Not only are there fish in Central Park but you are allowed to catch (and release) them! The painting below is a watercolor of a Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) which was caught at the Harlem Meer in Central Park by my wife.
And the fish below, a Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), was caught by my daughter. It was the first fish she had ever caught!!
So it was an awesome discovery one day when I read an article online about fishing in Central Park. I didn’t think that fishing was allowed and I was really excited with the prospect of it! Fishing is one of those things that I miss doing since I live in the city. After doing a bit of research I found out not only was fishing allowed but it was encouraged for kids. The Harlem Meer has a great free program for kids where they give them a rod with a bobber and a barbless hook and some frozen corn for bait. Needless to say I borrowed a small rod from my Dad and took the family out to do some fishing! (Note- adults need to buy I freshwater license to fish.)
We all managed to catch a few and it was one of the highlights of the summer for me. The watercolors above came out of the experience I had that day. I can’t help but smile when I think about how much fun it was for us all to go fishing.
Both the paintings are framed and hanging at the wonderful Stray Vintage here in Sunnyside Queens. If you are around you should check them out!