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Chautauqua County

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Fishing

Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, Findley Lake, Cassadaga Lakes, and Bear Lake are excellent fishing destinations. Chautauqua Lake was host to the 2013 Major League Fishing General Tire Summit Cup professional bass fishing tournament and boasts a renowned history for muskellunge as well. The Chadwick Bay/Dunkirk Harbor area on Lake Erie was recently named Walleye Capital of the Northeast and also plays host to excellent small mouth bass fishing. Trout and salmon anglers will find the spring and fall runs on the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and 18 Mile Creeks the finest of any of the Great Lakes tributaries. Click here for a 2013 - 2014 New York State Fishing Guide

New Fishing and Hunting License Fee Reductions after 2/1/14

Check out detailed fishing information and maps on the NYS Dept. of Enviromental Conservation website.

Click here for Chautauqua County Fishing Tournaments

Check out iKidsFishing.com for a great kids "Learn to Fish" video.

Help preserve the lakes and fisheries for future generations. Please follow these recommendations while fishing the lakes and waterways in Chautauqua County:

STOP INVASIVE SPECIES: "Hitchhikers", such as Zebra Mussels and Water Chestnuts, are spreading from lake to lake throughout the Northeast. Help keep them out of our waters:

  • Purchase local baitfish approved by the NYSDEC for our lakes.
  • Insepct boats, trailers and equipment to avoid transporting invasive species.
  • Drain water from boats, live wells, bilges and bait buckets before leaving all boat launches.
  • Wash and dry your boat before leaving all boat launches.

DON'T POLLUTE: Every year, truckloads of plastic and glass bottles, food wrappers, snack bags and other refuse wash up on the lakeshore. Help make the lakes beautiful while improving the ecology:

  • Pick up after yourself; don't leave trash behind.
  • Secure loose items in your boat to prevent accidental littering.
  • Properly dispose of septic waste - it feeds the weeds and algae.

BOAT RESPONSIBLY: Have respect for the lake and everyone enjoying it:

  • Abide by posted speed and wake limits to reduce shoreline erosion.
  • Properly maintain your boat and keep paints, solvents, antifreeze, fuel and lubricants out of the water.
Species Season Min Length Daily Limit Habitat Special Regulations
Lake Trout all year 12" 1 Lake Erie  
Trout (brown,brook rainbow) Apr 1- Oct 15 any size 5 in comb. All streams and lakes  
Trout & Salmon all year 12" 3 in comb. Lake Erie  
Large and Smallmouth Bass 3rd Sat in June - Nov 30th 12" 5 All streams and lakes NOTE: Cassadaga Lake-Fish 12"-15" prohibited.
Large and Smallmouth Bass(special early season) 1st Sat in May - 3rd Sat in June 20" 1 Lake Erie ONLY  
Muskellunge 3rd Sat in June - Nov 30 40" 1 All streams and lakes 40" min. for Chautauqua Lake; Lake Erie - 54" min.
Northern Pike 1st Sat in May - Mar 15 18" 5 All streams and lakes Lake Erie - 22" min. NOTE: For Lake Erie only season is 3rd Sat. in June - Nov. 30.
Tiger Muskellunge 3rd Sat in June - Nov 30 40" 1 Findley Lake & Lake Erie  
Alberto Rey, Orvis Guide Service

Alberto Rey, Orvis Guide Service

211 Chestnut Street , Fredonia NY 14063
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a guide to accomodate your needs & choose locations appropriate to your skill level. All equipment, flies and instruction are provided as part of your guide fees.
Barcelona Charters

Barcelona Charters

P.O. Box 498 , Westfield NY 14787
Premier Fishing Charter Services with Captian Brad Smith from Barcelona Harbor (Lake Erie), Westfield, NY.
Barcelona Market & Café

Barcelona Market & Café

8246 Route 5 , Westfield NY 14787
716.326.2920
Fishing licenses, bait and much more. Plus serving genuinely homemade Breakfast & Lunch daily and Dinner served weekends with Fish Fry and Prime Rib on Fridays & Saturdays. Beer & local wines available.
Bear Lake NYSDEC Boat Launch

Bear Lake NYSDEC Boat Launch

Bear Lake Rd , Bear Lake NY 14784
716.792.9754
Public boat launch on Bear Lake with no fee. Hand-launch with plenty of parking space.
Bemus Point NYSDEC Boat Launch

Bemus Point NYSDEC Boat Launch

Lakeside Dr , Bemus Point NY 14712
716.386.4398
Public boat launch, hard ramp surface with no fees, and a large public parking lot with space for 30 cars/trailers. Not recommended for boats over 16 feet. From Rte 430 (Main St) in Village of Bemus Point, turn onto Alburtus Ave, left on Lakeside Ave.
Cassadaga NYSDEC Boat Ramp

Cassadaga NYSDEC Boat Ramp

Dale Drive , Cassadaga NY 14718

Free, Hard surface, public launch on Cassadaga Lake with parking for 20 cars & trailers.
Chautauqua Angling Adventures

Chautauqua Angling Adventures

3389 Bonita Drive , Jamestown NY 14701
Bob Green, your NYS licensed guide has over 40 years of fishing experience. The most recent 25 years have been spent fishing and accumulating knowledge about Chautauqua Lake both as a local resident and as a tournament angler.
Chautauqua Marina

Chautauqua Marina

104 W Lake Rd , Mayville NY 14757
Boat launch with fee. Plus a full service marina offering: Dockage, storage, service and showroom for all the boater needs. We are your full service marina open 7 days a week from 8am - 8pm during the season and offer: New power boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, and fishing boat rentals. We sell our rental fleet at the end of each season. We boast the largest rental fleet in Western New York. All the boaters needs!
Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide and Tackle

Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide and Tackle

P.O. Box 41, Ashville NY 14710
Mike Sperry, is a NYSDEC Licensed Guide who has been fishing the waters of Chautauqua Lake for over 30 years. Guided fishing trips for musky, walleye, bass, panfish. Also, handmade fishing lures are also available.  .
Chautauqua-Prendergast Pt. NYSDEC Launch

Chautauqua-Prendergast Pt. NYSDEC Launch

Prendergast Point , Chautauqua NY 14722

Free, hard-surface public launch on Chautauqua Lake with large parking facilities for 50 cars and trailers.
City Pier Park - Dunkirk Harbor

City Pier Park - Dunkirk Harbor

Central Avenue & Route 5 , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
Located on the lakefront of Lake Erie, this city park is open all year for fishing, boat launch, picnic facilities. Home to the Boardwalk Marketplace
Dan Reed Pier Park

Dan Reed Pier Park

8204 E. Lake Road Barcelona Harbor, Westfield NY 14787
716.326.6633
Public park & boat launch on Lake Erie offers fishing, boat launch, picnic tables, and world famous sunsets. Parking for 85 cars with trailers and 36 cars
Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association

Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association

7 Newton St , Silver Creek NY 14136
27 Coast Guard licensed and insured Charter Boats for diving and fishing on the eastern basin of Lake Erie, the upper Niagara River and Chautauqua Lake.
Findley Lake Launch Ramp

Findley Lake Launch Ramp

Route 430 , Findley Lake NY 14736
716.769.7231
Boat launch is available to the public on Monday through Friday only.
Hanover Town Boat Launch

Hanover Town Boat Launch

1053 W Erie St , Irving NY 14081
Located on Cattaraugus Creek in Sunset Bay off Ann Street, the boat launch opens for weekends in May and everyday (7a.m to 7p.m.)during the summer months of June, July, and August. The season continues on weekends throughout the fall as weather and Lake Erie conditions permit. Restrooms and picnic tables available.
Hogans Hut

Hogans Hut

3503 Old Bridge Rd., P. O. Box 65, Stow NY 14785-0009
716.789.3831
www.hogans-hut.com
The One-Stop General Store! Hogans Hut Bait & Tackle and Hunting & Fishing Licenses. Plus Groceries, Gas, and a full deli, subs, hot and cold sandwiches, meat and cheese by the pound.
iKidsFishing

iKidsFishing

4442 West Lake Road P.O. Box 65, Chautauqua NY 14722
A Kids’ Fishing Show starring Kids teaching Kids and You "How to Catch Fish".  The 1st Kids’ Fishing Show in the USA available on DVD showing kids and adults how easy and inexpensive it is to take kids fishing, using inexpensive poles & reels while fishing from public access areas on lakes, docks or harbors.  
Lakewood Community Park & Launch

Lakewood Community Park & Launch

531 E.Terrace Avenue , Lakewood NY 14750
716.763.8557
Boat dock, launch, covered picnic pavilion & tables. Large parking area and Dog Park
Long Point State Park Marina

Long Point State Park Marina

4459 Route 430 , Bemus Point NY 14712
Located on Chautauqua Lake -The park's boat launch is the most modern on Lake Chautauqua, which, at 1,308 feet above sea level, is one of the highest navigable bodies of water in North America. The lake has a plentiful supply of bass, perch, pike and other types of fish, but fishermen come to Chautauqua to fish for muskellunge.
Lucille Ball Memorial Park

Lucille Ball Memorial Park

21 Boulevard Ave , Celoron NY 14720
716.487.4175
A public boat launch and docks, park with playground, picnic tables & shelter, ball field and home port to the Summer Wind Lake Cruises in the village park located in Lucy's hometown.
Mayville Lakeside Park

Mayville Lakeside Park

Route 394 PO Box 188, Mayville NY 14757
716.753.2125
Located on Chautauqua Lake, a public boat launch, boat ramp & plenty of parking. Plus with a pavilion, lighted tennis courts, swimming beach, bathhouse, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, shuffleboard, and a ball field as well as a new children's playground.
McCrea Point Park

McCrea Point Park

14 Jones & Gifford Ave , Jamestown NY 14701
716.483.7523
Southernmost public boat launch in the outlet on Chautauqua Lake. Picnic pavilion & tables and Playground. Great location for fishing from shore.
Milt the Talking Musky

Milt the Talking Musky

P. O. Box 501 , Chautauqua NY 14722
Chautauqua Lake's favorite Musky... teaches kindergarten through second grade Sight Words through storytelling, coloring pages, and my Sing Along Song DVD with highlighted text and lyrics.
Muddy Creek Fishing Guides

Muddy Creek Fishing Guides

Chautauqua Lake , Chautauqua NY 14722
Fishing Guide Service for Chautauqua Lake Musky Trips. Our boats are fully equipped with updated electronics, fish handling tools, and safety equipment. We will provide all appropriate bait and tackle for your trip. Fully Licensed by  NYSDEC, fully Insured and handicap accessible.
Sunset Bay-Hanover NYSDEC Boat Launch

Sunset Bay-Hanover NYSDEC Boat Launch

12973 Alleghany Rd , Irving NY 14081
Boat Launching includes over 30 foot boats, row boats, kayaks, john boats, etc. plus daily and seasonal dock rentals, and overnight dock rental

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