Justin Brewer from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) on the 2017 Chautauqua Lake Walleye Survey.
Hi Peter… November 27th, 2018
I apologize for the delay, I took a few weeks for myself after our fall field season wrapped up. I’m actually trying to finish up the 2018 fall walleye survey writeup as we speak. However, this link below will take you to the 2017 survey summary, which conveys the excitement about the current walleye fishing in the lake…if you want to put it up on the website.
DEC is transitioning into a new system where a “technical brief”, like the one in the link, is produced fairly quickly for every survey and will be posted asap after the survey….giving folks the most up to date info on our fisheries survey. So I will get you the new survey as soon as I wrap it up and get it through the approval process, which will be soon, but the results are similar to 2017 with the added bonus of another very abundant year class.
But until then…as you read in the newsletter paragraph…the walleye numbers continue to be very high, the average size is now over 18 inches, meaning lots of keeper sized walleyes between 17 and 23, and to top it off…we had another near record hatch this past spring. So things are looking good for a long time….
I’ll be in touch when I get the writeup done.
Cheers and have a great day yourself.
Fisheries Technician 1
NYSDEC Region 9
Allegany, NY 14706
2018 Chautauqua Lake Walleye Survey coming any day…