Here is a letter we received from Justin Brewer from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) on Lake Chautauqua’s Fishery.

March 15th, 2016

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to forward you some info that you were asking about at the show (WNY Sport & Travel Expo, Hamburg Fairgrounds, March 10th – 13th, 2016).  I’ve attached the most recent Chautauqua Lake fisheries report (2014) that is not yet on the website (don’t know why it isn’t).  I pulled a couple highlights from the discussion section that pertain to the walleye population, but now you have the full report if you want to read into it for more info.  The report covers the entire status of the fishery, walleye, musky, bass, etc.  Also, this is scientific report, so in a nutshell…our surveys show that the walleye population is doing well, and is setting up to be good in the coming years.  Hopefully this helps.

-“The fall catch rate of adult Walleye was down from previous years (Legard 2014) but the catch of young-of-year Walleye was one of the highest on record.” -“The large year class of Walleye produced in 2014 will need to be monitored to determine cohort survival as they age. However, this year class could lead to a large increase in the Walleye population of Chautauqua Lake. The catch rate of Walleye has been increasing since 2005 and has shown a moderate to high population density since that time (Legard 2014).

The increase in Walleye catch rates coincided with a Walleye stocking program in Chautauqua Lake. The lake has been stocked with pond fingerling Walleye since 2003 and was stocked with a combination of pond fingerlings and 50-day fingerlings since 2011.”

It was nice meeting you,

Justin Brewer
Fisheries Technician 1
NYSDEC Region 9
Allegany, NY 14706
(716) 372-0645

Download the 2014 report PDF here: Chautauqua Lake status of fisheries 2014-Legard