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Fishing in Cooperstown

Fishing Cooperstown & Otsego County

Fishing in Cooperstown and Otsego County is a four-season pursuit. Otsego Lake, the region's centerpiece, holds brown trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, walleye, and more. A Cooperstown boat launch, plus public access at Glimmerglass State Park, puts fish habitat within easy reach for anglers. Throughout Otsego County, ponds and lakes offer more chances to hook largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, and yellow perch. Come winter—if conditions permit—ice fishing happens on Arnold Lake, Canadarago Lake, Crumhorn Lake, Goodyear Lake, Wilber Lake, and Otsego Lake. Valid New York State fishing license required for participants over 16 years old.

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.

Arnold Lake State Forest
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 on Canadarago Lake
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 7/4/18 through 8/30/18. Swimming permitted when lifeguard is...
Basswood Pond State Forest
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...
Bear Swamp State Forest
The 1,750-acre Bear Swamp State Forest features a forest dominated ecosystem with both natural and planted forest species throughout the area. Bear Swamp State Forest's main feature is the 44-acre...
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...
Brookwood Point
Brookwood Point has been an established estate on the shores Otsego Lake since the early 1820's and is home to a 100-year-old Italianate Renaissance garden. Over the past 100 years, Brookwood has...
Copes Corners Park
Copes Corner Park and Campground offer recreation and family camping along the scenic Butternut Creek in the southwestern corner of Otsego County. For camping the park has twenty large RV campsites...
CP's Fishing Charter Service
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....
Gilbert Lake State Park
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
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...
Hooker Mountain State Forest
The 801-acre Hooker Mountain State Forest features a forested ecosystem with natural and planted forest species occupying the property. The area was originally purchased by the state in the 1930's...

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