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Including streams and lakes, Brooklyn has 26 square miles of water area, while the surrounding New York Harbor allows direct access to the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. From catch-and-release fishing at Prospect Park to salt water fishing at any of its beaches or piers, Brooklyn is an angler’s paradise.
While commercial deep-sea fishing operations usually take care of licensing requirements for guests, everyone over the age of 15 must acquire a fishing license to ply the city’s freshwater lakes and rivers. Find out more about fishing licenses here.
Brooklyn VI Fishing (Sheepshead Bay) welcomes newcomers and experts alike onto its 110-foot long, 26-foot wide super cruiser for deep sea fishing excursions. The boat gets high marks from reviewers for the fishing, the captain and crew, the snack bar, and even the DJ. You can bring your own line and tackle or rent from the crew; up to 15 blue fish can be kept or released for each guest. For the late fall and winter months, Brooklyn VI Fishing focuses on blues, striped bass, and mackerel.
Brooklyn VI Fishing photo via Facebook.
Sea Queen VII by Chris L. via Yelp
Sea Queen VII (Sheepshead Bay)
This 70-footer offers a family atmosphere with an extra-large heated cabin and full-service galley. They also take care of all licensing requirements free of charge for guests and offer three trips daily including night excursions. Black fish, porgies, and sea bass are the quarry during the two daytime trips; they fish for striped bass and blues at night. The Sea Queen VII’s schedule for the winter includes blackfish and striped bass.
Ranger VI via Facebook
Ranger VI (Sheepshead Bay)
This 100-foot aluminum super cruiser offers half-day excursions in the spring and summer and full-day excursions during the fall and winter. It serves private parties of up to 150 guests. The captain and crew get great reviews for their helpfulness and knowledge, and reviewers were impressed with the number and variety of fish they caught. Ranger VI’s winter schedule includes fishing for sea bass, porgies, blackfish, ling, and cod.
Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier by Ron L. via Yelp
Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier (Red Hook)
This facility was named in honor of one of NYC’s bravest, who died searching for colleagues during a 1996 garage fire. Anglers can fish for bluefish, striped bass, fluke, and weakfish while enjoying views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, and Manhattan skyline.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 fishing station by francisco d. via Foursquare
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn Heights)
The promenade west of Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park offers amenities like bait preparation tables and fish cleaning stations for a start-to-finish experience. All you have to supply is the expertise. Remember that pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children under 15 years old should not eat fish caught in these waters. And others should also limit their consumption, as some fish caught in New York City waters may be harmful to eat.
Canarsie Pier by Criss W. via Yelp
Canarsie Pier (Canarsie)
For more than 300 years, Canarsie Pier—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—has been a hot spot for the fishing community. The pier is a prime spot for catching blue fish and fluke. Surrounded by protected shoreline and salt marshes, the beautiful natural backdrop also offers an ideal spot for picnicking, as well as sports like kayaking. First-timers can join in on scheduled ranger-led fishing demonstrations, no equipment or experience needed.