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: 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.

  • Posted: 8/18/2015 9:56:13 AM By: ken mcbroom

    Thank you Chautauqua county for a great weekend. Thanks, Cast Away Charters and Capt. Fred Forsythe for finding the walleyes. Thank you, Scott Gould, for showing me that big smallies live in Chautauqua County. Ken McBroom

  • Posted: 8/11/2015 9:33:02 AM By: Joanna Dahlbeck

    My first Walleye!  8lbs - Lake Erie off Dunkirk/Van Buren Point.  With Eerie Eyes Sportfishing - Captain Don Walter 8/5/2015.

  • 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. 

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