FISHING AT WEST POINT


The 16,000 acre West Point Military reservation has many lakes, ponds, and streams available for recreational fishing. USMA Regulation 215-5 governs fishing and boating on the reservation. Special fishing regulations unique to West Point and more stringent than NYS Fish and Wildlife Law are included in this regulation.

All fish management at West Point is conducted by the Natural Resources Branch, DPW 1 (845) 938-7122. All anglers 16 years and older must have a New York State Fishing license AND a West Point fishing permit to fish in West Point waters and have ID. 


 HUNTING & FISHING PERMITS

Purchase your Hunting and Fishing Permits here on WestPoint.iSportsman.  

REMINDER: Round Pond Recreation is no longer selling NYS Licenses. All eligible personnel must have NYS License prior to purchasing a West Point Permit.


 DEPTH CHARTS

Bathymetric Maps AKA Depth Charts are available here on the website in PDF format via the link below.

DEPTH CHARTS

Most of the depth maps were produced in 1974 by the Natural Resources Branch. A sounding line was used to determine depths along several transects at each area. A sonar unit was used in 1989 to update some maps. The contours on the maps are approximations and indicate depths at capacity. Consequently, depths will be different at lower water levels but contour profiles will not change. Physical characteristics include the surface area in acres and the maximum and average depths measured in feet.


 BOAT & MOTOR USAGE

Boats may be used in all West Point waters with the following restrictions: powerboats (internal combustion engines) may be used only on Stilwell and Popolopen lakes. Daily powerboat permits are available at the Round Pond Recreation Area office. Non-power boats, including boats powered by electric motors, may be used in all waters except Lusk Reservoir where ONLY boats using oars and paddles are allowed. All boaters must have a U.S. Coast-Guard approved personal flotation device for each passenger. If Outdoor Recreation boats are stationed at the pond, it is noted. Boat passes are available at the Round Pond Recreation Office.

For information on and pricing of boat and equipment rentals please

contact MWR Outdoor Recreation at (845) 938-2503. ​


The following codes indicate what motors can be used on boats:
Passes are good for one boating season. Row boats are moored on 6 lakes/ponds. Keys are signed out at Round Pond on a 48 hr basis. Daily fees are charged for late returns.

  • N - no motors allowed
  • E - electric motors permitted.
  • GP - gasoline-powered motors permitted (Daily Powerboat Permit required)

 LOCATION AND ACCESS

The location of each area is described in relation to the West Point training map and major roadways. Access to some areas is restricted due to locked gates. The guide notes the areas and access gate numbers. Depending on the area and the training schedule, gate keys may be signed out on a daily basis from the Range Control Office on Route 293. 

You will save yourself time if you check the availability of the fishing area here on iSportsman or the Training Schedule in the Post Bulletin and call the Range Control Office at 1 (845) 938-3930 before driving out for a gate key.

Access for 2WD passenger-type privately owned vehicles is described as excellent, good, fair, and poor. In most cases pickup trucks and 4WD vehicles with high ground clearance should have little difficulty in reaching the areas during dry road conditions.


 STOCKING

In general, fish are not stocked in a body of water at West Point if the species cannot naturally reproduce in West Point's lakes, ponds, and streams. If all habitat variables, except reproductive variables exist in an area, the species may be stocked as prescribed in the West Point Fisheries Management Plan and as funds and fish are available. Trout are annually stocked in Bull Pond, Round Pond, Lusk Reservoir, Highland Brook, Popolopen and Queensboro Brook. Hybrid Tiger Musky are annually stocked in Popolopen Lake where walleye were previously stocked. Holdover walleye can still occasionally be found in both Popolopen Lake and Stilwell Lake. Grass carp have also been stocked in several water bodies over the years for the purposes of weed control and should be immediately released if caught. 

Catch and release of all sportfish is encouraged to increase the number of large fish caught per trip and the catch rate (fish caught per hour).


 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

USMA Regulation 215-5 does not have mandatory requirements for reporting fish catch. However anglers are encouraged to voluntarily report their take in trout and any catch in hybrid tiger muskellunge, grass carp, or walleye as well as report unusual conditions or indications of disease in any caught fish or habitats. Any tagged fish of any species should also be reported to the Natural Resources Branch. 

In the past, the Natural Resources Branch had an Angler Diary Program allowing anglers to record their catches throughout their season and then turn in their diary at the end of the season. This program has since been discontinued. 


 FISH SPECIES AND FISHING AREAS

  

Lake/Pond

or Brook

LM

Bass

SM 

Bass

Trout Sunfish

Channel

Catfish

Chain

Pickerel

Black

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

Walleye

Tiger 

Musky

Bull

Pond

LM

Bass

  Trout Sunfish      

Bullhead

     

Round 

Pond

LM

Bass

  Trout Sunfish

Channel

Catfish

Chain

Pickerel

Black

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

   

Lusk

Reservoir

LM

Bass

  Trout Sunfish              

Highland

Brook

    Trout                

Cragston 

Lakes

LM

Bass

 

  Sunfish       Bullhead      

Lake

Georgina

LM

Bass

    Sunfish       Bullhead      

Lake

Frederick

LM 

Bass

SM

Bass

  Sunfish

Channel 

Catfish

    Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

   

Mine

Lake

LM

Bass

    Sunfish

Channel

Catfish

Chain

Pickerel

  Bullhead

Yellow 

Perch

 

 

Popolopen

Lake

LM

Bass

SM

Bass

  Sunfish

Channel

Catfish

Chain

Pickerel

Black

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

Walleye 

Tiger

Musky

Weyants 

Pond

LM

Bass

    Sunfish    

Black 

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

   

Wilkins

Pond

LM 

Bass

    Sunfish       Bullhead      

Stilwell 

Lake

LM 

Bass

SM

Bass

  Sunfish  

Chain

Pickerel

Black

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

Walleye

 

Cranberry

Pond

LM

Bass

    Sunfish    

Black 

Crappie

Bullhead

Yellow

Perch

   

Queensboro

Brook

    Trout                

Mineral Springs

Brook

    Trout                

 


 POINTS OF CONTACT

ON WEST POINT

  • NATURAL RESOURCES BRANCH, DHPW: For questions and concerns about wildlife management operations, game species populations, hunting and trapping regulations, or to report injured wildlife or bear sightings, call: 1 (845) 938-2177, -2314, -3857, -1973
  • OUTDOOR RECREATION DIVISION, FMWR: For questions and concerns about West Point hunting and guest passes, NY hunting licenses, area maps, West Point hunting regulations including USMA Regulation 215-5, call: 1 (845) 938-2503 or 1 (845) 938-8810.
  • RANGE CONTROL: For questions about access to reservation training areas for hunting, fishing, and trapping including questions about keys, gates, range roads, and range area firing or to report UXO or trees downed across range roads, call: 1 (845) 938-3930
  • PROVOST MARSHALL: Law Enforcement Sergeant's Desk: 1 (845) 938-3333. For on-installation game or other environmental violations, call CLEOs at 1 (845) 938-2797, 1 (845) 938-0147 or 1 (845) 590-1345. If unavailable, try Sergeant's Desk.

​OFF WEST POINT

  • NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION (NYSDEC) - REGION 3 OFFICE - NEW PALTZ NY For questions about NY Game laws, license information, hunter safety course information, or other inquiries call REGION 03 OFFICE at (845) 256-3098. To report injured wildlife or NYS Game Law Violations off-post, call NYSDEC ECO's at: 1 (845) 3013.

*** NOTE REGARDING ALL INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE ***

All hunting, trapping, and fishing on West Point must be in accordance with New York State regulations and West Point regulations as stated in USMA Regulation 215-5. All information posted here is meant to supplement New York State regulations as set by the NYSDEC and West Point Regulations as stated in USMA Regulation 215-5. No information posted here should be interpreted as authorizing individuals to otherwise violate New York State regulations or West Point regulations as stated In USMA Regulation 215-5. If any clarification is necessary, please contact the Natural Resource Branch Office.