Fishing In Chautauqua County

Go fishing on five lakes and numerous waterways in Chautauqua County, including western New York’s largest inland lake and a 50-mile shoreline of Lake Erie where deep water fishing yields trophy size walleye and smallmouth bass. The inland lakes, Chautauqua, Cassadaga, Findley and Bear, are exceptional for walleye, bass, muskellunge and pan fish. Come spring and fall, anglers from the northeast and Canada head to Steelhead Alley, the tributary streams that feed Lake Erie, for the challenge of fly fishing.

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  • Posted: 7/21/2015 2:39:56 PM By: Joanna Dahlbeck

    Don't worry, be crappy!

  • Posted: 6/24/2015 3:23:04 PM By: Andrew Nixon

    Consider going on a charter with one of the members of the Eeastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. It's like deep sea fishing on the Lake Erie--great walleye, bass, and perch. 

  • Posted: 6/24/2015 2:50:24 PM By: Andrew Nixon

    Be sure to take advantage of New York's "Free Fishing" weekend, 6/27-6/28/2015

  • Posted: 6/10/2015 1:43:29 PM By: Andrew Nixon

    Get ready for the main bass season beginning June 20th. Hopefully many folks took advantage of the special early season between early May and the 3rd Friday in June. 


  • Posted: 6/10/2015 1:40:10 PM By: Donny Kemick

    Bass fishing has been great the past couple of weeks, even though we can't keep them. Wish I could say the same about the walleye!