Must-See Jamaica Bay: Fishing
Outdoors & Recreation
by Alyssa Grossman, 05/15/2012
Jamaica Bay has long been a fishing hub for beginners and experts with ranger programs that cater to all skill levels. You'll find catch-and-release programs for adults and children that cover ethics, safety and waterway ecology and provide necessary equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. Jamaica Bay is ideal for fishing for both pleasure and sport, whether along the shore or by boat. Popular spots include Marine Park, Bayswater Park and Canarsie Pier. All are accessible via public transportation and there are even bait and tackle shops nearby. From saltwater fishing to seining (net fishing), Jamaica Bay is the perfect place to reel one in. For contact information and details about area boat ramps, piers and fishing beaches, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.
For even more, check out these free Jamaica Bay fishing programs:
Sundays through June 16
Fly Casting at Floyd Bennett Field
Fishing fans of all ages are invited to brush up on their fly casting skills or learn about the sport for the first time. Registration is required by calling 917-620-8411.
Thursdays, July 18 and August 1
Gerritsen Creek Kayak Excursion at Gateway Marina
Spend the afternoon kayaking around Gerritsen Creek on this 4.5-mile trip. Participants will make a stop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, where Urban Park Rangers will provide an introduction to the center's animal exhibits. Before paddling back, interested kayakers will get the chance for some seining by the shoreline. Reservations are required by calling 718-338-3799.