Cattaraugus Creek - Steelhead Section About Public Fishing Rights
Cattaraugus Creek Steelhead Section
Description of Fishery From its mouth at Lake Erie upstream 34 miles to the Springville Dam, Cattaraugus Creek supports an outstanding run of Lake Erie steelhead. The Cattaraugus is a large stream, averaging over 100 feet wide and varying from slow water near Lake Erie to boulder filled rapids in the scenic Zoar Valley area. Cattaraugus Creek offers anglers one of the best steelhead fishing opportunities in the eastern United States. Each year from October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend the stream on their migratory mission to spawn on the gravel shoals of the main stream and its tributaries. In addition to steelhead, a fair number of brown trout also run the stream in fall. Virtually all of the lower 14 miles of Cattaraugus Creek are located on the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation. Anglers wishing to fish on the Reservation must purchase a license from the Seneca Nation; however anglers do not need a New York State license on Seneca Nation lands. Over seven miles of the Cattaraugus main stream and South Branch flow through public land on t...
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