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Fishing in Cooperstown

Where to Fish in Cooperstown & Oneonta

The Cooperstown area offers all-season opportunities for fishermen. Ice fishing is available on Arnold Lake and Otsego Lake. Boat rentals are available throughout Otsego County, with on-site delivery available!

Fish Species Present in Otsego County Lakes

You will find a variety of fish species throughout the waterways of the Cooperstown & Oneonta area, including:

  • yellow perch
  • brown bullhead
  • rock bass
  • largemouth bass
  • smallmouth bass
  • brown trout
  • rainbow trout
  • chain pickerel
  • pumpkinseed
  • bluegill
  • walleye 

New York Fishing License Requirements

A valid New York State fishing license is required for all fishermen 16 and older. 

Cast Out Your Lines

From ice to fly, largemouth bass to trout, you will find all kinds of fishing opportunities in Cooperstown and Otsego County. Grab your fishing poles, some bait, and venture out to any one of the great spots listed below.

<a href=/attractions/arnold-lake-state-forest>Arnold Lake State Forest</a>
Arnold Lake State Forest trails lie on New York State and Otsego County lands surrounding Arnold Lake.  The main trail is a 5.5 mile loop that crosses public high-ways at three places.  Parking is...
<a href=/attractions/bakers-beach-canadarago-lake>Baker's Beach on Canadarago Lake</a>
Baker's Beach is the perfect place to spend a day with your family enjoying the serene lake with gorgeous views.  Open 11am to 7pm from 7/4/17 through 8/30/17.  Swimming permitted when lifeguard is...
<a href=/attractions/basswood-pond-state-forest>Basswood Pond State Forest</a>
Basswood Pond State Forest offers varied outdoor recreational opportunities.  The pond site is handicapped accessible with a paved path to the water's edge.  A pit toilet is available. Recreational...
<a href=/attractions/betty-wilbur-davis-state-park>Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park</a>
Perched atop a hill in Southern Otsego County, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park provides spectacular views to the south and west. Nearly two thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods...
<a href=/attractions/cps-fishing-charter-service>CP's Fishing Charter Service</a>
CP's Charter Service offers full and half-day excursions on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. The 23 foot Pro-Line can accommodate up to 7 passengers or a larger group can be taken out on other vessels....
<a href=/attractions/gilbert-lake-state-park>Gilbert Lake State Park</a>
Gilbert Lake State Park offers year-round recreational opportunities.  Please note an entrance fee may apply. Recreational Activities at Gilbert Lake State Park Hiking Swimming Fishing Boating...
<a href=/attractions/glimmerglass-state-park>Glimmerglass State Park</a>
Glimmerglass State Park overlooks beautiful Otsego Lake, nicknamed "Glimmerglass" by James Fenimore Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tales.  Open year-round, each season brings a multitude of outdoor...
<a href=/attractions/otsego-bounty-outfitting-charters>Otsego Bounty Outfitting & Charters</a>
Otsego Bounty,  where hospitality meets the hills. Whatever your reason, and whatever the season, Otsego Bounty brings you closer to nature. From outfitting and charter services, to lake boat rentals...
<a href=/attractions/robert-v-riddell-state-park>Robert V. Riddell State Park</a>
Robert V. Riddell State Park is located off Exit 17 of I-88 near the City of Oneonta. The park consists of over 1,000 acres of agricultural fields, deciduous and coniferous forests. Schenevus Creek,...