Living on Long Island has its fair share of benefits in the summertime. One of the many great attractions of this area is being able to fish at scenic locales year-round. There are tons of amazing fresh and saltwater fishing spots to choose from. Whether you’ve been reeling out for decades or are relatively new to the activity, you’re bound to catch a few bites at these prime Long Island fishing spots.
The Best Long Island Fishing Spots for Reeling Out and Relaxing
Hempstead State Park
Hempstead State Park, located in West Hempstead right next to Rockville Centre, is one of Nassau County’s most popular public parks. It also happens to be one of the best Long Island fishing spots for you to experience.
There’s tons of great places to fish, as well as a boat launch for those more experienced fisherman looking to reel out from the middle of the lake (just make sure you get your annual permit first!). One of the best features of Hempstead Lake State Park is the wide variety of fish species you’ll find here, including:
- Large Mouth Bass
- Chain Pickerel
- Black Crappie
- Tiger Muskies
When you visit in the fall, you can catch all kinds of trout, too! If you decide to bring the whole family, there are tons of other amenities like playgrounds, hiking trails, tennis courts and playing fields. You’ll never have to worry about finding something for them to do.
On the south shore of Wantagh along the bay, you’ll find tons of great fishing spots. Normally, Wantagh Park is known for its immense swimming park and facility, but there’s also a huge fishing pier just beyond the marina that’s open year-round.
If you have a boat, think about acquiring a marine boat slip so you can keep your skiff there during the fishing season and catch all sorts of saltwater species.
Wantagh Twin Lakes
You can also check out Wantagh Twin Lakes, which is split into Upper Twin Pond (20 acres, 17 feet deep) and Lower Twin Pond (10 acres, 5 feet deep). Here, you can easily catch various types of fish, like:
- Largemouth Bass
- Brown Bullhead
- American Eel
Note: If you visit at some point during the spring or fall, you will be able to catch plenty of brown and rainbow trout, but only in the Upper Twin Pond.
Grant Park Pond
Hewlett’s Grant Park Pond is one of the most scenic Long Island fishing spots. It’s also one of the only places in our area where bass fishing is prevalent. Due to the maximum depth reaching 8 feet and the water being so murky brown, it’s a good idea to use bright colored lures or night crawlers here.
Besides bass, you can also catch other kinds of fish at Grant Park Pond.
- American Eel
All of these Long Island fishing spots are perfect for every skill level. You just need a little patience and soon enough the bites will come!