Chautauqua Lake Fishing Reports, Information & Tips
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Updated: March 13th, 2018
Chautauqua Lake is a Glacier – Naturally made Lake and is Spring and Artesian well fed along with a few Creeks. It is one of, if not the cleanest fresh water lakes in all of New York State. Approximately 18 miles long and up to 1 & ½ miles wide, with world famous muskie and small mouth bass fishing, as well as really good calico, perch, pan fishing, and walleye fishing.
Chautauqua Lake is about nine miles from Lake Erie and some fantastic Steelhead Creek fishing in the Spring and the late Fall. Although Lake Erie runs into the Atlantic, Chautauqua Lake is on the other side of the continental divide, 750 feet above Lake Erie’s level and its waters run into the Allegheny River going by Pittsburgh, PA, on its way to the Mississippi River and out the Gulf of Mexico. Chautauqua Lake is at the top of the food chain in that it’s waters are the cleanest they will ever be before heading down stream to the Gulf of Mexico.
There is Fantastic sailing weather, water-skiing, and boats of all shapes and sizes which makes Chautauqua Lake already a Favorite of so many…
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE 2018 FISHING REGULATIONS:
Black Bass ( Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass ) Catch and Release only Season starts on December 1st thru the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June. Artificial Lures only.
2018 Walleye Regulations for Chautauqua Lake.
Walleye Season from the 1st Saturday in May – March 15
Min. length = 15″ Daily Limit = 5
Large & Smallmouth Bass Season from the 3rd Saturday in June through November 30
Min. length = 12″ Daily Limit = 5
Muskie Season from the last Saturday in May – November 30
Min. length = 40″ Daily Limit = 1
Perch, Sunfish, Crappie & other Pan Fish Season is All Year…
Crappie is Min. 9” and a Daily Limit of 25 per day
Perch & Sunfish Daily Limit = 50
2018 Fishing Licenses: NEW LICENSE INFORMATION:
Resident = Season = $ 25.00 or a Senior = $ 5.00
Non-resident = Season = $ 50.00 or a Seven Day = $ 28.00 or a
One Day = $ 10.00
2015 Lake Chautauqua Fisheries Report is below.
I spoke with Mike Clancy, our Region # 9 Fisheries person in charge of Chautauqua Lake’s Fishery on March 7th, 2015 at the WNY Sport & Travel Expo. This was the first time I met Mike in person and what a nice guy representing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Adding to the Fall Fish Survey results below for Chautauqua Lake… Mike said, in so many words … That due to last Winter’s heavy Ice coverage and length of coverage that the Walleye spawning hatch in Spring of 2014 led to a record year in Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, across New York State and the North Eastern USA. That this year expects to be very very good for Walleye fishing on Chautauqua Lake, so good that they will probably raise the limit back to 15″ and five a day sooner versus later. I said, “can’t you wait a year or two please” and Mike said no because it will decimate the Pan Fishing. But what Great News on Chautauqua Lake’s Walleye comeback…
Chautauqua Lake 2014 Stocking and 2014 Fall Electro shocking survey News: I spoke with Mike Clancy, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation head fisheries manager for our region and Chautauqua Lake’s fishery: Fall Electro shocking netted the most Walleyes in 20 years in various size ranges, which made the fisheries people really happy. Mike said the Walleyes in the lake are a lot better then they were 10 years ago. NYS has been stocking hard, Walleyes in Chautauqua Lake with 2015 stocking numbers again numbering 250,000 – 50 Day Walleye in the 1.5” – 2” range, many of them from the Oneida Lake fish hatchery, which is big enough not to be eaten by the white bass he said. Bass are all over the lake with huge numbers in the electro shocking this Fall as well, which Mike said shows the lake as a High Quality Bass Fishery which he notes is why national Bass tournaments seek Chautauqua Lake for their tournaments. Mike said the lake is more in Balance now a days with the returning numbers of Walleyes in the past 10 years allowing the growth and return of spectacular Crappie & Pan fishing. Back in the 90s when Walleyes were everywhere, they decimated the Crappies and Pan fishing Mike said, which is now more in balance.
Musky netting in the Spring of 2014 was really good with large numbers of Walleyes being netted as well. Since going to the smaller trap nets in netting Musky for the eggs and sperm several years ago, this year (2014) saw the most Muskies netted with 350 and with three over 50″ all being really healthy, no marks or red spots. Mike said they had never netted a 50″ before.
World Class Bass & Musky Fishing and spectacular Pan fishing are the consistent Fishing on Chautauqua Lake nowadays. From the catch and release Bass Fishing year round to the spectacular Pan fishing in the Spring and late Fall and World Class Musky fishing during the Musky Season with no sign of any let up. On this page, you will find current lake level, seasons and sizes of fishing regulation for Chautauqua Lake and my own Fishing Blog.
In the early Spring or late Fall, World Class Steelhead fishing is going on 13 miles away in the creeks feeding Lake Erie. You have the best of two Fishing Worlds within a walk or short drive. There is a Fall Youth hunting weekend in NYS as well as other youth and parent hunting and fishing weekends meant to teach today’s youth why it is so important to learn the safe way. We will update our Fishing page with these dates and events as we know of them
We do not report on Ice thickness on Chautauqua Lake, nor does the Sheriff’s Department or anyone else for liability reasons.
We Wan Chu Cottages is open from April 27th through October 22nd, 2018 with Cottage and Boat rental information at the top Menu bar of this page.
We see fishing exceptionally well in the Spring because…
1: It is so clear and no or little weeds.
2: The fish are hungry. Many a times a Walleye Fishermen in the Spring catches a Musky more often then a Walleye because Muskies are hungry too and the Muskies don’t know it is not Musky Season (May 28th, 2016 Musky Opens) as well as the waters being so very clear.
3: Cabin Fever: After being cooped up for the Winter, many a Fishermen come to Chautauqua Lake because of the fine eating fish as well as being able to get out on the water. Chautauqua Lake at its worst is maybe three footers. Maybe three and a half footers max. Nothing like waves on one of the Great Lakes or an Ocean.
4: We rent the Best 16 ft. rental boats on Chautauqua Lake with 16 ft. Lund’s w/ 15 H.P. & 20 H.P Honda outboard motors. The most reasonable rental boats along with two nice centric seats…
5: Many a guest do not bring or rent a boat and just Fish off of our huge Dock area which goes from zero to four and a half foot deep but with a decent cast at the end of our Dock, your bait lands in 17 ft. of water. Past the drop off and on the outside of the eventual weed line. Sweet… Nice… Awesome Dock Fishing for the Kids & Family & Friends…
6: As the water warms up, Walleye move into the shallows at night to feed. In the first week fishermen are trolling or casting at night from maybe three to six feet of water. The Walleye are looking for that 55 degree water which warms up closer to shore first. The next week we may find the Walleye at night in six to ten feet of water. It all depends on how the Spring time warms up. And it all happens right in front of our Docks the whole month of May because our Dock lights stay on all night long drawing the fish in for their food… Honestly…
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