Chautauqua Lake is located entirely within Chautauqua County, New York, USA. The lake is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) wide at its greatest width. The surface area is approximately 13,000 acres (53 km2). The maximum depth is about 78 feet (23 m). The shoreline is about 41.1 miles (66 km) of which all but 2.6 mi (4 km) are privately owned. The lake is used primarily for tourism and recreation, mostly boating and fishing. Chautauqua Lake is world known for its excellent muskellunge fishing and sailing as well as for being the home of the world famous Chautauqua Institution.
Chautauqua Lake is on the rise in its crappie cycle. Crappie fishing is the best it has been in several years. At last report, the water temperature was 48 degrees with pockets of warmer water, so crappie fishing should be peaking. Some large crappie have been caught; however, the bulk of the crappie have been in the 81/2-inch to 91/2-inch class. Crappie fishing has been good in the canals and in shallower weed beds. Anglers who prefer to find their own crappie have been quite successful. Bluegill of nice size have been caught in shallow water. Yellow perch fishing has been good in the south end of the lake over rocky points.
The crappie fishing has been slow for this time during the season. Look for the bite to pick up in the upcoming weeks.
The yellow perch has seen more action for anglers working the shoreline along the weeds.
The only reported walleye being caught has been during night fishing.
Crappie action has been sporadic. The perch run is in progress.
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