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Otsego Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,191 feet
Area: 4,046 acres
Shoreline Length: 20.3 miles
Length: 7.8 miles
Max Depth: 167 feet
Mean Depth: 82 feet
County & Town: Otsego County, Towns of Springfield, Middlefield and Otsego

Aquatic Plant Life:

Limited rooted aquatic vegetation along shoreline and bays.


State Boat Launch with ramp in Village of Cooperstown off Lake Steet at south end of lake. Hand launch in Glimmerglass State Park on north east side of lake.

For more information on this launch including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Otsego County page.

Fish Species:

Alewife, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Smelt, Chain Pickerel, Common Carp, Cutlip Minnow, Golden Shiner, Comely Shiner, Satinfin Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Bridle Shiner, Common Shiner, Blackchin Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Spotfin Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Fathead Minnow, Eastern Blacknose Dace, Rudd, Creek Chub, White Sucker, Creek Chubsucker, Northern Hog Sucker, Yellow Bullhead, Brown Bullhead, Margined Madtom, Banded Killifish, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Tessellated Darter, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Mottled Sculpin, Slimy Sculpin


Lake trout are the most sought after species. Walleye and perch are also popular. The lake supports an underfished exceptional smallmouth bass fishery. The lake is stocked annually with approximately 5,000 brown trout 8-10" in length. Approximately 5,000 lake trout 8-9" in length and 5,000 landlocked Atlantic salmon 5-6" in length are stocked biennially. Since 1998 the lake has been receiving annually approximately 40,000-80,000 walleye 2-3" in length.

Ice Fishing:



Special regulations apply. See the Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide (PDF).

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