If you’re Central New York fishing story feels a little off, it’s probably because you’re telling the truth. Brimming with pristine streams, flowing rivers, quiet ponds and great lakes, the region produces trophy fish and good eating in spectacular numbers.

Public access is plentiful and many of our best fisheries border state parks. Secluded Bowman Lake, for one, produces rainbow and brook trout as well as largemouth bass. Anglers reel in northern pike, walleye and bass regularly on Delta Lake.


Otsego Lake, one of Central New York’s largest, is famous for being the inspiration behind James Fenimore Cooper’s fictional Glimmerglass. But it’s also well-known for fantastic lake trout, walleye and bass fishing.

All types of anglers are attracted to Herkimer County, where West Canada Creek supports a bevy of brown trout and the unique Fulton Chain of Lakes includes an impressive variety of species.


Fish Like a Local in These 7 Central New York Spots

The opening of trout fishing season in April signals the unofficial arrival of spring in Central New York, which spoils anglers with mile after mile of waterways with public access.

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The 50,894-acre Oneida Lake has hosted Bassmaster and Fishing League Worldwide tournaments. It earns its reputation as one of the best walleye and perch harvests in the region year after year.


Broome County contains 50 miles of trout streams and 89 miles of warm water rivers and streams, including the fishing friendly Chenango River in Binghamton.

Central New York has many other smaller bodies of water, including some hidden from view. Adventurous anglers can peruse the region’s watersheds in the 144 state lands here.


The Great Waterways of Central New York

With one truly great lake, another body tied to American lore and an unrivaled Adirondack fishery, Central New York is arguably the heart of water recreation in the state.

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Adirondack Exposure

1872 State Route 28
P.O. Box 655
Old Forge, NY 13420

One stop for one day or multi-day outdoor adventures. Offering guided trips for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, hunting and more.
Formerly the site of the Aqua-Terra Sportsman's Club and Innsbruck USA ski area, this undeveloped Broome County Park located in the Town of Binghamton consists of 466 acres of bountiful wildlife and natural settings. Informal trails can be found on both sides of Maxian Road, including a trail around the shore of Agua Terra Pond on the north side of Maxian Road, while steep trails which follow the former ski slopes are found on the other side of the road. From Binghamton, follow Pennsylvania Avenue south for 4.6 miles to Maxian Road. Turn right on Maxian Road and go 1.1 miles to Aqua-Terra Park.
Arnold Lake State Forest

Arnold Lake Road
Hartwick, NY 13348

(607) 547-4488

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 available at each of these points, so hikes of different lengths can be arranged if two vehicles are used.  The trail has several short, steep pitches but can be skied comfortably by cross-country skiers of modest ability.

Arnold Lake offers fishing year-round, and is stocked each year with rainbow trout (8-9" in length) and brown trout (8-10" in length).  Please note there is a daily limit of 3 trout.

Recreational Activities at Arnold Lake State Forest

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing

Fishing Access

A launch is located on the northwest corner of lake at outlet on Arnold Lake Road.

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
We are a Fly Fishing organization for men, and women of all ages. Our goal is for our youth to take up the sport as well as educating them in conservation about our lakes, streams and rivers in order to preserve them for future generations.
Baker's Beach on Canadarago Lake

8114 State Highway 28
Richfield Springs, NY 13439

(315) 858-8809

Baker's Beach is the perfect place to spend a day with your family enjoying the serene lake with gorgeous views.

Recreational Activities at Baker's Beach on Canadarago Lake

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Picnicking 

Fishing on Canadarago Lake

Canadarago Lake is a popular fishing destination in New York State, holding multiple bass tournaments throughout the summer.  Fish in Canadarago Lake tend to grow average to above average sizes (the average largemouth bass is around 2.5 pounds, with many exceeding 4 pounds), and is popular for panfish and walleye as well.  Approximately 40,000 walleye (4-5" in length) are stocked annually. 

Fishing Access on Canadarago Lake

The state park's boat launch is located in Richfield Springs off Route 28, 3 miles south of NY Route 20, at the end of Dennison Road.  There are two concrete ramps with parking for 40 ca

Balsam Pond

Pharsalia, NY

Small motorboats or canoes. 153 acres, average 9' depth, warm water fishery. Hand launch at Town of Pharsalia, 2 miles south of the Village. Fish: Norlunge, largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish & chain pickerel.
This is a level walk with a view of a hill and woods seen across the creek. From the Four Corners area, take Main Street 0.5 miles, on your right is Barlow Park, a Town of Vestal park with picnic pavilion and playground equipment. Follow the wood fence by the parking lot to the corner of the rear fence. You will find a short decline connecting to a dirt trail. Go right on this trail a short distance to the start of the floodwall. The floodwall ends after a 20-minute walk at the bridge on Front St. by Town Hall.
Basswood Pond State Forest

Jacobs Road
Burlington Flats, NY 13315

(607) 547-4488

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 Activities at Basswood Pond State Forest

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Fishing on Basswood Pond

Basswood Pond is managed for both warm and cold water species, with trout fishing the most popular.  It is stocked annually with approximately 350 brown trout (8-15" in length) and 100 rainbow trout (8-10" in length).  A fishing dock is located on the southwest corner of the pond.  Ice fishing and the use of baitfish is prohibited. 

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Goldfish
  • Golden Shiner
  • Bluntnose Minnow
  • Fathead Minnow
  • Brown Bullhead

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 ponds.  A must-visit for birdwatchers!

Six cabins are also available on the property.  Please call for details.

Recreational Activities at Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking 
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
Binghamton River Trail

Chenango River Promenade
Wall St
Binghamton, NY 13901

Trails in BinghamtonThis 1.5-mile paved trail runs between two of the city’s most beautiful spaces. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers by foot or bike, then take a break in Confluence or Cheri Lindsey parks. Find similar trails in and near Otsiningo and Port Dickinson parks for a nature while visiting the city.
Picnic areas, playground, hiking boating, fishing, and swimming.

The BLCO is a group of individuals dedicated to making our community a better place to live for both individuals and families. Annual activities include: Summer concerts in Chapman Park, earth day clean up, area small business Saturday and many community events.

CP's Fishing Charter Service

574 County Highway 29
PO Box 1526
Richfield Springs, NY 13439

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. Plenty of lake trout, brown trout, and small and large mouth bass. CP's provides all equipment and bait.

Cazenovia Lake

Rt. 20 & Rt. 13
Cazenovia, NY 13035

(315) 655-3041

1,145 acres and a maximum depth of 45 feet. Fish species include black crappie, largemouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed and bluegill. Boat access can be obtained via the village's Lakeside Park. A permit is required to launch from that park.

Chenango Canal

3455 Canal Rd.
Bouckville, NY 13310

Walk, mountain bike, geo-cache or picnic on the 7-mile Chenango Canal Towpath Trail from Hamilton to north of Bouckville. The Chenango Canal is a year-round designated trout fishing stream, artificial lures only, and a National Recreation Trail. Brown and Brook Trout are stocked by Madison Central School and Trout Unlimited with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Towpath Trail is maintained by volunteers with the Chenango Canal Association.

Chenango Valley State Park

153 State Park Road
Route 369
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

(607) 648-5251

Athletic Field Basketball Beach Biking Boating Cabins Campsites Canoeing Concerts Cross Country Fishing Guide Hiking Horseshoes Ice Fishing Ice Skating Lake/Pond Museum Picnic Sledding Snack Bar Snow Shoes Softball Swimming Tobogganing Volleyball Rental
Cook's Pond

Greene, NY

Canoes. 18-acre pond located 3 miles east of Greene, south of Rte. 206. Fish: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel & panfish.
DeRuyter Reservoir

Rt. 57
DeRuyter, NY 13052

568 acres and maximum depth of 50 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, walleye, black crappie, small mouth bass, yellow perch, white sucker, chain pickerel, rock bass and sunfish.

Dorchester Park

5469 NY Route 26
1 mile north of Whitney Point
Triangle, NY 13862

Beach Boating - Rental Canoeing - Rental Cross Country Fishing Horseshoes Ice Fishing Lake/Pond Picnic Sailing - Rental Snow Shoes Swimming Volleyball
Eaton Brook Reservoir

Eaton Brook Rd
Eaton, NY 13334

247 acres and maximum depth of 52 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, small mouth bass, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, rock bass, pumpkinseed, black crappie, brown bullhead and white sucker.

Gaius Cook Memorial Park

189 Parks Road
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

Day use for fishing, boating, picnicking, play area for children, hiking, bird-watching
Medium-small mostly tree-lined stream. (excellent fly fishing) Fish: Bass and trout.
Lake and 3 ponds in wooded terrain. 12+ miles of trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling & snowshoeing. Camping, playgrounds, frisbee-disc golf course, swimming, boating & fishing. The NYS Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located within the 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
  • Picnicking
  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Fishing on Gilbert Lake

Known mostly for its trout, Gilbert Lake has provided some of the most impressive largemouth bass over the past several years.  It is stocked annually with approximately 700 rainbow trout (8-15" in length).  Ice fishing is prohibited, and has a daily limit of 3 trout.

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Golden Shiner
  • Creek Chub
  • White Sucker
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Yellow Perch

Hiking Access

From State Highway 205, turn at the flashing red light to th

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 recreational activities for visitors to the park.  During your visit, take time to tour Hyde Hall, a beautiful 50 room country house.  Please note an entrance fee may apply.

Rental facilities available includes picnic pavilion, two new conference rooms (up to 150 people). 

Recreational Activities at Glimmerglass State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing are also available in the winter.

Fishing on Otsego Lake

Otsego Lake is 7.8 miles long and offers 20.3 miles of shoreline

Greenwood Park

153 Greenwood Road
(off Route 26)
Lisle, NY 13797

GreenwoodThe 420-acre Greenwood Park sets a perfect scene for day on the cross-country ski trails. Pick up a pair of snowshoes or skis for just $5 per hour and enjoy 5.5 miles of well-groomed trails. Go ahead and bring a sled for some tobogganing. Amenities at Broome County’s first and oldest park include a warming room. Beach Boating - Rental Campsites – Rental Canoeing - Rental Cross Country - Rental Fishing Guide Hiking Horseshoes Ice Fishing Lake/Pond Picnic Sledding Snack Bar Snow Shoes Swimming Tobogganing Volleyball
Grippen Park

607 S. Grippen Avenue
Endicott, NY 13760

Athletic Field Basketball Fishing Horseshoes Picnic Snack Bar Softball
Hatch Lake

Westcott Rd
Eaton, NY 13334

134 acres and maximum depth of 62 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, bluegill, yellow perch and white sucker.

Helen McNitt State Park

East Lake Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035

Helen L. McNitt State Park was established in 1999 as a gift of 133 acres of land, including about 1300 feet of shoreline. In 2008 a parking lot was established along with a site to launch canoes, kayaks and small portable rowboats.

Hunts Pond

New Berlin, NY


250 acres, campsites, pavilion, picnic area. Activities: boating, fishing, hiking and X-country skiing
Canoes, 18 acres, located on Pharsalia Wildlife Management area. Fish: Northern pike, largemouth bass & panfish.
Jeffrey Pond

Norwich, NY

Canoes, 20 acres, on state forest land, 3 miles northeast of Norwich. Fish: Brook trout.
L. L. Bean

304 Towne Center Drive
Fayetteville, NY 13066

L. L. Bean is a company dedicated to outdoor recreation and education. We offer an Outdoor Discovery School in Cazenovia where we host adventures in kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fly-casting and snowshoeing. We provide group outings to local recreational sites such as the Nelson Swamp Unique Area and Stony Pond is which we explore the local trails and parks. To see the different activities we are involved in and to join us, go to

Lake Moraine

Lake Moraine Rd
Madison, NY 13402

237 acres and maximum depth of 45 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, small mouth bass, chain pickerel, tiger muskellunge, black crappie and bluegill.

Lebanon Reservoir

Reservoir Rd
Lebanon, NY 13085

92 acres and maximum depth of 45 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, walleye rainbow trout, black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkin seed, white sucker and brown bullhead.

Leland Pond

Rt. 26
Eaton, NY 13334

100 acres and maximum depth of 50 feet.
Long Pond

Smithville, NY

Small motorboats, canoes, 115 acres. Hand launch Town of Smithville, off Rt. 41. Fish: Largemouth bass and crappie.
Madison Lake

Frederick Rd
Madison, NY 13402

43 acres and maximum depth of 75 feet.

Complete fishing bait and tackle shop for local ponds and reservoirs. Open year round..

17 ac. Pond on NYS Public Lands, parking area 1/4 mile north of pond for walking access (not accessible by vehicle), marked hiking & snowmobile trails. Stocked w/brown/rainbow trout & lg. Mouth bass. Trout can be taken through the ice during winter,
Nathaniel Cole Park

1674 Colesville Road
Harpursville, NY 13787

Athletic Field Beach Boating - Rental Canoeing - Rental Cross Country Fishing Guide Hiking Horseshoes Ice Fishing Lake/Pond Picnic Snack Bar Snow Shoes Softball Swimming Volleyball
Oneida Lake

Route 31 follows the south shore
Bridgeport, NY 13030

(800) 684-7320

Oneida Lake, a remnant of Lake Iroquois, a huge body of water that formed nearly 12,000 years ago when, as the ice age ended, a glacier dammed the St. Lawrence River flooding much of Central New York. Excellent fishing, sailing, boating, ice fishing and snowmobiling can be found in or around the lake. Public and private boat launches, marinas and dockage, boat rentals, gas, bait, tackle, fishing derbies, ice fishing shanty rentals and guides available.

Oquaga Creek State Park

5995 County Highway 20
5 miles south of Masonville
Bainbridge, NY 13733

(607) 467-4160

Oquaga Creek State Park is a 1,385-acre state park in Broome, Delaware, and Chenango counties, New York. The park is partially in the Town of Masonville and partly in the Town of Sanford. Broome County Road 241 passes through the park. camping: Open: Mid May - Mid Oct 90 tents (can also use campers); 5 cabins (no water or electric) Basketball Beach Biking Boating Cabins - Rental Campsites Canoeing Concerts Cross Country Fishing Fitness Trail Hiking Horseshoes Ice Fishing Ice Skating Lake/Pond Picnic Sledding Snack Bar Snow Shoes Swimming Tobogganing Volleyball
Otsego Land Trust

101 Main Street, Pioneer Alley
P.O. Box 173
Cooperstown, NY 13326

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 healthy lands and clean waters by working with private landowners to legally conserve their lands into perpetuity and by acquiring lands to open to the public. OLT maintains several Conservation Areas, where the public is welcome to engage in quiet, unobtrusive nature observation and low-impact recreational activities such as walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Otsiningo Park

1 Otsiningo Park
Binghamton, NY 13901

Athletic Field Biking Cross Country Fishing Guide Hiking Lake/Pond Picnic Snack Bar Snow Shoes Softball Volleyball
Patterson Pond

Endwell, NY 13760

Poolville Pond

Tackabury Rd
Hamilton, NY 13346

37 acres with a maximum depth of 40 feet. This private pond with no public access has largemouth bass, yellow perch, chain pickerel and carp.

Robert V. Riddell State Park

State Highway 28
Oneonta, NY 13820

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, a popular Class A trout stream that leads to the Susquehannah River, crosses the northern parcel of the park.

Recreational Activities at Robert V. Riddell State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking 
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
Round Pond

Smithville Flats, NY

Canoes, 26 acres on state forest land 1 mile west if Smithville Flats. Fish: Chain pickerel and panfish.
Tuscarora Lake

Routes 86 & 67
Erieville, NY 13061

316 acres and maximum depth of 42 feet. Fish species include largemouth bass, norther pike, walleye, pumpkinseed, bluegill, yellow perch and white sucker.

Excellent canoeing, long, deep, slow pools; mostly tree-lined. Hand launch at South New Berlin off Rte. 8 & 23. Fish:Walleyes, chain pickerel, large and smallmouth bass and panfish.
Woodman Lake

Woodman Rd.
Eaton, NY 13334

95 acres and maximum depth of 70 feet.