Fishing Locations

Otsego Lake, Cooperstown New York

Lake Profile
Otsego Lake is 9 miles long. Fishing habitats include rock ledges, shoals, calm weedy bays and docks that go out in deeper water. The lake is over 150’ deep in some places. At the south end of the lake is the Village of Cooperstown. At the north end is the Glimmerglass State Park and a golf course. There is no state-run boat launch on Otsego Lake. This lake is not heavily fished, as access is limited.

Fishing Opportunities
The Otsego Lake bass fishery is amazing. The lake is loaded with quality fish. During the months of May and June you can expect to catch numerous panfish, pickerel and smallmouth bass with the occasional walleye. Throughout July and August both smallmouth and largemouth bass dominate the catch. In the Fall it is not uncommon to catch a 4lb. smallmouth bass. In June, October & November the "The Reel Men" have been known to consistently catch 20-30 smallmouth bass and more during a half-day trip!

Directions - Where to meet...

The "Reel Men" will arrange to pick you up by boat at your rental unit on Otsego lake or to meet you at our boat dock at the "Bayside Inn & Marina".

To Get to our dock at the "Bayside Inn" at the north end of Otsego Lake:

From The "Dreams Park":
Take Route 28 north to Cooperstown. As you enter the Village, Route 28 becomes Chestnut St. Take Chestnut Street until it ends at Lake Street. Take a left onto Lake Street. This is Route 80 east.  Continue on Route 80 up the west side of the lake for seven miles. After you have gone 6 miles be on the lookout for a large red sign on the right that says "Aalsmeer". Take the first right past the sign into the parking lot of the Bayside Inn. Go to the end of the strip of motel rooms and make a right and proceed down the driveway winding through the white cottages down to the lake front. Your guide will be waiting for you at the gravel parking area by the lake shore with your parking pass.

From U.S. Route 20:
Take Route 20 to the point where it intersects Route 80 just east of Richfield Springs. Turn south on Route 80 (actually Route 80 west but it goes south for a while on the west side of Otsego Lake) Continue on Route 80 west about 3 miles and look for the "Lake in Pines" motel on your left. Slow down and turn into the driveway of the "Bayside Inn & Marina".
  Proceed down the driveway winding through the white cottages down to the lake front. Your guide will be waiting for you at the lake front gravel parking area with your parking pass.


Canadarago Lake, Richfield Springs New York

Lake Profile-Canadarago Lake is 6 miles long and a mile wide in some places. Fishing habitats include rocky shoals, weedy flats and perfect lily pads for largemouth bass. The lake reaches a depth of only 40’ deep. The lake has an island as well as a weedy sunken island. There is very nice state launch on the west side of the lake. Canadarago is not an easy lake to fish. Only local seasoned fishermen do well consistently.

Fishing Opportunities- Canadarago lake is loaded with fish including thousands of big largemouth bass. This lake is ideal habitat for largemouth bass: miles of lily pads, reeds, weed beds and docks. The average largemouth is around 2.5 pounds and the odds of catching a 4 pound fish are good. There are also good populations of pickerel, perch, rock bass, and smallmouth bass in the lake.

Directions - Where to Meet...

The Reel Men will pick you up by boat at the NY State Launch Site on

Canadarago Lake.  There is ample parking at the launch site.  To get to the launch site:

From The "Dreams Park":
Take Route 28 north through Cooperstown. Stay on Route 28 north through Schuyler Lake. Stay on Route 28 north for about 3 miles past the stone church on the right in the village of Schuyler Lake. On the right will be a sign for a boat launch. Turn right and proceed to the launch. If you come to the town of Richfield Springs you have gone too far.

From U.S. Route 20:
Take Route 20 to Richfield Springs. Take Route 28 south for about 2 miles. Take a left at the Boat Launch sign. If you come to the town of Schuyler Lake you have gone too far.