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Chautauqua Lake Fishing Reports, Information & Tips

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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. 

Chautauqua Lake is about nine miles from Lake Erie and some fantastic Steelhead Creek fishing in the Spring and the late Fall. Although Lake Erie runs into the Atlantic, Chautauqua Lake is on the other side of the continental divide, 750 feet above Lake Erie's level and its waters run into the Allegheny River going by Pittsburgh, PA, on its way to the Mississippi River and out the Gulf of Mexico. Chautauqua Lake is at the top of the food chain in that it's waters are the cleanest they will ever be before heading down stream to the Gulf of Mexico.

There is Fantastic sailing weather, water-skiing, and boats of all shapes and sizes which makes Chautauqua Lake already a Favorite of so many


Grizzly Gary's Radio Talk Show

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

NY State Fishing Licenses at Hogan's Hut

NY State Fishing License Online

Mike Sperry Fishing Guide & Bait & Tackle Store

Chautauqua Lake water level = normal = 1308.2 ft. above sea level.

Lakefront Land For Sale


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Chautauqua Lake 10 Day Weather


Updated October 12th, 2014

Fishing is Super Strong... Good size perch and pan fishing is being caught by so many of our Guests as well as lots of Walleye and Musky being caught or caught and released too. I myself will be going fishing this afternoon hoping to put some nice slabs into the freezer for the Winter. 16 ft. Lund Boat rentals with 15 H.P. Hondas are still available daily after 7:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. for $ 85 + security through October 24th... Enjoy...


Updated September 16th, 2014

Fishing was very strong this past weekend with good size perch and pan fishing. One of our guests caught and released on Sunday, two muskies and raised four more, Oh My... With colder nights here for the Fall, Fishing sure has a nice bite going on...


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 Alan's 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...


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.

  • Chautauqua Lake Fish Hatchery 2013 Stocking and 2013 Fall Electro shocking survey News:  I spoke with Mike Clancy, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation head fisheries manager for our region and Chautauqua Lake’s fishery: Fall Electro shocking netted strong Walleye sizes in various size ranges, which made the fisheries people really happy. Mike said the Walleyes in the lake are a lot better then they were 10 years ago. NYS has been stocking hard, Walleyes in Chautauqua Lake with 2014 stocking numbers approaching 250,000 pond raised in the 1.5” – 2” range, many of them from the Oneida Lake fish hatchery, which is big enough not to be eaten by the white bass he said. Bass are all over the lake with huge numbers in the electro shocking this Fall as well, which Mike said shows the lake as a High Quality Bass Fishery which he notes is why national Bass tournaments seek Chautauqua Lake for their tournaments. Mike said the lake is more in Balance now a days with the returning numbers of Walleyes in the past 10 years allowing the growth and return of spectacular Crappie & Pan fishing. Back in the 90s when Walleyes were everywhere, they decimated the Crappies and Pan fishing Mike said, which is now more in balance. Musky trapping nets in the Spring was really good with large numbers of Walleyes being netted as well. Muskie stocking numbers into Chautauqua Lake October 7th – 11th, 2013 = 19,870 Musky pond fingerlings averaging 8.5”…!! So by the sounds of it from the NYS DEC, Chautauqua Lake is and continues to be a World Class Fishery.
  • World Class Bass & Musky Fishing and spectacular Pan fishing are the consistent Fishing on Chautauqua Lake nowadays. From the catch and release Bass Fishing year round to the spectacular Pan fishing in the Spring and late Fall and World Class Musky fishing during the Musky Season with no sign of any let up. On our “Chautauqua Lake Fishing Information” tab of our website, you will find current lake level, seasons and sizes of fishing regulation for Chautauqua Lake and my own Fishing Blog. In the early Spring or late Fall, World Class Steelhead fishing is going on 14 miles away in the creeks feeding Lake Erie. You have the best of two Fishing Worlds within a walk or short drive. There is a Fall Youth hunting weekend in NYS as well as other youth and parent hunting and fishing weekends meant to teach today’s youth why it is so important to learn the safe way. We will update our Fishing page with these dates and events as we know of them.


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.


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).




Black Bass
( Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass ) Catch and Release only Season starts on December 1st thru the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June. Artificial Lures only.

Walleye Season from the 1st Saturday in May – March 15
Min. length = 18"                   Daily Limit  = 3

Large & Smallmouth Bass Season from the 3rd Saturday in June through November 30
Min. length = 12"                   Daily Limit  = 5

Muskie Season from the 3rd Saturday in June – November 30
Min. length = 40"                   Daily Limit  = 1

Perch, Sunfish, Crappie & other Pan Fish Season is All Year... 

Crappie is Min. 9” and a Daily Limit of 25 per day

Perch & Sunfish Daily Limit = 50

2014 Fishing Licenses: NEW LICENSE INFORMATION:
Resident = Season = $ 25.00 or a Senior = $ 5.00
Non-resident = Season = $ 50.00 or a Seven Day = $ 31.00 or a One Day = $ 10.00




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South Basin:


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8-inch, 8-ounce caught and released Perch by Justin Wiemer

49-inch, 34-pound Musky caught and
released by Bret Apthorpe