Steuben County has over 120 brooks, creeks and streams, numerous small lakes and four rivers which makes for great fishing.

Bill Banaszewski

Canisteo River 

Whether you prefer using lures, live bait, of trying your hand at fly fishing, the Canisteo River offers a variety of angling options. 

Stocked annually with about 2,700 yearling (8-9 inches) brown trout and 400 two-year-old (12-15 inches) brown trout annually. There are six stocking locations between the Village of Arkport and the City of Hornell. Below Canisteo downstream, “smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye are the main gamefish. Sunfish, brown bullhead, and common carp can also be found in the lower river.”

Trout Fishing
Trout courtesy Bill Banaszewski

The Cohocton River (sometimes spelled Conhocton), a short drive to the east, also has some great fishing holes and is home to some of the best trout fishing around. 

Almond Reservoir

Black crappie, common carp, largemouth bass (in the 15 to 20 inch size range), and yellow perch are found in the reservoir. Ice fishing opportunities exist during most winters.

Black Crappie Fishing
Black Crappie