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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. 

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...
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 7/4/16 through 8/30/16.  Swimming permitted when lifeguard is...
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>
Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park offers visitors spectacular views from atop a hill in the southern part of Otsego County.  The 229-acre property is mostly a forest of hardwoods, but also has two...
<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...
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=/outdoors/otsego-land-trust>Otsego Land Trust</a>
Otsego Land Trust (OLT) preserves the distinctive rural character of the Otsego Region in Central New York by maintaining the natural and cultural legacy handed down through generations. OLT protects...
<a href=/attractions/otsego-land-trust>Otsego Land Trust</a>
Otsego Land Trust preserves the distinctive rural character of the Otsego Region in Central New York by maintaining the natural and cultural legacy handed down through generations. OLT protects...
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,...