Re: yak help NOOB
Croton Bay early on, then on to Newburgh and Kingston. Small jerkbaits/plastics for Croton or sndworms or bloods.
Newburgh I usually drift bloods or sandworms
Kingston you can use all of the above or try to get some herring on Sabiki rigs and liveline them. If you are gonna chunk use an anchor, but of course you don't want to be too deep anchoring with a kayak between the currents, and other boats.
I have caught a few on tube n worm in the river but it seems to work much better in the sound, even though I use that method 90% of the time in the salt. Haven't really spent enough time in the river trying it. I do well with the other methods mentioned above.
Plum Point in New Windsor is a good place to launch into Newburgh Bay.
Used to live in Cold Spring and fish quite a bit when I did, fish don't seem to spend much time in that area it seems.
don't forget the water temperatures are still very dangerous yet, so make sure you have dry suit/wet suit or drytop and waders with belt.
Right now seems like a few fish being caught up and down the river in all different places. Just gotta be in it to win it.