Camping and Fishing in Watkins Glen

Camping and Fishing in Watkins Glen

Camping and fishing in Watkins Glen offer the perfect adventure and escape from everyday life. The village in New York state is renowned for its natural beauty, stunning gorge, nearby lakes and famous fishing spots like Seneca Lake. You can cast a line while enjoying the picturesque lush greenery and rocky dissected landscapes, targeting diverse fish populations.

Fishing in Seneca Lake

The Finger Lakes offer prime fishing spots for anglers, and locals are welcoming and ready to share insights on which areas are hot target zones. Seneca Lake is the largest of the Finger Lakes and is renowned for its rolling hills, vineyards and — most important to anglers — an abundance of fish species. 

Typical Seneca Lake Fish Species

Fishing near Watkins Glen can be an anglers' paradise. The 43-acre lake has plenty of species to target. Some of the typical catches include:

  • Lake trout: The deep-dwellers prefer the colder waters, and anglers often target them by trolling downriggers, using flasher-fly or spoons. The deeper regions of the lake offer exciting challenges with impressive sizes of fish. Seneca Lake has a wealth of rainbow and brown trout.
  • Smallmouth bass: You can often find these hard-fighting fish near the rocky shoreline or lake drop-offs. Entice this feisty bass with casting jigs, crankbaits or soft plastics. The region's smallmouth bass are known for their acrobatic fights, making for thrilling fishing adventures.
  • Largemouth bass: These bass varieties are often nestled in the weed beds and submerged vegetation, offering a superb challenge for bass enthusiasts.
  • Northern pike: Another typical fish targeted at Seneca Lake is the northern pike. This species is also known for its aggressive antics and fighting spirit. Anglers of all ages will enjoy the exciting battle these fish offer onlookers. 
  • Yellow perch: The freshwater fish species is perfect for any angler to target, requiring light fishing equipment. Small hooks, bobbers and live bait like minnows or worms are the best tackle.  

Amenities Available at Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake has everything you need for a day of fishing:

  • Marina
  • Boat rentals
  • Boat launch ramp
  • Convenience store
  • Bait and tackle shop
  • Restaurant

Book Your Fishing Adventure in Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA Resort offers you the perfect family vacation. The award-winning campground has various on-site activities and is a mere 10 minutes away from the Seneca Lake boat ramp. 

Stay at one of our Back-In or Pull-Thru RV Sites or bask in the coziness of our Deluxe Cabins.

Book your fishing and camping adventure today.

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