishing boats docked in the five boroughs. Get a group together or go alone. Eight hour trips can cost as little as $40 per child and $65 per adult. Most of the boats will rent the necessary fishing gear to fully enjoy your trip. Some even have snacks and lunch available for a fee.

Conventional- This is by far the cheapest of the options as long as you already have your own gear. Of course, cheap set-ups for freshwater can cost as little as $30 while saltwater will run you $50 and up. And with this type of fishing you pick where you go, cast out your line, and wait for a bite. There are no time restraints (as long as you adhere to whatever rules might be posted) and you can always switch locales whenever you wish.

Fly– Again, if you’ve got your own equipment this won’t cost you too much to do either. However, if you need to purchase gear while you’re there you should expect to spend $150-$200 easily. And, if you don’t know what you’re doing, this type of fishing may be more aggravating than satisfying. Learn more about fly fishing.

Places to Go

The following list includes some of New York’s best fishing spots to check out while you are there:

Fresh Water

  • Van Cortlandt Park Lake
  • Prospect Park Lake
  • Harlem Meer
  • Kissena Lake
  • Meadow Lake
  • Oakland Lake
  • Wolfes Pond
  • Clove Lake
  • Baisley Pond

Salt Water

  • Lower Bay
  • Sharrott Avenue
  • Ocean Breeze Park
  • Riis Park
  • Breezy Point
  • Jamaica Bay
  • East 96th Street
  • Battery Park
  • Coney Island
  • Dead Horse Bay
  • Riverdale Park

You should have some luck at some of these Manhattan and New York based fishing locales. You could always schedule a fishing excursion after you visit Juan Pablo Molyneux’s house. Or just read more here.

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