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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. 

<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,...