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Westchester Creek

Bronx County, New York.

Westchester Creek midpoint in Bronx, New York.

Westchester Creek ends in Bronx, New York.

2.42 miles long (3.90 kilometers)

About The Westchester Creek

About Westchester Creek, NY

Westchester Creek is a creek found in the southeastern region of the Bronx in New York.

Before most of the portion of the creek was filled in and used to build structures (e.g. Hutchinson Metro Center, Herbert H. Lehman High School, and the New York City Subway’s Westchester Yard), the water body took up an area measurement of about 3,600 acres. Due to the incredibly heavy industrialization occurring in the area, the water body now only takes up a length of 2.1 miles. This remaining portion of the tidal inlet has been rendered to be both polluted and quite inaccessible. Such characteristics that it displays today has made many forget how the water body was once a majestic creek wherein the first permanent European settlement (which was made up of Dutch and English pioneers) in the Bronx was established, specifically by Thomas Pell, and highly renowned English Physician who did not only end up navigating the area of the creek but who also ended up being the founder of the entire Westchester County and the owner of Pelham, a suburban area in the county.

Hoping to bring it back to its former beauty, authorities in the area have mentioned plans to restore the creek in the year 2014. While many years have passed since then, restoring the river has only seemed to be extremely subtle as it has not yet actually reached its full recovery and the pollution in the area can still be very visible.

Westchester Creek Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Westchester Creek, NY

Despite still being quite polluted due to the chemicals and sewage, and inaccessible due to being covered up in a lot of different materials such as wire, tires, and abandoned boats (only subtle restoration in this tidal inlet has been made) and buildings such as corporations and warehouses, many anglers have found themselves still making their way to Westchester Creek to enjoy fishing in the area. Examples of fish species that can be caught in Westchester Creek are the brook trout, striped bass, striped searobin, largemouth bass, and tub gurnard.

Bait that could be used in order to easily catch these species would be crustaceans, shrimps, and small marine species. Aside from that, knowing that the drift fishing technique is useful when catching these marine species would work as well. Furthermore, one may also find that one would not need a boat in order to fish in the water body. Instead, one can just simply fish by the shore.

Westchester Creek Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

It is said that the best seasons to generally fish in New York would be spring and fall which goes from May until June and September until October, respectively.

When it comes to specifically seeking for striped bass, many say that seeking to catch them in the spring season is the best choice due to the big sizes that these fish have over the course of the season.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

It is said that the best seasons to generally fish in New York would be spring and fall which goes from May until June and September until October, respectively.

When it comes to specifically seeking for striped bass, many say that seeking to catch them in the spring season is the best choice due to the big sizes that these fish have over the course of the season.

Westchester Creek Fish Species

All About Fishing in Westchester Creek, NY

Despite still being quite polluted due to the chemicals and sewage, and inaccessible due to being covered up in a lot of different materials such as wire, tires, and abandoned boats (only subtle restoration in this tidal inlet has been made) and buildings such as corporations and warehouses, many anglers have found themselves still making their way to Westchester Creek to enjoy fishing in the area. Examples of fish species that can be caught in Westchester Creek are the brook trout, striped bass, striped searobin, largemouth bass, and tub gurnard.

Bait that could be used in order to easily catch these species would be crustaceans, shrimps, and small marine species. Aside from that, knowing that the drift fishing technique is useful when catching these marine species would work as well. Furthermore, one may also find that one would not need a boat in order to fish in the water body. Instead, one can just simply fish by the shore.

Striped Bass

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Brook Trout

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Striped Searobin

Habitat: Inshore Estuaries

Weight: 0 - 3 Pounds

Length: 12" - 18"