Re: LI area freshwater fishing-trout
Hey dsssox i saw your PM and replied to it, but for others yes there is some trout fishing in the Carmens River in Smith Haven State Park out in Yaphank. Some of the fish in the lower sections are stocked browns and rainbows, but the upper section has wild brookies (very small). There is a nominal fee (2 bucks a day) to fish it.
And there's some old European style "beat" fishing on the "Nissy" and "Conny".
The fishing is by reservation for a 20 fee to fish a 4 hour fishing session on an assigned beat for stocked trout.
This style of fishing is found on the Nissequeogue River in Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown and the Connequott River State Park in Oakdale. It can be a little like shooting ducks in a barrel. The Conny had a hatchery that supplied bot the Nissy and the Conny with tons of trout, and some real hogs. But the hatchery has been shut down due to a virus, and it will be years before it is on-line again. In the meantime the fishing.
There are also some tidal stretches of both the Nissy and Conny that hold some trout. These are outside and below the parks, but these stretches can be very difficult to access because on parking restrictions and private property.
There is also an excellent fishery on the West and East Branches of the Crotion River in Westchester and Putnam counties.
The Catskills would be a good weekend trip from LI to fish Beaverkill, Willoweemoc, Esopus, Neversink and the Delware (mainstem, east and west branches).
But as i also said in the PM, if you're on LI, you'll be very close to some striped bass and bluefish.