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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 lake, in the state of New York. 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.
Updated July 11th, 2014
Fishing seems to be more spotty now a days with fewer Walleye being caught, but Walleye are being caught... Or maybe there are fewer fishermen here this week with more vacationers being Happy being here at the Lake, Chautauqua Lake, NY. We're Happy to make You Happy and it seems to be a Good ol Happy Summer going on here at We Wan Chu Cottages and Chautauqua Lake. The Algae Bloom seems to be limited to the lower half of the Lake for now. It usually doesn't make itself up to us here until late August or early September. Remember, Chautauqua Lake is one of if not the cleanest fresh water lakes in all of New York State and algae blooms are common everywhere. The danger comes when the algae bloom is blown into a bay or cove and the first 40, 50 or more feet from shore is the dangerous congested algae bloom which isn't safe for a child or dog to swim in. Once you move out farther into the lake, it seems to be less of a concern as well as being on the side of the lake the wind is blowing from. Just use common sense and swim where it appears to be cleaner. Many of the boaters from the Southern half of the Lake come up to the two Sandy Bottom swim areas that boaters converge on the Northern half of the lake to swim at. One is across the lake from Long Point in front of the woods the Nature Conservancy owns which on a good Summer's day, there are dozens of boats with scantly clad bathing suits adoring the water's landscape. Everyone adjusts and has a Great Time at Chautauqua Lake. The fish are safe to eat too unless there is something I don't know about because they are raised in my opinion, the cleanest freshwater lake in all of New York State. I believe the seasonal algae bloom isn't going to negatively effect the fish here or anywhere with clean fresh waters to grow up and swim in the first place... Enjoy... Peter
Updated June 21st, 2014
Bass & Musky Opens Today... Spectacular June fishing was had by most of our Cottage Guests this past week with Walleyes, good sized Perch and Sunfish being caught by most everyone here as well as a lot of catch and released Bass being caught. I heard the Bass boats early this morning driving down the lake, so chances are some Bass Club is holding a Tournament on the Lake today with more great fishing coming...
Updated June 16th, 2014
Walleye are Back... One of our Cottages that were here last week for the whole week caught 51 Walleyes, 15 of which were keeper size (18"+). They threw back a lot of 17.5", 17.75" and were very pleased to say the least. Sweet... They caught them trolling a crawler rig along the weed lines...
Updated May 22nd, 2014
Wow... Big Fish are being caught by lots of fishermen and fisher women on Chautauqua Lake this week.!!! I have seen 13" to 15" Crappies and have heard about 13" Perch fishing being very strong... Of course, we need to know where they are catching them and all I know, is the majority of the Big Crappies being caught is down at the Southern end of the lake right now.
We have Nick and a group of his friends and family fishing this week in Cottage #s 5 & 6 out of their three Sweet Bass Boats. I kid you not, they are catching and releasing Bass over in Lake Erie 50 TO 75 Bass per Boat per Day and having strong days here on Chautauqua Lake... (they trailer every day to either here on Chautauqua Lake, Lake Eire or today they went to Findley Lake). What a Deal, to be able to fish if you want to drive and trailer around, World Class Fisheries within a half an hour's drive of We Wan Chu Cottages.
Updated May 11th, 2014
Happy Mother's Day!!! Finally the Crappie are Biting pretty darn strong. Yesterday Alans Boat of five fishermen from Cottage # 4 caught and kept 85 keeper Crappies. They promised to e-mail me some pictures, which I will post on our Facebook page as soon there after as I can... July 6 –
Updated April 26th, 2014
The Bite is On!!! Fishing on Chautauqua Lake is off and running with the Ice finally being off. The Crappies are biting Bigtime in the canals and inlets around the Lake along with a few nice sized Perch. It is still too early for Walleye which Opens next Saturday May 3rd, but should usher in a spectacular Spring fishing season of Pan & Walleye fishing and catch and release Bass fishing as well..
Updated April 11th, 2014
Ice is off of Lake Chautauqua... It was off yesterday on the lower half of the Lake and today on the upper half of the Lake after having the ice blown into our Bay last night, for the last blast of the Ice. Saw a bunch of fishermen fishing the canals at the Ashville Bay Marina today while running errands. Not sure if there is a fee or not...
Updated February 19th, 2014
New NYS Fishing license fees which is less expensive and more user friendly. Beginning February 1st, non-resident license fees are $ 10 for a one day fishing license, $ 31 for a weekly license and $ 50 for a yearly license starting from the day you purchase the license for 365 days / one year and not going like before, October 1st - September 31st. Complete information and details are here.
Updated January 8th, 2014
For liability reasons, NOBODY is reporting Ice thickness or Fishing reports during the winter. Not even the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department under "snowmobile safety / NYS Laws and Regulations", will weigh in on ice conditions.
Updated November 3rd, 2013
We Wan Chu Cottages is open from April 24th through October, 2014 with Cottage and Boat rental information at the top Menu bar of this page.
Starting May 1st, 2014 all boat drivers in New York State under 18 will need to have either passed a NYS Safe Boating course, their Home State, a US Power Squadron or US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating course or, have a person 18 or older on board, in so many words...
As I understand this new law, anyone born after May 1st, 1996 will need a Safe Boater's Certificate and anyone born prior to this date will not be required by law yet, to have a NYS or other Safe Boater's Certificate to operate a boat on Chautauqua Lake or any Lake in NYS. Everyone, 14 years of age or older needs a Safe Boater's Certificate to operate a Personal Water Craft / Jet Ski in NYS. Boat Rental liveries will be aloud to rent to a non Certified persons as long as the person is 18 or older and the operator of the boat rental livery or his or her designated agent are the holder of a New York State Safe Boater's Certificate. This as well as a few other, details are here within this new law. We hope to make this as smooth as we can for all of You Boat and Cottage rental customers...
This tragic accident brought public outcry for mandatory Boat Operator licensing in New York State, in so many words...
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 (June 15th, 2013 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 Bestest 16 ft. Lund w/ 8 or 15 H.P. Honda rental boats on the Lake. 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...
Summer 2014: Musky & Bass Fishing is legal beginning on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 with some of the bestest fishing happening from then through mid August. Normally, the earlier in this Season, the lower the weed beds will be making it easier to troll for Muskies or casting for Bass or Muskies. Pan Fishing is still Spectacular and is typically Strong all of We Wan Chu's season (April - November).
"Weeds Walleyes Welaxation"