Muskies are not limited to the waters I’ve mentioned above. There are at least 13 lakes and 19 rivers with muskellunge populations in across the state. The closest water to Dutchess county is Greenwood Lake in Orange County.
The minimum size limit on Greenwood Lake is 36 inches. The daily creel limit in all locations is one fish per day. If the creel limit seems low you should chew on this for a while: Muskies are known as "the fish of 10,000 casts." Be prepared to go a long time between hookups.
Also opening on June 17, is the state’s black bass season.
The black bass remains the most popular game fish in the state, with far more anglers targeting them than the No. 2 game fish, trout.