Across the river on the New York side, just where the
Harlem River comes into the Hudson. Take Palisade Ave. to Riverside Drive along the
Conrail/Amtrak Tracks. Youll always see fishermen along the tracks. Close to the Amtrak
bridge youll find plenty of current and structure which hold fish. Sandworms and
bloodworms always work well in this area as does cut bait fished on the bottom. Stripers,
Bluefish, Tommycod, Catfish.
This is a great springtime spot.
One of the favorite fishing spots of the founder and first president of the
HRFA NJ, Pete Barrett. He often tells us stories of fishing this area in the late
sixties and early seventies when no one was fishing the Hudson. Pete loved to use
bucktails in this area. He was always amazed that not many people new you could
catch such good sized fish so close to Manhattan.
Lots of rip-rap and pilings close to the railroad bridge makes great
habitat and hiding structure for bass. Plugs work in this area but you loose many in those
In the summer of 1998 Amtrak started giving anglers a hard time about
fishing this area. One more example of someone trying to take away your right to get to
the water. Complaints were filed and lawsuits were issued. As of this writing the
restrictions of access to this area were easing up.