Chautauqua Lake Fishing Report near Mayville, New York
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I ice fished off the belle. 1/18/2014
by david wahl
on January 19th
7 to 8" of ice. Many perch small a few nice ones. 12 in 2 hours.
Species Caught: Panfish
Air Temp: 12 °F
by J K Johnson
on March 22nd
Catching yellow perch has been effortless this season. However, anglers have to weed through dozens of throw backs for every keeper over 7 inches. Jigs with grubs or vertical spoons/jigs with a small minnow are good bets.
Ice Fishing at Chautauqua Lake
by Tight Lines
on March 9th
My husband, Duane C., sons, Tristan (12) & Quinn (11) myself, Donna all fished perch with rod (light action) and reel ice fishing poles with 4-6lb test depending on the poles, minnows bait. We arrived this morning at 6:30 AM the sun was coming up but the fog was very heavy-10ft visibility. As we had we fished the day and night before, and left our Ice Tent up, we had our holes pre-drilled and were fishing by 7am. We had a real nice run from 7am- 9:30 am. The hut was great to have up already as we encountered heavy fog that left a heavy coat of frost. As the day wore on the sun burned away the fog and we had a lull from 9:30- 11am. After a quick bite for us we were back on pulling perch from 12-5pm with steady action. They were not very large but they were very plentiful. We pulled 75 today. As you should be aware the max is 50 per licensed fishing person. I'm sure we would have hit max but we ran out of bait! It was great action for kids keeping them interested we were in the middle of the boat launch section and chose 6ft from the bottom for depth using bobbers and line markers. Good time all in all
Species Caught: Yellow Perch
Air Temp: 43 °F
Fishing Tips for Chautauqua Lake
by Vince L
on April 16th
If you like fishing lakes with good numbers of muskies that grow bigger than 50 inches,
tons (literally) of panfish, smallmouth bass that average 2-4lbs,
largemouth bass that average 14-18 inches, walleye that average 17-25
inches, and crappies that have a 10 inch minimum that been known to
grow to 18 inches than it might be worth checking out Chautauqua Lake
sometime. The only downside to the fishing here is that recrational
pressure can be quite heavy in the summer. The north end of the lake
is known for being deep and the south end is known for being shallow
and weedy. If you still want to fish here sometime here are a few
fishing tips to help you out.
• Bucktails, crankbaits, and topwaters thrown at the
weedlines/weedflats in the northern part of the lake will work well.
This is a good thing to try after dark in the summer.
• When musky fishing (or when you are fishing for anything else I
guess) try fishing weedless lures in the spots most anglers and boats
wouldn’t dare go.
• If you are after smallmouth bass try fishing the patch of gravel
near the Mayville Landslide Park boat launch.
• If you are looking for nice marble eyes try fishing Whitney Bay.
When the water is cool try fishing the shallows right near the boat
launch. Then, when the water warms up, move out to the drop off. Jigs
tipped with minnows or soft plastics and crankbaits will work nicely
here. If you are catching fish don’t be afraid to move up and down the
shoreline too; it’s all good water.
• The drop offs in Warner Bay are also good places to look for walleye.
• Long Point usually has good fishing for every specie found in the lake.
• Just south of Long Point is Tom Point. By fishing with worms and crawler harnesses early in the year and Hot N Tots latter in the year near the drop offs you can catch lots of nice walleyes.
• Crankbaits and leaches tossed near the weedlines/dropoffs just north of Bemus Point will work for both muskies and crankbaits. Twister tails and crawler harnesses will also work here.
• If you are after panfish try fishing the breaklines in Ashville Bay and the bar nearby.
• Near Greenhurst on the eastern shore there is a rock pile called “The Crib”. Anglers who throw crankbaits here can find both walleyes and muskies on the end of their lines.
• Spinners, live bait, and soft plastics fished in the weeds of Burtis Bay will yield both bass and panfish.
• Good Luck Fishing!
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