Saturday, January 31, 2015

FISHING LOCALES: Piermont Pier (Piermont, NY)

By Peter J. Park 




Fishing in Piermont Pier is open year-round, but the park closes daily around dusk. To fish here, you must have a NY DEC Recreational Marine Fishing Registration (Go to https://aca.dec.accela.com/dec/, sign-up is free). Make sure to have a photocopy of it with you at all times when fishing.

When planning to fish, make sure to follow NY DEC regulations for specific species (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31427.html). For example, striped bass season typically opens at the beginning of April in this part of the Hudson River. Any catch and possession of striped bass prior to the posted start date is strictly illegal. 

Different species frequent the pier at different times of the year. In the Spring and Summer, we regularly see Atlantic Tomcod, Striped Bass, White Catfish, American Eel, Atlantic Croaker, Spot Croaker, White Perch, and Common Carp. The Winter even promises good fishing action. According to a local angler who frequents the pier, "As long as there's no ice on the water, the fish will bite."

Photos of some of the fish you may catch on Piermont Pier:
 
White Catfish


Atlantic Croaker

Striped Bass

Common Carp

White Perch

Atlantic Tomcod



Here a couple of videos of seasoned local anglers fishing on Piermont Pier:





A Brief History of Piermont Pier: 


Piermont Pier is an artificial jetty (a structure that projects into a body of water used to influence tide or protect against erosion) that stretches nearly one mile into the Hudson River. It is located just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The pier was built in the 19th century as a convenience for river traffic. During World War II, it was used as a site for soldiers to board vessels heading to Europe.


Driving Directions 

Driving directions from Nyack College can be found here.


Plan a Trip
If you are planning a fishing visit to Piermont Pier, there are several things to keep in mind:
1. The pier is open between 6 am to 9 pm (all year).
2. Public parking is available at the start of the pier. Parking along the pier requires a yearly parking pass.
3. You must possess a NY DEC Recreational Marine Fishing Registration to fish on Piermont Pier. Go to https://aca.dec.accela.com/dec/, and follow online directions (Note this is NOT a freshwater fishing license). Signing up is free. Make sure to have a photocopy of your registration with you at all times when fishing. Anglers without a registration are subject to being fined.
4. Be sure to follow all fishing regulations (See: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31427.html). Penalties for possessing fish of illegal size are steep. N.Y. state game wardens frequent the pier!
5. For additional information, please see Village of Piermont website (http://piermont-ny.gov/).

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