The Eldred Preserve, a short drive from New York
City, New Jersey & PA is a year round outdoor resort facility
on 3,000 acres, catering to fishing, shooting enthusiasts, providing
fine food, drink & lodging accommodations. It's Sullivan County's
Premier Fishing Resort. Open 7 days a week.
Long a favorite pastime for day or overnight guests, three stream-fed
ponds are located on the grounds. Ponds are open year round and
stocked with several species of trout: rainbow, brown, brook and
golden. Although most trout range from 3/4 pound to 1.5 pounds,
a number are often caught weighing over 4 pounds. The ponds are
in an ideal setting, thus providing excellent fishing conditions
for both beginner and expert anglers with fly or spinning tackle.
Admission is free to overnight guests of the Preserve. All trout
caught must be kept and paid for at $6.25 per pound. A separate
catch and release fly fishing pond is available for anglers using
barbless flies only, admission is $12.50 each. Our Pro Shop provides
rod and reel rentals along with a variety of tackle to meet your
needs. Nightcrawlers, mealie worms, and power bait can also be purchased
Bass Boat Rentals - about $80.00
you're throwing a spinner bait for largemouth on Steges or fishing
surface lures for Hybrid Stripers on Sunrise, the action is sure
to be hot! Eldred Preserve was written up in Sports Afield (January,
1992) as one of the 25 super places to fish in the United States.
The 16' bass boats are equipped with aerated live wells, swivel
seats, raised casting decks and electric trolling motors. Boat rentals
are about $80.00 for two persons, for a pre set 8 hour day. Third
person in boat is an additional $30.00. Operating schedule varies
with season. Reservations are required.
The Eldred Preserve has been fortunate to offer two entirely different
lakes for your bass fishing experience. Sunrise lake is a deep, 65
acre clear water lake that has virtually no surface structure but
is loaded with large and small mouth bass, some hybrid stripers, plenty
of crappie, perch, pickerel, and panfish. Bass are strictly catch
and release using artificial lures only. Steges lake is a more typical
bass looking fishery. Loaded with fallen trees, submerged in shallow,
murky water, Steges lake is sure to offer a challenge to even the
most seasoned bass fishermen. Bass are strictly catch and release
using artificial lures only.
Catch And Release Trophy Catfish
The Catch and Release pond is home to some big channel catfish.
These tremendous fighting game fish start at 2 pounds and reach
weights upwards of 10 pounds.The pond is stocked with no less than
1000 pounds of these great fish. Anglers have often told of fights
lasting 20 minutes or more. Admission to this trophy pond is about
$12.50 per person per day. Preferred baits have been anything from
chicken liver to prepared stink baits. If you want to catch trophy
size fish, make sure you stop by. It's a fight you won't want to
The restaurant serves a varied menu that features full dinner specials
as well as a la carte service.You will find trout prepared 12 different
ways along with numerous other household specialties. Many a fish
story has been told in the fisherman's lounge. Catering to all kinds
of groups, large or small. For breakfast and lunch, the Deck / Fireside
Lounge features daily specials and a regular menu.
rustic log cabin style motel units with 2 double beds and a cot
sleep up to 5 persons. Private baths and within steps of the ponds,
restaurant and lounge.
with a view of the ponds and woods on the opposite side. Quiet,
relaxing and fine food. Specializing in Trout (12 different ways).