Fishing Chautauqua Lake New York

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Fishing Chautauqua Lake New York.

Chautauqua Lake

Fish you will find in Chautauqua Lake:

If you are an avid fisherman looking for a new lake to cast your line, Chautauqua Lake just might be for you.
Chautauqua Lake is located in Jamestown New York just east of Erie Pennsylvania and south of Buffalo New York. We have lived here since 1989 and consider this our home.

The lake is known world wide for Muskie fishing. A fresh water North American fish Muskie is the largest member of the pike family.

Chautauqua Lake is also known as one of the best lakes in New York State for Large Mouth Bass.

In 2013 Chautauqua Lake hosted a professional bass tournament, The General Tire Summit Cup.
Some other species of fish that bring many fishermen to Chautauqua Lake are walleye, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, and crappie, along with some yellow perch and blue gill.

Chautauqua Lake Map

Some details about the lake:

  • The lake is 17 miles long and 2 miles wide at its widest point. The lake has 41 miles of shore line where you’ll find many docks. These docks along with the shallow weedy areas create the perfect environment for bass.
  • The Village of Mayville is located at the north end of the lake, and the city of Jamestown at the south end. The basins of the lake are split at the Village of Bemus Point the narrowest part of the lake.
  • The north basin at its deepest is 75 ft with an average depth of 25 ft. The south basin of the lake is much shallower with a maximum depth of 19 ft. and the average depth of 11 ft.
  • In 1888 the Chautauqua Lake Hatchery was the first to set up the culture and management of Muskellunge (Muskie) which continues today along with Walleye.
  • The lakes name comes from the Seneca Nation Indian Tribe, and has several meanings. One translation is “Bag tied in the middle”, and as you can see on the map, the two equal basins with the narrow section in the middle. The other two translations are “Place where Fish are taken”, and “Place of Easy Death”.

Ice fishing is for the brave:

Frozen LakeIce fishing can be great fun at least that is what all of the ice fishermen that I know tell me. These friends of mine can’t wait for the lake to freeze. If you haven’t guessed already, ice fishing is certainly not for me. I’m an all around fair weather fisherman.

While I stay warm my good friend from work supplies me with tasty crappie and walleye fillets in the winter and early spring.

When you look out onto the frozen lake you’ll find many fishing huts on the north basin, these are the anglers fishing for walleye. The north basin is also a great fishing spot for pan fish such as, crappie, and yellow perch.

On south basin you’ll see just as many if not more huts fishing for pan fish such as yellow perch, and crappie.

The lake offers winter access in about six different spots around the lake. With a 17 mile lake you’re sure to find a good spot on the ice.

My Fishing Partners

Fishing is fun with these guys:

Bobby and Tyler fishing

My grandsons; Bobby and Tyler these two guys are my best fishing buddies. We have so much fun fishing the docks of the lake. We’re not catching any trophy fish, but we sure do have fun.

One early evening I remember well, as every time Bobby put his line in the water he caught a fish. We were catching little perch, small mouth bass, and sunfish. I will treasure these memories forever, of the excitement on their faces.

A short video of fishing Chautauqua Lake:



I like to write about things that I know about. My passion for a good cigar, our family recipes, television, movie reviews, travel, and product reviews. The products I review are goods that I own and have used. I’m a Industrial Engineer working in the automotive business. When I’m not working or writing I spend as much time with my beautiful grandchildren as I can, Bobby, Tyler, and Giada. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy 🙂


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