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Hutchinson River

Bronx County, New York.

Hutchinson River midpoint in New Rochelle, New York.

Hutchinson River ends in Bronx, New York.

14.11 miles long (22.70 kilometers)

About The Hutchinson River

About Hutchinson River, NY

Hutchinson River is a freshwater stream that begins in Southern Westchester County, New York, flows through the Bronx's Borough, and ends in Eastchester Bay.

The river has multiple dams and forms three reservoirs. The first dam was built in 1885 to provide water in the surrounding villages of  New Rochelle. A decade later, a second dam was built to supply water to Pelham and Eastchester. The third dam was built in the northern portion of the city of New Rochelle in 1908, and the fourth dam was built in 1886  to supply drinking water to the town of Pelham.

Currently, not all is well with the river. The marshlands along the western shoreline are polluted and filled with scrap yards. A portion of the river banks lined with old abandoned industrial facilities is degrading. Near the river's mouth is the old decommissioned Pelham Bay Landfill that illegally dumped toxic waste in the river in the 1960s and 1970s. However, a kind of fish that hasn’t been seen for a long time in this river was recently caught here and it might suggest that life is being restored in the river.

Hutchinson River Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Hutchinson River, NY

Hutchinson river is a great place to fish; it stretches for 30.11 km and houses an abundance of fish and aquatic life. The river houses multiple fish species, such as the Atlantic menhaden, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, and channel catfish. The most popular catches are striped bass, bluefish, and striped searobin. At the end of the river where it meets the sea, fish- like pacific halibut, salmon, and plaice are often caught.

The river supports a wide range of ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, ponds, salt marshes, and wetlands ecosystems. These ecosystems provide homes and shelters to various species that make up most of the wildlife in the area. The different ecosystems provide the fish- with abundant food, such as insects, shrimps, crabs, clams, mussels, sea worms, and small fish-.

Fishing in the Hutchinson river can be done in several ways, depending on the location. In areas near the shoreline, surf casting and trolling are most popular. In areas near the reservoirs where there is a large body of water, electric motor boats may be used in fishing with the use of a special permit.

A notable area to catch fish is in the north of Hutchinson, where anglers caught numerous crappie and catfish. Furthermore, in a spring in the Hutchinson River of southern Westchester near the Bronx border, an alewife fish was caught by researchers. It is a fish that hasn’t been seen since the 19th-century and it suggests that the river is recovering.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation regulates fishing in the Hutchinson River. They require anglers a freshwater fishing license, with the exception of a program called free Fishing Days/Weekends by the department, where anyone can fish in the river with no fishing license is required.

Hutchinson River Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

Fishing season in the Hutchenson river is similar to its surrounding waters like the Bronx and the Hudson River. Peak time and fishing season depend primarily on the type of fish; for example, January to April is the season for catching striped bass. May to September is the season for catching salmon and plaice.

The weather also impacts fishing. In summer, where most days are hot, fish tend to go deeper in cooler water, and in winter, they also tend to go to deeper waters because of the warmer temperature below. The recommendation is to fish early in the morning during the summertime when the temperature is just right. In winter, the advice is to use a slow trolling bait because fish are more sluggish in the cold.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

Fishing season in the Hutchenson river is similar to its surrounding waters like the Bronx and the Hudson River. Peak time and fishing season depend primarily on the type of fish; for example, January to April is the season for catching striped bass. May to September is the season for catching salmon and plaice.

The weather also impacts fishing. In summer, where most days are hot, fish tend to go deeper in cooler water, and in winter, they also tend to go to deeper waters because of the warmer temperature below. The recommendation is to fish early in the morning during the summertime when the temperature is just right. In winter, the advice is to use a slow trolling bait because fish are more sluggish in the cold.

Hutchinson River Weather Forecast

Fri

79°F

Clouds

Highs

79

Feels 79

Winds

10mph

Humidity

62

03:19

05:43

Hutchinson River Fish Species

All About Fishing in Hutchinson River, NY

Hutchinson river is a great place to fish; it stretches for 30.11 km and houses an abundance of fish and aquatic life. The river houses multiple fish species, such as the Atlantic menhaden, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, and channel catfish. The most popular catches are striped bass, bluefish, and striped searobin. At the end of the river where it meets the sea, fish- like pacific halibut, salmon, and plaice are often caught.

The river supports a wide range of ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, ponds, salt marshes, and wetlands ecosystems. These ecosystems provide homes and shelters to various species that make up most of the wildlife in the area. The different ecosystems provide the fish- with abundant food, such as insects, shrimps, crabs, clams, mussels, sea worms, and small fish-.

Fishing in the Hutchinson river can be done in several ways, depending on the location. In areas near the shoreline, surf casting and trolling are most popular. In areas near the reservoirs where there is a large body of water, electric motor boats may be used in fishing with the use of a special permit.

A notable area to catch fish is in the north of Hutchinson, where anglers caught numerous crappie and catfish. Furthermore, in a spring in the Hutchinson River of southern Westchester near the Bronx border, an alewife fish was caught by researchers. It is a fish that hasn’t been seen since the 19th-century and it suggests that the river is recovering.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation regulates fishing in the Hutchinson River. They require anglers a freshwater fishing license, with the exception of a program called free Fishing Days/Weekends by the department, where anyone can fish in the river with no fishing license is required.

Bluegill

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"

Pumpkinseed

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 1 Pounds

Length: 4" - 16"

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Crappie

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 0 - 5 Pounds

Length: 4" - 19"