Looking for some suggestions for fishing spots near to Kerhonkson, NY, in late June. Snow flake details inside.
Our family of four (two adults, and two kids -- a 13 year old and a 10 year old) will be in Kerhonkson, NY, at the end of the month for a family reunion/get together. We do this every year, and often we're only there for the weekend. This year, however, we're making a longer trip of it, and will be staying in the Kerhonkson area after the reunion so I can do a little fishing, then going to NYC for the rest of the week. Yay me! The time we've set aside for me to fish will be from a Sunday afternoon to a Tuesday morning. My wife has offered to amuse the kids while I fish, so this question really just about me finding a place to fish in that general area.
However...I know nothing
about fishing in that area, and trying to Google this info is only making me more confused. Ideally, I'd love to find a lake or pond where I could rent a small boat and putter about, fishing for bass or crappie (any fish caught would be released). At least that's what I'd do if I were looking to fish in my home waters in California. However, my Google-fu is failing me, and while I can find descriptions of reservoirs in that area, so far I haven't been able to find one that rents boats, or sounds accessible to someone without a boat. I have
found lots (!!!) of regulations about what I'd need to do if I were trying to bring my own boat into some of these bodies of water, but that isn't my plan. I just want to fish a pond or lake for bass; small bodies of water are fine, and may even be preferred. I'll have a light action rod and reel with me, and as much/little tackle as I can fit in a small hip pack. I'm not looking for an epic fishing experience, just a chance to get my line wet and fish some place different. Shore fishing is also possible, but unless it's a pond I can hike around I'd probably prefer to fish from a boat. I'm a "work a lure, explore cover" kind of fisherman, not a "cast bait, open beer" sort of fisherman, though that's a perfectly valid way to spend one's time...
Given the above, can anyone point me to a decent body of water in this area that I can fish on a Sunday afternoon and/or Monday? You can memail me if you don't want to publicize a secret fishing hole, I promise I won't tell anyone. I'm just a bit lost, as the area we're going to is thousands of miles away from my familiar fishing grounds and doesn't seem to cater to non-locals.
Additional info, FWIW: I've already purchased a 7 day non-resident NY State Fishing License, but it looks like I may also need a NYC Public Access Permit
if I fish from a boat?? (The linked regulations are confusing and seem to contradict themselves.) Also, if there's a better body of water within a few hours of Kerhonkson, I'm all for going there, especially if lodging is also an option. The resort we'll be staying at for the weekend reunion is being pissy about lodging for Sunday night, so I'd be happy to go somewhere else it makes sense to do so.