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: 2/16/2018 6:49:35 AM By: Dave Barus


    Chautauqua Lake WINTER FISHING REPORT: this has been a year of giant fish from across many species.  Steve Hawkins who runs an annual ice-fishing contest at Captain Bob’s Outdoors in Clarence (716-407-3621) reports that one young angler was fishing off Long Point on Feb. 2 when he caught a huge 3.69 pound lunker crappie, the state record is 3.75 pounds. The angler was dropping lines in 32 fe


    Also in the north basin of Chautauqua, Captain Mike Sperry of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide and Tackle Shop in Lakewood (716-763-2947) also runs a winter walleye contest during February and reports that anglers have been bringing in many good walleye, including some whoppers. This past weekend, Dan Gould landed a 28-1/4 inch walleye that tipped the scale at 10.53 pounds to take the lead in the contest - he was using a J-5 Jigging Rapala. The lures cost around $7 in the store. Sperry added that there is not a big crappie bite in Burtis Bay this year (yet), but the guys have been hooking up with crappie, perch and an occasional giant musky while fishing for walleye.


    Also in the north basin at Mayville with parking in the town park there, Skip Bianco of Hogan’s Hut in Stow (on Route 394 near the Route 86 bridge), reports good bluegill and yellow perch fun for kids of all ages. A little ice jig tipped with a spike grub or mousie grub is turning the trick there. Bianco adds, the walleye anglers fishing off the Prendergast boat launch, are catching good walleye by not fishing too deep, but working the edges of the dormant summer weedline in 12-13 feet of water.


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  • Posted: 9/14/2017 10:28:36 AM By: Andrew Nixon

    Great day of Lake Erie walleye fishing in September, 2016. The crew of Dream Catcher Sportsfishing  took out two members of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers annual conference. 

  • Posted: 8/30/2016 9:54:05 AM By:

    21 pound lake trout caught off Dunkirk Harbor!

  • Posted: 8/30/2016 9:52:30 AM By:

    21 pound lake trout caught off Dunkirk Harbor!

  • Posted: 10/19/2015 2:03:10 PM By:

    October 17,2015 - Pre Icefishing Season!

    Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide and Tackle,LLC.

  • Posted: 8/25/2015 9:37:41 AM By:

    For Ann Gallant from tourchautauqua admin:

    Thank you for your question.  Please visit this link for Alerto Rey, fly fisherman guide.

  • Posted: 8/20/2015 4:55:11 PM By: Ann Gallant

    My husband, brother, sister-in-law and I are thinking about coming up from NC and MD for the fall steelhead run.  The two women are average fly fishers but not as strong at long casts as we would like.  How difficult is the fall Steelhead Fishing?  Are there any guides we should talk too?


    Thank you.  Ann G.

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