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Fish You Can Catch in NYC This Summer

In the warmer months, NYC turns into a fisherman’s paradise with nearly 100 different species of fish you can catch throughout the city. Depending on where you go, there are options for freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and estuary fishing where you can catch all of the fish that make their home in NYC waters.

Where to Catch Your Favorite Fish in NYC

NYC has options for everything for a relaxing day of catch and release fishing, a thrilling fight to hook trophy bass, or a chance to catch your next meal. For freshwater fishing, some of the species that are most popular here in NYC include:

  • Sunfish
  • Catfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Brown Bullheads
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Many of these are available in the freshwater lakes and ponds throughout the city and are often free to access in local parks. Several of these fish species are also available when fishing in the Hudson River. Keep in mind all freshwater fishing in parks is catch and release only.

For shore fishing and fishing by boat, you can find many different saltwater fish including:

  • Striped Bass
  • Fluke
  • Blackfish
  • Porgy
  • Ling
  • Cod
  • Herring

If you have a particular fish you want to catch or you are interested in a particular type of fishing, check out our guide on NYCs best fishing spots to determine the best places to go this summer. When you want to go after any of the saltwater fish here in NYC, reserve your tickets on the Marilyn Jean for the best shot at catching them this summer.

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