Where and What to Fish on Long Island NY

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope, fun and excitement!”

Fishing is one of the most popular leisure activities enjoyed by many millions of people across the globe. There are innumerable islands all over which provide exemplary opportunities for those who wish to take part in this favourite pastime. Long Island NY has been known as one of the best saltwater fishing locations in the United States. Surrounded by gorgeous blue water full of fish and beautiful wildlife on all sides, Long Island has over 400 miles of coastline which add up to a wide range of fishing experiences. 

Where to Fish? 

Of course, we want you to fish with us at Celtic Quest out of Port Jeff but we know Long Island has many great fishing locations. One of the most important factors to keep in mind while deciding to go fishing is picking the best place to do so. Listed below are some “sweet honey fishing holes” which you deserve to know about:

  • Fire Island – Fire Island is a place especially known for its diverse people, plants, animals, wildlife and plenty of fish! Who would want to miss a chance to immerse themselves in an enchanting diversity of coastal life, exciting wildlife, rhythmic waves and gorgeous beaches? Fire Island is a popular fishing destination and a hidden gem full of natural wonders.
  • Robert Moses State Park – Linked to Fire Island, Robert Moses State Park is a prime surf fishing spot for Fluke, Bluefish and Crabs too. Besides fishing, they also have a spectacular golf course for those who wish to take a break from catching fish.
  • Port Jefferson – This is a famous old port which is known historically as a boat building port for many centuries. This popular destination is also famous for the best party boats and charters in that area (including the Celtic Quest Fishing!!!). Yielding a wide array of fish such as Fluke, Striped Bass, Sea Bass and more, Port Jefferson is a wonderful place to shop, eat, or just hang out in the village which is full of art, all types of cuisine, parks.  It really is a wonderful village to enjoy whether you spend the day or stay overnight here at Port Jeff. Click here to schedule with us now…
  • Shinnecock Bay – With the possibility of pier fishing, surf fishing and charters, this fishing spot is quite popular in the Hamptons. You can choose between deciding to go to the bay straight away or visit the canal that links the north and south shores.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – This is Long Island’s largest freshwater lake and people who live around it or have visited it, have always been in awe of the beauty of the lake. Among other fish species in the lake, it also boasts of having Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, White Perch and Brown Bullhead as it’s inhabitants.

What Fish to Target? 

Let us now look at the different species of fish that you can target on Long Island along with choosing which destination, you also need to know what can be found here :

  1. Fluke – Long Island Fluke Fishing has been a long time favourite and the island is proud to have some of the best fluke fishing on the coast.  Fluke can only be found between the months of April and September. This delicious creature is a favourite among seafood lovers.
  2. Seabass As discussed earlier, Fluke is a delicacy across the US but Seabass is a popular fish as well. Immensely exciting to target, this species love to battle it out till the end, so one needs to be extra prepared while trying to hook the Seabass. They can be found biting all around the island from the months of June to the end of the year. Make sure to take a picture with this beauty once you have managed to catch it!
  3. Cod One of the most favourite dishes for generations has been Fish and Chips hailing originally from Ireland and the UK which is usually made with Cod, one of Long Islands most sought after creatures. There is no particular season for the Cod, which means you can target it all throughout the year. 
  4. Tuna From more inshore fishing to deeper water fishing, Tuna fishing is not considered just a pastime activity but it is actually something to be proud of. Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna are prized species of Tuna and are known to grow to huge sizes and are also popular for their delicious meat sought after all over the world.

The Best Types of Fishing on Long Island

So, we’ve spoken about “Where, How and What to Fish on Long Island NY”. We wanted you to know where to go and what to catch, it’s now time to understand how to gain the maximum by getting to the place which offers the best. Of course, we want you to visit us in Port Jeff at Celtic Quest but there are many different types of fishing on LI. From wade fishing in the creeks to travelling offshore or on a long pier or enjoying your time aboard a joy cruise with your friends or on a chartered boat, there is something for all kinds of anglers in Long Island.

  • Long Island Surf Fishing – We all understand that there is a lot more to fishing than just sitting by the shore and waiting for a big catch but sometimes just enjoying your fishing time sitting or standing on the shore can be a really wonderful experience.  And for all of you who crave for those moments or hours of solitude, try the beaches, grassy areas, creeks or the structures sticking out into the water and your sea favourites would soon be in your hands. Hempstead Lake State Park, Jones Beach Fishing Pier, Magnolia Pier, Seaford Town Dock and many more. If you want to really get close to the fish, you can try going to the bays on the north side of the island while the south shore gets you close to the shallow creeks and inlets. Captree State Park has a dedicated fishing area and Fire Island has beaches spread across 30 miles that give you amazing areas to catch your favourite fish.
  • Long Island Pier Fishing – Wherever you go fishing on Long Island, you will come across fishing piers which can be a great and easy way to fish if you only have an hour or two. These designated piers get you closer to your catch and provide you a great view.   Captree State Park is a hotspot for fishing piers and has four designated piers. Babylon and Fire Island have their own piers too. Some other good locations are Cedar Beach, Stony Brook or Port Washington.
  • Long Island Charter Boat Fishing – Now we are talking! Pier fishing is surely an interesting option but ‘charter boat fishing’ is a favourite way of fishing across Long Island. There are several commercial charter fishing boats which give the opportunity to pick up the best fish in the area. There is a wide range of fishing charters to choose from, in addition to Celtic Quest Fishing such as Shinnecock Star, Peconic Star Fleet, Charter Boat Montauk, and others.

Out of all these listed above, in our humble opinion, Celtic Quest Fishing is a quintessential part of fishing here on Long Island. With a guarantee of a great family fishing experience, we offer fishing trips for those really looking for a next-level experience. We also make our boats and crew available for corporate private charters and groups of up to 100 people. We pride ourselves in teaching beginners how to fish and best of all everything is included: Rods, Bait and Tackle. Our Celtic Quest Fishing team is focused on making sure you have the best fishing experience possible.  All you need to bring is lunch and a small cooler for your catch.

Port Jefferson and Celtic Quest Fishing go hand in hand. Port Jeff is one of the most popular deep water harbors on Long Island and is a must-visit port for all enthusiastic anglers.

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“This is the boat that other fishing boats should take after….. crew is awesome, everyone is courteous and nice, and glad to say I have made many friends on this boat, great people…. clean, and comfortable… top of the line boat in my book,, all around !!!” – Christine, Long Island NY

  • Long Island Fresh Water Fishing – With so many choices to make and various options to choose from, let us now look at a list of freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers on Long Island. We have discussed a few earlier in the blog but it’s now time to look at a few more :
  1. Hempstead Lake State Park:- Located between Rockville Centre, this park consists of the Hempstead Lake, South Pond and Macdonald Pond. With amenities such as parking, restrooms, benches etc. and species like Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, Goldfish and many more, this location is quite a favourite among enthusiastic fishermen.
  2. Grant Park Pond:- Spread across 6 acres and with a maximum depth of 8 feet, Grant Park Pond is a wonderful location if you wish to go Bass fishing.
  3. Wantagh Twin Lakes:- Upper twin pond and lower twin pond located in Wantagh include species such as Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkin Seed, Brown Bullhead and many more.
  4. Belmont Lake:- One can find species such as Bluegill, Pumpkin Seed, Brown Bullhead, Brook Trout and many more can be found in Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon. This lake is spread across 19 acres and a maximum depth of 4 feet. This is a fantastic location for fishing enthusiasts. 
  5. Blydenburgh Lake:- Also known as Stump, New mill or Weld’s Pond, this lake is located within Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown.

With the complete Long Island fishing list in place, you are good to go and do let us know about your fishing experience. After all, everyone needs a vacation and ways to keep yourself and your loved one’s entertained. 

Happy fishing to All!

“A day without fishing is like a day without sunshine”

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