Saturday, March 19, 2022

Chautauqua Lake New York Fishing

rainbow over Chautauqua Lake in New York
Chautauqua Lake - Reviewed
If you are an avid fisherman and looking for a new lake to cast your line. Chautauqua Lake just might be the place for you. Come and fish in Chautauqua Lake and you might even see a rainbow or two.

Chautauqua Lake is located in western New York, just east of Erie Pennsylvania, and south of Buffalo New York. The lake is the largest inland lake in western New York. Stretching 17 miles long and 2 miles wide at its widest point, with 42.5 miles of shoreline.

We have lived here since 1989 and consider this our home. We live just two blocks away from the lake and can never get enough of it.

Many fishermen come here to fish for Muskie a North American fresh-water fish, it is the largest fish in the pike family. In the lake, they range from 40 to 50 inches. I've done my share of fishing in Chautauqua Lake, but have never landed a muskie.

Popular Species of Fish in Chautauqua Lake:

  • Muskie
  • Walleye
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • Perch
  • Bluegill 
The north basin of the lake is 75 ft. at its deepest with an average depth of 25 Ft. The south basin is much shallower at 19 Ft. at its deepest with an average depth of 11 Ft. The south basin with its shallow waters and weedy areas make this the perfect environment for bass fishing.

If ice fishing is for you, here in the winter months you will find many colorful fishing huts over the frozen surface of the lake. As for me, you will find me in the house with a warm blanket during the winter. 

There are many fishing tournaments throughout the year at Chautauqua Lake. Click here for a list of the tournaments and much more do here in Chautauqua Lake Region. Then, make your plans,  pack your gear and bring your boat. Maybe I'll see you on the lake.

 Following are some of my recipes for the fresh fish of Chautauqua Lake:

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  1. Sam, Chautauqua Lake sounds like an idyllic spot for fishing enthusiasts (and a picturesque locale for anyone)! How lucky you and Fran are to call this beautiful, scenic place home. I love your photo with the amazing double rainbow!

  2. Love your photos and facts about Chautauqua Lake, Sam. I was born in Canandaigua, NY - the region of one of the Finger Lakes. Love the Iroquois names of so many places, especially the lakes, in New York State.

    I didn't realize Chautauqua Lake was so close to Lake Erie. Lots of water in and around New York State. :)

    Sounds like the fishing is wonderful at Chautauqua Lake. And I'd be over for dinner in a heartbeat for any of your fish recipe meals. Love fresh fish.

  3. Sounds like a beautiful place to live. Thanks for a glimpse into your life!!

  4. Sam, what a lovely place to live, to be able to be so close the water, and such a beautiful lake like chautauqua lake - Mom and dad lived along the St. Lawrence Seaway, and it was an amazing place to grow up by the river like that. Your area looks and sounds so inviting.

  5. We have several fisherman in our family who would, no doubt, love to fish in Chautauqua Lake. Now that our daughter has moved to that area, that will be an even greater inducement for her grandfather, uncles & aunts to cast a line there. While I think I would have to pass on the ice fishing myself, it would be a totally different experience than any of us could have in the south. Sounds like a lot of fun for those who can tolerate the cold. Thanks for the travel recommendation. I assume you would offer your guide services when the family arrives :)

  6. Oh Sam, this is close enough that we could do this for a weekend trip if we planned it right. I love sitting by a lake just enjoying the surroundings and my other half I'm sure would be placing a fishing pole in his hands. Fresh fish is always a treat and this place sounds like a winner for us!


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