Catch-and-release fishing is permitted in designated areas of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Prospect Park has the only freshwater waterbody in Brooklyn and the lake supports a variety of warmwater fish species, including largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, common carp, and golden shiner. Fishing is prohibited from bridges and in fenced areas and no barbed hooks or lead fishing weights are permitted. Barbs on hooks should be flattened with pliers to reduce injury to fish.
Those aged 16 and over require a New York State fishing license, which can be purchased by phone on 866-933-2257 or online at dec.ny.gov/permits