Fishing at Chautauqua Creek, New York State

Information about fishing at Chautauqua Creek, New York State. Find out about special fishing regulations, which fish species are present and exact locations and types of waterbody access.

Fishing spot information


Chautauqua Creek Steelhead Section
Description of Fishery
Chautauqua Creek flows northerly for over 15 miles before entering Lake Erie near Westfield. Each October through April, the creek offers one of the top Lake Erie steelhead runs in western New York. The lower section has long been a steelhead hot spot. Completed in 2012, a fish passage project at the Westfield Water Works Dam now provides steelhead access to an additional 10 miles of stream, winding through a deep, forested gorge. The lowest section of creek also receives runs of Lake Erie brown trout in fall and smallmouth bass in spring. There are a total of 8.5 miles of public fishing rights easements on Chautauqua Creek. A 1.3 mile catch and release only, artificial lures only section is located directly below the Westfield Water Works Dam.
Trout Fishing Regulations
All of Chautauqua Creek (except section below): Trout and salmon; open all year, 12 inch minimum size, daily limit 3 per person. S. Gale Street Bridge upstream 1.3 miles to Westfield Water Works Dam: Trout and salmon; open all year, catch and release, artificial lures only. Check fishing regulation guide for other Great Lakes tributary regu... ... Read more

Fish Species present

Brown Trout

Additional Information

http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/chautauquacreek.pdf

Special Regulations

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31420.html

Types of public access

Shore Fishing - Public Fishing Rights

Public fishing access owner

Public Easement

Additional comments

None

County

Chautauqua

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