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Title: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Dec 05, 2010, 05:53 PM
 Whats the best prediction for ice on Chautauqua? Any guesses?
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Post by: MILLERMANKT on Dec 05, 2010, 09:06 PM
Jan. 3rd.     
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Post by: Nick94 on Dec 06, 2010, 12:07 AM
thats a big lake, may take a while. but i don't know it too well
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Post by: icefishingking89 on Dec 06, 2010, 07:14 AM
if the weather stays cold, it should be about the week of x - mas, maybe the week after. there was plenty of ice and snow last year in January.
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Post by: wantnwallies on Dec 06, 2010, 08:20 AM
If the snow stays off it might not be to much longer! Mayville is usually the first to freeze!!!!
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Post by: nateG on Dec 06, 2010, 01:57 PM
I'm hoping for Christmas week, I'll be down that way anyhow. The wife might not like it if it's that week though  ;D
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Post by: silvercreeker on Dec 06, 2010, 08:56 PM
Last year I was on Burtis Bay with 5" of ice on new years eve.  It cold out tonight, just gotta stay cold ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: trebblehook on Dec 07, 2010, 08:00 PM
Lets hope its early! I fished Cuba Lake last year on Dec. 24. Had 3'' of clear black ice, and limited out on 11'' calicos.
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Post by: lovetoshoot on Dec 08, 2010, 07:24 PM
The key will be how much snow it gets after it starts to freeze. We would of had 20 inches last year if the snow hadn't caused the slushfest.
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Post by: Hunter44 on Dec 09, 2010, 08:07 AM
Sooner the better I can't wake :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: hunterdeneugene on Dec 09, 2010, 12:22 PM
Last night and this morning I drove over the bridge and it is locked up from Bemus Bay to the outlet.  If it stays cold and we don't get alot of snow the next few days, it is supposed to be a high of 17 on Mon and 18 on Tue, I wouldn't be surprised to see guys fishing in Burtis Bay mid week next week.  I'm not in that much of a hurry, but after late muzzleloader season would be cool....
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Post by: mikeymjr23 on Dec 09, 2010, 12:40 PM
Denny, let us know if you take a swim!
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Post by: waltergirl on Dec 09, 2010, 01:50 PM
Im excited to Ice Fish this year cause spring and summer or fall didnt have much luck  :%$#!:and we usually do pretty well ice fishing  = ] WALTERRRRR HERE I COME  :thumbsup:
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Post by: icekid1891 on Dec 09, 2010, 02:12 PM
Im excited to Ice Fish this year cause spring and summer or fall didnt have much luck  :%$#!:and we usually do pretty well ice fishing  = ] WALTERRRRR HERE I COME  :thumbsup:
do you catch any walters on chautauqua i am trying for them this year any pointers would help
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Post by: waltergirl on Dec 12, 2010, 02:42 PM
Im a newbie too ..so i dont have many pointers sorry ...i usually call the bait shop see what people are catching and using  :P and also when i caught my walleye it was at night time  but good luck and stay warm  ;)
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Post by: sfirkbass on Dec 12, 2010, 05:38 PM
Hey guys keep me posted on the ice shape and If you see any guys out there
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Post by: OneBucketMike on Dec 12, 2010, 06:10 PM
Im a newbie too ..so i dont have many pointers sorry ...i usually call the bait shop see what people are catching and using  :P and also when i caught my walleye it was at night time  but good luck and stay warm  ;)

Be careful with that bait shop advice. I find from them that the fish are always biting on what they are selling!!!!   Cya....
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Post by: lovetoshoot on Dec 14, 2010, 06:43 AM
I need to get my post count up.  I had to sign up as lovetoshoot because something was to messed up to get my other ID to work.  So I'll chime in here on this topic of the bait shops.  For ice conditions and basic fish reports the shops in the area do a great job.  I have never felt pressured into buying what anyone else was using and the safety of true ice reports from the Happy Hooker are a bonus!  Those folks are more interested in the safe return of all their customers than their own profit.  I for one enjoy stopping there even after I'm done fishing.  Dec.27th is looking like my first trip to the Happy Hooker. See you soon Brian and Lisa!
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Post by: Doubles Shooter on Dec 14, 2010, 07:53 AM
I'm planning a mid winter road trip this season and Chautauqua is at the top of the list. Are there any motels/cabins on the lake where a person could just run the snowmobile from the motel to the lake? It would be nice to just hop on and ride out versus trailering it to the lake.
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Post by: burkley on Dec 14, 2010, 01:38 PM
webs is right along lake in good area and snowmobile access. Ice is on now! was there yesterday. not much snow on it because of wind.. temps have been below 17 for 2 days, ice should be good.
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Post by: nateG on Dec 15, 2010, 01:02 PM
+1 on the Happy Hooker, always treat me well.

I was just looking on reports page and 6-7 in was reported at Burtis. I'll be down that way for Christmas and looking to get out on the 27th....Game on  ;D

Going to be nice to go from the woods straight to the ice!
Title: Re: Chautauqua ice fishing B.S.
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Dec 16, 2010, 12:08 PM
It would be nice if we could keep the "Who's Going and How's the Ice?"questions in here.  It would be a shame if the Chautauqua Lake Reports and Conditions Thread got locked again because we couldn't follow a few simple rules.

Stay on top everyone........
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Post by: lovetoshoot on Dec 18, 2010, 07:21 PM
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Post by: Game Hog on Dec 19, 2010, 09:38 AM
Did someone mention GAME ON !!!  Will go around this week tapping some holes.  Be safe out there everyone.
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Post by: marcus on Dec 19, 2010, 11:30 AM
would have tried mayville but I was alone. fished  burtis water is very dirty slow fishing gonna get back at it in a few. Was hoping to find  someone to come out and explore a bit but no takers. walked out to the end of the ice rink in mayville and the ice was definately  getting thinner, but I bet with a brass set and a spud bar it would be fishable. maybe someone will come through and at least spot me while I check. I do not want to be alone while I check.
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Post by: Z-Ray on Dec 19, 2010, 04:42 PM
would have tried mayville but I was alone. fished  burtis water is very dirty slow fishing gonna get back at it in a few. Was hoping to find  someone to come out and explore a bit but no takers. walked out to the end of the ice rink in mayville and the ice was definately  getting thinner, but I bet with a brass set and a spud bar it would be fishable. maybe someone will come through and at least spot me while I check. I do not want to be alone while I check.
Marcus i cant fish till sunday the 26th. My good friend haus & I would like to meet you. If you dont find someone to go with ya by then let me know. My wife bought me a side image for the boat this year . I have a few spots marked on the GPS not to far from shore in mayville. I want to see if the fish are hanging there.
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Post by: marcus on Dec 19, 2010, 06:19 PM
Z-ray I am always down to fish and I see no reason the ice wont be good by then.  Ended up in Burtis for the afternoon did alright  bluegills couple crappies   nice to be out there someone  had a sled out there today.
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Post by: ny_angler on Dec 19, 2010, 06:31 PM
hey marcus ... havent seen ya post in a while ....looking forward to a few more trips out this year ... hope to see you and the guys some weekend ... got a fresh batch of radiator fluid bottled up  ;)
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Post by: marcus on Dec 19, 2010, 07:24 PM
Mike let me know when you plan on coming down any weekend day or night I will be fishing .
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Post by: icekid1891 on Dec 20, 2010, 02:16 PM
Hey marcus I am willing to go out and wander...where did you find the crappies on burtis?
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Post by: marcus on Dec 20, 2010, 05:09 PM
hard to pinpoint but inside the crowd not far off the main path. Other's were catching them in other areas also pretty  sure it is all about the same in the entire area. Work calls during the week for me so I am sure by the time I can get back at it I wont be the first.
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Post by: dml78 on Dec 21, 2010, 09:56 AM
Anyone getting crappies at night in Burtis?
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Post by: mikeymjr23 on Dec 22, 2010, 09:37 AM
Sure am hoping to get back up home to get out on the ice of Chautauqua this year!
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Post by: marcus on Dec 22, 2010, 09:52 PM
mikey why wouldnt you? I hope to seee you on the ice again this year. Alot more fish to catch
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Post by: Ice Blaster on Dec 23, 2010, 07:59 AM
Was thinking of trying Burtis sunday never fished that end of the lake, would like to know if across from the community park lot if the lot across the street (lake side) is the access point to the lake do not want to be walking on private property.A heads up would be greatly appreciated thanks.              Tight Lines  :thumbsup:   
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Post by: nateG on Dec 23, 2010, 08:21 AM
Yes, directly across the street is the access point.
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Post by: mikeymjr23 on Dec 23, 2010, 09:04 AM
mikey why wouldnt you? I hope to seee you on the ice again this year. Alot more fish to catch

Marcus, I moved to Philadelphia in July.  Lots of fishing down here, but just isn't the same as Chautauqua.  I will be coming home at least once or twice to get on the ice...hopefully!
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Post by: Ice Blaster on Dec 23, 2010, 09:15 AM
Yes, directly across the street is the access point.
  Thank You         Tight Lines :thumbsup:
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Post by: marcus on Dec 23, 2010, 01:31 PM
mikey I sure hope you can get back here for a few ice trips make sure to let me know. Blaster you ready for a new year on the ice, hopefully it doesn't start like the last one ended :o     I'll be down early am tomorrow.
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Post by: mikeymjr23 on Dec 27, 2010, 11:53 AM
Will be sure to let you know, Marcus!
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Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Dec 29, 2010, 01:15 PM
Just walked out of Chautauqua Shores onto the lake. There are a couple huts and a couple bucket dwellers fishing off of the Bell Tower, also a couple huts off of Penergast Point. One of the huts looked to be fishing out towards the middle of the Lake. Conditions look great but I didn't drill any holes yet. I went out to retrieve 3 Bud long neck bottle that someone had thrown onto the ice  :%$#!: :%$#!:. This really bothers me because this is an area where lots of people swim in the summer right around the docks! Grrrrrrrrrr
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Post by: trebblehook on Dec 29, 2010, 05:30 PM
Good job Dawg! It's ashame that we have to clean up after others!
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Post by: Game Hog on Dec 29, 2010, 06:58 PM
Was out on the north end this am.  Ice was about 5".  Few spooky spots where there are pressure cracks.  Carfull out there, everyone.
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Post by: C-Bisket on Dec 29, 2010, 09:51 PM
Was out on the north end this am.  Ice was about 5".  Few spooky spots where there are pressure cracks.  Carfull out there, everyone.

... thanks for the scoop Travis -- I'll be makin' the first run at it Tommarow at sun-up ... basically making the rounds -- wet a line ... blow the Cobs out a little ... catch fish !
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Post by: fishfry95 on Dec 30, 2010, 10:26 AM
Anyone headed there tomorrow I can't decide between burtis or mayville . i'll be by myself don't know if I want to chance mayville by myself
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Post by: pshootr on Dec 30, 2010, 01:32 PM
be careful!!! over 40 degrees tmro! :)
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Post by: RJex77 on Dec 30, 2010, 03:21 PM
Please pick up your garbage at the bell tower,  They didn't want to give us access at the end of last season.......If people leave garbage out there it is going to ruin it for the rest of us...................T hanks Everyone!!!!!
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Post by: Ice26 on Dec 30, 2010, 08:19 PM
Is parking still permitted at the bell tower this year???
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Post by: trebblehook on Dec 30, 2010, 08:25 PM
I believe at this moment it is, but if it gets abused again, with trash everywhere, then it may get shut down!
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Post by: Ice26 on Dec 30, 2010, 08:29 PM
It only takes a few to ruin it for everyone, you brought it take it home.....
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Post by: spotail on Dec 30, 2010, 08:33 PM
I fished mayville last night. Ice thickness varies from spot to spot.  I cut threw 5 inches in one spot, but most places were still only 3-3.5" thick.  There is a few pressure cracks to worry about as well.  Fishing was better than average for perch and gills, but I think a little early for the real hot calico bite.

In regard to the bell tower:  This is were I caught my biggest and best catches of perch last year and I hope it doesn't get taken away from us. Please gentlemen pick up your trash and any other debris you see laying around.  I have also heard that the residents are concerned about ruts in the grass from people parking as well.  So watch the tires when you are parking and leaving.  The access is great at the bell tower and I don't want to see it ruined. 
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Post by: pete/ny on Dec 30, 2010, 08:36 PM
Is parking still permitted at the bell tower this year???
   Read my earlier post on this.
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Post by: trebblehook on Dec 30, 2010, 08:46 PM
Refer to ''Take The Pledge'' thread. We can all help our own cause!
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Post by: waltergirl on Dec 31, 2010, 09:03 AM
If I see PEOPLE leave without taking there Garbage with them Im gonna write down Liscense plates cause I asked the GAME WARDEN about it.... >:(
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Post by: thegoods on Dec 31, 2010, 01:12 PM
I agree... DEC loves to write tickets like that and would have no problem taking those types of complaints.  We need to preserve this area so i'm not forced to bring my wheeler every weekend.  ;D
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Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 01, 2011, 11:00 AM
Just wondered how things are holding up in Mayville.  I guess if it was spotty last night it may be very spotty today.  I'm always super careful this early but it may be getting to the point where its just not safe. Theres cold air behind all this rain which should make for some good ice in a couple days.
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Post by: marcus on Jan 01, 2011, 11:02 AM
mayville would be sketchy at best, why not go to lakewood? I am sure the ice is still fine there. I was at Long Point last night and the ice was 5" maybe a little more mostly clear, if I was fishing I would feel comfortable there.
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Post by: hard4ice on Jan 01, 2011, 08:30 PM
hey marcus.   you think long point would be ok by sunday morning?  just afraid of what the rain has done to it.
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Post by: eddiew_29 on Jan 01, 2011, 10:18 PM
the rain did deplete the ice everywhere some guys. use your own caution
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Post by: chris steel on Jan 01, 2011, 10:55 PM
nelson that you. Well anyways if not. Just look out from maple to the right a little and you will see everyone. That is it. It is one of the deepest spots in the lake.
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Post by: JJex on Jan 01, 2011, 11:11 PM
Nelson is my cousin, He and I fished Maple Springs last season, caught lots of fish about 50 fow. several huts around us so I assume we were fishing the aquarium.   Thanks
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Post by: chris steel on Jan 01, 2011, 11:13 PM
that is right. We talking about nelson that lives in lockport?
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Post by: JJex on Jan 01, 2011, 11:16 PM
Yep, were cousins
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Post by: JJex on Jan 01, 2011, 11:18 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee54%2Fcaptjjex%2FNelsonChataquaLake.jpg&hash=42f932d0c7a45e4ea501fb77039ac118)Nelson
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Post by: chris steel on Jan 01, 2011, 11:50 PM
that would be him. Heading out tm. Which means we will be hooking up next week to fish. You up for a night time crappie trip? More than welcome to tag along next week. Looking like a Thursday night right now unless my schedule changes
?
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Post by: JJex on Jan 02, 2011, 12:57 AM
Friday night would be better for me, Ill see what nelsons up to and get back to you
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Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 02, 2011, 10:23 AM
Is this an online dating site where people don't know how to use the private message function??  Ice in mayville was fine last nite as long as you walked out on the snowmobile trail.  Perch were annoyingly active till dark.  Water was muddy on the south side of the trail.  Very slow and lite nite bite.  the ice should be awsome in a couple days if not too much snow.  Strap on the hockey skates.
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Post by: JoeM on Jan 02, 2011, 12:24 PM
Anyone heading to the lake tomorrow? I have the day off of work, and was hoping to get in some fishing time if the ice is still in decent shape.
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Post by: nateG on Jan 03, 2011, 09:45 AM
Where's the pictures of the Chautauqua lake JUMBO's??? I have read on the reports page of 11"-13" perch this year...
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Post by: hibey on Jan 03, 2011, 10:40 AM
 i am trying to download a couple of pictures of 5 11-13" perch i caught at long point yesterday. they are definately out there this year. biggest for me last year was around 11" but that was rare. this year my brother and i (mostly him) have been getting alot more 10 " and above. good luck.
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Post by: thegoods on Jan 03, 2011, 11:17 AM
Not to say your not telling the truth but everytime i hear someone on chautauque say they got a "Jumbo" they all look the same which is about 9 inches.   Are these 11-13 inch fish really that length and hows the girth(fat guys)?  When i hear jumbo i'm thinking of the quality and size of perch caught through the ice on lake erie which are like little walleye.
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Post by: dml78 on Jan 03, 2011, 12:19 PM
Anyone picking up any walleye at the bell tower?
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Post by: hibey on Jan 03, 2011, 12:56 PM
these are definately not lake erie perch but i wouldnt eat anything out of that cesspool anyways. they are not overly wide but  chautauqua has alot of smaller perch so getting some over 11" is a treat. like i said before, if i can figure out how to download with this  darn camera, i will post pictures. i would love to see some huge perch be pulled out of chautauqua like we used to catch at lake simco in canada but it is still great fishing.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 03, 2011, 04:28 PM
Nothing in Chautauqua is ever going to compare to great lakes perch.  Its like trying to compare the sand traps at Moon Brook CC with the dunes in the Gobi desert.  Ever notice how a goldfish in a small fish bowl will stay small and one in a 50 gallon aquarium will get twice the size of the same species in the small bowl?  There definitely are some "big" perch in Chautauqua. 12-13"...absolutely.  Just have to find them.  Will they ever stack up with Great Lakes perch?? NOpE!  But as far as good eating fish that won't make you glow or your kids come out with webbed feet, come on down and fill a bucket up with 10 inchers from chuatauqua. There's plenty.  Bring the wife and kids. Get your bait from the Happy Hooker, have a beer at Southern Tier Brewing Company, and have lunch at Tom's Tavern or Guppies.  Just pick up your trash, tip your servers and/or bartenders, be safe and have fun.
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Post by: newiceking on Jan 03, 2011, 07:11 PM
Nothing in Chautauqua is ever going to compare to great lakes perch.  Its like trying to compare the sand traps at Moon Brook CC with the dunes in the Gobi desert.  Ever notice how a goldfish in a small fish bowl will stay small and one in a 50 gallon aquarium will get twice the size of the same species in the small bowl?  There definitely are some "big" perch in Chautauqua. 12-13"...absolutely.  Just have to find them.  Will they ever stack up with Great Lakes perch?? NOpE!  But as far as good eating fish that won't make you glow or your kids come out with webbed feet, come on down and fill a bucket up with 10 inchers from chuatauqua. There's plenty.  Bring the wife and kids. Get your bait from the Happy Hooker, have a beer at Southern Tier Brewing Company, and have lunch at Tom's Tavern or Guppies.  Just pick up your trash, tip your servers and/or bartenders, be safe and have fun.
:thumbsup: Amen! Hats off to you Panamanica!!! :clap:
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Post by: Instantperception on Jan 03, 2011, 07:30 PM
Nothing in Chautauqua is ever going to compare to great lakes perch.  Its like trying to compare the sand traps at Moon Brook CC with the dunes in the Gobi desert.  Ever notice how a goldfish in a small fish bowl will stay small and one in a 50 gallon aquarium will get twice the size of the same species in the small bowl?  There definitely are some "big" perch in Chautauqua. 12-13"...absolutely.  Just have to find them.  Will they ever stack up with Great Lakes perch?? NOpE!  But as far as good eating fish that won't make you glow or your kids come out with webbed feet, come on down and fill a bucket up with 10 inchers from chuatauqua. There's plenty.  Bring the wife and kids. Get your bait from the Happy Hooker, have a beer at Southern Tier Brewing Company, and have lunch at Tom's Tavern or Guppies.  Just pick up your trash, tip your servers and/or bartenders, be safe and have fun.

Right On!          :thumbsup:   Tom's Tavern is great......love the popcorn and wings..   
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: thegoods on Jan 04, 2011, 07:49 AM
I hear ya. Trust me no offense to chautauqua at all.   Looking forward to hitting up the hardwater all weekend. Has anyone been out today?  Wondering how the ice is looking toward longpoint way.  And could anyone give any pointers on how to catch a crappie through the ice?  I've been up and down that lake all last year... day and night and have never got a nibble.  Not sure if they don't like minnows in the winter or what.

Guppies is a solid place for some grub and a beer at lunch time..ha
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: waltergirl on Jan 04, 2011, 09:07 AM
Not to say your not telling the truth but everytime i hear someone on chautauque say they got a "Jumbo" they all look the same which is about 9 inches.   Are these 11-13 inch fish really that length and hows the girth(fat guys)?  When i hear jumbo i'm thinking of the quality and size of perch caught through the ice on lake erie which are like little walleye.
Sorry but when i went to lake erie I only caught perch the size of my middle finger I dont waste my time with that Lake We usually do 100 times better at Chautauqua...Which I have brought home Nice Walleyes from   ;D where on Lake erie do you fish maybe its the spots we choose
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: thegoods on Jan 04, 2011, 09:17 AM
Go about 4 to 5 miles out of sturgeon point if you can get past the shove ice... Try to get to 50 to 60 ft.   To bad its about a 5 day window every year and you risk your life everytime.   Just wait with a wheeler for the old guys to go out and follow them.  hahahah. But when your pulling buckets of fish from 13 to 16 inch range it seems worth it.  I do better on chautauqua to but can't keep away from the lake erie jumbos when its safe enough, which didn't happen last year.  Friends of mine tried to get out to the deep waters and almost went down with there bikes.  Actually they got lucky to get um out after the back end broke thru.  But enough lake erie talk
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Post by: hard4ice on Jan 04, 2011, 12:21 PM
I hear ya. Trust me no offense to chautauqua at all.   Looking forward to hitting up the hardwater all weekend. Has anyone been out today?  Wondering how the ice is looking toward longpoint way.  And could anyone give any pointers on how to catch a crappie through the ice?  I've been up and down that lake all last year... day and night and have never got a nibble.  Not sure if they don't like minnows in the winter or what.

Guppies is a solid place for some grub and a beer at lunch time..ha
i've been trying to catch crappie too with no luck. yet i keep hearing people getting near limits.... i think it just may be another best kept secret along with walleye
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: flybuster on Jan 04, 2011, 01:43 PM
I,m heading out tonight, be there around 5:30 anyone going.......or at least a fresh mayville report, pm or post if you want to hook up  "saftey in numbers"
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: nateG on Jan 04, 2011, 03:28 PM
Report back if you can. I'll be out that way Friday night.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 04, 2011, 06:29 PM
Like anything, mostly the combination of specific locations at specific times is what results in limits of anything on the ice for. Figuring out those 2 factors takes individual effort.  Most of this effort is being on the ice and moving around whether its hole to hole in the spot you chose that day or choosing where you go the next day.  For those poor saps who have lots of family and/or employment obligations SOME ice time can be substituted by research or 'book learnin' if you will. "Fishing" for advice on these types of sites is part of that but there are other resources out there. Learn your target species' biology (spawning habits, food preference, seasonal habitat shifts, and native range). Much of this can be found in the publications and research section of you state parallel to the NYS DEC. Besides my awesome family and friends, magazines like the Conservationist (published by NYS DEC) and NY Fur, Fish, and Game helped me evolve into an avid sportsperson.  I like the IShanty community as a general info site.  Ice thickness reports this time of year, snow drift reports later in the year, and general reports on fish activity.  Yeah as far as I know the ice is good at most accesses just stay wide for the creek mouths.  I will never tell you the whole story of what I had on for bait, at what time, off what access, in how many feet of water when I caught a limit of whatever.  And I hope that site never turns in to that.  LEARNING is the fun part about being a sportsperson.  So my little nugget for the budding crappie hunters are go lite on everything, move around, and talk to the folks with coleman lanterns, wool cloths, and hand augers not just the those with all sorts of wires and blinking lights around them.
Cheers     
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: dml78 on Jan 04, 2011, 07:22 PM
COOOOL!!!! ;D
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 04, 2011, 07:23 PM
wow! Didn't know ice fishing would be that difficult! ;D
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 04, 2011, 07:33 PM
Hit the North East side today, with Chi, and Big Tom, sun-up till 3:00’sh … ice looks, and feels fine (3”-6”) all over, most black – might be time for a wheeler this weekend (or sooner) … snow started piling around noon’sh (maybe 2”), and more’s on it’s way --- caught a bunch’a perch (throw backs were real high, 3, 4 out’a 5) - but a couple did push 10”(measured) … generally most of the fish were like Mayville specials … DINK’rs … kept 100 +/-.

Didn’t move a lot, maybe should’a --- guess we got just’a little to comfy with the feet up on the buckets, in Big Tom's Clam Base Camp, with the heat on, watching the flasher, reeling, and sorting fish …

… good stuff !!! … just’a lot’a small perch !
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: waltergirl on Jan 05, 2011, 08:52 AM
i've been trying to catch crappie too with no luck. yet i keep hearing people getting near limits.... i think it just may be another best kept secret along with walleye
Theres a certain time for crappie we didn't start catching them till around Feb. last year and grubs seem to be a good thing with the fly hooks set up  ..also the spring time last year we paddled kayaks and canoes out and caught our limit Really fun realing them in one after another with tube jigs and bobbers out of a kayak ....Im not saying this year will be the same but i try to remember past years to try and figure these darn fish out  ;) ...I have  nothing for Walleyes cause I thinks its just Luck when I catch one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: bobh on Jan 05, 2011, 08:28 PM
anybody know of a good color portable,hand held gps unit?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Instantperception on Jan 05, 2011, 10:02 PM
anybody know of a good color portable,hand held gps unit?


if you start a new topic in the general page you will get a bigger response and will help you out more............

there are a few threads that are out there already that might help you out..........just use the search function.............. .
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: eyelikeadeadfish on Jan 06, 2011, 09:28 AM
Fishin is like pimpin it aint easy!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: ibassman on Jan 06, 2011, 09:45 AM
Headin down sat night around midnight going to fish mayville if u want to meet up will have a frabill 2 man and a  red eskimo hut stop by and say high going to try and target papermouths. pm me if u want to meet up the more the better
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 06, 2011, 10:16 AM
A couple of questions guys. making plans fr the weekend. How much snow is on the ice? here in olean we have maybe 2inches.Also what time does the happy hooker open on weekends? thanks guys
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 06, 2011, 11:46 AM
Just got off the ice.  Prendergast has 6" of snow on 4" of black ice.  Happy Hooker opens at 7am.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 06, 2011, 11:53 AM
any keepers offpendergras
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: JoeM on Jan 06, 2011, 12:20 PM
For those of you that fish in Dewittville Bay.. where can you park and walk out? Looks like it is all private in that area.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Jan 06, 2011, 12:45 PM
This is killing me!!  I'm seeing lots of shanties over by the Bell Tower, even a couple set up more South towards me at Chautauqua Shores, but I can't get past the shore ice! The creek just did to much damage after all that rain and I can't get on.  Grrrrrr  :'(  I know if I could get past the first 5 ft I would be good to go. Might have to find and drag a plank down.

Enjoy it out there w/o me........
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: marcus on Jan 06, 2011, 06:19 PM
what's wrong Dawg? the ice is good down at the institute just get on there ?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 06, 2011, 06:21 PM
marcus, did you mark any wllys?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Jan 08, 2011, 02:36 PM
I have never seen so many huts at the Bell Tower, There has to be 30+. Lot's of people down by Pendergast too.  Hope everyone is doing well. I'm still stuck on shore, but might make it out tomorrow, Monday for sure.
Marcus, I don't have any wheels right now. Chautauqua Shores park is in my backyard, so I like to fish here.  A bit of a walk w/ gear to get over to Bell Tower for me.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: viking king on Jan 08, 2011, 03:00 PM
Just got  a report from a friend out by Bell Tower. 12 perch all keepers, minnows on hali jigs out 30 F.O.W.....
had to split for a party. going down there next sunday...tight lines..Greg
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: crappiekid on Jan 08, 2011, 03:14 PM
What size does he consider a keeper ? Everyone has their own definition. Thanks.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: viking king on Jan 08, 2011, 04:15 PM
Over 8" is my def. and he has fished with us before. Won't keep a dink. Sent me one pic of about 10". said by the time he left total was 16 n the bucket. Tried to convince him to drop them off at my house if he was to busy going to that party.....mmmmm, fish fry daddy.......Greg
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: crappiekid on Jan 08, 2011, 04:38 PM
Thanks Greg
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 11, 2011, 05:57 PM
No chatter? Hmmm....Don't know what that means...secrets? I can tell you the ice is setting up almost exactly like last year (about a week off on the timing).  East side is getting deep snow/slush as of sunday. Some areas had decent main paths. The action seemed slow overall 1st half of the day in deep water.  A little better on the other side in the evening.  We are getting dumped on right now.  Could be a tough drag after this one. 
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Postletown on Jan 12, 2011, 09:27 AM
I was out on Monday, tried dewittville, SLUSH and dangerous ice so we got out of there.  Headed to Long Point, got some nice sized perch with steady action.  Ice was about 7" with a bit of slush but not too bad.  This snow storm we are getting now is gunna be hell for dragging and slush.  Anyone finding and crappie? I dont need details just maybe a general whereabouts?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 13, 2011, 08:07 PM
Haven't been out since monday (before the last dumping). Crappie were not active where I was.  Some nice night gill action and random nocturnal perch.  The gills I've got after dark quite a bit but sizable perch in an area where you get mostly dinks during the day was an odd surprise.  May try to his some deeper water on the east side at dusk tomorrow.  See if the pressure drop turned the wallys on.  Make sure to eat your wheaties if you plan on dragging anywhere this weekend.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Windknots on Jan 13, 2011, 08:30 PM
We need a good, deep low pressure storm with 50 kt. winds to blow that stuff off the lake.  Its crazy how much snow is out there, no fun pulling any distance.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 13, 2011, 08:40 PM
Or some warm weather and/or rain.  Otherwise it just piles up on the east side of the lake
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 13, 2011, 09:08 PM
How bad would a guy get bashed if he brought a snowblower to make a trail, seriously thinking about it.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: NY_BLUES on Jan 13, 2011, 09:17 PM
take the snowblower, Ill be right behind you with my gear!!! ;D
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 13, 2011, 09:19 PM
Not to sure how much the snowmobilers would like it, lol!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 13, 2011, 09:25 PM
How bad would a guy get bashed if he brought a snowblower to make a trail, seriously thinking about it.

… years back (80’s) when we fished Lake George / Champlain, or any of the Adirondack lakes  – we’d plow the ice with whatever it took to get out there to the shanty (permanents) …  4WD’s, plow on wheelers – Snow Blowers … anything it took … those where the days when “mobile” Frabill, and Clams weren’t the standard … the shacks were there for the season ...

… we just might be lookin’ at one of those kind’a years … I’d say --- do it .. !


                                                ** BUILD IT --- and they will come !!! **
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 13, 2011, 09:39 PM
We gonna vote on where to blow a trail seeing as there is a million possibilities?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 14, 2011, 10:57 AM
I think CB is right...one of those years.  Last year got pretty tough too.  I always wondered why there aren't hardly any permanent shanties on Chautauqua.  When I was in the upper peninsula of MI they were all over any inland lake that was worth fishing.  People would drag those things out miles from the public access with whatever they had.  Once they're set they're set so the key was finding a productive spot.  Me and couple buddies had one for a year.  We didn't pick the best spot but we also ran a bunch of tipups in the neighborhood.  It was just nice to have a spot to get in and warm up then go out and explore if the weather wasn't horrible.  Ours was pretty solid with a good lock on the door so we could leave some gear in there and not have to haul it out every time. 
Someone had one out on Mayville last year and it stayed out there most of the season.  As far as I know its legal just nobody does it...yet. 
I say whatever you have to make it easier on yourself to get out and fish.  Go for it, the snowmobilers can slow down and go around.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 14, 2011, 11:16 AM
Made up my mind i'm going to try it. Can't make it down till sunday or monday. Might not work well with the slush and crap but it's worth a shot. What do u guys think about drilling some holes off to the side to flood the trail after its cleaned off so the ice builds up some?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 14, 2011, 12:27 PM
  Go for it, the snowmobilers can slow down and go around.
i agree, just had an arguement with another person about the snowmobiles, he tried telling me we are all in the way,   ..  umm, its a lake last i checked, so if i anchored my boat, would i have to move for a jet ski? i dont think so ;D.....    (i may have just started a rant, :whistle:   oops)......    anyways, go for it with the snowblower  :thumbsup: , worth a try
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: thegoods on Jan 14, 2011, 02:03 PM
Anyone been at mayville today?  Wonder if ice is a little thicker or did the slush at least freeze up.  Not worried to much about the snow depth
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 14, 2011, 02:23 PM
we don't normally drill holes in the middle of their trails. They have a 20 mile long lake to ride on . At mayville, just show some respect and when they come on the ice with their snmbles, drive around the main pack, with a minimum of , say 150 feet, before they speed up to get to the next watering hole.Eventually, somebody will get hurt when they drive through the pack, especially at night. Not asking for much, just a safe distance so nobody gets hurt.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: papatim on Jan 14, 2011, 06:42 PM
Fished Mayville today, fish were very nice to me. Ice was about 5" every were i drilled. slush that's another story. not to bad in A.M. some spots over 8" deep going out in the afternoon.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: zadvorney on Jan 14, 2011, 09:58 PM
I'm on the snow thrower thing.  Really.  I'll go out of prendergast straight and come back on the same path.  I figure if I tow the gas can behind me I wont run out in the middle.  D-vill might see my rath path maker also.  It'll take me till next monday to get back out that way but it'll get done.  I figure this idea will work better than the Nitro Pill Dispenser at every access point.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 14, 2011, 10:18 PM
I'm on the snow thrower thing.  Really.  I'll go out of prendergast straight and come back on the same path.  I figure if I tow the gas can behind me I wont run out in the middle.  D-vill might see my rath path maker also.  It'll take me till next monday to get back out that way but it'll get done.  I figure this idea will work better than the Nitro Pill Dispenser at every access point.

 … two PLUS, thumbs up on that … !!!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 15, 2011, 01:35 AM
I'm thinking Long Point and maybe Vikings.
Mayville has the snowmobile trail.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 16, 2011, 10:32 PM
Ok, so I found out the snowblower thing aint gonna work! Don't waste your time. Would have worked last week not today.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 16, 2011, 11:09 PM
well,  kudos to ya for trying :clap: :thumbsup:...... hopefully this really cold spell comin up this week will freeze all the junk on it and no one will have to worry about snowblowing
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Allen66 on Jan 17, 2011, 11:03 AM
I hope it freezes, I'm not to skinny and tend to walk on the ice and not the crust on top like the skinny guys do. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :) :) :)

Just to wet for the snowblower.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: marcus on Jan 17, 2011, 04:17 PM
thanks for trying  :)  I am one of those skinny guys, I break through once in a while all while watching my buddies tromp through every step,  looks like it sucks. Fished the   yesterday  snow/slush not too bad until out towards the middle of the lake saw quads and snowmobiles  out there  yesterday . Fish are there just way too well fed to really b e "on"  caught enough, but...
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Jan 17, 2011, 04:36 PM
was in mayville yesterday and saw a guy by the old steam boat with a snowblower looked like he tried to come down on to the ice but i stopped watching him. the drag out of the boat lot or the lot across from red apple isnt to bad in the snowmobile trails. just dont go out from that park next to the steam boat. Drag out of there sucked as i learned.   The conditions didnt seem to keep people from having a good time there was a guy out there on the ice sunday puking his guts out while his buddies where laughin and giving him a good razzin
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 17, 2011, 05:15 PM
Should have puked over a hole. Free chum! HAHAHAHA
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: papatim on Jan 18, 2011, 07:23 PM
Maybe the puker did hit the hole. The fish at mayville were really off the bite today. The walk out was great compared to last week. I left at 2:00 and it had not rained all day. 
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Postletown on Jan 21, 2011, 07:40 AM
I was out at Mayville Tuesday and wednesday, drag was cake just stay on the flattened path...fishing was ok, few keepers after 100 dinks.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: thegoods on Jan 21, 2011, 10:05 AM
Anyone picking up any crappie after dark in mayville?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 21, 2011, 02:36 PM
hit mayville after dark a couple of times. Didn't stay long. Total of 15 craps
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Scarface Fisherman on Jan 22, 2011, 12:06 AM
I was fishing Mayville on Thursday at first light I was able to see a lot of crappie on the camera screen. I threw everything at them but the kitchen sink without any luck. As you know this time of year they are mainly night feeders. I am planning on trying it one night next week will let you know how it goes.

SF
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: perch guy25 on Jan 24, 2011, 08:12 AM
how's the fishing in Mayville now?   I'm headed out soon and would appreciate some info on conditions and catch on chautauqua lake.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 24, 2011, 01:48 PM
thinking of heading out 2 chataqua wends morning. anyone going to be fishing. im thinking either lp or pg
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Scarface Fisherman on Jan 26, 2011, 01:57 AM
hit mayville after dark a couple of times. Didn't stay long. Total of 15 craps

Did you fish mayville last year for crappies? If so how did you do?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: paulinpa on Nov 27, 2012, 04:01 PM
   Almost December, snow is falling, and I've got hard water on the brain. Though I've been ice fishing over thirty years, and Chautauqua fishing over twenty, I have never ice fished this great lake. This will be my first time, and I just want to say thanks for all the info you guys have shared here. Especially when it comes to access, as I've only been around on a boat. I see there are many areas to ice fish that I normally don't hit from the boat, especially since I don't typically target pan fish in the summer. Though these past two years I've caught nice sized perch and bluegill, and I can't wait to find those thru the ice. Cannot wait, and hope to share more here. Great site!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: silvercreeker on Nov 27, 2012, 06:21 PM
Hey, did Happy Hooker Bait shop close down?  I heard some talk today at the creek about it...bummer if true.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: paulinpa on Nov 27, 2012, 06:29 PM
They're closed now, but are supposed to reopen in January
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Hunter44 on Nov 28, 2012, 09:00 AM
Really glad to hear that  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: silvercreeker on Dec 04, 2012, 06:16 PM
I stopped in at Happy Hooker and spoke with Brian who said they would be opening soon, at the latest, before ice season.  Great to hear they will be back up soon.
Title: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 05, 2012, 08:44 PM
Wanted to start this to have a fresh thread for us. Lets keep that reports page clean...

Any predictions on first "safe" ice? I'm thinking 2nd week of January by the way the weather has been...
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: paulinpa on Dec 06, 2012, 12:57 AM
     Glad to have that confirmed. Now for that ice...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jiginjumbos on Dec 06, 2012, 02:05 PM
My prediction is January 10th , it my first day of many vacation days for January thur. February
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SwampRat on Dec 11, 2012, 03:56 PM
FYI...

SOUTHTOWNS WALLEYE ASSOCIATION of WNY

Guest Speaker for the December 20th general membership meeting will be
Timothy Thomas, President NYS Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE TOURNAMENT - Feb 16 & 17
http://www.nysiceproam.com/


5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, NY 14075
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: yankeeangler on Dec 11, 2012, 04:23 PM
I would like to fish Chautaugua. Fished Chazy last year for the tounament wasn't impressed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 14, 2012, 10:11 PM
Anyone up for a I.S. gathering on Chautauqua,I hope the lake lives up to its reputation for the N.Y.S. Pro/AM,I put  alot of time and effort to make it happen,I sure hate to eat crow!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 16, 2012, 04:44 PM
we need ice before anything!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 24, 2012, 11:25 AM
10 day forecast is looking NICE....we're talking teens...bring the deep freeze!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ghostface on Dec 25, 2012, 07:47 AM
Hopefully the perch size increases this year.  Seemed like a lot of dinks last year. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishmaster13184 on Dec 25, 2012, 08:59 AM
It seems like 7-8" has always been the average size i catch there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Dec 25, 2012, 09:33 AM
This past summer I caught a ton of slab sized bluegill, jigging for walleye. Lots of walleye too, most coming in just under legal. Seems a pretty good class is about to mature
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wranglerdrvr on Dec 25, 2012, 10:49 AM
Last year I too did a lot of weeding through the dinks but got a fair amount of 8-12" perch as well, just had to work for em. Im hoping all those 'dinks' will have matured and are now nice sized eaters this year  ;D 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 25, 2012, 02:33 PM
Well the gills and craps are good sized...there are some good perch but def have to weed through..nothing like taking the kids to Chautauqua though...they catch em all day!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: M1ll3r on Dec 27, 2012, 11:03 PM
Any ice on the lake yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Dec 28, 2012, 09:48 AM
The Burtis Bay webcam shot looks pretty good...doesn't appear to be too much snow. Would love to see a couple huts tho...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mdrobny on Dec 29, 2012, 12:04 AM
anyone have any news?  or reports?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Z-Ray on Dec 29, 2012, 07:43 AM
As of yesterday the lower end was still open in the middle. The wind pushed alot of chunky ice to the Lakewood side. Its snowing now @ 8:30am Saturday so i cant see across the lake but it looks frozen shore to shore.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Dec 29, 2012, 06:29 PM
any reasonable ice at miller bell tower yet ?
- curious  ???
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: silvercreeker on Dec 29, 2012, 10:33 PM
Has anybody seen if Happy Hooker in Ashville reopened yet?
And, is there really 4 Chautauqua threads all going?!?  Bring on the ice!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: wally13 on Dec 29, 2012, 11:26 PM
any new information ice conditons raynors in westfield usually open during ice fishing i have stopped there on my way to chatauqua yea i like happy hooker great bait and fishing supplies and they usually have good information on fishing conditions ice etc etc good luck fishing  be safe safety first remember
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Gillpill on Dec 30, 2012, 12:29 AM
How's the average size for perch in chataqua. I watch this guys vids on YouTube that fishes there and it seems like he gets some good ones
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: hammer44 on Dec 30, 2012, 08:11 AM
         been fishin chautauque  the last 10 years average size for our group would be 8 to 9 1/2  some 10  but not alot  lots of dinks  . last year out twice nothing bigger than 8 inchers sort of wondering why they dont get bigger
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: fishface on Dec 30, 2012, 08:17 AM
Is Chautauqua locked up yet?
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: walleyety on Dec 30, 2012, 10:28 AM
A lot of new snow on first ice.  Be careful!!  If anyone does find out, let us know.  Thanks guys
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: smj8322 on Dec 30, 2012, 10:48 AM
My guess as to why they don't get bigger is because there's too darn many. However, that is a very uneducated guess from a very uneducated guy.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: paulinpa on Dec 30, 2012, 11:48 AM
    The numbers are in the gazillions. When walleye jigging in the summer with live bait, it is near impossible to bring it in without dinks swarming around. Not happy about all the snow. It didn't look so bad on the web cam
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: walleyety on Dec 30, 2012, 12:30 PM
I am going to stop down to Burtis this afternoon.  I'll report back
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: walleyety on Dec 30, 2012, 02:30 PM
Burris bay has ice with 5 in of snow on top.  Not sure how much ice because I didn't have an auger or bar with me.  Didn't look like anyone else had checked yet.  I'll probably wait til a few go out before me.  Also I am not sure if it will make ice with that insulating layer of snow?  I can't wait to be out there!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 30, 2012, 02:31 PM
You wont be on northend for a few weeks out. all spots I checked on northend were open Friday. Drove by Burtis last night all locked up and seen some footprints going out...crazy.
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: silvercreeker on Dec 30, 2012, 03:56 PM
I had heard that Raynors in Westfield no longer was in business.  Was that mis-information?  Forcast looks good!
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: Bschrock55 on Dec 30, 2012, 06:30 PM
I stop at raynor's all the time for steelhead info on the Chautauqua creek. Haven't been out since thanksgiving, but they were there then. When did you hear they were no longer in business?
Title: Chautauqua lake??
Post by: icefishingPRO on Dec 30, 2012, 08:27 PM
Anyone know what's happening at Chautauqua?? I'm hoping it'll have good ice in a couple weeks. The forecast seems to be looking good in mayville, just hope the ice isn't covered with a lot of insulating snow. Anyone know any ice thickness at all?? Cause I'm ready to fish!! Never got out last year cause the winter wasn't so good, and I definitley don't want it to be two straight years w/o fishing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobh on Dec 31, 2012, 03:35 PM
Darrin, I was at bowling thursday night and one of my friends said there was swans on the water and most of it was still open . Try the Happy Hooker bait shop on chat. lake @ 716-763-5815 Brian an Lisa Green. I hope everything is well with you . bobhwalleye@yahoo.com
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wally13 on Jan 01, 2013, 03:55 AM
has anyone found out if they starting fishing burtis bay i think it may be next weekend hope to get on at mayville last year  could not fish that end of lake fish  a few times vikings midway and once at long point
Title: Re: chautauqua ice fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 01, 2013, 10:57 AM
         been fishin chautauque  the last 10 years average size for our group would be 8 to 9 1/2  some 10  but not alot  lots of dinks  . last year out twice nothing bigger than 8 inchers sort of wondering why they dont get bigger
simply just too many of them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nonamer on Jan 01, 2013, 04:33 PM
everyone keeps the bigger ones and throws the small ones back. at that rate the more you get the more you will have. all stunted.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 01, 2013, 05:09 PM
Burtis is frozen with 2" of junk ice.  There were about a dozen of us out there tonight.  Moved around in 4-6' of water with small jigs and maggots.  about a dozen dink perch and a couple small sunfish from about 2-5pm.  Seems like the snow thats fallen lately has piled up down there. Just pack light and don't go any further north than the rod n gun club and you should be fine.
BTW NateG- Those were my tracks from either friday or sat walking out and stomping around. I only went out to less than waist deep water but yeah...I probably am crazy!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 01, 2013, 06:32 PM
I see the reports page was cleaned off, maybe it will just stay reports for a while.  Looks like the weather will be good for more ice at Burtis.  Should be a  few of us out at Burtis next weekend, I'll be flying the Ice Shanty Flag...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 01, 2013, 07:31 PM
Yeah I forgot which page I was on.  Its hard to tell sometimes bt the chaut. bs and reports. It was a long cold day.  Good luck on burtis Creeker.  If the wind keeps blowing in this direction and the snow keeps falling I'd suggest packing LITE.  I will probably give something else a try this weekend.  Maybe rent a cabin down at allegheny.  Do some cc sking and sweep some stocker trout up.
Stay Safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 01, 2013, 08:01 PM
I caught around 60 perch in open water on Thursday.  Burtis was frozen then, with ice from the bridge to the south end.  By Saturday, I would expect there to be at least 3 in. of ice on Burtis. The snow on the ice is not deep enough to insulate completely.  Just keep your own weight in mind and dont venture too far out.  The gills are waiting, but there isn't a bluegill worth a rescue or your own life
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 01, 2013, 08:41 PM
...I probably am crazy!

+1
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EvanW86 on Jan 01, 2013, 08:55 PM
Hey guys. New to hard water on chautauqua fished alot open water. Any info on where to target the good fish thru the ice would be appreciated. Coming down in like 2 wks i think.
Thanks
Evan
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EvanW86 on Jan 01, 2013, 08:58 PM
Ps a good list of bait shops would be great
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wally13 on Jan 01, 2013, 11:30 PM
burtis bay  mid way vikings club ,long point state park and mayville  you may want to call happy hooker bait tackle and hogon hunt  bait store good luck fishing and be safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EvanW86 on Jan 02, 2013, 06:31 AM
burtis bay  mid way vikings club ,long point state park and mayville  you may want to call happy hooker bait tackle and hogon hunt  bait store good luck fishing and be safe
Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 02, 2013, 03:40 PM
I am going to go down to the lake and poke around tomorrow , Burtis I bet will be ok. My question is where can i get waxies, spikes, or any other bait? I called hogan's they have rosies and shiners the hooker isn't opening until Saturday, and millers in Silver Creek has only  emeralds. Anyone know of anywhere to get grubs?  I plan on buying my normal year supply when available, but for now I'd be happy with a couple dozen.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: creelseeker01 on Jan 02, 2013, 04:49 PM
I will be headed to burtis in the a.m gonna stop at cassadega and check that out first.went to gander mountain earlier and got shiners but they said waxies,spikes,maggots,mousies etc.. will not be in till friday. Dicks sporting goods at walden galleria has wax worms picked up a 100 for around 4 bucks.will report ice conditions and fishing report tomorrow afternoon
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 02, 2013, 05:03 PM
I live in cassadaga, be very careful the lake closest to 60 was wide open 2 days ago. The lake nearest Lily Dale has been locked up the longest, but these lakes freeze funny let me know what you find. If you make it to burtis I'll be the guy using a spud to make holes probably rolling solo. I am not in Buffalo so I will check lakewood wal-mart for my bait if they have none I will use my plastics and minnows that are available. Good luck and stay dry

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mikeymjr23 on Jan 02, 2013, 05:10 PM
Why is the hooker closed til Saturday!?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 02, 2013, 05:35 PM
I think they have been closed for a while now the message on their phone says they reopen on Saturday the fifth, and then they will be open full and normal winter hours.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 02, 2013, 06:18 PM
When I stopped at Happy Hooker, Brian was remodeling, and getting ready for the season, place should be ready soon!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 02, 2013, 06:20 PM
I drove by there last weekend thought I seen a for sale sign..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 02, 2013, 08:33 PM
The hooker is for sale and has been for close to a year.  Last I heard they wanted 140 for everything. Shop, house, pond, inventory...I hope if it does sell it remains a bait/tackle shop.  Its a really nice chunk of property either way.  I've tried to convince my wife to quit her job and work the shop if I bought it.  She said we'd have to change the name!
Good luck with your grub hunt Marcus.  I stocked up at grizzly garys on sat.  I'm surprised hogans doesn't have any in yet
I'm going to give burtis another try after work tomrw or friday.  Maybe stick around after dark if the wind isn't too bad.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 03, 2013, 08:34 PM
 Did anyone fish Burtis today with any success?  How thick is the ice?  Were you able to get out to where the gills shooled up last year?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 03, 2013, 08:43 PM
Good thing for spell checks.  I'll try that again.  Did anyone fish Burtis today with any success?  How thick is the ice?  Were you able to get out far enough to where the bluegills schooled last season?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: molly361 on Jan 04, 2013, 05:19 AM
I think the lack of quality ice last year has got me especially psyched up this year! Really can't wait. Good luck everybody.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: petenice1304 on Jan 04, 2013, 07:57 AM
any ice we do have is going to gone by next week the temps are going up into the 40's,looks like i'm going to have to start traveling to ice fish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 04, 2013, 10:09 AM
I doubt a couple days with daytime highs (2-3 hours in winter max) near 40 will eat up the ice in Burtis , however the Gale winds blowing are going to eat up any of the ice in the north end today. I hit burtis at first light today no fish (I am still working with plastics though no waxies in the area it seems) only stayed for 2 hours, god damn windy out there. still about 3 " of ice , but a little more snow and some slush on top. Use a spud we found a spot where 1 whack went right through and people were beyond there yesterday. 10 feet off of launch at Long Point had 1.5-2" black ice but got thinner real fast not fishable. Checked some local waters one pond had 4.5" mixed black/white ice at shore and 20 feet away put the spud through with no force, very happy I had it with me. Be careful things change step by step. Gonna go out again when the winds let up.
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 04, 2013, 11:19 AM
ahhh, looks like it may be a couple more weeks...Thanks for the info Marcus.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 04, 2013, 02:28 PM
Just got my bait order from Wholesale baits...heading to Burtis in the am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 04, 2013, 05:43 PM
I'm sure you know what you are doing, but I was there and it seemed 'creepier' today than yesterday . I am gonna go in the morning for sure, treading light with my spud and ice picks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 04, 2013, 07:22 PM
Just a FYI on bait.  Millers in Silver Creek had spikes, and Lee Webers had grubs today.  Good and lively! 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC on Jan 05, 2013, 07:35 AM
Be careful out there boys and girls....  That wind yesterday did us no favors.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wnystxguy on Jan 05, 2013, 07:56 AM
there a guy fishing on the burtis webcam! :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Ronycash14225 on Jan 05, 2013, 08:39 AM
Has anyone checked mayvilles ice conditions?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 05, 2013, 11:36 AM
There are alot of guys fishing in the south end, I was alone and pressed for time so I didn't make it out to the group. I was finding 2-3" with some spots even a bit under 2". The slush on top is hardening which will make me feel better. I have not checked in Mayville, but I know most of the north is wide open with whitecaps. I am gonna try for some toothy critters much closer to home. Happy Hooker is open and has bait, just so you know.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 05, 2013, 01:26 PM
Packed at Burtis today, 25-30 huts/people.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 05, 2013, 01:45 PM
Was there today. Fishing was pretty much non existing till when we left at 2:00. Try again tomorrow afternoon. Black ice was only about 1 1/2 inches. Probably punched 80 holes and dropping the micro view down and never saw a fish. Nice to be out though.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 05, 2013, 01:48 PM
And what's up with that Burtis web cam? Lotta guys out there and you can't see most of em on that cam . Most people must be way to the right of what it shows?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 05, 2013, 02:01 PM
… must be the camera only takes a shot, every few hours (who knows how often) … the last shot, still showing now, as this is being posted – was 11:15 this morning!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: JOHN044 on Jan 05, 2013, 03:03 PM
Heeeeeeeeey C to the Bisket.!!!!!  Havent seen you in a while.  Did you make it out today? If not why?  We'll be out soon if the rain holds off next week..I can smell it!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Jan 05, 2013, 08:26 PM
anybody got any reports on the condition at miller bell tower ? need info ASAP! i would greatly appreciate it   ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 05, 2013, 09:03 PM
The tower cam shows the far right side of the bay.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nooffseason on Jan 05, 2013, 09:07 PM
Still has open water at Mayville. Only 2 1/2" of ice near the little inlet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jayboy on Jan 06, 2013, 06:30 AM
Web cam burtis shows 2 guys out there at 730 am today how thick is ice
Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Jan 06, 2013, 02:12 PM
still looking for that report on miller bell tower, anybody got info ? i old appreciate it , my 13 year old son is more eager to get out than i am , and keeps asking me when we will, im not afraid to bring him onto 3" of black with some frozen snow on top, so i would really appreciate any info on the miller bell tower , thanks guys.  ??? and i hope the ice holds up this week , curse you mother nature  :'(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: adkRoy on Jan 06, 2013, 02:15 PM
… must be the camera only takes a shot, every few hours (who knows how often) … the last shot, still showing now, as this is being posted – was 11:15 this morning!

Somtimes, if you hit the F5 key, it refreshes the web cam causing it to update its picture.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Jan 06, 2013, 02:34 PM
still looking for that report on miller bell tower, anybody got info ? i old appreciate it , my 13 year old son is more eager to get out than i am , and keeps asking me when we will, im not afraid to bring him onto 3" of black with some frozen snow on top, so i would really appreciate any info on the miller bell tower , thanks guys.  ??? and i hope the ice holds up this week , curse you mother nature  :'(
i'm not thinking your gonna go fishing any time soon then ice is gonna get only worse with warm temps
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 06, 2013, 04:25 PM
Somtimes, if you hit the F5 key, it refreshes the web cam causing it to update its picture.

... thanks -- it works!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dtrain on Jan 06, 2013, 04:36 PM
still looking for that report on miller bell tower, anybody got info ? i old appreciate it , my 13 year old son is more eager to get out than i am , and keeps asking me when we will, im not afraid to bring him onto 3" of black with some frozen snow on top, so i would really appreciate any info on the miller bell tower , thanks guys.  ??? and i hope the ice holds up this week , curse you mother nature  :'(
bell tower and north end are still open water. Gonna be lil  while yet
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 07, 2013, 10:49 AM
I fished a full day on Saturday.  Kept moving around and drilling holes, but I did manage to bring home 22 bluegills and a couple of perch.  The best bite was between 3:30 and 5:00.  There are not many active gills right now and they seem to be very spotty.  The smaller the teardrop, the better the bite.  Perch are there also, but are very small.  Ice was consistent at 3 inches all across Burtis. :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 07, 2013, 12:22 PM
Fished Sunday morning until noon at Burtis.  Went back to the spot where I picked up the majority of the gills on Saturday.  Once again the bite was slow.  Caught 11 gills and many small perch.  The gill bite was very lite.  Go tiny when it comes to the teardrops.  As long as the ice holds,  someone will eventually find a bigger school of fish.  Hope to get on Maple Springs soon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Jan 08, 2013, 06:29 PM
with high winds tomorrow and next weeks warm temperatures will be disaster for the ice :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 09, 2013, 06:57 PM
The Burtis webcam looked really bad today, it appeared to fall apart as the day went on.  Just keep our fingers crossed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 09, 2013, 07:04 PM
My friend who was in greenhurst, not fishing, said there were guys at Burtis all day. I am going down tomorrow morning sure hoping to fish.

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 09, 2013, 10:00 PM
yeah this sucks! need a deep freeeezzzeeeeee
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 10, 2013, 08:53 PM
The long range is looking good.  Weekend will be tough, but next week...great.  My waxies all went belly up, but the spikes are happy.  At least I got on the creek today with the fly rod.  Any fishing is a good day!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 10, 2013, 09:17 PM
Fished south end of the lake ice was nice 5" 3" of that black ice and the other 2 was rock hard, but white. nice day to be out tons of little perch 2 of us 150+ we took 40 home. I'll admit I wasn't too picky on size wanted a fish fry and I assume with the numbers we caught we are not gonna hurt the population of dinks in this lake. Probably gonna head down in the morning again got to get on the ice while the getting is good.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 11, 2013, 01:19 AM
Fished south end of the lake ice was nice 5" 3" of that black ice and the other 2 was rock hard, but white. nice day to be out tons of little perch 2 of us 150+ we took 40 home. I'll admit I wasn't too picky on size wanted a fish fry and I assume with the numbers we caught we are not gonna hurt the population of dinks in this lake. Probably gonna head down in the morning again got to get on the ice while the getting is good.
yum, perch are delicious no matter how big
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 11, 2013, 06:36 AM
Fished south end of the lake ice was nice 5" 3" of that black ice and the other 2 was rock hard, but white. nice day to be out tons of little perch 2 of us 150+ we took 40 home. I'll admit I wasn't too picky on size wanted a fish fry and I assume with the numbers we caught we are not gonna hurt the population of dinks in this lake. Probably gonna head down in the morning again got to get on the ice while the getting is good.
Where did you access the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tkeya49 on Jan 11, 2013, 11:43 AM
I'm in the process of renovating a house on Ashville Bay, been down there plenty during the cold snap earlier but never felt safe enough to get out.

I believe that the predicted cold snap immediately after this warm spell should bring us some good ice finally!  Lord knows everyone is itching bad due to last years horrible warm season! 

Stay safe guys!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Jan 13, 2013, 08:59 AM
with temps falling tomorrow and hopefully staying cold,whats your guess when we can fish? I know alot depends on how much ice is left after this thaw.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 13, 2013, 09:05 AM
yum, perch are delicious no matter how big
yes they were  ;D   My kids almost ate it all before I finished cooking it though, they were actually upset I wasn't out yesterday catching us another fry. Be back at it Tues. or Wed I guess we'll see. I was gonna take a look with my mustang suit this morning , but the wife put a quick end to that thought.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hammer44 on Jan 13, 2013, 11:11 AM
  hey marcus   once i  finally get me a bucket of them Chat. ringbacks  this year i hope  LOL. how the best way to prepare them?    any  special recipe  u prefer?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2013, 11:16 AM
yes they were  ;D   My kids almost ate it all before I finished cooking it though, they were actually upset I wasn't out yesterday catching us another fry. Be back at it Tues. or Wed I guess we'll see. I was gonna take a look with my mustang suit this morning , but the wife put a quick end to that thought.
lol, that's how it is with my family when im at my parents. I always end up cooking the fish and there are 10 people and it goes pretty quick. I basically have to put some on a plate for myself and tell my brothers that i will cut off their fingers if they touch my fish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2013, 11:18 AM
  hey marcus   once i  finally get me a bucket of them Chat. ringbacks  this year i hope  LOL. how the best way to prepare them?    any  special recipe  u prefer?
Dipped in egg and then rolled in Italian breadcrumbs is a great way to do them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 13, 2013, 11:21 AM
I skip the egg, but I like the Italian breadcrumbs and also some lemon pepper seasoning fried in oil or no crumbs in real butter...damn now I am hungry.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2013, 11:37 AM
same here man now i want some fried perch  >:( >:( dang warm weather, oh well, cold is on its way then we shall get back after them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 13, 2013, 11:44 AM
I switched from the Italian bread crumb gig (with egg wash first) to using Bisquick about 3/4's of the time now - just mix as is says on the box, and add what ever spices desired in the batter (pepper, garlic powder, little cayenne pepper, dried parley) -- cook in 350+'sh deg. canola oil (use a high smoke point oil, and it's gotta be hot with a batter coating, or it becomes a nasty blob) -- really a decent change from the traditional crumb coating -- it's almost as good as using a deep fryer - and a lot easier than cleaning the deep fryer after -- I only brake-out the fryer for the big batches now -- it's a worth a try -- you can't hardly mess it up, as long as your Temps. high.!

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2013, 11:55 AM
I switched from the Italian bread crumb gig (with egg wash first) to using Bisquick about 3/4's of the time now - just mix as is says on the box, and add what ever spices desired in the batter (pepper, garlic powder, little cayenne pepper, dried parley) -- cook in 350'sh deg. canola oil (use a high flash point oil, and it's gotta be hot with a batter coating, or it becomes a nasty blob) -- really a decent change from the traditional crumb coating -- it's almost as good as using a deep fryer - and a lot easier than cleaning the deep fryer after -- I only brake-out the fryer for the big batches now -- it's a worth a try -- you can't hardly mess it up, as long as your Temps. high.!
sounds really good man
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 14, 2013, 12:34 PM
 ;)  Well, if the ice won't cooperate, then you just have to revert to different methods.  Decided to try Maple Springs yesterday from the shore.  Parked the truck on the turn and waded the shoreline with my noodle rod. Red/Green tube jigs tipped with maggots and I found myself in perch heaven.  I had to wade out waist deep and make long casts with a float to reach them.  But it was worth it as I caught at least 150 perch in three hours.  What was nice was that I bucketed a limit and there wasn't another fisherman in sight.  The 60 degree temps made it nice. Throwbacks were from 8 inches down, and keepers up to 11 inches.  Most of the keepers were in the 9 inch range.  Now that it has cooled off again, we just have to pray for cold temperatures so the hard-water guys can get back in business.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 14, 2013, 01:41 PM
Nice! I thought about doing that as well but never went through with it. My 9.9 is getting worked on or I would have been out in the aluminum.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Jan 14, 2013, 02:41 PM
im sorry but i think a tear just came out of my eye  :'( ....A TEAR OF JOY.   looks like i should get ready to be fishing by late next week .... supposed to be in the lower single digits from sunday to about thursday next week
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 14, 2013, 06:39 PM
I roll in seasoned flour. Drench in seasoned egg wash. Then roll in crushed Saltine crackers seasoned of course and fry in crisco/oil mixture. Way better taste and texture than bread crumbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wally13 on Jan 14, 2013, 07:00 PM
good job at maple spring i ice fish midway  vikings
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 15, 2013, 09:40 AM
never fished maple springs. Is that where the amusment park is? been there with the kids . can you park there in the winter?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EvanW86 on Jan 15, 2013, 10:51 AM
Its been 5 yrs sense i was able to remember my good breading mix. I cant seem to figure out the mix of flour to crumbs. It pisses me off. Its the year im gonna figure it back out and write it down haha. But i have heard good things about the bisquik batter. I might go different and make a new one out of that
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 15, 2013, 11:31 AM
never fished maple springs. Is that where the amusment park is? been there with the kids . can you park there in the winter?
The amusement park is actually right down the road at Midway. To fish maple springs you have to park on the highway and walk down. You can park at the Viking Club between the 2 as long as you stay on the end of the lot away from the club itself and you are right on the water.It is real nice of the club to let us park there we just need to obey thier wishes.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 15, 2013, 12:31 PM
thanks .midway thats right I forgot that.can you park at midway?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 15, 2013, 12:39 PM
No they usually run you off but the Viking club is right next to it on the lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 15, 2013, 02:00 PM
I never had an issue parking at Midway....definite issues parking at Maple Springs.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 15, 2013, 03:30 PM
Midway is considered, or is a state park now no problems parking there in the winter.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 15, 2013, 07:56 PM
 :) Don't park where the signs are in Maple.  Follow the street along the lake until you come to a sharp bend in the road.  I park right there.  Just make sure you are off the road.  Then backtrack into Maple walking the shoreline south.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 15, 2013, 08:01 PM
 ???How much ice is left on Burtis.  Has anyone checked this out?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 15, 2013, 08:33 PM
Yeah good question
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 15, 2013, 08:51 PM
Web cam looked like someone was out in late afternoon...good sign
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: loverboy on Jan 16, 2013, 11:56 AM
what is the site to look at the cam of burtis?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Lucky_Eddy on Jan 16, 2013, 01:23 PM
Chautauqua Lake Web Cam

http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.html
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 16, 2013, 01:35 PM
There usually isn't any safe ice (in my book 7" is safe) until early February or late January.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 16, 2013, 10:15 PM
The wind tonight is brutal here, long range I just saw looks great.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 17, 2013, 11:16 AM
There usually isn't any safe ice (in my book 7" is safe) until early February or late January.
Does your husband go out on less than 7" of ice? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 17, 2013, 11:30 AM
Does your husband go out on less than 7" of ice?
LMFAO Ya there is cautious then there  is paranoid.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: freezerfiller on Jan 17, 2013, 12:34 PM
i guess you can wait for the logging trucks to drive on the ice so that you know its safe.  good luck and I credit you for your patience in your quest to find good ice.  more room for us when theres only 4".  let me know when your gear hits craigslist.  Not interested in your tape measure though
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NiagaraJiggin on Jan 17, 2013, 12:37 PM
i guess you can wait for the logging trucks to drive on the ice so that you know its safe.  good luck and I credit you for your patience in your quest to find good ice.  more room for us when theres only 4".  let me know when your gear hits craigslist.  Not interested in your tape measure though

 :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Jan 17, 2013, 02:46 PM
I can see the Burtis webcam, but can anyone give a recent report as to whether any ice survived N of bridge in any part of Bemus bay after recent warm up?   I know there was an inch or two in most of bay when I left New Yrs day...  Interested in whether we'll be starting from scratch up there when cold comes back next week.   Thanks.   Was hoping to be able to walk out to weed line from Stow / Bemus area in next two weeks or so...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jensen on Jan 17, 2013, 04:53 PM
When do think you will be able to go out fishing from long point
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 17, 2013, 04:59 PM
I drove up the lake from lakewood to mayville yesterday.  Open water from ~ashville/cheney crk to mayville and all the way across to hartfield.  Weird to see seagulls floating around where you fished 10 days ago!  I haven't been down to check out burtis but from what I can see of the web cam it may be worth a try tomrw.   Depending on the wind I may check it out for the last couple hours of the day.  Sure won't be no 7" tho!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 17, 2013, 05:56 PM
Been a couple years since I have seen more than 7" ... to each their own though. I managed to stay dry this week (had to work no chance to push it). I can tell you living right next to a lake (cassadaga), it was frozen coast to coast last week now it is almost totally open. Need the winds to chill if we are gonna get any chance to fish the deeps this year. Now that I am back to being a weekend warrior I will be out in the hurricane winds saturday, trying to line up a ride/partner for tomorrow evening right now, but looks like I will have to wait.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 17, 2013, 07:01 PM
I think it was 3 or 4 years ago there was about 7" at Longpoint, I remember sitting in the hut and hearing a pickup drive by,,,always weird for that on Chautauqua
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jensen on Jan 17, 2013, 07:21 PM
I was there it was 3 years ago it was weird seeing trucks go by.I am just hoping I will to be able to get out there this year
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NiagaraJiggin on Jan 17, 2013, 08:42 PM
I was there that day too.....you would never see my truck on the ice..... ??? :cookoo: :cookoo:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 17, 2013, 09:32 PM
I saw a green ranger on the ice at long point a few years ago, I pulled the front wheels of my subaru on the ice, but chickened out and walked instead. When I lived in NH I drove on the ice all the time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Jan 18, 2013, 07:32 AM
we were at the belltower one day like you guys said probably 3 or 4 years ago and just happen to look over and there was an F150 like 100 yards from us. hahahaha was funny because my buddies dad is always freaked about even a wheeler so we took some pictures and sent um on.  Then next thing you know he took off straight down the middle of the lake in a blizzard. hahahaha   Haven't seen that since
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 18, 2013, 11:50 AM
Burtis still isn't looking that great.  Drove by this afternoon but didn't get out on it.  It may just be smooth but I don't like the look of it.  Probably another rabbit hunting weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Jan 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
  "Burtis still isn't looking that great.  Drove by this afternoon but didn't get out on it.  It may just be smooth but I don't like the look of it.  Probably another rabbit hunting weekend"

   You're killing me...hopefully by Tuesday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 18, 2013, 06:49 PM
Looks like fly fishing tomorrow, maybe if the wind dies down.  Can't to head to Rinlander Wi next week.  No problem driving on that ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 18, 2013, 08:35 PM
I stopped by long point tonight.  It was dark but from what I saw by the lights of the marina it looks like the open water starts before the end of the point.  To make matters worse the wind is blowing the open water right on to the what ice there is.  The forcast looks very windy both sat. and sun.  Early next week looks like it may start to make some ice in the bays on the north end.  I'll stick with my weekend plan of chasing beagles and fishing open water.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Jan 19, 2013, 05:27 AM
Tough to make ice with 3ft waves ! Just stopped at meadows rd in dewittville water up on the rd by the campers  it will be awhile
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 19, 2013, 06:58 AM
still crazy windy >:( , looks like a day to sight in the new firearms!!! ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC on Jan 19, 2013, 08:08 AM
!

Met C-Biskety finally, at Thursday's Southtowns Walleye Association meeting.  Great to finally meet ya, C-Bisket!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 21, 2013, 10:07 AM
... a "thank you much" hand shake goes out to doctari, for making the trip down to our club last week (Southtowns Walleye Association) - he gave a well delivered / and received talk on the proposed firearms/ammunition law changes by the government, along with relevant clarifications of what they might actually mean, to todays enthusiast.

 - turns out the guy actually knows what he's talking about - go figure ;), HA !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 21, 2013, 07:54 PM
WOW is it snowing here...don't need this.  Blew the driveway 2x since I got home from work.  Do the weather gods hate us this year???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 21, 2013, 08:07 PM
Where are you getting the snow, I live less then a mile from Burtis and still have a couple of patches of grass in my yard. It is however 12 degrees and falling.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 21, 2013, 08:12 PM
Thats good news, snowing hard up here by Lake Erie shore.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 21, 2013, 09:02 PM
 :)Anyone on the ice yet at Burtis?  Should be making ice at a pretty good clip? Not much snow in the Kane area.  Looks like Kinzua will be fishable real soon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 21, 2013, 09:06 PM
Saw some foot prints, but they didn't go out too far. Looks to be pretty locked up from Burtis to Lakewood, but I'm betting its pretty thin. There's was a lot if open water on Friday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jensen on Jan 21, 2013, 09:20 PM
How is long point looking
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: walleyety on Jan 22, 2013, 03:19 PM
Burtis is not good yet, a friend of mine just took a swim checking it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Jan 22, 2013, 03:43 PM
Good things come to those who wait,patience.Hopefully no one else has to take a swim just to be the first one out on the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: walleyety on Jan 22, 2013, 05:10 PM
Yes, that would be the purpose for posting.  Stay safe guys
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Mattchesebro on Jan 22, 2013, 06:04 PM
Is there any good ice yet on Chautauqua yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 22, 2013, 06:35 PM
Guys, before asking about safe ice look up a post or two.  NO safe ice yet.  A guy went through at Burtis.  I drove over to the lake and drove the loop.  Saw where he went through at Burtis.  No safe ice anywhere.  period.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 22, 2013, 06:57 PM
Use your heads and stay safe. If you are that hungry for fish go to the store and buy some. THINK
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 22, 2013, 07:13 PM
Is there any good ice yet on Chautauqua yet?

Mingya!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 22, 2013, 07:15 PM
"Mingya!"
Wow, have not heard that word since my first marriage...eeeek!   ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 22, 2013, 07:54 PM
it had to be said!!  ;D 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zadvorney on Jan 22, 2013, 09:38 PM
...how bout now...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zadvorney on Jan 22, 2013, 09:39 PM
....now?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zadvorney on Jan 22, 2013, 09:39 PM
....what about now....

 ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Jan 22, 2013, 09:42 PM
Guys, before asking about safe ice look up a post or two.  NO safe ice yet.  A guy went through at Burtis.  I drove over to the lake and drove the loop.  Saw where he went through at Burtis.  No safe ice anywhere.  period.
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well said.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wally13 on Jan 23, 2013, 12:37 AM
BE SAFE 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Jan 23, 2013, 06:28 AM
Been watching the weather cam and have driven past Burtis Bay since the cold weather arrived..  Monday the foot prints was a Amish guy coming in with a auger in his hand and also noticed on Monday a large wet spot to the right of the boat ramp.. We have had a half to a foot of snow since so my best guess would be either the weekend or early next week. Patience or wear your life vest...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 23, 2013, 05:37 PM
I don't think I could do the life vest thing.  If I questioned the safety, you could not get me out there, you can usually find open water if you gotta  fish that bad. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 24, 2013, 03:28 PM
Weekend forcast looks good, next week, not so much...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: PERCHKILLER30 on Jan 24, 2013, 10:36 PM
Yea the lil warm will help get rid of some of the snow then it gets cold locks all that up then it'll be Awsome ill bet ya
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dtrain on Jan 25, 2013, 05:41 AM
Yea the lil warm will help get rid of some of the snow then it gets cold locks all that up then it'll be Awsome ill bet ya
i completely agree w ya. back in 2002 a similar pattern had us fishing on st pattys day. anyone else remember that? 60 degrees, sunburn and 18 inches on the small boat harbor....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: molly361 on Jan 25, 2013, 06:56 AM
Ahh yes. Miss those days of fishing in flannel shirt, going hole to hole and feeling totally safe. Man I hope you're right and it happens again. Scary to think it's gone forever. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 25, 2013, 07:22 AM
Off to silver i go..FYI measured 3-5" at small boat harbor yesterday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 25, 2013, 02:52 PM
Had to make the decision this morning, when you live dead center of the SBH or Chaut, i headed into the city.  I talked to a guy fishing in Sunset Bay a few minutes ago, "his"  report on Burtis was still not safe. 
Don't know, he did smell of beer and cheap cheese ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 26, 2013, 02:52 PM
Did anyone fish on long point yet? If so how much ice is there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: slabslayer76 on Jan 26, 2013, 07:23 PM
 I just read from the happy hooker site  that someone fell through at long point today.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: obseen98 on Jan 27, 2013, 09:16 AM
    :( hope next weekend is a better looking  :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 27, 2013, 10:23 AM
watched a guy fall through at prendergast... be careful the ice changes step to step  lots of people in mayville but the ice was scary and after seeing a guy go through already we decided to come home and regroup. Be smart  my spud is keeping me dry wonder why so few carry them?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 27, 2013, 03:53 PM
Weird year...for sure
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FishinTradition82 on Jan 27, 2013, 03:53 PM
Chautauqua has been odd this year. I think im going to wait until i hear more positive things until i make the drive and guess lol. I dont feel like taking a plunge. When its safe tho i bet the fish will be ON!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Number1Stunner on Jan 28, 2013, 12:16 PM
I am new to Ice fishing, only been doing it for 2 yrs now.  In the past when would Chautauqua typically be ready to ice fish? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Number1Stunner on Jan 28, 2013, 12:17 PM
How do I view the reports and conditions?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FrankM on Jan 28, 2013, 12:55 PM
How do I view the reports and conditions?
When you get 5 posts you can read reports and conditions
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: flybuster on Jan 28, 2013, 02:09 PM
I am new to Ice fishing, only been doing it for 2 yrs now.  In the past when would Chautauqua typically be ready to ice fish?

Always slightly different but two and three years ago we were fishing mayville before Christmas
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sdp on Jan 28, 2013, 06:15 PM
Fished Long Point over weekend. Saw a couple guys go through. Ice changes fast ice was from 2 inches in spots to 4 inches. Mostly white junk ice. Be safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 28, 2013, 06:26 PM
Anybody that fishes Chaut. on here using a vex FL-22 shoot me a pm...Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch28 on Jan 28, 2013, 07:23 PM
just need to vent went to pg on sat we were the first to spud out.some ice was 4inch some was 1to 2 inch we stayed on the 4 but was very careful there were some guys just walking around like there was 12"of ice just dont understand went to mayville on sunday 2" at best snowmobile came within 15ft of my hut this is just stupid wish game wardens would watch this stay on top ps someone said there was a good 4" on mayville i didnt see it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dmc on Jan 28, 2013, 07:59 PM
anybody fishing mayville
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 29, 2013, 03:37 PM
Man, didn't realize it was going to rain like this in Buffalo....Is it raining hard down that way?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 29, 2013, 03:42 PM
yes nate we had T-storms and a serious dumping most of the morning. It has mellowed a bit now.
dmc there were 20 or so people on mayville sunday, but after watching a guy fall in a PG my friend was a bit gun shy. The ice near shore (gone now I am sure) was very weak. Supposedly the ice thickened further out but , we decided to try smaller waters. I spudded right where the snowmobiles had gone over the night before and it took 1 half-ass whack with my spud to break through. It is raining and very warm right now I guess we'll see what happens , but even this optimist is planning on road-tripping if I need my ice fix this winter :'(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Jan 29, 2013, 05:02 PM
Stopped by prendergast on way home today wasn't near as bad as i expected it to be  by no means safe but expected to see mass damage   creek wasn't raging and the shore ice was still intact if the winds they are calling for doesn't get under it we might just salvage some icetime with a cooldown and no snow    alot of variables but we had the same weather this week last year and we still managed to fish superbowl sunday     
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Jan 29, 2013, 05:48 PM
Rain and high winds.Pack it in,its over.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 29, 2013, 07:44 PM
We'll get back out.  we have cold weather coming.  I have seen weird stuff in my 50 years, just grab a 6 pack and wait, as our great Jimmy Griffin said!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jensen on Jan 29, 2013, 08:44 PM
I hope the warm weather dont screw us up too bad. Last year was horrible and this year I have only made it out twice hoping the winters return here with the cold temps
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Jan 30, 2013, 08:18 AM
Do any of you local guys think we have a chance of fishing it this weekend ??? ( on ice that is )
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 30, 2013, 09:31 PM
 :)Fished Maple Springs and Burtis over the weekend.  Maple provided a limit of 8-11 perch on Sunday in three hours.  Ice was very iffy.  2 inches with a later of slushy water and then another 2 inches below that.  The perch were in numbers with a mix of sizes.  Their guts were filled with smelt of all sizes.  Could only see 2 other fishermen in the distance off the point of Maple Springs.  Good evening bite in Burtis on the gills during the last 45 minutes of light on Saturday.  However, the bite was very very light and nearly nonexistent earlier in the day.  Ended up with 21 keepers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 30, 2013, 09:45 PM
 >:( Might need chest waders to get to the "iffy" ice this weekend.  This weather makes me sick!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 30, 2013, 09:50 PM
Hey floatafly.   Would you out to check the ice for me on Friday to see if I can get on Saturday??
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 31, 2013, 08:55 PM
  Sorry Megellan I have to work.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: widg on Feb 01, 2013, 12:38 PM
Whats the ice looking like?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffaolobunk on Feb 01, 2013, 02:11 PM
Anyone have an update on mayville at all?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Feb 01, 2013, 02:16 PM
Burtis was 100% open water yesterday. Today there is slush floating around, but no ice to be found. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: steelie on Feb 01, 2013, 02:59 PM
should be water depth and wave height conditions !  :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 1goldenhook on Feb 02, 2013, 03:46 PM
new to ice shanty ! enjoy the site, bummin over no ice to drill
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 02, 2013, 04:20 PM
Welcome to Iceshanty
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: AJSCH123 on Feb 02, 2013, 04:20 PM
anyone else on here fishing the pro am at chautauqua?  i havent fished it to long and dont foresee there being enough ice by the 16th.  what do you think?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 03, 2013, 05:36 PM
Hope there is good ice by then...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 04, 2013, 05:52 PM
I drove around most of the lake.  Didn't go out too far anywhere but all of it had SOME ice.  An inch or two of decent ice near shore on Burt, may, and LP.  Snow was not too bad on the south.  looked worst at LP for snow.  I realize it has been a scary couple of weeks.  I'm somewhere on that fine line between anxiously cautious and a big $#* hurry to get back out.  What a tease this winter has been!  I may go poke around somewhere in the next couple days.  I'll keep you posted (maybe).
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Feb 04, 2013, 06:13 PM
Definitely keep us posted on the ice situation down there! We need a solid 4" to go forward with the tournament - fingers crossed!! @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Feb 04, 2013, 07:53 PM
 >:(  Can't wait for the ice to come back on Chautauqua.  I fished Lime Lake and Cuba Lake on Saturday.  2-3 inches on Lime in some areas, but the key bluegill/perch areas were too thin and even some open water.  Cuba had  4 inches of black ice at the breast end and sketchy ice and open water on most of the lake.  Once again the key panfish spots were not safe.  I probably drilled 100 holes on the day, with very little to write home about.  Beats sitting at home. Both lakes had discolored water from last weeks rain and meltdown.  It's been a cold week, but we are getting later in the season.  Longer days... etc.  Keep your fingers crossed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: richardnoodle on Feb 05, 2013, 08:58 AM
Thanks everyone for the updates
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Feb 05, 2013, 01:31 PM
breaking out the aluminum boat!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 05, 2013, 06:10 PM
The 10 day forecast is looking iffy.  It may just settle the snow down gradually.  I'm hopping with you Timmy.  I wouldn't expect more than 6" by next weekend. It may be tough for the pros and ams to get where they want to go off of mayville safely. Last winter was similar weather and Mayville had the worst ice on the lake.  I'm gona go check a spot on the north side tmrw night.  If it were up to me I would consider moving the starting location for the pro & am divisions to LP or PG.  See what I find tmrw.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 05, 2013, 06:34 PM
I'm getting tired of sitting in the garage inside the hut drinking beer and listening to hockey.  wait, nope, not tired of it yet, still would rather be on the ice.   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 05, 2013, 10:40 PM
Why is there reports of lots of guys on 4" of ice,another report of guys out for 3 days now,all on page1,someone has a bent tape measurer or reports are very unreliable on R&C board.I called Happy Hooker Sat. and Lisa said still open in N.central area and no one out.Hogans Hut said some guys came in for bait but doesn't have ice report.I find it very hard to fathom that guys are risking their lives for some stupid fish after the debacle before the last thaw.Be safe and use some common sense,thats something that seems to be lacking these days.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 06, 2013, 01:38 AM
I've been wondering the same thing, fishn-nik. i saw a post from today on another thread, "ice is good, 4". bring a rope". ummmm, ok. Oh well, guess people will tell us to "check it yourself"  :-\
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Feb 06, 2013, 05:04 AM
A seasoned fisherman once said to me you wont know if you dont go  so i would have to say toughen up buttercup and give it a try
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ghostface on Feb 06, 2013, 07:02 AM
Tough to judge whether they are foolish when your judging the safety of the ice from your living room and they are on it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 06, 2013, 07:32 AM
2 weeks ago before the last thaw was good ice too and everyone was falling in,just wondering how there is good ice with 6" of snow,aren't we supposed to put accurate reports up,just saying very conflicting reports.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 06, 2013, 07:45 AM
only way to tell is to go and see.  people on the another lakes thread were talking about  how 3 inches was lost from the warmup and not safe bla bla bla.  then i go there and its close to 10 inches 1.5 miles or more out, machines everywhere, and hundreds of huts.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Meatball78 on Feb 06, 2013, 07:45 AM
Hi guys. Wondering if I can get a little help here. I haven't fished Chautauqua in almost 20 years. I have to take my 4 wheeler in to Hectors for some recall work some time and was thinking about hitting Burtis for the day while I wait for it to get done. I have been holding off untill there is enough ice but the reports board seem odd with so many conflicting reports. I am looking for info on where I can get bait close, how is the access, what I should use for bait, and what can I expect such as depth, fish species and how the fishing generally is. I know I am new to this board and I don't want to tie up your thread so please feel free to PM me with the info.

Thanks,
Meatball
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: freezerfiller on Feb 06, 2013, 09:05 AM
as bad as bait shops need to sell bait, they don't make a habit out of sending people out on bad ice.  If you call Hogan's Hut, they are pretty honest and if they say come on down there is safe ice somewhere and can usually point you in the right direction.  I have traveled there on some of these reports only to see people walking on 2 x 12s from the shore to the ice, open water, huts partially submerged where someone took a bath and left their stuff etc..  It sucks when the weather prevents solid ice, but the most accurate report is your own
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sidge69 on Feb 06, 2013, 11:16 AM
Will call Hogans Hut today and let you know
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sidge69 on Feb 06, 2013, 11:29 AM
was told by Hogans Hut the police were telling people to get off the ice this morning
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 06, 2013, 11:35 AM
i'm not surprised. didnt believe it was 4" anyways. not with all that snow. don't understand why people gotta lie about conditions. lie about catching fish, not safety.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 06, 2013, 11:59 AM
Thanks for that accurate report sidge69!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: catfish hunter09 on Feb 06, 2013, 12:43 PM
NO Go for chaut lake. im making the 3 hr drive out to oneida lake this weekend and if that isnt too good just guna head north...gota use the gear. long weekend good time for a vaca to the mountains
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Feb 06, 2013, 02:07 PM
Hey guys people are not lying there are areas you can fish safely for the past three days.   Did it myself. You just can't walk out every where. The best way to check the ice is to take a spud, friend and a life vest. The ice on the lake varies greatly always does. If you want to fish the lake this weekend you can, with a little bit of driving and knowledge. Shore ice scares many away. First ice is wonderful and most find out about it too late.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 06, 2013, 03:37 PM
My friends are fishing parts of the lake which we deem safe, many may not. I will fish on 2" of ice even with snow on top, many will not and I do not blame them I spud every step . Just because there are people out there does not mean it is safe, I saw a guy fall in before the warm up and I bet this is the case for many of the folks who got wet, he did not once check the thickness, he saw us and assumed. I will be fishing on chatauqua lake tomorrow and will give the best report I can. BTW before the warm-up when there were many wet fisherman we were told by Hogans Hut the ice was safe in a few places I would not even have dared trying. I know it sucks coming from a distance , but this year you really need to look and decide for yourself what you consider safe. Meatball Burtis Bay is 4-6 fow weeds  spikes and waxies on your favorite jigs will catch fish, Happy Hooker a few miles up the Western Shore (394) Lakewood side is an excellent baitshop that is well stocked and should have all you need.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Feb 06, 2013, 04:46 PM
Heavy snow coming in late tomorrow,not good for already iffy ice.To go out on the ice after several reports of people falling through is a very bad decision.All reports are different and continue to be inconsistent and unfortunately i think people are just posting BS to stir up more icemaniacs to post updates.This BS has to stop or someone will fall through the ice and may not be lucky enough to get out.So lets keep it real.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 06, 2013, 06:42 PM
Heavy snow coming in late tomorrow,not good for already iffy ice.To go out on the ice after several reports of people falling through is a very bad decision.All reports are different and continue to be inconsistent and unfortunately i think people are just posting BS to stir up more icemaniacs to post updates.This BS has to stop or someone will fall through the ice and may not be lucky enough to get out.So lets keep it real.

The REAL fact is that lakes don't freeze like hockey rinks.  On most lakes in this region the early ice conditions are very "inconsistent".  There are places that people have been fishing for the last couple days.  There are other places no one in their right mind would try to get on.  All on one lake.  Like Marcus said, if you're careful and have the right equipment you can get out and fish.  Anyone who takes anything on this sight as gospel is an idiot.  You still have to use common sense and check the ice as you move around.  It doesn't hurt to make some real local friends who ice fish and will give you an honest report of the conditions.  I'm too bitter to make new friends but I am susceptible to bribery! 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 06, 2013, 07:48 PM
Those spud bars are priceless when the conditions are weird.  I miss 2008!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Feb 08, 2013, 05:17 PM
Has anyone checked out any areas of Chautauqua Lake ice conditions ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Feb 09, 2013, 07:29 AM
There are plenty of people off the north side of long point.  Some at Pendergast as of Thursday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gregacker on Feb 09, 2013, 10:02 AM
anybody getting out off long pt or dewittville
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishmaster13184 on Feb 10, 2013, 10:32 AM
I ask this every year and never get an answer but can someone pm my how the ice is off bemus point I do not know this lake well enough to go anywhere else and always do decent there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pshootr on Feb 10, 2013, 12:30 PM
any of you guys try the deep water off of vikings or the bell tower?thanks if anyone cares to report on these areas.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 10, 2013, 06:11 PM
No one off Bemus Point today, at least this morning.  Ice isn't great anywhere.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EvanW86 on Feb 12, 2013, 07:52 AM
Bumb.
Ice conditions?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 12, 2013, 08:48 AM
Soon as the wind slows, I'll be out... Gonna try dewittville and MS
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nadr on Feb 12, 2013, 03:54 PM
Went off of Pentergast Sunday. Ice was shotty, 2" to 3" of ok ice under slush. Caught a few doz. grass perch. Guys around Long Point and Bath House. Was told no one was down near Mayville and saw no one at Bemus.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kolyan on Feb 12, 2013, 08:21 PM
hows snow situation on the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 13, 2013, 12:36 AM
any information on vikings or mayville are the fishing there ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: JHNMCGGH on Feb 13, 2013, 06:01 AM
 :icefish: :icefish:    derby on or off  rescheduled?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Feb 13, 2013, 09:02 AM
going over my notes temps and stuff... and it just hits me, what went wrong with the ice this year?

I mean, yeah I know snow and melts IS what went wrong this year.

but on the other hand.

isn't heavy lake effect snow happen every year (time) bitterly cold water comes over the lakes?  and I kind of recall that Many years have midwinter warm snaps.  its Not just an 00 thing.  back to the 80's; mid winter warm snaps were the bane of this kids sled riding adventures.

Several years back when I first started to ice fishing (08?),  I could barely drill through LP with over a foot of ice.  What did that year have that this year didn't??

would we be on barely drillable ice if we haven't had the big melt the jan 30th?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Feb 13, 2013, 09:08 AM
:icefish: :icefish:    derby on or off  rescheduled?

Canceled - Can't reschedule, as that would push the event into late March. So the next NYS IPA event for Chautauqua Lake will be next year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zadvorney on Feb 13, 2013, 11:15 AM
A look at the NOAA stats as to whether or not Lake Erie was locked up with ice or was open.  When the lake is open we get more lake effect snow and the temps don't matter as much due to any ice formed will be covered by deep snow and rotted.  If Erie is frozen over then the existing ice on Chautauqua gets a chance to thicken clear ice giving us a safer and longer season.  No freeze Erie means no real season on Chautauqua.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 13, 2013, 11:42 AM
Chautauqua needs a good 5 inches of black ice before BEFORE we get the heavy snows.   Otherwise the snow insulates the thin ice, and it doesn't thicken to a good solid safe base.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8POINT on Feb 13, 2013, 02:11 PM
does any body think the ice will be safe this wk end?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 13, 2013, 03:31 PM
Absolutely! Get out there. Great ice making weather tomorrow. I'd call happy hooker too and ask them. They love it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 13, 2013, 03:33 PM
does any body think the ice will be safe this wk end?
depends on your definition of safe? friends are fishing right now, and for the first time since 2011 I am taking the kids out because I feel it is consistent enough, may not be too thick, but at least in the area I am fishing it is the same thickness throughout the area. My friends are saying the ice is about the same thickness as it was this past weekend minus the snow on top. Conditions are far from ideal, but good enough for me.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8POINT on Feb 13, 2013, 06:09 PM
thanks for the help man. im going to take the trip down. hopefuly i can get on the ice for the first time this season. thanks again
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 13, 2013, 07:31 PM
Well, it took to February 13th to lock up the Chaut. report page, happens every year.  Nobody ever learns...reports only!  Jeez
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 13, 2013, 08:23 PM
Checking Toms Point in AM with Hanger, and Chautauqua Lake Eddy.  Only have till 9AM.  Buddy ad 1 sub par keeper at LP, today..  managed to feed a pack of Hungry coy dogs a pile of  perch.. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: adkRoy on Feb 13, 2013, 08:28 PM
Checking Toms Point in AM with Hanger, and Chautauqua Lake Eddy.  Only have till 9AM.  Buddy ad 1 sub par keeper at LP, today..  managed to feed a pack of Hungry coy dogs a pile of  perch..

what a sad waste of fish  :'(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 13, 2013, 11:57 PM
any reports on mayville or vikings thinking about taking a run to vikings or mayville friday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Feb 14, 2013, 01:02 AM
Well, it took to February 13th to lock up the Chaut. report page, happens every year.  Nobody ever learns...reports only!  Jeez

so what happens now? will they reopen it??
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pshootr on Feb 14, 2013, 08:00 AM
A sad waste of fish sticks.lol..theres millions more where those came from adkroy.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Stryder444 on Feb 14, 2013, 09:49 AM
I know where you are coming from, adkroy.  I am one of those guys that hates to see people just taking bucket after bucket of fish and then complaining when there aren't any.  Especially if they are what you consider "throwing them away".  Please understand this this is a very different matter.  I have fished dozens of lakes in this area and have never seen the amount of small perch the are in chautauqua.  This has been going on for several years.  As as avid fisherman of that lake, I can tell you that other species have really suffered due to the sheer numbers of perch that have exploded.  What pshooter is doing is both legal and a big help to the overall health of the lake.  When I go there again this weekend, if I am once again swarmed by small perch, I will be taking my 50 small ones out of the lake as well. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 14, 2013, 09:57 AM
to bad they don't stock chautaqua like they do to oneida.   i read a thing on oneida that they stock 50million walleye fry a year. crazy and doesn't even account for natural reproduction.  Oneida is only 5 times the size of chautauqua to.  I'd take 10 million fry. hahah  need abundance of predators in that lake to thin them out. 

another thing is of the thousands of perch myself and friends of caught... i've never caught or seen one that i would call a "jumbo".  place like honeoye is a fraction of chautauqua and they have jumbos?  just doesn't make sense

i'd love to hear from a DEC biologist on why.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pete/ny on Feb 14, 2013, 10:14 AM
I know where you are coming from, adkroy.  I am one of those guys that hates to see people just taking bucket after bucket of fish and then complaining when there aren't any.  Especially if they are what you consider "throwing them away".  Please understand this this is a very different matter.  I have fished dozens of lakes in this area and have never seen the amount of small perch the are in chautauqua.  This has been going on for several years.  As as avid fisherman of that lake, I can tell you that other species have really suffered due to the sheer numbers of perch that have exploded.  What pshooter is doing is both legal and a big help to the overall health of the lake.  When I go there again this weekend, if I am once again swarmed by small perch, I will be taking my 50 small ones out of the lake as well.
               Just to set the record straight, Pshter has not caught perch and left them on the ice for scavengers. If he did I would not be fishing with him.It was another fisherman who left them to waste and rot. I don't think a DEC Officer would like to see this done or I am sure whoever did it would be reading about it from his wallet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 14, 2013, 10:30 AM
Anyone have an ice report for Burtis Bay? I got yelled at for asking on the reports and conditions page after I mentioned that there have been guys out there every day this week, just wasn't sure how much ice there was.  I didn't mean to offend anyone, I am just trying to get out and do some fishing this weekend, but I don't want to be on iffy ice.  Thanks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Feb 14, 2013, 10:55 AM
depends on your definition of safe? friends are fishing right now, and for the first time since 2011 I am taking the kids out because I feel it is consistent enough, may not be too thick, but at least in the area I am fishing it is the same thickness throughout the area. My friends are saying the ice is about the same thickness as it was this past weekend minus the snow on top. Conditions are far from ideal, but good enough for me.

Marcus - where you going out of? I would like an area of consistent ice to feel better with my kids also! Thanks, Duke
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Feb 14, 2013, 11:06 AM
they really ought to .. temporarily... allow unlimited harvesting of yellow perch.

after all, Isn't the PURPOSE of game limits to help us as fishermen be sustainable with the fishery??  well, the most "sustainable" action that could possibly happen with all these yellow perch is some massive kill, and preferably a heavy harvest (rather than some kind of disease that would dampen the fishery after numbers have been brought under control).

think of an aquarium, if somehow we don't deal with the overcrowding, some kind of disease is all but inevitable.

If you want an example, within this very waterway.  think white perch.  I remember when there was everywhere, now that some rot has set in their numbers have plummited. 


besides, is there not lakes within NY that actually have unlimited creel limits of Perch?  if not NY, somewhere regionally.  I recalll reading about folks selling whole buckets of fish.  This  kind of pressure might be enough to move the needle on the problem.

unfortunately, with a sketchy ice year, I bet harvest is low.  and just as likely winterkill will be nonexistant.  NY Dec the really IS a problem- are you going to do something!?? (prolly not  :'()
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: youngster on Feb 14, 2013, 11:11 AM
what did they ever do before us humans came around and made everything perfect... bwahahahaha   ,inevitable fish kill = mothernature at her finest,,  thins the herd and stops the weak links from propagating.    ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 14, 2013, 11:12 AM
parts of jefferson county are no limit on perch and those are jumbos. haha  ya last  year chaut had no real ice and i can't remember about the year before that so atleast 2 years of no winter kill off.  To bad there wasn't a Chautauqua Lake Walleye Association.   I'd join if my dues went to stocking eyes in the lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 14, 2013, 11:56 AM
to bad they don't stock chautaqua like they do to oneida.   i read a thing on oneida that they stock 50million walleye fry a year. crazy and doesn't even account for natural reproduction.  Oneida is only 5 times the size of chautauqua to.  I'd take 10 million fry. hahah  need abundance of predators in that lake to thin them out. 

another thing is of the thousands of perch myself and friends of caught... i've never caught or seen one that i would call a "jumbo".  place like honeoye is a fraction of chautauqua and they have jumbos?  just doesn't make sense

i'd love to hear from a DEC biologist on why.
well said and a VERY good point. i know Walter is in there but maybe make a lesser creel limit for the eyes and stock fry for couple years to balance it out
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 14, 2013, 12:25 PM
2012 they stocked chautauqua with 75,000 musky.  not sure how many walleye but i know they do stock fingerlings.  no clue if they are in there but some smelt wouldn't be bad either.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 14, 2013, 01:25 PM
My buddy Christopher keeps as many small perch as he can. He pickles them whole and we pick at them during hunting season. I'm not a big fan of the skin, but the flesh is superb. Not to mention battering and blanching the roe. Divine meal. If anyone has eaten Baluga Sturgeon caviar, then you know what I'm talking about. Liquified heaven that just eases down your throat.


Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 14, 2013, 06:29 PM
any ice  reports for vikings or mayville was going on planning on friday but warm temp  don't want to take that 70 mile ride and have unsafe ice  heard that snow in the forcast 1 or 2 feet but may make a run out sunday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kyle870 on Feb 15, 2013, 06:10 AM
Im affraid that fingerlings are what you need on your lake and they cost money to raise so guess what.The senecas have built a fingerling program on the river not real far you guys. Egg sack fry are wiped out by the hoards of perch. The squeakey wheel gets the grease or in this case the walleye fingerlings.  ORGANIZE and get squeakey.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EyEsNiPeR on Feb 16, 2013, 06:06 AM
Its hard to understand what yoy guys are actually saying abiut the perch on chaut. As a die hard walleye fisherman I can tell you that even when I'm out strictly for eyes, I catch perch. If its a size issue then stop fishing the perch daycares at mayville and ither well known places where there water is shallow and is safe fir tons of small perch. Big water equals bigger fish, plain and simple.  As to the comment on reducing the creel limit for walleye, thst is crazy.  Just a few yrs ago the creel was 5 15's, now its 3 18's. I've been hitting the lake hard for years and have only limited a handful of times. I have respect for any fisherman, but when you catch tons of fish, whether big or small and still complain, that's when I start to disagree. Its not like perch fisherman are in it for the fight of the fish, theyre in it for the meat. So stop complaining, put yout time in, find a new spot, and enjoy the fishing we have on the great lake of chaut.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: walleyety on Feb 16, 2013, 07:16 AM
To my knowledge Chautauqua is stocked with fingerlings annually, the coastline is far too inhabited to sustain a walleye population without help.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 16, 2013, 07:24 AM
Eyesniper there is just so many of them and most are small. Me and the wife are headed down to help with the perch population in a few minutes.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EyEsNiPeR on Feb 16, 2013, 08:08 AM
Marcus, I wish more perch fisherman had the attitude that you have. Just enjoying fishing for what it is and for the sport snd traditions. I just don't like to hear complaining and them not doing anything about it. Bottom line is small fish will grow to big fish, just gotta find those big ones. Believe me they exist.. As a die hard walleye fisherman I'm very familiar with disappointment, but my didappointment is not catching a single walleye in hrs of fishing. As opposed to perchers catching tons of small fish and being disappointed. Once again I applaud your attitude marcus and wish they all thought like you.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pshootr on Feb 16, 2013, 10:14 AM
botom line is this boys!they all fry up the same,whether they are 6 inches or 12 inches,if you know how to artfully work an electric filet knife you will get a filet off a 6 inch perch.bottom line!keep whatever size you want on the perch,it aint nobodys business but yours!!just dont go over the daily limit,which i think it should be 100 in that lake anyways.if you guys get out give me a shout,dying to get a bucket of perch sticks,the freezer is mt.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8POINT on Feb 16, 2013, 10:57 AM
i agree with this guy. i will filet them up if u guys dont want then. my kids eat them like they are candy...  can anybody tell me how the ice conditions are? i would like to head down tomorrow and try to fill a bucket myself.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: EyEsNiPeR on Feb 16, 2013, 11:31 AM
I agree too. Ice is good most places, depends where you go though. Bring a spud bar just in case and spud out to where you wanna fish.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BIGFISH on Feb 16, 2013, 02:00 PM
        be there in the am to weed out the little one     yum     bigfish :icefish:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 85champ on Feb 16, 2013, 02:14 PM
is there safe ice on pendergast or bell tower? Or just long point?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 16, 2013, 02:22 PM
If you chase smelt in the spring,then whats the difference,a 4" smelt or 2 4" perch fillets?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 16, 2013, 02:31 PM
I fished misway park the ice is goos there 2 layers but 8-10" total white and black hard and slick, it was snowing pretty good when we left to get lunch at Tom's had an excellent burger. Fishing was very fast but tiny perch up to 5" or so 24' 32' 12' 6' 9'   it didnt matter the depth same results everywhere. ice is  looking nice people all over. I would still suggest the spud bar especially near shore. 
Title: Chautaqua Lake
Post by: btabz on Feb 17, 2013, 09:35 AM
Fished Midway yesterday 35 FOW Caught 45 perch & kept two at 9". Ice was fine although pressure crack behind us 1' wide w/no ice was covered with snow...Be careful!! 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: btabz on Feb 17, 2013, 09:39 AM
We were at Midway too. Beautiful day for fishing but only 2 keepers! Some big pressure cracks around... 
Title: Re: Chautaqua Lake
Post by: bufficeman on Feb 17, 2013, 09:41 AM
2 more posts and you can access reports and conditions board and then you can post this there. Just reply to this twice and you're good to go. Thanks for the report and word of caution, yeah the ice sure has been busy making more ice the past cpl days
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Feb 17, 2013, 10:48 AM
    ??? ??? >:( >:( >:( ???to the weekend warrior fisherman in the black f250 with the silver rack that was parked in the far lot at.prendergast this morning  i have the garbage that you dropped  out b4 u left       had to b u only other truck besides ours parked there  its the little.things like that cause real sportsman to lose more and more access each season  thumbs down for that kind of behavior  :cookoo: :cookoo: :cookoo: :%$#!: :%$#!:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brian318 on Feb 17, 2013, 12:15 PM
Going out tommorrow AM to Long Point, going to see how everything is off the ramp straight out. Thursday may either go There (Long Point) or Midway super early and ride the bucket before setting up the ice cube (Gonna Jig for old Walleye) . To be honest Ive never caught a walleye before (Actually iced a Steelhead once, not here obviously)on Chautauqua. Two questions- one how are they about parking down at Midway (down by the water /lower area), and two for walleye where do you get the best hits on the walleye in the deep holes or closer to shore where the small feeder fish can get wedged between the land and the ice? I was gonna jig with a Jigging rap, a swedish pimple or a rattlespoon, tipped with a shiner head. Ive seen fellas sittin on the buckets with a lantern , I assume going for walleye. Ive done well here on perch, gills , crappies, but never caught that illustrious marble eye. hate to sound like such a novice, Ive got good gear, have fished the Big E for Slobs, but just havent gotten the W on the Big C. Any comments would be soley appreciated, I have gotten quite a education from so many of you, and I am very thankful for it. have a nice day- Brian
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 17, 2013, 06:36 PM
Brian be willing to change up the lure/bait combo, I usually have a couple goto lures for eyes but this morning I had to go outside the box and caught a healthy one at 21" I have had no issues since midway became a state park parking is not too bad.
Title: Re: Chautaqua Lake
Post by: btabz on Feb 17, 2013, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the advice...Just havin fun fishin but would like to be able to help others too....Gonna post twice so I can share my news...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 17, 2013, 09:16 PM
 fished midway vikings was only able to get dinks small perch between 5 and 7 inch ice was like 7 inches white then  finished the day at mayville same story small perch  there was other guys getting some bluegills and lots of small perch too  ice was about 4 or 5 inches of good ice  lake is making some serious ice loud noises  on the ice
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: burtbomberz on Feb 18, 2013, 07:34 AM
Went out of bell tower yesterday...what everybody else is saying...dinks...but lots of them.  Ice seemed pretty good out to.fifty feet..    staying at webbs resort and was hopin to fish all day while wife and.kids hung at pool at webbs but water is disgusting and cold so I'm gonna entertain wife and kids during day and get out tonight around 5 and fish till whenever. Was gonna go out of mayville for crappie. Appreciate any advice or tips. Anyone lookin to go nitefishing send me a message.    Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pete/ny on Feb 18, 2013, 07:39 AM
We have stayed at Webbs man many times and not once did we find the pool dirty.Did you let someone know about the problem? Mary Ann is a very nice person and I am sure if someone knew about it they would try and remedy the problem.Glad you had a great time otherwise.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 18, 2013, 11:29 AM
Whats the scoop?   Why we on lock down?      I heard a rumor that their bringing  back the 15 " limit on Walleye on the lake, but dropping it to (2) anyone else hear that?  We need to bump the perch quaota up to Unlimited,  maybe put a bounty on those 5 inchers. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 18, 2013, 12:39 PM
Oh my goodness! What a weekend, especially Sunday. The wind was dynamic, and really made for some difficult times, but we pounded the snot out of the eyes that morning, and filled another bucket with larger perch. Finally got into the perch after some trial and error. Error being we were using too small of bait, trial meaning it took a few hours to get them honed in. I'm not sure how many more fish fries my friends and I can have. I swear Karl and Robert's ice armour suits are going to pop! LMAO! That evening we shared a few bottles of Wicked Wench Stout, battered the eyes in bluemoon/breadcrumbs and dipped them in some homemade horseradish and dill sauce. The night ended by the fireplace with Karl playing his 1967 stratocaster to Pink Floyd and we dozed off into a slumber. Had to work today.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trouts on Feb 18, 2013, 12:51 PM
At ms now was greeted with seeing a gentleman relieving himself 30 yards from the road facing the houses and folk walking their dogs. Dont think i want to play with the 4 inch perch will head to the deep water. Keep it up boys
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Feb 18, 2013, 02:03 PM
Fished Mayville today on 4 inches of loud crackling ice.Caught around 20 dinks.It was great just getting out and fishing..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigDynamite on Feb 18, 2013, 02:05 PM
Hi guys -

Looking at my 1st ice trip to Chautauqua on Wednesday.  Planning on Long Point as access seems pretty straight forward and ice reports good.  Is there a weedline at somepoint out from shore there and is there a way to get on near the bathhouse (if I decide to go to that side instead) or do you need to work your way out and around the point?  I understand from reading many past posts that the perch are running small in most cases, but would love to have a shot at a walleye and I'm sure my 8 year old son is more than willing to pick through the small perch just for fun.  Any tips appreciated.

Tight Lines and Hard Water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Brett63 on Feb 18, 2013, 02:46 PM
What is the lastest to stay out fishing?  Is it worth staying out past dark?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 18, 2013, 03:04 PM
depends on what u want to catch crappies and eyes will somtimes bite at night
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 18, 2013, 04:29 PM
What is the lastest to stay out fishing?  Is it worth staying out past dark?
Hour after dark  for eyes.  Bring a light and make sure you know your way in, be safe.
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Post by: fishing in the hut on Feb 18, 2013, 05:35 PM
My self and the wife were out a mayville today
iced over 40 perch between 8 - 4
kept 11-6" got home went to town with the knife added a little butter onion salt & pepper couldn't ask for a better taste to end the day
nothing left to do but wait till next weekend -planning to go out of long point
 one more thing " thank you Chautauqua lake" your awesome !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Feb 18, 2013, 05:40 PM
… fished the West Side today, 36’ – 42’ of water, major small perch issue again, never kept a one, caught an easy 100+ … ice is 5”, less than half black, smooth patchy crust, slick top, but stable (for now) –  partner nabbed an eye right off  (couldn’t get it to crack the line) … sunny high 20’s on the ice, +/- 10mph winds out of the south today.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brian318 on Feb 18, 2013, 06:14 PM
Fished Off Prendagrast today, bite was so so there on wax worms, caught fish, just none worth keeping( sorry 4-5 inchers dont cut it) I was there till 130, was the only one left in the parking lot. Everyone else seemed pretty discouraged due to the small perch program. I think im heading back to Mayville Thursday AM for Gills, figure at least they are good size. ICE was making noise all day, only bad thing was a monster crack on the one side of the launch ramp, there was standing water all along the crack that headed across the Lake going towards Midway Park area. When I got back to the ramp there was about 4-5 inches of water and a shelf near the ramp entrance. I had best luck with mimic minnows with a treble, and buckshot rattle spoon, all baited chandalier style. Sometimes the bites were so light they just robbed the bait. Hopefully ice holds up and doesnt get to sloppy after tommorrow. was thinking about jiggin for eyes on thursday am at midway before going to mayville. what time do you guys tend to like better for the eyes, like 4-6am or like 6-8pm? Anyways have a nice day.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 18, 2013, 06:36 PM
My self and the wife were out a mayville today
iced over 40 perch between 8 - 4
kept 11-6" got home went to town with the knife added a little butter onion salt & pepper couldn't ask for a better taste to end the day
nothing left to do but wait till next weekend -planning to go out of long point
 one more thing " thank you Chautauqua lake" your awesome !

It doesn't get any better than that.
Title: how the ice chautauqua lake
Post by: ejk on Feb 18, 2013, 06:38 PM
how the ice chautauqua lake ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Lightman on Feb 18, 2013, 07:53 PM
Fished off MS/Midway today away from the pack and had a great day. The weather was nice, the bite was consistent, and I was able to sort out 25 or so 8"+ from the few hundred that bit. The ice was 8" where I was, with 4 of that being clear, white on top...although with the temps the last few days, the white is decently hard.  Walking out from MS, there was a pressure crack going acros the lake, which I crossed on my way out this morning, and it was about a 1 inch crack. The lake was really booming and popping today, a few times everything moved underneath.  On my way off the ice today, it was 2-4 feet wide and open water...

I was buzzed by a snowmobiler by about 50 yards who was doing 60mph...that guy sure had some guts to be out on the lake.
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Post by: waltman on Feb 18, 2013, 08:27 PM
 fished chatauqua lake again today mayville lots of small perch  was able to get a few 8 and one 10 and caught my first gill on a jig and wax worm ended up with 3 gills  fished by the same two guys they ended up with some nice big gills and two guys coming off the ice when i was getting on  did good on the big gills in the am  about 5 ices of ice and about 30 or so guys fishing today @at mayville good luck fishing &  catch some fish heard that there was about 100 guys at burtis today
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jigman 069 on Feb 18, 2013, 09:49 PM
Fished vikings sat pm & sun till 2:00pm dinks to many to count sat was great sun not so
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Post by: waltman on Feb 18, 2013, 09:56 PM
fished vikings monday dink city   all small fish a few 7 maybe one or two 8
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Feb 19, 2013, 01:47 AM
Big Dynamite yes there is a road to the bathhouse side. Have not fished this year, but usually a good time with a lot of fish caught though small. Not sure there is any weedline. From reports the perch are getting smaller this year, and can`t really understand it. Over population, or over fishing???? Food for thought. Remember my friends getting some big perch on jigging rapala`s for walleye, when we were using small jigs with spikes for perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Lightman on Feb 19, 2013, 07:29 AM
I too wonder if the lake has been overfished, and we've culled out a lot of the big ones. Who knows..I'm not a marine biologist..but there are LOT of dinks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigDynamite on Feb 19, 2013, 08:23 AM
Thanks Dave -

Weather may encourage me to go somewhere to the east to avoid snow.  Will have to see what they are calling for.

Tight Lines and Hard Water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 19, 2013, 11:15 AM
No snow as of yet. Lake is going to be slick. Bring your cleats.
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Post by: buffaloice on Feb 19, 2013, 03:09 PM
Well planning my trip down too Long Point on Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, unfortunately looks too be the only one to Chautauqua  this short season.  I will try to thin out the perch as best I can and hopefully a walleye or two. What I was going to try was a little nite time crappy fishing and was looking for any tips as to locations around LP for crappy. I usually fish off the peninsula, if I remember right the water is about 40 feet deep or so but I havent been down that way since the year before last so my memory might be fuzzy. This will be my first time trying for crappy on Chautauqua but a few years ago some old timers told me off the point was a good place to find crappy, is this still the case?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fmck on Feb 19, 2013, 04:15 PM
gonna try the lake maybe sat what are you guys using for bait and where you getting them from? im coming from attica so there arent ant bait stores here..any help would be appreciated
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chris steel on Feb 19, 2013, 04:19 PM
Mayville or burtis for Crappie is a better bet
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 19, 2013, 05:50 PM
you can stopped by the happy hooker in lakewood or stop by hogan hut in stow if you are driving by  westfield  you can stop by raynor's
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brian318 on Feb 19, 2013, 06:03 PM
If your going for crappie Mayville seems to be a good bet, Ive stayed overnight there, and have gotton some superb Crappie with my wife and daughter. Go out from the launch, to the left and go out till you line up with the little lighthouse and can see the neon signs from the bar/restaurant across the street. As far as lures and bait, mimic minnows or jig a whoppers (Flashy little spoons with a treble) laced with wax worms do the trick. Be prepared, there are some nice gills in there too. Im going out Thursday super early, was contemplating walleye at Midway, but Im not so sure Im that good to get one (never got one), and with ice being sketchy lately mayville is a square deal. Personally I dont even care what I catch, it usually tastes good with butter and onion rings. By the way, walleye guys, is Midway park, between 4am till sunup a advisable time to jig for the W?, I fished across from there Monday and that pressure crack honestly was a bit unnerving (the one going from Penda across). Oh well if your in Mayville On Thursday look for the Tundra tuff shanty with the pierogi cookin, Ill be present- brian
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: steelysteve on Feb 19, 2013, 06:24 PM
It doesn't get any better than that.

Good times
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Post by: packer on Feb 19, 2013, 07:11 PM
The question is how to get into the crappie with all the dink perch around
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 19, 2013, 07:39 PM
The question is how to get into the crappie with all the dink perch around
after dark is a good start, not saying the perch won't hit after dark just usually a lot less of them. Brian I catch very few keeper sized walleyes, very few walleye actually, but latching into a good one will help you to realize why you keep trying. Midway is a decent place to start if you have electronics just move and jig until you see them on the screen then usually we switch baits/styles until we get one to hit . Without a flasher  you can jig within a few feet of bottom for a few minutes before moving and changing baits. I get skunked quite often when after them, but the 1 or 2 I get here and there makes it worth while. Basically you'll never get your first if you dont give it a try. The crappie fishing gets better as the year progresses, so putting them off for a bit to focus on walleye isn't a bad idea.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brian318 on Feb 20, 2013, 01:57 PM
Thanks Marcus! I figure I will ride the bucket and in the words of Sarah Palin "Drill baby drill!!!" prob try each hole for a bit, change up presentations, and go for it. Honestly I cant wait for may to get my canoe out and cast/verticle jig for them after the season opens up,. Thanks again and have a good day!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 20, 2013, 01:59 PM
Friday is the last day for the happy hooker, so they may not have bait.  Millers in Sunset has what you need.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 20, 2013, 02:13 PM
if your targeting walleye and don't have a flasher or sonar i wouldn't bother.   I've never tried to target eyes in chautauqua but from my experience at oneida if you don't have one your wasting your time. im sure alot of guys with flashers would agree.  I've caught alot of eyes this year in deep water (30ft +) and most were suspended way up or didn't hit my lure til it was less than 10ft below my hole.  funny fishing that deep and when you hook up its only a couple cranks and in ur lap.  just my .02   i have a vexilar but my buddy has a marcum and loves it.  his was also $200 less than mine

on another note about the crappie.   I know most guys say night time with lanteen but i don't see why you can't catch during the day suspended.  I wish the lake froze earlier because i bet you can find them deep around belltower area suspended.   we went to a lake thats predominately crappie this year and crushed um all day long suspended in deep water.  can't see how it couldn't be the same at chautauqua since there are tons.  they have to be somewhere close all day before they come into the shallows.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 20, 2013, 05:04 PM
I have had that same feeling about the crappie and aside from a straggler here an there, and one freak day on the mayville flats we have been unable to find them before dusk at least. I think they are there just not actively feeding or something. I agree kind of, with your statement about walleyes and flashers, but I have seen it done plenty , not by me I love my electronics, but by others. That trick you say about pulling fish off the bottom and havin them hit 10-15 ' off of the bottom is a common occurance on chatauqua and a flasher is extremely helpful for this . 10-15 years ago people were piling up the eyes and most were doing it without flashers, so it can be done. I ran into Brian at a store in fredonia this am on the way to work and he gave me the news about the shop, but he also said there may be someone willing to get into the business and open a shop in Mayville with the happy hooker's connections and help, I really hope this happens mayville is very close to home . I understand the reasoning for closing the shop wish I had the money or time to consider it , but I like to fish too much. Brian is pumped to be able to fish now though...hope he is bringing the bait  ;D  Hogan's Hut still has bait so we are still ok. I like miller's, but it is a bit out  of the way going to chatauqua. Also I have seen the man in green a few times and the bait at miller's isn't "certified". Not getting into that discussion, but hearsay is those regulations will be loosened more for the 2013-2014 season.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 20, 2013, 07:34 PM
Im sure it can be done but someone wi th flasher will outfish without 99 percent of the time. I use to think you didnt need one til I bought one and really honed skills this year. All I know is im from buffalo and if I forgot my vex n I was going for wally id drive back to buffalo to get it and come back. Haha. Oldtimers who dont use got serious skills
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 20, 2013, 07:42 PM
Im sure it can be done but someone wi th flasher will outfish without 99 percent of the time. I use to think you didnt need one til I bought one and really honed skills this year. All I know is im from buffalo and if I forgot my vex n I was going for wally id drive back to buffalo to get it and come back. Haha. Oldtimers who dont use got serious skills
I have turned around for the marcum. My friend helped me load up and assured me he grabbed it, well he hadn't and I made him turn around and get it. Luckily we were only 20 minutes from home . Got back home , sure enough  it was on the front porch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: slabspanker on Feb 21, 2013, 06:58 AM
Why is the Hooker closing? that was my "go to" when i fish Chautauqua!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 21, 2013, 08:36 AM
whats going on with the hooker closing?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Feb 21, 2013, 09:05 AM
i'd think that a couple bad ice seasons in a row put the hurting on those local bait shops for sure.  Atleast Hogans has gas, food, etc so its not dependant on fishermen. I was only in the happy hooker a few fimes but if i remember its just fishing supplies.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 21, 2013, 10:41 AM
I tried Long Point last night from 7pm-930pm in search of Crappie.  We set up in about 10FOW on the weedline and got skunked.  My normal spots for Crappie would have been hell in that wind last night so we tried something different.  Now we know not to do that again, lol. 
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Post by: Irrgang131 on Feb 21, 2013, 02:45 PM
Traffic court at 9:30 tomorrow then I will be down for the rest of the day and to fish into the night.. Not sure where to go..Fished out from the pier on the north side of LP last friday and didnt fair to well..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 21, 2013, 06:37 PM
thinking of hitting Mayville late afternoon and into the night tommorow. Has anybody been evening fishing at Mayville, and were there any good reports?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Feb 21, 2013, 07:03 PM
Brian got a job in Buffalo last time I talked to her. She didn't want to run the place by herself and be away from him. They had it up for sale for year and a half but no one could come up with the money to buy it so they are closing for good. There is going to be an auction some time?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 21, 2013, 07:26 PM
Too bad about the Hooker, but if there might be a new shop in Mayville that would be great!
I'll be on the lake at sun up tomorrow, better get back to the hockey game!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jigman 069 on Feb 21, 2013, 09:12 PM
any one fish dewittville yet? seen two huts sun.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: iceman7471 on Feb 22, 2013, 07:10 AM
Fished mayville Yesterday from 6:00-noon.  First set up was in the weeds and produced only a few bites.  Moved another 100 yards or so out, no weeds and had hundreds of iced fish.  Most not being large enough even for the electric filet knife.  It's fishing!!!  I am curious of those who were out at the bell tower, deeper water, were you finding any success with larger perch.  We had a really nice muskey hit a rapala in mayville yesterday as well, go it to the hole to successfully release it with out bringing it all the way out of the hole.  That was a awesome treat caught on video. 
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Post by: Between Hunting Seasons on Feb 22, 2013, 08:12 AM
Fished the bell tower last weekend.  Lots of small perch, but only 2 or 3 over 8" >:(.  The only excitement was when a musky swam under the hole (probably eating the small perch tossed back in).  Trying Midway this weekend, there has to be larger fish somewhere!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 22, 2013, 12:58 PM
Stopped in the Happy Hooker to say goodbye, they will be missed.
Picked up a few things just for old times sake.
Today is the last day.  Sad to see another shop bite the dust.
Love this economy... :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Pole-ska on Feb 22, 2013, 02:06 PM
Hey guys...
Just a couple ?'s.  what do you think the reason for all of the dinks is?  lack of fishing pressure? we went out on presidents day and kept a few. only one that was near 10". even the ones i kept were questionable on any other day. i mean a majority of them i could have swallowed whole! Sushi anyone?  we tried going with bigger bait etc. and it helped but holy crap!

also i am headed out early tomorrow to hopefully get a walleye...is there anything special i should know?  never tried for them before.  deep, shallow etc? figured i would jig a bit and set up a couple tip ups. 

thx and good luck out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 23, 2013, 12:38 AM
Hey guys...
Just a couple ?'s.  what do you think the reason for all of the dinks is?  lack of fishing pressure? we went out on presidents day and kept a few. only one that was near 10". even the ones i kept were questionable on any other day. i mean a majority of them i could have swallowed whole! Sushi anyone?  we tried going with bigger bait etc. and it helped but holy crap!

also i am headed out early tomorrow to hopefully get a walleye...is there anything special i should know?  never tried for them before.  deep, shallow etc? figured i would jig a bit and set up a couple tip ups. 

thx and good luck out there.
i personally think there's just too many of them plus there was no winter die off last year either since there was little to no ice. it would help if there were some more eye's in there feasting away..... don't mean i'm right but, it's just my simple opinion
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Feb 23, 2013, 06:19 AM
Stopped in to the hooker around 5:30 last night and saw a sign on the door that said they were closed. Brian saw me pull in and opened the door. Told me I was his last minnow sale and the doors were closed for good.  Those minnows got me my first walleye through the ice, a nice 22" female, right before dark. 

Good luck to Brian and Lisa, the hooker was a great shop.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 23, 2013, 07:05 PM
Just wanted to say to watch it out by the pressure crack at Long Point. Stepped across it and 1 leg went through up to the thigh. Heart hasn't pumped that hard in years!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chriscollect26 on Feb 23, 2013, 07:51 PM
Thats scary! My friends were down there today I read this from other people posting and seen they cancelled their tournament. Those reasons made me go else were today.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 23, 2013, 08:11 PM
scary for sure. Most of the lake is holding some decent ice though chris, I have fished 3 different areas in the past few days and have not found less then 8" total ice. One spot was close to 10" and it wasn't "layered" it was solid top to bottom with about half being black/clear. Have seen another area that was 8" with a little gap then about 2", which I know doesn't really count as 10", but enough to feel comfortable. I assume you are ok I suspect this was the big crack that was a couple inches open one day then near a foot wide after the wind blew, probably froze that foot wide gap and then a llittle snow to cover the very thin new ice. I did not see it myself but my buddy fished the southern end of the lake, very long walk from burtis and said he had well over a foot of ice and very little snow on top. The ice is in good shape.The same guy  also told me, I will be seeing them tomorrow, that they caught some true jumbo perch. When I see him I will get pictures before that I will not post what he told me for size .  Be careful out there although I said the ice looks decent it is still a bit funky never really froze right. I felt fairly comfortable where I was with my daughter this morning, but I still used the spud when moving around...which wasn't needed much today  ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zadvorney on Feb 24, 2013, 07:49 PM
Fished all day saturday. Tried for walleye in morning and evening and no luck.  It was great ice every place i stepped.  Get out and fish.  The perch have all been small.  I kept 4 all day.The best part was a quick try at Mayville for some night fishing.  I fished a few holes and caught some small gills.  I was having trouble keeping my eyes open so I called it quits.  On the way in I talked to a couple guys and offered them some bait.  I wasn't half way home when I realized i left my bucket with perch on the ice. I was so tired I just kept going.  The eyes are there, you just have to be in the right place and time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Feb 25, 2013, 07:02 PM
Anyone heading out in the am. Might have to fly solo and don't like being the lone sole
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Post by: waltman on Feb 25, 2013, 10:40 PM
FISHED MAYVILLE TODAY DINKS CITY  MANAGE A FEW 9  SOME 8'S   SOME 7 'S  MOVE AROUND ALOT FISHED SHALLOWS  25 OR 30 GUYS WHERE OUT  IN MAYVILLE  TALKED   TO THE AMISH KID AND SPOKE WITH HIS FATHER THEY SAID THEY LIMITE OUT ON THE GILLS I SAW WHAT THE KID HAD AND HE HAD SOME NICE GILLS
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Post by: FraBilKil on Feb 26, 2013, 10:48 AM
Zad,
Are you with the BFD?  If so, you were long gone by the time we discovered that you'd left your bucket behind. Thanks for the bait.  Since I received the bait, my buddy, the PostMaster, stuck me with your perch and bucket.  I still have the bucket in my garage.  Nice meeting you Sat night.
     
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Post by: zadvorney on Feb 26, 2013, 07:52 PM
Thanks frabilkil.  Good chatting with you too.  Keep the bucket if you can use it.. Works great as a minnow bucket.  I'll pick another one up this spring with the pool supplies.  I was so tired by the time i left that I don't remember driving home!   Did you or your buddy get out to the walleye grounds?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jigman 069 on Feb 26, 2013, 09:53 PM
hows the vickings this weekend? was at d'ville no eyes lots of dinks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Feb 27, 2013, 06:34 AM
Zad,
We didn't stay too much longer after you left.  No 'eyes.  I'm batting .000 (0 for 5) on walleyes here.  I still have the bait, aerated in my garage.  PostMaster and I are going to try lower Chautauqua this evening for panfish.  Thinking of poking around Long Point on Friday after my dental appointment.  On Saturday I'm taking my son and 5 yr. old granddaughter out after her ballet class to fish.  Planning on setting up my son's underwater camera to keep her interested.  We're uncertain if we're going to try Chautauqua or ASP-Red House.  It is contingent on ice/weather conditions.  Best of luck.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Feb 27, 2013, 04:14 PM
im from erie PA and i have to pay $70  for a licence and i only come up for ice fishing, and i'v got a 13 year old son whose an expert on ice fishing and he wont stop buggin' me about getting out very soon, you guys think miller bell tower is safe yet ? anything more than 3 " is fine. but anything less i wont take him out on. Really need a report on miller bell tower ice ASAP please ??? , next week looks great for building ice . hope it lasts.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 27, 2013, 05:13 PM
Not sure about the parking exactly this year  but the ice is good there, bring a spud, but the ice will be well within your 3" standard. It is sloppy right now, but barely above freezing and supposed to get real cold again friday for a while should be no problems. I have been bringing my kids and I need more than 3" for them. The only reason I suggest a spud is if you read back on reports or this page you will see a guy found a weak spot would hate to see your kid find an open crack that will be hidden by snow by the weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dap on Feb 27, 2013, 05:45 PM
Was going to head down to MM on Saturday and was wondering about the parking. I planned on going early AM. I mean early early AM. and was wondering if this will be a problem. Its been along time since I was last there. 15 years or so. If memory serves me correctly its private property. I dont want to ruin it by walking thru someones property at 3am. If someone could give me a heads up I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 27, 2013, 07:05 PM
any new reports from today on chautauqua 
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Post by: EyEsNiPeR on Feb 28, 2013, 11:40 AM
MM is private, only a few people have permission to park. Thete were problems in the past so I don't suggest parking there. I know the people who have permissipn and they have worked hard to keep access permission. Your best bet is to park at dewittville and make the long walk or I know some people park on the side street.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Feb 28, 2013, 11:51 PM
looking to hit the lake sunday with my son, do you think the ice will still be safe ? we're driving from no. ton. and don't want to use a tank of gas if the ice is not safe. will prob. start at mayville. thanx for any info.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Mar 01, 2013, 09:56 AM
Ice at Mayville is good will be tons of people out there this weekend. Went out last night bluegills are easy to catch. No worries about the ice on the lake as long as you stay away from the creeks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 01, 2013, 08:31 PM
I see our "reports" page is locked again...jeeze.  Same ever year, a bunch of questions and no reports, and nobody wants to look a post or two above.  Guy, BS here, report ONLY there!
See you ALL on the ice in the morning...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Mar 02, 2013, 05:25 PM
anyone out at lp today? hows the drag ? might go out early sunday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 02, 2013, 05:31 PM
any Mayville reports from today?  Planning on taking my son out tmmrwto build some memories!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Shelly on Mar 02, 2013, 05:34 PM
Went out today. Alot of small perch. Good times for the kids!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fisherhahn on Mar 02, 2013, 06:12 PM
Monster musky out of MM this morning. great fight on 6lb test, couple quick picks, and away she went, the Flag up! we had another one on a tip up! Too cold and numb from the first one and my buddy ended up breaking it off.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 02, 2013, 06:55 PM
Fished Burtis from 7:30 to 10:30, VERY slow, only saw a few fish on the camera, moved up to Long Point,  tons of perch, all in the 6-7" range.  Ice great, drag VERY easy,
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: clammule on Mar 02, 2013, 10:06 PM
Fished mayville today-lots of dink perch. Kept 8 perch and 5 gills-ice was 8-10". Lost a big Muskie at the hole also my cell phone . The drag was easy. Guess I'll drag myself to the Verizon Store tommorow!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 02, 2013, 10:12 PM
what size perch and gills and what did you catch them on ? good luck fishing
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Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 03, 2013, 01:39 PM
Anyone have any luck with the perch today?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 03, 2013, 01:49 PM
little ones at LP for me and my daughter today. Little ones in Maple Springs yesterday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 03, 2013, 02:32 PM
fished mayville from 6:45 a.m to about noon today, caught at least 150 perch , got one 11 incher , had about 10 good keepers, seen three muskie in the camera , i only fish walleye and perch , so seeing those muskie were pretty cool , one of them covered the whole camera screen. good ice, about 5 " of black ice with about 2 " of snow ice on top of that, pretty easy dragging . happy i got out at least !  :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 03, 2013, 07:13 PM
Any one out on main lake? Prendergast Bell tower. Hows the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Mar 03, 2013, 09:36 PM
icefishing freak, did you have your son with you ? i think i talked to you on your way out. i had my 20 yr old son with me. we fished mayville from 12ish til about 5. lots of little perch. caught a 12 and an 18 inch bass. the bigger one was a trip on 2lb test line. had to have my son lip him for me. came home with 20 something big bluegill. got pretty windy and snowy later. good day out with my son though, he gets busy with work and school, and is being deployed to kawait this july with the air force so i'll take all the time with him i can right now !!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Mar 03, 2013, 09:41 PM
by the way, everything on spikes. nothing on emeralds or rosies.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jerrybud55 on Mar 03, 2013, 11:51 PM
I hope I can make it there this year. Live about 2hrs away makes it tough to get there. I've heard good things about it there. Hope it stays cold a little bit longer.  Not ready to stop yet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 04, 2013, 09:14 AM
Went to Mayville on Saturday.  Got some very nice gills just before dark on spikes, action was non-stop.  Fished until about 11pm and only got 3 Crappies after dark.  Ice was solid.  Very nice day on the ice!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Mar 04, 2013, 02:59 PM
heading down tomorrow thinking either lp or pendergrast. hows the ice in these areas
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 04, 2013, 04:47 PM
Chaut reports...  ;D ;D ;D
Hit Mayville (7.5 fow) this morning.  Windy and cold, Ice was great, drag was easy.
Lots of dinks, but landed and keep 8 perch at the 10" range.  Always a welcome suprise!  Kept a few palm sized gills too.
Great day on the ice.
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Post by: bernieb on Mar 04, 2013, 04:57 PM
Has anyone fished the Bell Tower lately?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: youngster on Mar 04, 2013, 06:28 PM
hit 36 ft off pendergast .. drag wasnt bad plenty of ice   ,,, DINKVILLE !!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 04, 2013, 08:09 PM
anymore reports from today in mayville i hope i can hook into those musky or a musky  and get some big perch and gills  good luck fishing
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 04, 2013, 09:53 PM
Be careful,muskies are out of season so its best not for to try for them,never know who's watching.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Mar 05, 2013, 07:48 AM
 ;)  Fished Kinzua 6 days over the past three weeks.  Limits of walleyes for the first two weeks, but seems to be slowing down lately.  Biggest eye was 22 inches.  Also caught 26 jumbo perch, 4 pike over 26 inches, 1 channel cat, and a couple of crappies.  Ice is very good (6+ inches of hard ice).  Find the structure and key depth changes.

Fished at least 4 days at Chautauqua from Burtis to Mayville.  Nice perch in certain spots (just need to find them).  Limits on jumbo gills on a couple of those days.  Crappies are spotty, but they are biting when you find them.

It's been a wonderful ice season between these two lakes.  Freezer is filling up fast.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Mar 05, 2013, 11:19 AM
;)  Fished Kinzua 6 days over the past three weeks.  Limits of walleyes for the first two weeks, but seems to be slowing down lately.  Biggest eye was 22 inches.  Also caught 26 jumbo perch, 4 pike over 26 inches, 1 channel cat, and a couple of crappies.  Ice is very good (6+ inches of hard ice).  Find the structure and key depth changes.

Fished at least 4 days at Chautauqua from Burtis to Mayville.  Nice perch in certain spots (just need to find them).  Limits on jumbo gills on a couple of those days.  Crappies are spotty, but they are biting when you find them.

It's been a wonderful ice season between these two lakes.  Freezer is filling up fast.
Where do you access the ice at Kinzua? I've always wanted to try it just didn't know where.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 05, 2013, 12:07 PM
My friend Thomas and I fished yesterday from 6am till dark. We packed a nice healthy lunch. We started the day limiting out on eyes, and then moved into perch grounds. Caught fish, between the two of us, in upwards of 300+. We through back 3/4 of them and maxed out a few 5 gallon buckets with 9+ inchers. The best day yet on Chautauqua. Although tired at the end of the day, we made a fabulous meal together. With panko-lime crusted walleye filets fried in bacon grease, perch dipped in tequila batter served with homemade horseradish relish and a side of italian roasted potatos. Thomas was funny. His belly was so full he popped a button on his trousers and sewed it back on with some homemade catgut.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Mar 05, 2013, 12:21 PM
You can access it in many areas. Best walleye fishing is out of willow bay at the northern end of PA or north of that if you have a reservation license. Sugar Bay is also another good area for walleyes (early ice), along with northerns and perch. Primarily all tip-up fishing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 05, 2013, 01:56 PM
You can access it in many areas. Best walleye fishing is out of willow bay at the northern end of PA or north of that if you have a reservation license. Sugar Bay is also another good area for walleyes (early ice), along with northerns and perch. Primarily all tip-up fishing.
where did you fish out of ? Pendergast, mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 05, 2013, 02:31 PM
hoping to get out this weekend on Chautauqua if the ice holds up for some last day walleye fishin, need to know where they'v been biting. would really appreciate it ASAP. thanks !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: navychief on Mar 05, 2013, 04:38 PM
Went out today at Mayville, ice was 7-10inches everywhere. Lots of dinks but I did manage to get a couple nice perch and gills, all on jigs tipped with spikes. I fished from 3ft to 15 ft, seemed fish were more active deeper earlier in the day and as the day progressed I moved a lot and the bite got shallow. I hope this helps anyone heading out next couple of days.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 05, 2013, 05:59 PM
I like the sound of the panko lime walleyes, yummy
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 05, 2013, 06:56 PM
First one on the ice at Mayville this morning...lots of dinks in the first set of holes...moved 50 yrds and started getting bigger gills. Ended up with 40 gills, 2 calies, and 2 perch. Caught 3 largemouths also. With the camera, it was easier to pick and choose, and also noticed that downsizing to a very tiny horizontal jig made a big difference. Tipped with wax worm or perch eyes. Saw 1 musky too.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 05, 2013, 07:08 PM
i need to know where there hittin
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 05, 2013, 10:09 PM
fished mayville had one of my best days on the ice manage a few 10 some 9  lots 8's  and lots of 7's talked to  this other guy  and he  was catching lots of undersize  crappies and manage  of few keepers and some nice bluegills  too about 20 guys out on the ice and lots of snowmoblies too   a guy was flying a small plane  and landing of the ice and taking off about 3 times  pretty cool to see that  great day lots of sun and blue skies and no wind
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jerrybud55 on Mar 05, 2013, 11:03 PM
Any suggestions of where to go for a first timer to Chautauqua? coming from the east on I86 heading west.  Looking for pan fish(gills,perch&crappie).  It's a 2 hr drive so i wanna make most of my time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 06, 2013, 01:11 AM
burtis bay, mid way  park vikings club , mayville ,and long point are all good places to fish perch gills and crappies calies calico's   you can stop at hogan hut bait shop and skip the guy that run the bait shop  can tell you where to fish or give him a call at hogan hut  in stow new york
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 06, 2013, 04:47 AM
 
Not asking for spot on spot, where have you been fishing out of ? Want to head out monday for some eyes. Was planning on starting around pendergast.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Mar 06, 2013, 09:25 AM
 
Not asking for spot on spot, where have you been fishing out of ? Want to head out monday for some eyes. Was planning on starting around pendergast.
They have been getting a few at Mission Meadows. You park at the Viking Club and go out to your right. There will be others out there. Best at night or dawn and dusk. A few at Long Point also.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Mar 06, 2013, 10:13 AM
prendergrast point take a hard right off the launch into whitney bay of the end off creek 25-28 feet at dusk lotta people walking off snug harbor road turns into a city at dusk saw a 26+ incher caught last night buddy caught a fat 17 1/2"  lotta small perch good 8-10" inches off ice, couple of sleds and a four wheeler out
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: crowbuster on Mar 06, 2013, 10:56 AM
what is ice condition at pendergast
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 06, 2013, 11:36 AM
Ice is good.  Lts of sleds and 4 wheelers.  8 - 10 inches.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 06, 2013, 12:15 PM
prendergrast point take a hard right off the launch into whitney bay of the end off creek 25-28 feet at dusk lotta people walking off snug harbor road turns into a city at dusk saw a 26+ incher caught last night buddy caught a fat 17 1/2"  lotta small perch good 8-10" inches off ice, couple of sleds and a four wheeler out
Wow ! Thanks for the info !!!! That was where i was going to start my target monday morning....... Thanks again !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 06, 2013, 02:20 PM
How's the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chautauqua Lake Eddy on Mar 06, 2013, 02:42 PM
whats with all the little perch's?  kill'em all boys .  this is not good for lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Mar 06, 2013, 02:48 PM
they should have perch tourney at chautauqua instead of that other tourney they were gona have.   heaviest 50 perch limit wins. ha

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 06, 2013, 03:17 PM
should be no limit on them.   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SwampRat on Mar 06, 2013, 03:46 PM
For sure
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 06, 2013, 05:01 PM
Been doing my part, fingers all cut up from filleting the little *****s . Took a break from the chatauqua dink factory and hit some smaller waters and came home with a fish fry or two and didn't need a 55 gallon drum full to make the meals. Gonna try and hit the eyes while the ice is still there and at it's best conditions this weekend. It really shouldn't be hard to find where they are hitting, predictable areas  this time of year, and there is usually a shanty city set up. Good luck. Been hearing lots of people hooking up with musky, I have a question about that, if I tie into a big one can I take a quick pic? or do I have to release without removing it from the water?   I have absolutely no interest in taking any home just wondering if it is legal to gently remove it and take a pic?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 06, 2013, 08:30 PM
I have been calling the DEC office on questions, they have been very friendly and can give the right info too...
Like the 1 or 3 points on Mepps or spinners in Lake Erie tribs
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: beemer0032 on Mar 06, 2013, 09:54 PM
What will you catch next year if you kill all the small perch? I think most perch aren't born 9" or bigger. Pretty much common sense.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 07, 2013, 12:50 AM
I thought maybe it was overfishing, but now I think over population. With my aqua vue I saw at least a dozen perch on my lure every time I dropped it down. The north side of the lake has 13 inches of ice between maple springs, and mission meadows. I was not expecting that.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 07, 2013, 01:17 PM
Anyone have any info on Belltower area,haven't seen any reports in that area ,anyone fishing there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 07, 2013, 03:22 PM
need info on the miller bell tower waters ASAP , thanks !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Mar 07, 2013, 04:35 PM
The days i have fished the north end this year i have only seen a handfull of people, or nobody out at the bell tower.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 07, 2013, 05:11 PM
On saturday last week there was a shanty town set up off the bell tower I cannot give a fishing report as I have not launched there this year, but everywhere I have been has had between 8-14" lots of it white ice, but still pretty solid. You will be fine there this weekend after the 60 degrees they are predicting sunday watch the shoreline until it gets cold again monday night-tuesday. Beemer the numbers are ridiculous if there are 1000 5-7" for every good one out there, which size  group gets the food? Constant competition for the resources and the numbers are winning over quality.
I am not a biologist by any stretch, but there seem to be far too many perch in this lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Mar 07, 2013, 06:11 PM
Southtown walleye org shld donate to hachery to stock more walleye ;D. I pay my yearly dues. Might have to go to a meeting and bring it up. More predators needed. Wish it was a better fishery. I drive to oneida every weekend for walters n lale erie jumbos.

Everytime I see someone say they caught a 12 in perch outa chaut I have to laugh. Out of the 1000s me n friends caight ive never seen a perch that big or close to it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 07, 2013, 07:29 PM
I have seen a few at or above 12" and they look like monsters on that lake. I have caught thousands easily and my biggest out there is still 11 1/2 , but I have seen others with some true jumbos...very few and far between though
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Mar 07, 2013, 07:50 PM
I caught a 12 1/2 "perch last weekend at Chautauqua.I've been fishing their for over 10years and this is the largest that I've see in that lake.I took a picture of it with a yardstick next to it with my cell phone.I'm not good at posting pictures but I can email it if someone would like to see it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: beemer0032 on Mar 07, 2013, 07:56 PM
I hear ya but those small perch are feeding the big walleyes u guys are starting to pull out of there. Also next year and the year after those perch will much bigger. Its all a cycle.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 07, 2013, 08:18 PM
. Also next year and the year after those perch will much bigger. Its all a cycle.

Yeah, that's what I used to say ,but it never rings true.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 07, 2013, 08:26 PM
my largest perch came from Bemus 2 yrs ago. Wardens were out on the ice that day, and they used their ruler to measure it at 13.25 inches. I'm sure it was just a freak catch, because I have never heard of anybody getting more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. it is now on my wall, and it looks nice!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 08, 2013, 01:21 AM
There were people fishing out of bell tower on wednesday not sure of ice thickness that side though. After years of perch fishing chautuauqua I don`t think I have even got an 11" fish. I think there needs to be more predator fish. The lake definitely regressed this year. I catch bigger perch out of my pond. I`m sure some people catch the occasional big one, but there should be a lot more.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chi on Mar 08, 2013, 04:52 AM
I hear ya but those small perch are feeding the big walleyes u guys are starting to pull out of there. Also next year and the year after those perch will much bigger. Its all a cycle.
IMO, a healthy lake would have a balance of small, medium and large sized Perch. Chautauqua is way out of balance. I was at the sportsman show yesterday and wanted to to with the fish biologist, he was right next to the DEC officer, but I didn't get the chance to do so. I'm sure there will be lots of Chautauqua fisherman at the show this weekend, maybe someone could stop and talk with him.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 08, 2013, 10:03 AM
Yea, problem with this lake is the eye population is horrible. Use to be easy to find these critters... can find them now, it just takes ALOT more effort with little results in comparison to other lakes in the area.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Mar 08, 2013, 10:37 AM
Oh my, you fellas are not going to believe this.

how very intuitive of you.

I will gladly be outfished by those that are swayed by the brilliance of maurice and monique. though I am very curious- what is a "concrete form stripper"? ???
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Mar 08, 2013, 10:41 AM
i believe it as much as i believe the story about jumbos..  maybe one here and one there but ne1 who says they consistently catch "jumbos" on chautauqua has never seen a true jumbo or is telling fish stories.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 08, 2013, 11:49 AM
Oh my, you fellas are not going to believe this. This very subject of these big perch came up just yesterday while fishing with my charming friend Maurice, on the southerly most lower west quadrant of the lake, in what seemed to be a wallowing channel just below us. We spoke in depth of this very subject. Maurice always seems to have the most logical graphic approach to describing his vigilant manner in which he pursues his perch fishing. Often he will speak candidly of the large perch, as if they actually had an impact, in direct conjunction with the walleye population, and the respective size, or even the density of the fishes flesh, which will increase it's weight per inch ratio. His vast knowledge, precipitates an unknown, yet influencing phenomenon, that bears relevance to the various duty points of the lake. Meaning the where's, whys, and how comes are most likely best left to the higher powers, and to focus more on the things in life, and fishing techniques we have the ability to manage ourselves. That Maurice always shares the best kept secrets, and I've been listening to him for years. He's learned most of this from his "Sister" Monique, a concrete form stripper of all things, about the science, and math of picking apart a known given, and modifying it to have the least direct impact, in conjunction with all the various variables that might, and can modify a balancing biological system such as the Chautauqua Lake Eco system. He said, she said, that on any given day, a diligent fisherman should be prepared for the worst case scenario, and then to hope for the best. Hence, for this weeks fishing outing, he says. "Go to Walgreen's before this weekend, and buy the three pack of Banana Raspberry Chapstick", because they are having a wonderful sale as we speak. Believe it or not, it's 10 cents off right now. That's right fellas, that's a 10 cent savings. Then he says, to take this Chapstick, and to rub it all over a number 12 Gamagutzu style stainless steel treble hook, using it sparingly on the tips of course, and your minds will be blown by this product, and it's powerful unknown secret ingredient that interacts with the stainless steel, (almost like the WD40 theory of fishing), and as it culminates with this select Gama steel, it resonates almost as a tuning fork of sorts, to attract "only" the biggest fish. I personally have not tried this shared phenomenon myself, but if Monique shared this with her brother Maurice, my friend, it has to be true.   I just wanted to take this moment to "Let The Cat Out Of The Bag" per say, and unravel some of the secrets to catching those bigger perch in this lake.
When does the second edition come out!  Sounds like a best seller!  Very entertaining!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 08, 2013, 12:52 PM
Oh my, you fellas are not going to believe this. This very subject of these big perch came up just yesterday while fishing with my charming friend Maurice, on the southerly most lower west quadrant of the lake, in what seemed to be a wallowing channel just below us. We spoke in depth of this very subject. Maurice always seems to have the most logical graphic approach to describing his vigilant manner in which he pursues his perch fishing. Often he will speak candidly of the large perch, as if they actually had an impact, in direct conjunction with the walleye population, and the respective size, or even the density of the fishes flesh, which will increase it's weight per inch ratio. His vast knowledge, precipitates an unknown, yet influencing phenomenon, that bears relevance to the various duty points of the lake. Meaning the where's, whys, and how comes are most likely best left to the higher powers, and to focus more on the things in life, and fishing techniques we have the ability to manage ourselves. That Maurice always shares the best kept secrets, and I've been listening to him for years. He's learned most of this from his "Sister" Monique, a concrete form stripper of all things, about the science, and math of picking apart a known given, and modifying it to have the least direct impact, in conjunction with all the various variables that might, and can modify a balancing biological system such as the Chautauqua Lake Eco system. He said, she said, that on any given day, a diligent fisherman should be prepared for the worst case scenario, and then to hope for the best. Hence, for this weeks fishing outing, he says. "Go to Walgreen's before this weekend, and buy the three pack of Banana Raspberry Chapstick", because they are having a wonderful sale as we speak. Believe it or not, it's 10 cents off right now. That's right fellas, that's a 10 cent savings. Then he says, to take this Chapstick, and to rub it all over a number 12 Gamagutzu style stainless steel treble hook, using it sparingly on the tips of course, and your minds will be blown by this product, and it's powerful unknown secret ingredient that interacts with the stainless steel, (almost like the WD40 theory of fishing), and as it culminates with this select Gama steel, it resonates almost as a tuning fork of sorts, to attract "only" the biggest fish. I personally have not tried this shared phenomenon myself, but if Monique shared this with her brother Maurice, my friend, it has to be true.   I just wanted to take this moment to "Let The Cat Out Of The Bag" per say, and unravel some of the secrets to catching those bigger perch in this lake.

Holy Post!!!!! What was that????? BROKE BACK FISHING TEAM????
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 08, 2013, 01:15 PM
i've been reading some of these comments about the lack of perch size in the lake. only once did i do really good with sizes and that was 2 and a half years ago pre-ice in month of november. caught my limit of 9-11" in 2 hours on my little 12foot dingy boat 200 yards off shore. i was shocked and happy. didnt have a 12" in the batch but closest i had was 11.5". Any other time i was there, i get tons of 7-8" all day but never really did push in size. that being said, i really have a hard time believing consistant catches of 12"+ perch. It needs more walleye's. that's the bottom line IMO. If you're catching dinks ALL DAY, then i believe its overpopulated.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 08, 2013, 01:31 PM
The evening, prior to today, had some remarkable happenings. My good close friend Silvio amongst others were out last evening for the miraculous walleye. We came across a good school and put a solid beating on 9 of them. It was a pleasure chatting and laughing out on the lake with space32, walleyehanger, eeriedeerie, jackie bushman and the conklin brothers.
We decided to play a game. Kind of like, toss the credit card in and whoever gets picked, picks up the bill. Thus, my good close friends always choose the most extravagant establishments because the odds are better but that's neither here nor there.
The game consisted of a bottle of cherry brandy, a baseball bat and close to 30 tip ups. Whenever a flag would hit, a shot of brandy was poured, a quick 30 second spin around the bat with forehead attached and off you went to the tip-up.
Oh the comical evening we had together. My dear friend spaco32 took a horrific tumble on to an auger and split his chin open, ronny conklin ran so far past his flag that we had to utilize gps to get him back, Hanger fell face first into his Rhino side by side and had one nasty shiner, and I chose just to sit back and sip the finest brandy while being entertained by my good friends. Silvio does not fish, but was there purely for the "man" aspect of the evening.
The memories we made last night and the entire season will live on forever. The 9 walleyes we did catch, we let go. It was the only ethical thing to do since none of us could, or would, be able to masterfully handle a filet knife with confidence.

On a side note - bbq out there this weekend. More food than we know what to do with. Come one, come all.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chi on Mar 08, 2013, 02:54 PM
Holy Post!!!!! What was that????? BROKE BACK FISHING TEAM????
.  Sounds like broke back every evening on Chautauqua.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 08, 2013, 03:39 PM
where hijinks I will bring beer I am down for the BBQ? I got venison I could bring if need be? Im not sure how to take your posts , but  if you are fooling then I will just have to do my normal fishing thing no big deal, if you are being serious I bet you guys are a fun crew to fish with. I am personally hitting my local honey hole for crappies tonight with my boy. Good luck
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 08, 2013, 04:20 PM
Got a crew going tomorrow. 20 plus guys. Bringing a beer pong table and propane smoker. Be out there from 6am till ? See you out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Mar 08, 2013, 05:36 PM
BsR n full of it. Dudes a joke
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 08, 2013, 09:11 PM
BsR maybe, but I enjoy the posts honestly. I have been around here for  a while and I get as tired of the same old lazy people not willing to do the leg work and are hoping to be put on a spot to catch fish without doing the work some of these guys have done over the years. This is not an attack on anyone at all, and I have no issue with asking a question here and there, but sometimes people expect to be given GPS coordinates and just sit down and catch fish. I have to work in the morning so good luck to anyone who makes it out, I am thinking the afternoon...anyone have GPS numbers for 6 lb+ walleye? I dont want to have to walk too far so I only want the best spots ::)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SwampRat on Mar 08, 2013, 09:43 PM
Southtown walleye org shld donate to hachery to stock more walleye ;D. I pay my yearly dues. Might have to go to a meeting and bring it up. More predators needed. Wish it was a better fishery. I drive to oneida every weekend for walters n lale erie jumbos.

Everytime I see someone say they caught a 12 in perch outa chaut I have to laugh. Out of the 1000s me n friends caight ive never seen a perch that big or close to it

You have never been to a meeting, comon nah.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 08, 2013, 10:31 PM
fished mayville lots of dinks manage a few 7.5 and a few 8  and only one 9.5 bite was slow   not as good as tuesday  about 30-35 guys out on the ice today friday  a few crappies caught and gills saw a pic of 5lb largemouth  bass nice fish over 20inch  most everyone was saying small perch again
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 09, 2013, 08:38 AM
Beer Pong? hmmmm, that sounds enticing lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 09, 2013, 09:57 AM
walleye pong!  you catch an undersized one, you chug!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 09, 2013, 01:35 PM
Damn right - game going right now.  Perfect day. Got about 25 guys, their kids and girlfriends out here. Good party. Perch all over the ice. Kids are loving it, and the food is awesome! Still got time for you internet fisherman to come out. Be here till the sun goes dowwn.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 09, 2013, 03:59 PM
Where are you fishing at?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 09, 2013, 04:48 PM
Chautauqua lake. About 45 mins south of buffalo.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 09, 2013, 05:27 PM
how was the fishing saturday on the lake any bigger perch  and how was the bite on the gills and cali's  calico's    catch some fish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuckieobrien1966 on Mar 09, 2013, 05:50 PM
Oh my, you fellas are not going to believe this. This very subject of these big perch came up just yesterday while fishing with my charming friend Maurice, on the southerly most lower west quadrant of the lake, in what seemed to be a wallowing channel just below us. We spoke in depth of this very subject. Maurice always seems to have the most logical graphic approach to describing his vigilant manner in which he pursues his perch fishing. Often he will speak candidly of the large perch, as if they actually had an impact, in direct conjunction with the walleye population, and the respective size, or even the density of the fishes flesh, which will increase it's weight per inch ratio. His vast knowledge, precipitates an unknown, yet influencing phenomenon, that bears relevance to the various duty points of the lake. Meaning the where's, whys, and how comes are most likely best left to the higher powers, and to focus more on the things in life, and fishing techniques we have the ability to manage ourselves. That Maurice always shares the best kept secrets, and I've been listening to him for years. He's learned most of this from his "Sister" Monique, a concrete form stripper of all things, about the science, and math of picking apart a known given, and modifying it to have the least direct impact, in conjunction with all the various variables that might, and can modify a balancing biological system such as the Chautauqua Lake Eco system. He said, she said, that on any given day, a diligent fisherman should be prepared for the worst case scenario, and then to hope for the best. Hence, for this weeks fishing outing, he says. "Go to Walgreen's before this weekend, and buy the three pack of Banana Raspberry Chapstick", because they are having a wonderful sale as we speak. Believe it or not, it's 10 cents off right now. That's right fellas, that's a 10 cent savings. Then he says, to take this Chapstick, and to rub it all over a number 12 Gamagutzu style stainless steel treble hook, using it sparingly on the tips of  :whistle:, and your minds will be blown by this product, and it's powerful unknown secret ingredient that interacts with the stainless steel, (almost like the WD40 theory of fishing), and as it culminates with this select Gama steel, it resonates almost as a tuning fork of sorts, to attract "only" the biggest fish. I personally have not tried this shared phenomenon myself, but if Monique shared this with her brother Maurice, my friend, it has to be true.   I just wanted to take this moment to "Let The Cat Out Of The Bag" per say, and unravel some of the secrets to catching those bigger perch in this lake.
WOW :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:    :unsure:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 09, 2013, 06:56 PM
I know that. What area is guess I should have said?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 10, 2013, 09:35 AM
Don't want to ask on the reports and conditions page but could someone who fishes till end of day Sunday at Pendergrast please report conditions of shore and lake ice? I would like to try one more time Monday but don't want to drive 65 miles to find no access! Thanks, Duke
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 10, 2013, 09:43 AM
What a party!!!!! Hijinks and crew sure know how make it happen.  What did you do with all those perch????
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 10, 2013, 10:03 AM
Spaco, Harold and myself were up till 2 am fileting them. Not sure what the final count was but it was close to 500 we ended up doing. All of them were over 8 inches.  Just a note to all the "whistleblowers" that all the fish were from our crew and we volunteered to clean them for a nominal price of a bottle of larceny bourbon. It was a party though. Final head count was 28 folks. We finished all the food met some new friends and put some fish on the ice. Highlight was the musky from ktronss kid. 44 inch slob. Out this pm to put some more eyes in the freezer.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 10, 2013, 07:13 PM
Slow night. 3 of us only managed 6 eyes. Few subpar 18 inchers and only 1 good 22 inch. We kept two for a fish fry. Be out as long As the ice lasts this week.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 10, 2013, 07:19 PM
Duke
Check the other page. I reported on there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 11, 2013, 08:59 AM
HOW WAS THE FISHING IN   MAYVILLE OVER THE WEEKEND ANY BIG PERCH GILLS OR CALI'S HOW IS THE ICE HOLDING UP WITH THE WARM TEMP  GOOD LUCK FISHING AND BE SAFE
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 11, 2013, 11:57 AM
We got close to 500 perch this weekend with our crew. Made runs to the dollar general for freezer bags more than once.
My good friend Sal had an amazing receipe for perch roe. He decided to take about 8 of the good sized females we caught, and lather them in coarse sea salt from the coast off Italy, a honey brine mix derived from new zealand popluation of honey bees which only feed on juniper blossoms, and a hint of jasmine. Sal only uses Cattleman lump charcoal for his cooking because of it's sweet earthy flavor. He got his cooking egg up to roughly 430 degrees and just a simple toss on each side to char them through. We enjoyed this topped upon stone ground french croquettes and the finest pinot noir. Heavenly. If you ever have a chance to eat perch roe, I highly suggest it. Just do it properly. The other roe sacs we either froze for future consumption, or coated in borax to make skein for steelhead and salmon season. I'll share my successes on myfishfinder.com
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 11, 2013, 06:50 PM
ATTENTION : ice survived, my friends out right now. ill post how ice conditions are when he gets back to me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Mar 11, 2013, 07:52 PM
 ;) Kinzua remained good to the end.  Fished Saturday and two of us limited on walleyes by noon. Headed to Chautauqua and picked up 50 gills the last hour before dark. Awesome day on the ice. With the warm-up, Kinzua is basically done because they are now raising the water. Shoreline is shot.  Boats to the north of us targeting the eyes before the season goes out.  Presque Isle is basically all open water now.  Look out crappies. They are next on the agenda. Hope the Chautauqua ice holds through the warm up.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Mar 12, 2013, 04:25 AM
Fished a popular eastside access last nite  the ice was  good fishing was even better  Hardley anyone around only 8 guys   that brings me to my reason for the post  the parking at this spot is usually limited on a busy day but was wide open last nite  some  genius decided that he didn't want to walk the last 63 yids from the parking area  so he drove his white Lincoln navigator onto the ice and parked  now the shore ice at this time of year is our weakest link  not to mention that this would be a perfect reason for the residents of that neighborhood  to stop our access at this point of entry   i have seen many many stupid things in my years of hardwater but this  takes the cake   big thumbs down to you driver
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: navychief on Mar 12, 2013, 10:36 AM
It's a shame when idiots only think of themselves and not how their actions impact others. Last time I was out at Mayville on my walk back to the parking area I picked up at least 10 empty pop bottles and numerous food wrappers. Why do people act like this?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 12, 2013, 11:39 AM
Fished a popular eastside access last nite  the ice was  good fishing was even better  Hardley anyone around only 8 guys   that brings me to my reason for the post  the parking at this spot is usually limited on a busy day but was wide open last nite  some  genius decided that he didn't want to walk the last 63 yids from the parking area  so he drove his white Lincoln navigator onto the ice and parked  now the shore ice at this time of year is our weakest link  not to mention that this would be a perfect reason for the residents of that neighborhood  to stop our access at this point of entry   i have seen many many stupid things in my years of hardwater but this  takes the cake   big thumbs down to you driver
Thats  Hangers vehicle... You should have confronted him.  He's a nice man.  Very cool headed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Mar 12, 2013, 12:03 PM
hows the shore ice holding up
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jackie bushman on Mar 12, 2013, 12:38 PM
Thats  Hangers vehicle... You should have confronted him.  He's a nice man.  Very cool headed.

This is better than reality TV .. I just burst out laughing !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icefishingfreak on Mar 12, 2013, 02:37 PM
yeah, my friend told me about that Lincoln navigator on the ice by dewitville , so far the ice is 10 " at dewitville as of last night. going somewhere for some last walleye night bite on Friday .
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: WALLYMARK on Mar 12, 2013, 05:31 PM
I've been reading about someone catching big perch in this lake. I've have not seen a big perch in this lake in years. If you want to catch big perch take the time and go to oneida lake it is the to go,go to the oneida bs thread start at page 226. Have not fished this lake this year but coming down thursday and friday to end the wally season. Can you get out at dewittville? Any help would be great Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 12, 2013, 05:38 PM
Need a report on Pendergrast- can you still get out? How did shore hold up?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 12, 2013, 06:31 PM
Big perch = 8" ;D
As for jerks...I fished Mayville at first light, and walked past a big pile of dead frozen perch and garbage.  I picked up the garbage in a bag I carry.  I hope its nobody on this page.  It just gives sportsmen a bad name, and we DO NOT need bad press.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 12, 2013, 07:04 PM
the other morning I was the first on Mayville, and picked up 2 empty propane cylinders. These are much lighter when you leave the ice, so take them with you!  Also, they can be refilled, which I did as soon as I got home. Thanks!  Any predictions on the ice for this weekend?  Just wondering if this cold spell will leave the shore ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 12, 2013, 07:10 PM
Ya that is B.S. people leaving garbage on the ice. Leaving perch on the ice is being a real jerk. If you want to  help out the lake by taking some of the dink perch. Catch them and take them home and throw in the garbage or in your garden . NOT ON THE ICE. THINK PEOPLE THINK!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 12, 2013, 08:05 PM
i agree i fished mayville and some other people left dinks perch on the ice last week  come on take with you and please don't leave on the ice
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chautauqua Lake Eddy on Mar 13, 2013, 07:41 AM
Ya that is B.S. people leaving garbage on the ice. Leaving perch on the ice is being a real jerk. If you want to  help out the lake by taking some of the dink perch. Catch them and take them home and throw in the garbage or in your garden . NOT ON THE ICE. THINK PEOPLE THINK!!!!!!!!!!
Been on  this lake for 50 years plus... never seen it this baad with little perches.  i for one hate em, would'nt even consider fishing for them.  it does no good to throw them back and there hard to fillet.  it's the cycle of life.  feed the birds and coyotes
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 13, 2013, 07:56 AM
Thats  Hangers vehicle... You should have confronted him.  He's a nice man.  Very cool headed.
I agree. A nice friendly conversation with him about where to park and how to do it properly would go a long way.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 14, 2013, 05:23 AM
Any reports on conditions ? Id like to try and make it out this monday if possible.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Mar 14, 2013, 09:50 AM
 ::)Any updates on the shore ice conditions.  I see that the channel at Celeron is open, but Burtis still looks frozen.  Anyone been on the ice at Mayville lately?   How about Maple Springs?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 14, 2013, 11:57 AM
Anyone going to finish Walleye season Friday at Dewittville? With the previous warmup I just don't want to be on the ice alone!
Thanks, Duke
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 14, 2013, 02:36 PM
Ya that is B.S. people leaving garbage on the ice. Leaving perch on the ice is being a real jerk. If you want to  help out the lake by taking some of the dink perch. Catch them and take them home and throw in the garbage or in your garden . NOT ON THE ICE. THINK PEOPLE THINK!!!!!!!!!!
I personally don't think people should kill any living thing unless they plan to consume them like I do daily. I wouldn't recommend throwing them in your garbage. Cats, yotes, dogs and even rats can infest your home or worse.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8POINT on Mar 14, 2013, 07:25 PM
I personally don't think people should kill any living thing unless they plan to consume them like I do daily. I wouldn't recommend throwing them in your garbage. Cats, yotes, dogs and even rats can infest your home or worse.

i think this is the smartest thing i have ever heard this guy say!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 14, 2013, 08:13 PM
Ya I sure don't believe any of his other stuff.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 14, 2013, 08:21 PM
i think this is the smartest thing i have ever heard this guy say!
Thank you. If everyone took a stand and policed the lake we wouldn't have reduced access to the critical spots where we know the fish are. I'm not the smartest man but I know that killing and discarding of gods creatures isn't in my blood or any of my brothern on is.com.
Please take the time to be thankful for all that we have and respect what gracious gift we've gotten from a higher power than any of us could imagine.
Doug
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 14, 2013, 08:26 PM
x2
Title: chautauqua lake ice
Post by: gonzo67 on Mar 14, 2013, 09:08 PM
been fishing off bemus pt the last couple weekends,caught mostly small perch.did catch a nice 6 lb walleye on pike chub off a tip up
Title: chautauqua lake ice
Post by: gonzo67 on Mar 14, 2013, 09:17 PM
anyone know how the ice is on chau. lake  gonna try to fish on sunday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 15, 2013, 09:56 AM
Fished lp (bath house side) last night. Ice was fine. Lost about two Inches of white but gained some black.   Some slush for the first 50 yds. Ice was talkin out there pretty good when I left at dark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 15, 2013, 06:38 PM
just off the ice at Mayville...7-8 '' of good ice. Water was murkey from the melt, but could still fish with the camera. Very slick without creepers. The snow was blowing around and not really accumulating.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 16, 2013, 12:20 AM
how did you do in mayville any good perch ,gills or calico's  was there many other people fishing there see any musky on cammar ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: navychief on Mar 16, 2013, 05:33 AM
Was at Long Point and Mayville yesterday, ice is still 6-8 inches thick, water murky due to melt and LOTS of wind. I caught perch and gills at both spots, one really nice 12" perch at Long Point and a couple more keepers at Mayville. While fishing Mayville I was catching dinks one after another and while pulling one up something big grabbed on and broke me off. I never got a look at it and only had it on for maybe 30 secs.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 16, 2013, 03:36 PM
What would one say the ice conditions are like on Chatauqua lake?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 16, 2013, 05:28 PM
probally a big musky broke off your line  how is the fishing  in mayville any big perch gills  or calico
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: youngster on Mar 17, 2013, 06:52 AM
look on the reports an conditions board :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\   oh thats right theres to much  BS over there..... ;D ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 17, 2013, 11:08 AM
Yep
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 17, 2013, 06:14 PM
Its the same every year, I never understand why the same do it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 07:12 AM
How's the ice holding up on Burtis, Pendergast and also Mission Meadows? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advanced and tight lines!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Mar 18, 2013, 07:21 AM
I was in Dewittville bay yesterday and there was 10 inches of ice and good shore ice .I think there's a good chance of getting out this weekend again.
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 01:58 PM
go to toms point for eyes. you'll thank me later.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 18, 2013, 02:34 PM
go to toms point for eyes. you'll thank me later.
Whats the story on this Lock Down??  Am I missing something???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 18, 2013, 03:23 PM
WAY TO GO HIJINKS.  Not only did you get the reports page locked up again but you also blew up a spot on the lake that every one on the internet will be searching out.  Mods please remove his posts from the reports page.  Thank You !!!


                                                                                                                                               --------------  Game Hog
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 18, 2013, 03:31 PM
Aren't they out of season now?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 03:32 PM
WAY TO GO HIJINKS.  Not only did you get the reports page locked up again but you also blew up a spot on the lake that every one on the internet will be searching out.  Mods please remove his posts from the reports page.  Thank You !!!


                                                                                                                                               --------------  Game Hog

That's funny. It's a public lake. If blame your friend crappie rod for his foul language and others for getting it locked. Not me.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 18, 2013, 03:37 PM
Not happy with them either.  Just don't be surprised when there is a crowd in that spot next year.  Look at what happened to the bell tower 2 years ago.
                                                                                  Just saying
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 03:39 PM
Mods. Please remove all game hogs posts. It's a reports and conditions website and we offer help and understating for fellow ice anglers to enjoy this beautiful lake and its bountiful harvest.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 03:40 PM
Not happy with them either.  Just don't be surprised when there is a crowd in that spot next year.  Look at what happened to the bell tower 2 years ago.
                                                                                  Just saying
Yep. People decided to fish there and enjoy it. Sorry I they took over your lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 18, 2013, 03:48 PM
I don't fish either spot no biggie to me.  Was trying to help you out actually.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ghostface on Mar 18, 2013, 03:58 PM
So you were targeting and catching walleye out of season is what I gather?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 04:17 PM
And musky and stripers and landlocked salmon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 18, 2013, 04:23 PM
I think it was an honest mistake...typo error...  But why were the photos deleted?  It was a report done correctly on the right forum, and yet they get deleted???  Why???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 18, 2013, 04:25 PM
Crappie Rod threw a few f bombs and other foul language out and now its locked.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Mar 18, 2013, 04:35 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi244.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg38%2Ffishtician%2Ficeeye.jpg&hash=496475ceb9a9ceeb04116817e414fc0f)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi244.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg38%2Ffishtician%2Ficeeyes.jpg&hash=877e6338aa89d79980e81cccf767e009)
Heres the fish from the final day... PB  10.7 lbs .  alot of shorties, but some real pigs iced the last 10 days......  Somewhere on the northern end of Chautauqua.  Dunkirk Observer with, FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2013 date., for verification.     #7 rapals /tipped.   All ready got tagged REMOVED???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chautauqua Lake Eddy on Mar 18, 2013, 04:59 PM
(http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg38/fishtician/iceeye.jpg)(http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg38/fishtician/iceeyes.jpg)
Heres the fish from the final day... PB  10.7 lbs .  alot of shorties, but some real pigs iced the last 10 days......  Somewhere on the northern end of Chautauqua.  Dunkirk Observer with, FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2013 date., for verification.     #7 rapals /tipped.   All ready got tagged REMOVED???
Nicee.  great catch.  2 guys cum in the See Suhr house for ,wings and wiskey,  talking about them  friday nite.  thought their bs n me.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kegcreek on Mar 18, 2013, 05:46 PM
(http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg38/fishtician/iceeye.jpg)(http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg38/fishtician/iceeyes.jpg)
Heres the fish from the final day... PB  10.7 lbs .  alot of shorties, but some real pigs iced the last 10 days......  Somewhere on the northern end of Chautauqua.  Dunkirk Observer with, FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2013 date., for verification.     #7 rapals /tipped.   All ready got tagged REMOVED???
.....................Snafu.............Nice way to end the season................ ........its nice to see somebody catching walleyes........
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: thegoods on Mar 18, 2013, 06:14 PM
Wow id hate to keep those slob females but I wouldnt b able to l et them go either. Nice catch man
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 18, 2013, 06:36 PM
Season must be slowing down.  The posts change in quality.

We need to focus our anger on Albany for the ban on soft plastic fishing lures that was proposed today.
Land of the free... I wish!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 18, 2013, 06:38 PM
I'm with Gamehog on this one.  It's one thing to give good reports and accurate conditions.  To call out lesser known access spots and then throw up those types of pictures is over the top. Right or not people are going to see those fish and think that's what they should expect when they come to chautauqua lake and fish for walleyes off "tom's" or anywhere for that matter.  Anyone who fishes walleye on this lake knows that the bite the last week of the season was exceptional this year.  It takes skill and TIME to catch walleye on chautauqua lake all year.  All those posts will do is crowd the lake up with (more) novices next year at the end of the walleye season. Look forward to more beer cans, coffee cups, cig butts on the ice!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 18, 2013, 06:45 PM
Season must be slowing down.  The posts change in quality.

We need to focus our anger on Albany for the ban on soft plastic fishing lures that was proposed today.
Land of the free... I wish!

What! Who's behind this one? Duck Unlimited again? All soft plastics? First my 10 round clips, now my Mr. Twisters?!  I still think huge walleye pics are a bad idea but this is a REAL problem!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 18, 2013, 06:45 PM
x2
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 18, 2013, 06:48 PM
they were talking about this on wyrk this morning.  BassMasters web site had it too.
Some b.s. states about animals dying after eating plastic....jeez
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 18, 2013, 06:59 PM
Lets teach those bstrds and all vote for a 3rd party candidate in the next general election!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ghostface on Mar 18, 2013, 07:01 PM
Great fish snafu.  Congrats on a great finish to the year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 18, 2013, 07:58 PM
hmmmmm.... gamehog, it seems the moderator gods have spoken!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 18, 2013, 08:07 PM
Give me a break Hijinks. One little word isn't gonna get the other site locked down. Atleast I post truthful post to help other people. I don't make stuff up.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: adkRoy on Mar 18, 2013, 08:08 PM
Give me a break Hijinks. One little word isn't gonna get the other site locked down. Atleast I post truthful post to help other people. I don't make stuff up.

Don't worry about him, he's taking a forced vacation right now.  ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 18, 2013, 08:10 PM
Thanks it about time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: WNY Fishing on Mar 18, 2013, 08:20 PM
I have been fishing lake Chautauqua for over 25 years.  I made it down there this weekend for the first time in probably 5 years.  Although it was exciting seeing the action, it absolutely amazes me how dinky tiny all the perch were.  The largest fish caught was 8" however i did manage to catch about 80 fish total...avg size 4-6".  seems there needs to be more of a predator to eat these up.  To comment on the walleye fishing above, those are very nice fish and exciting im sure.  Out of the 25 years fishing on that lake, those photos are the single best outing for walleye i have ever seen.  nice job on the catch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 18, 2013, 08:37 PM
by looking at the bellies on those walleyes, I think its safe to see they have been doing their share of cutting back on the perch population!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 18, 2013, 09:47 PM
ANYWORD IF THEY ARE STILL FISHING MAYVILLE AND IF THEY ARE  HOW THE PERCH GILLS AND CALI'S  FISHING GOING ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 18, 2013, 09:56 PM
Mayville only gave up small perch and gills for me on Saturday. Found better quality fish on Burtis Sunday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 19, 2013, 02:27 AM
by looking at the bellies on those walleyes, I think its safe to see they have been doing their share of cutting back on the perch population!
i'm guessing it's belly is full of eggs, not perch


As for the proposed ban on plastics---  :cookoo: :%$#!: 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuckieobrien1966 on Mar 19, 2013, 10:47 AM
Don't worry about him, he's taking a forced vacation right now.  ;)
Thank u so much for that. I am guilty sometimes myself of walking the thin line to a vacation but atleast i report the truth to help people out and not mislead them..sorry i walk the line but truth be told i have no time for bs reports and there are alot of them on here. Thanks again
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 19, 2013, 05:43 PM
Probably won't get up there any more this year but what is the parking and access like at Burtis? Lots of people have posted about fishing there. Never been there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 19, 2013, 06:17 PM
Nice big parking lot with easy walk on access.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 19, 2013, 08:30 PM
Parking lot is big enough for 40 vehicles. Water is shallow with lots of weeds. Great place for pan fishing. Snowing like crazy here now.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 20, 2013, 10:36 AM
How much snow on the ice?-looking for 1 more time Sunday at Dewittville. Keep everyone posted as to ice conditions and if it is still possible to swing out and to the left around the creek from Meadows Rd. Seems like this snow is never gonna stop! :o
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 20, 2013, 05:21 PM
Is it down by the fish and game club? Is there a parking lot at the boat launch and one bigger parking lot across the road? I think I fished out of there a few years back in April. Ya I didn't like how shallow it was at the launch. Prop flew up mud for a ways out.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 20, 2013, 06:30 PM
yep
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Mar 21, 2013, 12:24 PM
The big pond continues to be productive with the crappie bite improving with time.  Three of us fished the past weekend to the tune of 300 jumbo gills and 17 legal crappies.  Two great days on the ice. You just can't beat the taste of a bluegill dipped in egg wash, coated in Italian bread crumbs, and deep-fried for just under two minutes.  Mmmmmm.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 21, 2013, 12:41 PM
wow good job what part of the big pond did you fish and what bait did you use small jigs spikes wax worms  minnows etc etc   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spaco32 on Mar 21, 2013, 02:27 PM
Here we go again.....more recipes
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 22, 2013, 08:49 AM
Here we go again.....more recipes

As this is the BS thread it probably is the right place for a recipe. From what I am reading last few days, I guess no one is fishing anywhere but Burtis or Mayville. Anyone after perch at Pendergrast, Dewittville or Long Point?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: PerchPirate97 on Mar 22, 2013, 10:31 AM
Looking to head out tomorrow afternoon. Can somebody give a report as to snow/ice conditions at Mayville or Burtis? PM if need be, much appreciated
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Mar 22, 2013, 11:43 AM
Ice is good at Mayville and Burtis. No worries at all
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: PerchPirate97 on Mar 22, 2013, 12:37 PM
Thank you Rd
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 22, 2013, 02:41 PM
I fished Prendergrast Sat. and there was at least 8in. of ice. Don't think it would have changed, maybe for the good other than more snow? May be there sat. or Sunday?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 22, 2013, 06:27 PM
Another day on the ice tomorrow.  Got a lot of spike I have to feed to the gills!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 22, 2013, 07:09 PM
Will be up in the A.M. Don't know if will hit Prendergrast for dinkville or find some gills?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 22, 2013, 07:14 PM
Dewittville Sunday for some perch-found some bigger ones a week ago! Anyone else gonna try there Sunday?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Mar 23, 2013, 05:38 PM
Fished dewittville today.12" of ice.I caught 6 or 7 perch from 2pm till 4:30.only 2 keepers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Duke on Mar 23, 2013, 06:24 PM
Seanile - where did you fish at Dewittville? Did you go around creek to the left into the bay or fish straight out from Meadows Rd? Thanks for any info, Duke
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Mar 23, 2013, 07:08 PM
I was to the right of Meadows rd into the bay.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 23, 2013, 08:13 PM
Fished Predergrast and the dinks didn't dissapoint. Check out my post on Report page.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 23, 2013, 08:23 PM
limited on big gills at Burtis.  Sure beat the sorting through the dinks at Mayville.  Smallest horizontal jigg I had in the box worked best. Tipped with a piece of wax worm. Fished from 9:30 til 3:00pm
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: smoltbob on Mar 24, 2013, 12:54 PM
fished  birts last sun with my sun  caught  sum nice  gills but lost my black rod bag with all 4 rods went to go fishing today and realized this if anyone  found it 716-310-6255 much appreciated
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Mar 25, 2013, 09:55 AM
saw the possible NYS record white perch taken this weekend, waiting on confirmation from DEC.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ICEMAN73 on Mar 25, 2013, 11:32 AM
Nice crappie from Mayville Saturday Night
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi906.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac265%2Fjmscomputing%2F216681_580038248673440_313910310_n.jpg&hash=7d9a0e03ea19c9e6cca1433f4f69cffc)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi906.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac265%2Fjmscomputing%2F526812_579928215351110_1148121725_n.jpg&hash=570dcf28398b9cc6085198aea6e58934)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi906.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac265%2Fjmscomputing%2F484198_579928445351087_387617905_n.jpg&hash=0f2976deb13b0db679ccfb8850118e50)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 25, 2013, 01:38 PM
Nice crappies ICEMAN.... you still enjoying that nice camo boat you bought from me? ::)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Mar 25, 2013, 01:41 PM
Now that I cant get back up there for a few weeks, I'm thinking about getting out in the boat.  Judging from what we now have in way of ice (and about a week? more of freezing nites at least), anyone have a guess as to an "ice out" date?  Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ICEMAN73 on Mar 25, 2013, 03:58 PM
Nice crappies ICEMAN.... you still enjoying that nice camo boat you bought from me? ::)

Just cleaned it out and taking it to Texas later this week for vacation
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 25, 2013, 07:51 PM
nice cali calico's crappies good job
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Ice Crazy on Mar 26, 2013, 08:34 AM
What are the condiction at birtis today ,how much snow fell yesterday Thank!!! any report helpfull.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 26, 2013, 05:39 PM
Was wandering myself on how much snow?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Mar 26, 2013, 07:37 PM
20 miles away and we got none at all . I am in casssadaga where it snows even when it is not snowing at all, I doubt they got much?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 26, 2013, 10:08 PM
I looked at the webcam up there and didn't look like much on the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trouts on Mar 27, 2013, 06:02 AM
177" as of yesterday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 27, 2013, 09:44 AM
Ice is getting sloppy on top. Shore is getting shaky and there is 4 to 5 inches of slop on top in spots.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Conklin on Mar 27, 2013, 12:44 PM
Are people still going out? Crazy guys!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Conklin on Mar 27, 2013, 12:46 PM
177" as of yesterday
Lot of ice for late march lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 27, 2013, 07:59 PM
Web cam showed guys fishing Burtis today, may drive over to check it out for myself, may fish it one more time this year!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 27, 2013, 08:18 PM
How's the gill bite been the last couple days?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 28, 2013, 06:30 PM
just back from Burtis...slow bite for me....moved around alot....outside of the main pack!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 29, 2013, 08:20 PM
I realized this week that I dropped one of the poles to my hut somewhere on mayville bay.  About 3' aluminum pole. I went off and on near the gazebo.  I plan to go back to look for myself tmrw.  Just wondered if anyone had seen it or picked it up.  I will report ice conditions in the evening.  Hope i can fish or at least find my pole.
Please pm me with any info.
THANKS
Be safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 30, 2013, 10:55 PM
Found the pole in the deep snow and big rocks on the bank right in front of the Gazebo.  The fishing was slow but the ice was nice.  About 8" half white half black.  A mixed bag of a dozen keeper panfish between 5-10pm.  Plenty of 'entertainment' on the ice tonight.  If the forcast holds up we may have at least a few more days.  There are some weird areas and washout holes forming so be careful going out and take a GOOD light to get back in.
Thanks to anyone that kept an eye out for my hut pole.
Have fun and stay safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishingypsie on Mar 31, 2013, 11:23 AM
Is there open water? Or open boat launch? Im dying to get the boat out... any help would be great I live 2 hrs away and have no way of checking..thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Ice Crazy on Mar 31, 2013, 01:40 PM
Very little, I,m not done yet pretty soonnnnn... ::) @) @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Ice Crazy on Apr 01, 2013, 04:56 PM
Done now ;D ;D Moving to myfishfinder[panhandler] good luck this year!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 01, 2013, 05:58 PM
Put all my ice fishing stuff to bed today. See ya guys next year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Apr 01, 2013, 07:25 PM
I am going tomorrow night for one last hurrah  then the gear will be put away...maybe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Apr 02, 2013, 11:47 AM
Got mine cleaned up and put away last night.  Time to hit Dunkirk Harbor.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 02, 2013, 05:34 PM
Be careful Marcus!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Apr 04, 2013, 04:02 PM
I didn't make it out, long days at work are killing my motivation.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hammer44 on Nov 29, 2013, 09:37 AM
 ya just wondering if any of you ice guys fish the lake the summer months and if there is any decent size perch to catch ? The last two years nothing but dinks  cant even keep the biggest ones . mayb 7 inchers during ice time ?Hope maybe this is the year  they reach  8 or 9  ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Nov 30, 2013, 07:54 PM
Won't be long now. Southern end had ice up past ashville yesterday. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Nov 30, 2013, 08:06 PM
 ;D ;D :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Dec 02, 2013, 12:16 AM
... 95% ready here  - it's 'bout that time !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 02, 2013, 08:19 AM
ya just wondering if any of you ice guys fish the lake the summer months and if there is any decent size perch to catch ? The last two years nothing but dinks  cant even keep the biggest ones . mayb 7 inchers during ice time ?Hope maybe this is the year  they reach  8 or 9  ?
Keep all the 7s you can this year and maybe next year ...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 02, 2013, 12:24 PM
Ill take all the 7" ers you guys can catch,if you fillet with a sharp small fillet knive,no problem,once you get your thumb in the back just pull!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: navychief on Dec 02, 2013, 03:21 PM
So what's the status on ice on the lake?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: shantymaniac on Dec 02, 2013, 05:58 PM
Check out the new Infisherman magazine page 15 Adventures. It mentions the outstanding ice fishing for walleye up to 8 pounds and perch up to 14 inches in Chatauqua Lake. What a load of bull, dink perch and walleye through the ice are far and few between.i would hope that such a reputable magazine would get  accurate honest information to share with its readers and NOT some BS from some local business owner looking to make a few bucks. I can assure you that this local contact will never get my business. Honesty is the best policy!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Dec 02, 2013, 06:03 PM
Check out the new Infisherman magazine page 15 Adventures. It mentions the outstanding ice fishing for walleye up to 8 pounds and perch up to 14 inches in Chatauqua Lake. What a load of bull, dink perch and walleye through the ice are far and few between.i would hope that such a reputable magazine would get  accurate honest information to share with its readers and NOT some BS from some local business owner looking to make a few bucks. I can assure you that this local contact will never get my business. Honesty is the best policy!

I've actually heard the complete opposite from a local of the lake, not saying any names but seems a bit crazy to me... I have to ask how often do u fish the lake???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Derrick NY on Dec 02, 2013, 06:39 PM
I log countless hours in on Chautauqua lake its my favorite lake, yes there are a lot of dink there but I slam some nice 12-13 some pushing 14 inch perch every year! My old lady caught the biggest crappie I have ever seen off mayville last year. Walleye is a hit or miss, but can be very productive at times although…. I end up hooking up with more musky than walleye at times. Honestly for perch fishing ON Chautauqua its all about lure size "IMO" bigger seems to be better keeps the dinks off.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 03, 2013, 07:02 AM
I agree In Fisherman really exagerated the fishing. This is not a lake I would make a trip to from out of state. You would be much better off planning a trip to the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Out there you really do get big perch CONSISTENTLY. If the magazine would have mentioned the gill and crappie fishing they would have been closer to the truth.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Dec 04, 2013, 09:47 PM
Has anyone ever tried spoons on Chautauqua lake? If so do you have any advice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 06, 2013, 11:22 AM
Has anyone ever tried spoons on Chautauqua lake? If so do you have any advice?
In Fisherman has a nice article on beaded spoons for perch and walleyes. It's something that might be worth exploring.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 06, 2013, 12:50 PM
Check out the new Infisherman magazine page 15 Adventures. It mentions the outstanding ice fishing for walleye up to 8 pounds and perch up to 14 inches in Chatauqua Lake. What a load of bull, dink perch and walleye through the ice are far and few between.i would hope that such a reputable magazine would get  accurate honest information to share with its readers and NOT some BS from some local business owner looking to make a few bucks. I can assure you that this local contact will never get my business. Honesty is the best policy!

I have always believed that publicity of a lake, river,etc had far more to do with the amount of effort (actually money) spent promoting it.   

Anyways, I'd much rather have the publicity aimed at something like chautaqua a really LARGE lake that can really handle the pressure rather some small honey-hole lake that is doomed when a big crowd shows up and starts stocking up their buckets.   and thats another reason to be grateful that really big icefishing venues (like the pro-am) pick this lake over others.


The last statement is the most curious.  If you had sunk your livelihood in some small tackle shop and tried to make it work with NY's rigid, anal laws.... would You write
"Chautaqua lake, a big population of tiny yellow perch and a few large walleyes that are next to impossible to find (and pattern) without dozens of obsessive trips to this waterway"....??

---
Bring in the crowds-- and plead for them to take as many small pech as they can stand and maybe one day, the average perch will be a bit bigger!...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Dec 06, 2013, 01:56 PM
It's great to be back! Have a awesome season everyone! Can't wait to meet some of you and split bread.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Dec 06, 2013, 04:46 PM
it on like bing bong jack! well not yet but it won't be long
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gil_lunkage on Dec 07, 2013, 08:03 AM
Hows the skim ice holding up?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Dec 07, 2013, 08:21 AM
Did anyone catch stihl outdoors on chataqua this morn? It was from spring on the outdoors channel? No shortage of smallies I see...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Dec 09, 2013, 07:06 AM
Did anyone catch stihl outdoors on chataqua this morn? It was from spring on the outdoors channel? No shortage of smallies I see...

I did. Was it the episode where he dropped his rod in the water after trying to horse one out? Plus he told that stupid story about his wife and the owl.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Dec 09, 2013, 07:20 AM
I did. Was it the episode where he dropped his rod in the water after trying to horse one out? Plus he told that stupid story about his wife and the owl.

Yep that's the one, nice to see the lake like that.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 09, 2013, 08:33 AM
Well boys the ice held. It's suppose to be teens and 20s for highs for the next week at least. Unless we get a ton of snow the gills are in trouble Saturday. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Dec 10, 2013, 03:12 PM
37 pages already  :o hahah should start a new BS thread
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: YoungOutdoorsman14 on Dec 10, 2013, 04:10 PM
my dad gets an out of state resident New York license every year because we live in Erie PA so it cost's extra and we buy it just because of Chautauqua so we want to get fishing as early as possible this season so we can get our money's worth   , i'm 15 so i'll have a license next year but anyways i just wanted to know if anybody has some accurate measurement's on how much ice there is in mostly mayville. I saw on wunderground that the ice held up so good days are in our future if this cold spell creeps our way
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Raquettedacker on Dec 10, 2013, 05:11 PM
Welcome to the site YoungOutdoorsman14..   Hope you and your Dad get on the real soon...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Dec 10, 2013, 05:14 PM
THIS SNOW IS not going to help...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS 2014**
Post by: gil_lunkage on Dec 10, 2013, 08:19 PM
every time i go to view a webcam its pitch black...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS 2014**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Dec 10, 2013, 08:28 PM
every time i go to view a webcam its pitch black...

Maybe it's your timing??? :cookoo: :cookoo: :cookoo: :cookoo:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS 2014**
Post by: forkhorn on Dec 10, 2013, 09:18 PM
any new spots  for bait ,on the lake?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: iceman7471 on Dec 11, 2013, 12:33 PM
The temperatures continue to hold well below freezing.  9:00 this morning it was 17 and now at 1:30 its only 20.  The Sun has not come out enough to say so.  The 10 day shows next Thursday being the 1st day with above freezing temperatures during the day at 35 degrees. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Dec 11, 2013, 03:45 PM
You guys were saying where the bait shops by the lake were and I cant remember where the one was. Was it buy Dollar General near the Big Tree road? What's the name? I saw where the one is on Fluvanna.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS 2014**
Post by: Ultralight108 on Dec 11, 2013, 04:15 PM
bump
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 12, 2013, 10:08 AM
I don't see the 2014 thread anymore was it eliminated?

anyways,  besides a "bump" is anyone going to be brave enough to try the safest parts of burtis this weekend.   feel free to pm me if you'd really not say it loud and clear.

I don't think I'm willing to try this saturday for the bay is now surely snow insulated and gaining ice very slowly.   But I'd feel a little better trying it on tuesday if ppl are trying it on saturday....


not to say that I need some rumor to give it a go.   my spud will be the final authority on whether or not I walk on water.

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Burton on Dec 12, 2013, 12:28 PM
I'm heading down to my in-laws cottage in Celoron this weekend. Going to take all my ice fishing gear and hope I can get out. Otherwise it will be a relaxing weekend around the cottage.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Raquettedacker on Dec 12, 2013, 12:30 PM
I don't see the 2014 thread anymore was it eliminated?

   It was merged with this one since its still going strong....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 12, 2013, 02:04 PM
I don't see the 2014 thread anymore was it eliminated?

anyways,  besides a "bump" is anyone going to be brave enough to try the safest parts of burtis this weekend.   feel free to pm me if you'd really not say it loud and clear.

I don't think I'm willing to try this saturday for the bay is now surely snow insulated and gaining ice very slowly.   But I'd feel a little better trying it on tuesday if ppl are trying it on saturday....


not to say that I need some rumor to give it a go.   my spud will be the final authority on whether or not I walk on water.
I agree and will give it a try on Tuesday myself. There has to be some fishable ice by then. Snow slows down ice-making but it doesn't stop it. Spud, spud, spud.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 12, 2013, 03:13 PM
Good deal!

I feel better already. 

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishlip off the hook on Dec 12, 2013, 06:06 PM
Be safe out there and no swimming aloud!!!!!! Good luck to all this season
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Dec 13, 2013, 11:49 AM
When looking at the Burtis webcam can someone tell me if where you walk on the ice is to the far right or far left of this view?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Dec 13, 2013, 12:39 PM
in the past viewing the Burtis cam - I have first noted individuals out on the ice down near the point at the outlet - then when the numbers begin to build you may see people to the left on the screen however seeing more then a few usually doesn't happen. Folks seen to the right are sitting over shallower waters or have walked in from the parking area near the ball field.  Keep in mind that lot is not plowed as is the parking area at the boat ramp.  Park across the road - parking at the ramp side requires a handicap sign or ticketing can occur.
Without a handicap sign your allowed to unload near the ramp - but then move across the road to park .. Good luck in the coming weeks - I'm also anxious...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: grabsjoker on Dec 13, 2013, 01:13 PM
how safe is it to actually eat the fish from chautauqua? i've heard that the water isn't the cleanest, as it is part of the lake erie basin.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishin' Blues on Dec 13, 2013, 01:33 PM
Where did you hear that? There are no fish consumption advisories for Chautauqua Lake fish... fillet away. Btw, Chautauqua Lake is not part of the Lake Erie basin. It actually drains towards the Allegany.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 13, 2013, 01:47 PM
I have no reservations about eating from chautaqua.

it doesn't hold any of the heavy industries that have created water issues in many other places.   On the other just about every body of water I have ever fished has gotten a generic advisory for mercury.   Mercury can be airborn on dust particles.    There'e no escaping that pollutant.  AND I'm sure there's  a certain unspecified and more-than-they'd-have-you believe amt of mercury in beef, chicken and pork.

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What I think is missing from alot of the very cautious threads about this subject is that A) fish is very healthy good food (espacially if you bake them)    B) all the ocean fish have pollutants in them too.

the latter issue is sensitive and major fish producers have applid I think alot of strong political towards not exploring just how polluted some major fishing grounds really are.   

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the long and short of this is that there is no perfectly pollutant free food (there's manmade pollutants literally in every animal and plant on the planet).   A balanced and good diet could easily contain quite a haul of fish from one the areas most fertile lakes  and if you fry everything, like I do, make your fish meal a little more occasional.

 we (my family) have a big filling fish fry 1-2 a month.  again nearly all of it from chautaqua lake.  Everyones healthy.  We need to eat more chautaqua food and less mcd's. IMHO.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 13, 2013, 01:48 PM
Where did you hear that? There are no fish consumption advisories for Chautauqua Lake fish... fillet away. Btw, Chautauqua Lake is not part of the Lake Erie basin. It actually drains towards the Allegany.

In PA at least there is a generic once-per-week general advisory that applies to everywhere.

Not in NY? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Dec 13, 2013, 03:02 PM
     Not sure if the practice is universal, but in PA the testing was done for a time using the entire fish, ground up whole. This means the liver and fatty tissue, where pollutants can be concentrated, are also in there. So the numbers can be exaggerated. For my money, Chautauqua fish are yummy!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 13, 2013, 10:33 PM
Hi guys,
         Can anyone tell me how much snow is on the lake,the 11 oclock news said Jamestown only has 5" of snow,with all the wind we got this last week I'm sure if its locked up most of the snow should of blown off,Thanks and a good Holiday to all!

                       FISHN NIK
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Dec 14, 2013, 10:15 AM
years ago while ice fishing at Maple Springs I ran across a guy from I believe the northern part of Allegany Co that gave me a recipe for bluegill/perch fish patties..  It was super good especially in the morning after warming for a minute from the freezer in a microwave.  Lost the recipe however if anyone has a tasty proven for fish patties - i would appreciate your sharing.. Thank you
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfighter on Dec 14, 2013, 10:18 AM
In PA at least there is a generic once-per-week general advisory that applies to everywhere.

Not in NY?
There are fish advisories here too in NY.  I'll try to find them and post a link.  A lot of them say one meal a month.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Dec 14, 2013, 11:58 AM
Webs would prob be the only ace to snowmobile to the water. The whole lake is pretty developed so there's not a lot of trails along the water.  Honestly though, I've lived here for 4 years now and wouldn't take a sled out on the snow. The lake is very very narrow with several access points along the length of it.  Just not worth it to me to risk a heavy sled out there. Everything is within walking distance of an access point.

This year is shaping up to be much better than the last few, but you wouldn't of caught me out there the last few years with a snowmobile or atv.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Dec 14, 2013, 12:08 PM
Lovetoshoot   if im not mistaken the Happy Hooker is closed and will not be reopened for the season.  A couple days ago i saw a post where the former shop area has been redone into a garage... Brian and Lisa will be missed as well as the products they sold... Check back in pervious post and two stores were mentioned for sources of bait... Good luck in the up coming season - be safe and enjoy - living in the area I sure wouldnt want to run a snow mobile or even walk out yet - guessing another week if were lucky - hope some one else has better news
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Dec 14, 2013, 12:18 PM
The hooker is def closed for good.  And it will be missed, they were great people.  There is a new shop just down the road from the hooker, in the dollar store plaza, near the lakewood cinema.  I've stopped in a few time and the folks there seem to be very good.  They are very interested in getting the stuff people want and they love getting feed back and suggestions.  They also support local tackle makers which is pretty awesome.  If your near the lakewood side of the lake, make sure to check them out.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jolie on Dec 14, 2013, 01:49 PM
if you worried about pollutants there's a lot you can do to make your fish a little cleaner.

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Dec 14, 2013, 02:54 PM
The hooker is def closed for good.  And it will be missed, they were great people.  There is a new shop just down the road from the hooker, in the dollar store plaza, near the lakewood cinema.  I've stopped in a few time and the folks there seem to be very good.  They are very interested in getting the stuff people want and they love getting feed back and suggestions.  They also support local tackle makers which is pretty awesome.  If your near the lakewood side of the lake, make sure to check them out.

Whats the name of the place by dollar general?? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Dec 14, 2013, 04:48 PM
I believe it's Chautauqua Reel Outdoors.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Dec 14, 2013, 10:37 PM
Yep...Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Dec 15, 2013, 06:55 AM
Has anyone glanced North when crossing the bridge in last few days?  Wondering about Bemus Bay and Stow side in particular up to Tom's Point?  I know the far north is apparently open with all the wind.  Wondering if Bemus/Stow area to Toms Pt has a skin yet such that there may be some hope for getting out there around New Yrs.  THANKS
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Dec 15, 2013, 08:03 PM
Did anyone go near long point state park yet? If so is there any skim Ice yet? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Dec 16, 2013, 08:34 AM
We got nailed with a lot of snow, so the ice which is there, is blanketed making it unsafe and sloppy. I'm getting the itch to go out like everyone else. I had my last bag of perch filets this weekend. I drenched them in pan searing flour, dipped them in an organic egg wash with a hint of oregano and flash fried them in a cast iron skillet. They lasted about 5 minutes, especially dipped in a velveta cheese and guiness dip. Outrageous!

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Dec 16, 2013, 05:35 PM
Hopefully after the rain this weekend the temps will drop back down and help us out!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: grabsjoker on Dec 16, 2013, 06:15 PM
sorry for the late reply, but thanks for the info on potential pollutants!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 23, 2013, 08:22 AM
Well the warm up is over. With the rain it should have gotten rid of the snow. Did the ice hold at Burtis?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Dec 23, 2013, 12:14 PM
check out the web cam it looks like it held
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Dec 23, 2013, 08:45 PM
Does anyone know Brian318??? I can't get ahold of him on here for some reason...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 23, 2013, 08:57 PM
Fishfry,
           Where do you find the webcam I can't remember,thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Dec 24, 2013, 07:56 AM
theres a link on the first page of reports and conditions I have no idea how post a link or I would post it here
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Dec 24, 2013, 08:37 AM
http://www.eastlakewoodweather.com/

this is the web cam for viewing Burtis Bay -- good luck in the coming weeks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 28, 2013, 06:21 PM
Anyone see the webcam today in daylight?,just wondering if any ice left?

                          FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: iceman7471 on Dec 30, 2013, 08:52 PM
This is only a drive by, but we were at the south end all the way to the north end from one side to the other today and there's ice from shore to shore.  I have no clue on what kind of ice were looking at though.  Any one even see what shore ice is looking like? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Dec 31, 2013, 10:25 AM
anyone checking burtis today too long of a drive for me
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Dec 31, 2013, 11:32 AM
Hope the coming cold snap of the next 4 days locks up the southern end with safe ice for this weekend.  Ice gear is organized and ready to roll/slide.
Jamestown, NY
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Dec 31, 2013, 06:32 PM
I was there this morning before it started snowing.  It's iced over, but there were no tracks out on the ice.  I  made no attempt either.  Only my guess, but experience tells me that it isn't up to snuff yet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rude Fish on Jan 01, 2014, 09:13 AM
happy new year and good fishing. how are the conditions at longpoint, any info much appreciated.  rudefish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gotice2 on Jan 01, 2014, 10:08 AM
How is the ice on the lake is it safe to try this weekend
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 01, 2014, 11:58 AM
I'm planning on taking a ride down sunday morning to fish ,my guess would be burtis bay for any safe ice. I'm taking my nephew with me,he can be the first one out lol



Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Jan 01, 2014, 05:35 PM
Hey FraBilKil , you heading out this weekend?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Jan 01, 2014, 10:21 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR ON THE HARD WATER AND BE SAFE
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 01, 2014, 10:35 PM
Is there any safe ice on long point state park yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 01, 2014, 10:37 PM
How is the ice on long point? Is it safe?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 02, 2014, 09:53 AM
Buffalo Bob,
Hope to get out for the first time someplace this weekend.  Waiting to hear from my fishing buddy, The Postmaster.
Last year our first outing was at ASP-Red House.  Waiting for the 'Safe Ice' reports.  Will probably hit the south basin if possible.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DaveJrIceman on Jan 02, 2014, 08:14 PM
Anybody know if the Redwood in Bemus Pt is open? I think the bait shop closed but the lodging is what I'm looking for. Thx
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 03, 2014, 07:56 AM
Looks like you guys got some snow with this storm
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 03, 2014, 10:17 AM
About 8" fell in the last 48 hrs. -3 out this morning. Hope last nights wind was strong enough to blow most of the snow off the deep.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 03, 2014, 10:46 AM
is there any word on burtis thought about heading that way tomorrow but its an hour drive
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 03, 2014, 02:30 PM
Haven't seen any reports on the Mayville area. Would also like to make the trip, but it's an hour away for me as well any information tonight would greatly be appreciated. Thanks :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dugan1271 on Jan 03, 2014, 03:59 PM
Davejr,

 Redwood Ranch is  now  Bemus Point Lodge on  the Lake.  716-386-4275
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 03, 2014, 05:08 PM
Check lake reports. I just took a drive around.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Donnyboy on Jan 03, 2014, 06:41 PM
I'm doing a drive by Burtis tomorrow. Will post results.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DaveJrIceman on Jan 03, 2014, 07:43 PM
Thanks now I've got one more reason to head down there this weekend! Fish well my friends.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ejsotsehp on Jan 04, 2014, 01:06 PM
Any info on how thick the ice is?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 04, 2014, 03:25 PM
looks like on the web cam people fishing burtis I cant get it to work right only shows night time can anyone confirm ice thickness don't,t care about your catch just want to know if its worth the drive
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 04, 2014, 05:42 PM
I've been out on Burtis the last couple days/nights.  the ice is fine with 2-4" about half black.  Definitely not time to bring the 4 wheelers and the Noah's Ark size huts but a sled and some gear is fine.  The bite is spotty.  You can find the gills if you move around.  seems like the perch are a BIT bigger than last year but nothing like the In Fisherman picture.  Early morning and late afternoons are definitely more active than mid day at least for the last two days.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: vance on Jan 04, 2014, 05:50 PM
Big body of water to freeze
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 04, 2014, 06:11 PM
'3. Tournament Limits:
1) All Pro-Am teams must enter and exit the ice from the assigned ice access location(s) ONLY (shotgun locations). Anyone leaving the ice at any location other than the designated access point will result in team disqualification from the tournament.'

The above is from the NY ICE PRO-AM tournament website. I have a few questions. First, does anyone know where the "assigned ice access location(s) are for the chautauqua lake tourny? Second, does this mean that if Burtis and/or Mayville are the "assigned locations" I can't enter the Pro-Am division and get on the ice at Prendergast or Long Point?

I'd think I could compete in the Pro-Am division but I don't have a snowmobile or a 4-wheeler and don't want to be limited to a couple access sites.
Can anyone clear this up? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 04, 2014, 06:23 PM
Panamaniac thanks for the info I think I will head that way in the morning
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: boss j on Jan 04, 2014, 09:28 PM
that is correct. they said there should be 2 or possibly 3 launch sites for the pro/am    but the open division can enter from whereever....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 04, 2014, 11:36 PM
I spoke with Tim Thomas about the open anglers. Open anglers can enter the ice anywhere, but they must return to the weighin location via the ice.  So if you park at ms and fish there, you gotta walk to Pendergast.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 05, 2014, 11:47 AM
I haven't seen many reports on safe ice or many fishing reports,with the next storm system supposedly dropping another foot of snow this could doom the ice making process,I dont see the tourney going off again this year,but I believe there is a backup date this year.This is a real shame with all the volunteers working so hard to get this off the ground,if we can only get lake Erie to freeze but we're running out of time.Lets hope Mother Nature is good to us this time and freeze all that snow!!!!!!!!!!!

                                     FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 05, 2014, 12:44 PM
Don't know when the web cam updates but I just drove by Burtis and there is 30 guys out there. Camera pic doesn't show a single person.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Jan 05, 2014, 01:41 PM
   Glad to hear that Game Hog, I have a room booked for the tournament. It'll be my first and I'm really looking forward to it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 05, 2014, 01:43 PM
Question specific to Chautauqua.  What size perch are you guys keeping.  I caught about 100 perch today in a couple hours.  90% were 7-71/2". Maybe half a dozen over 8"
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paulinpa on Jan 05, 2014, 01:57 PM
    Made my day Tim...thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 05, 2014, 02:27 PM
Any time! @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 05, 2014, 03:07 PM
Question specific to Chautauqua.  What size perch are you guys keeping.  I caught about 100 perch today in a couple hours.  90% were 7-71/2". Maybe half a dozen over 8"

I will sometimes keep the 7and halfs kept a couple today any less is just not worth it imo I keep 8s all day long  three years ago did caught alot of 9s some 10s and a few 11s
dont know where they went but im looking
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 05, 2014, 03:53 PM
Chautauqua usually mirrors Sodus Bay for ice so I can't imagine there isn't safe I've there,  plus I've heard from multiple sources of safe ice. Despite really wanting the tournament to happen, neither Mike nor Craig would give me false info to run the tourney on unsafe ice. Please continue to express your concerns with specific locations so I can verify any potential dangers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 05, 2014, 04:17 PM
Longpoint bathhouse side had 2" of ice in 8' of water. Wouldn't dare to go on the marina side.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 05, 2014, 04:26 PM
Hey Tim,

I fished LP bath house today.  There is with out a doubt safe ice.  There are also areas where the ice would be considered by some to be too thin.  I walked out from the bath house to the 32' flat.  Approximately .3mi.  I used the spud every couple steps and found the ice was very inconsistent.  I found ice from 3" of white soft ice to 5" of clear black.  People just need to use their heads and be careful.  I fished a hole with 5", walked 15' and the spud went through with one whack.

If the snow doesn't kill us, there should be no problem with being ready for the tourney. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: lineman91 on Jan 05, 2014, 04:29 PM
Some one said down by the bell tower is the hot spot!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 05, 2014, 04:32 PM
Game hog, I was at the bath house all morning.  Were you in or near the guys with the big clam flip over?  If so another 100' from where you were was an easy 5" of ice.  110' feet was back to 2" white ice.

My point is not to dispute you, but point out that people need to check for themselves.  Reports on this site are great and very helpful, however nothing will replace a spud bar and common sense. 

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 05, 2014, 04:41 PM
Thank you for the info! Hopefully the snow this week will stay away from the lake!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 05, 2014, 07:02 PM
Thought i saw accuweather showing a warm up next weekend. Would be good to melt some snow om top if ice
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: streamreeper on Jan 05, 2014, 10:20 PM
we were at the bathhouse this am,we were the two guys farthest out.28ft of water. there was a good 3in of black hard ice and 3in of the softer stuff.i was out there wed afternoon and there was only 2 of good black ice,so its getting better.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 05, 2014, 11:52 PM
I was out towards you guys with the big red sled.  How'd you guys do out there?  I didn't catch anything until I moved in shallower.  I noticed you guys didn't move much until you left.  Any sizeable perch or any walleye?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: streamreeper on Jan 06, 2014, 05:31 AM
just a bunch of small perch. I c that the snow compacted a lot overnight and its gona get way cold later today so I bet the slush on top is gona freeze,so it should make travel a lot beter.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 06, 2014, 04:48 PM
Did a drive by of Burtis just before dark tonight. Lake looks great last nights rain did us a favor. No snow on top and all the slush looks froze tight. Creepers are going to be needed if venturing out in the am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bass14 on Jan 06, 2014, 05:39 PM
Anybody finding the crappie on the ice just yet? What depth are they at?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 06, 2014, 05:55 PM
Streamcreeper-
Who was that shady dude with the 1980s fishfinder you were out there with?  I heard he was the dumbass that thought the two of you should drag all the way out there for a few tiny perch! lol.  call me about later in the week.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Derrick NY on Jan 06, 2014, 06:01 PM
Going to try Burtis tomorrow and brave the weather. Ill report how it went.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 06, 2014, 06:07 PM
Going to try Burtis tomorrow and brave the weather. Ill report how it went.

Good luck and stay safe! Anchor that shanty down!! ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 06, 2014, 06:12 PM
Anybody finding the crappie on the ice just yet? What depth are they at?

Crappie fisherman are the most tight lipped of all!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 07, 2014, 07:03 AM
6:30am and about a mile from burtis, I was getting -15 and haven't seen any snow all night. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 07, 2014, 07:09 AM
6:30am and about a mile from burtis, I was getting -15 and haven't seen any snow all night.

NICE!! @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jrhsportster on Jan 07, 2014, 07:30 AM
that sounds like a perfect temp!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Jan 07, 2014, 08:02 AM
6:30am and about a mile from burtis, I was getting -15 and haven't seen any snow all night.

Freeze baby freeze!!!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 07, 2014, 11:24 AM
 ;D  good hopefully lots of ice made with little snow
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: streamreeper on Jan 07, 2014, 11:25 AM
panamaniackattack..
I found some old rap-jigs in the old colors.not the color u wanted though.ive got one more old spot im gona check,if he has em il buy all ov em.the vexilar is on its way!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 07, 2014, 12:04 PM
Glad to hear no snow with the cold temps. Good to go this weekend. Different story near Buffalo. Most of the roads closed, and travel bans. Snowing, and blowing like crazy.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 07, 2014, 12:47 PM
Guys,
       Is the North end locked up and how long,no reports from Mayville or Belltower,anyone know what it looks like?thanks

                                 FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 07, 2014, 02:17 PM
Has anyone checked long point yet. At the north end of lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 07, 2014, 02:37 PM
south end had OK ice on the shore, and 6 from there on.... about 4 inches of snow on the ice too..... , north end was very bad spud when threw every wack at the shore line some guys were brave and went out any ways, this blast of cold should make the shore line harden up
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 07, 2014, 02:43 PM
i checked the bell tower to, no one fishing and ice and the was moving..... looked very thin to skim ice,
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 07, 2014, 02:55 PM
Thank you  Grapeman
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 07, 2014, 04:07 PM
any one having luck finding bait??? spikes or mouseys??? i'm striking out.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 07, 2014, 04:32 PM
I'm pretty sure Chautauqua Reel Outdoors: http://www.chautauquareeloutdoors.com/bait-tackle-shop-chautauqua-lake/
Has them in stock.  At least I got spikes from them 2 wks ago.  They even got the young lads trained to tell the difference between a spike and a waxie unlike some of the millenials at the Hut. Great selection of fishing bait and gear overall.

Mike,
I'll be in to talk about my sponsorship for the pro-am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 08, 2014, 09:48 AM
what can be done about the dink perch problem on Chautauqua lake? everybody take 5 fisherman with them and everyone keep their limit? think it will ever come back as a good perch lake as far as good sized perch?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perchbrad on Jan 08, 2014, 10:01 AM
what can be done about the dink perch problem on Chautauqua lake? everybody take 5 fisherman with them and everyone keep their limit? think it will ever come back as a good perch lake as far as good sized perch?

Introduce 100,000 northern pike  ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 08, 2014, 10:45 AM
The lake is already overloaded with Musky,used to have high population of eyes but crashed somewhat,still has plenty of bass, and crappie are rebounding so plenty of predators.I've heard a couple of reports where the perch are avg.7 to 71/2" so some improvement is there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 08, 2014, 11:16 AM
It def seems to be a problem. I was out last Sunday and caught pretty close to 150 7-7 1/2" perch and prob two that were 8 1/2-9". The bigger ones were def fatter and if I would had a bucket of those, I woulda kept them.  I just can't bring myself to filet the 7-8" perch.  Just doesn't seem worth it to me. 

Will these fish ever grow up or are the numbers just so high that they grow way too slow?  Will everyone keeping a limit of 7-8" perch help this out?

Bass and musky are doing great, and although they elude me quite often, I hear walleye are getting better as well.

I really wish the perch would grow up though.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 08, 2014, 11:20 AM
where did you catch all the perch if you don't mind me asking?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 08, 2014, 11:26 AM
It def seems to be a problem. I was out last Sunday and caught pretty close to 150 7-7 1/2" perch and prob two that were 8 1/2-9". The bigger ones were def fatter and if I would had a bucket of those, I woulda kept them.  I just can't bring myself to filet the 7-8" perch.  Just doesn't seem worth it to me. 

Will these fish ever grow up or are the numbers just so high that they grow way too slow?  Will everyone keeping a limit of 7-8" perch help this out?

Bass and musky are doing great, and although they elude me quite often, I hear walleye are getting better as well.

I really wish the perch would grow up though.
Were the perch really 7-7.5"? If so I would like to know where you were too. I will keep a limit of those. They are the sweetest fish you will ever eat. Keeping a limit may not help but it definately can't hurt.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 08, 2014, 12:55 PM
I didn't measure every fish, but they all looked to be the exact same fish.  85% were 7-7 1/2" with a few bigger and a few smaller.  The problem was those 7- 71/2 are pretty slim, the 8" we're much fatter. That's why I didn't bother to keep them.

After cleaning 50 undersized perch, I'm so sick of them I don't even wanna eat them.

All were caught north of long point. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dhoeh on Jan 08, 2014, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the warning I'll try over by the town park in Mayville.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Jan 08, 2014, 02:10 PM
what can be done about the dink perch problem on Chautauqua lake? everybody take 5 fisherman with them and everyone keep their limit? think it will ever come back as a good perch lake as far as good sized perch?

Keep every single one you catch...  Feed the gulls and coyotes.  These little pricks eat and consume everything when growing.  They make way too much competion for young of the year walleye to survive..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 08, 2014, 04:32 PM
Has the ice on long point held up and gotten any thicker?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 08, 2014, 06:45 PM
has anyone been out at bemus pt? I usually do pretty good there for perch and an occasional walleye. 50 7 to 8 in. perch works for me.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 08, 2014, 06:47 PM
Perchmaster I will let you know first hand at about 7 am
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: freezerfiller on Jan 08, 2014, 08:03 PM
i have to admit to catching my fair share of peewees over the years, but i can you tell that the spring time perch fishing the last 2 years has revealed bigger perch than i have ever seen in that lake.  seriously lots of 10s and 11s with some bigger and of course many shorts too.  i have never been able to bag these nice perch through the ice however.  in may we beat em up in the weedlines with salted minnows but i have no clue through the ice, but my point is that they are there and there are more of them than you would think.  i am sure this will draw a thousand "where were you fishing" questions and a bunch of "your full of crap" comments but it is the truth weather you think so or not.  12-15fow across from webb's or near the watermark resturant is where we did most of the damage in may but again, have never seen perch like this through the ice. good luck
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 09, 2014, 03:36 AM
x2 prchmike
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Banacj27 on Jan 09, 2014, 04:40 AM
I heard happy hooker closed, hopefully that's not true, but hogans hut usually has everything
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Derrick NY on Jan 09, 2014, 06:28 AM
Happy Hooker is closed, Hogans Hut is still open.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 09, 2014, 06:52 AM
Long point north side ice is 5 solid black. 32' of water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 09, 2014, 07:56 AM
As stated earlier, Hooker closed. Hogan's is open but had very little last several times I've been there.  If you're looking for a place comparable to the Hooker, check out Chautauqua Reel Outdoors.  It's in the dollar store plaza next to the lakewood dipson theaters.

I've been in several time and they've always taken care of me. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 09, 2014, 08:01 AM
As stated earlier, Hooker closed. Hogan's is open but had very little last several times I've been there.  If you're looking for a place comparable to the Hooker, check out Chautauqua Reel Outdoors.  It's in the dollar store plaza next to the lakewood dipson theaters.

I've been in several time and they've always taken care of me.
Do they open early and have bait?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 09, 2014, 10:52 AM
Thanks, Bschrock55

I will have to stop in there and check it out.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 09, 2014, 12:54 PM
They def have bait.  Last I was in, med and lg emeralds, lg goldens, and fat heads.  They also had waxies, spikes, and mousies. 

Not sure when they open, but I'm guessing they'll be open according to demand.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 09, 2014, 12:58 PM
I was just thinking about the dink perch situation a lot of the prch i have been catching have those white grubs in them do you think that could have anything to do with them being stunted. i mean they are a parasite. just a thought.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 09, 2014, 01:57 PM
Anyone know the ph# to Chautauqua reel Outdoors,thanks

                          FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 09, 2014, 02:15 PM
FN

I've got their card in my car, I'll post the phone number when I get out of work.  4ish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Jan 09, 2014, 02:55 PM
Anyone know the ph# to Chautauqua reel Outdoors,thanks

                          FN

http://www.chautauquareeloutdoors.com/bait-tackle-shop-chautauqua-lake/ (http://www.chautauquareeloutdoors.com/bait-tackle-shop-chautauqua-lake/)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: butch3151 on Jan 09, 2014, 03:33 PM
does anyone know if it is still ok to park at the Vikings?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Jan 09, 2014, 04:24 PM
I was just thinking about the dink perch situation a lot of the prch i have been catching have those white grubs in them do you think that could have anything to do with them being stunted. i mean they are a parasite. just a thought.

Have caught many 13-14 inch perch at red lake up north and they had the grubs. Didn't seem to stunt they're growth....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 09, 2014, 07:33 PM
Have seen them in monster perch in Port Bay and Sodus Bay, so I would also agree that the grubs don't affect size.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 09, 2014, 08:43 PM
Thanks C Dawg!

                          FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 10, 2014, 07:41 AM
Anyone been out?  What do you guys think about fishing tomorrow with all the flooding that is supposed to happen?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: butch3151 on Jan 10, 2014, 10:30 AM
Need some info. Does anyone know if it it still ok to park at the Vikings Club?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 10, 2014, 11:17 AM
I parked there the end of last year with no problem but haven't been this year. If not you can go to Midway or at worst along the road in Maple Springs.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 10, 2014, 11:47 AM
Can someone answer where we are able to park in maple springs. I know their was an issue with that years back.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 10, 2014, 01:18 PM
Is long point safe to fish yet? Wanted to go out over weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: muskrat83al on Jan 10, 2014, 03:02 PM
There is actually no public access in maple springs.. its all private property,  I should know cause I live 5 minites from there.. get to know the land owners and just ask, most of them dont care.. just respect it and normally there isnt any problems
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: AJSCH123 on Jan 10, 2014, 04:45 PM
Delmar is listed as second starting location for nys ice pro am.  where is it?  cant find it on a map for Chautauqua?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Jan 10, 2014, 05:04 PM
Was out today on Burtis - from eleven til two - all in all it was a pleasant day - guessing there was about forty fisherman on the ice - Tried out my new Ion auger - neat machine.
Guessing there is any where from seven to eight inches of ice.  Surface yesterday required grips - today about two inches of snow made pulling a shelter a little harder but it was not bad.  Did limit out with about half and half of smaller gills mixed in with slabs. Felt marvelous being out there.  Most gills were caught with small jigs with wax worms... Good luck
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 10, 2014, 05:08 PM
Delmar is listed as second starting location for nys ice pro am.  where is it?  cant find it on a map for Chautauqua?
South end of the lake at Burtis Bay Park on the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: AJSCH123 on Jan 10, 2014, 05:12 PM
South end of the lake at Burtis Bay Park on the ice.
thanks tim.  cant wait to fish the tourney.  going tomorrow for test run. will post updated conditions and such upon return
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 10, 2014, 06:33 PM
Thank you for updates on ice guys looking forward to tournament first time on lake and new to this style of fishing just hopefully lots of safe ice. The trip is over 5 hours hope we catch some fish. Any help on what locations that might have more luck would be helpful I can help in return on any place up in Jefferson co. thanks hope to meet some of you guys next weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 11, 2014, 09:55 AM
Was out today on Burtis - Tried out my new Ion auger - neat machine.

you showed me the ion jst before you left...pretty sweet!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfreak1223 on Jan 11, 2014, 10:08 AM
What would u say about hitting it tomorrow , live in newfane but wanna make the drive
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 11, 2014, 03:19 PM
How is the ice holding up.? Is it worth a trip in the am
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 11, 2014, 04:03 PM
If there was 8" of good ice, im sure the ice will hold up "ok"
I planbon coming up monday morning as long as some good reports come in. Guys, dont forget to check the conditions page as well as this thread
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 11, 2014, 04:30 PM
cant seem to find out a whole lot about the ice tourney.can I register the morning of the tourney?how to they judge the fish?the longest,the heaviest,the most weight any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 11, 2014, 04:33 PM
is there anyone I can call and talk to about the tourney? I have a lot of questions about it?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Jan 11, 2014, 06:19 PM
Was out on Burtis today about four hours and caught three fish  -  day before i limited out on gills guessing the south east wind had something to do with it - appears Wednesday the lake water may harden up with colder weather predicted, so i may sit back and hope all gets firm once again.  At present in areas there are as much as two inches of water but it seems to be flowing back down through open holes in the ice.   Also ice cleats to me are a must till we get some snow back on top..


Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 11, 2014, 07:44 PM
Chuck-the answers to all your questions are on nysiceproam.com

You can also email the tourney director, he'll get back to you pretty quick.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 11, 2014, 09:35 PM
Guys, whays the ice like ? Looking like a trip up monday is on the itennerary. But some condition reports would help!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 11, 2014, 10:10 PM
Feel free to PM or call me with any tourney questions. @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nadr on Jan 12, 2014, 07:23 PM
Has anyone been out near Warner's at all? Was thinking of going out later in the week.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Jan 12, 2014, 07:29 PM
Just got it from Warner's, ice was good 6", guy out on a wheeler
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 13, 2014, 10:03 AM
I am looking to hit Mayville or Burtis Tuesday evening, any reports on the shore ice would be appreciated! I am hoping it will hold up even with these temps above freezing the next 24-36 hours. Thanks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nadr on Jan 13, 2014, 12:51 PM
Just got it from Warner's, ice was good 6", guy out on a wheeler
Thanks for the info. Going out tomorrow.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Jan 13, 2014, 06:34 PM
does anyone fish Ashville bay for gills
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 13, 2014, 06:40 PM
a buddy of mine has a cottage down that way...I'll ask him if he knows of anybody who fishes Ashville!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 13, 2014, 07:33 PM
I guess the biggest issue with asheville bay is access. Smith boys and all private land...i
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 13, 2014, 07:49 PM
What about ashville marina they let you fish there in the spring
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Jan 13, 2014, 08:10 PM
I know a guy that lives on Ashville bay but don't ice fish   ill have to check it out and let you guys know
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tbromund on Jan 13, 2014, 10:52 PM
I usually fish out of Mayville, but haven't been down yet this year.  Is the usual 6-8" of slush on top of the ice right now?

Thanks,

Tim
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 14, 2014, 06:23 AM
I am also looking for an ice report on Mayville, want to go tonight, but the weather has not been cooperating, I will probably have to wait until the weekend :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Jan 14, 2014, 06:58 AM
check out the water on top of the ice using the Burtis Bay web cam site -

http://www.eastlakewoodweather.com/

going to wait until colder weather to refreezes such surface water,
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 14, 2014, 07:24 AM
Yeah that water does not look fun.  I'm mainly concerned about shore ice as the main ice is probably okay.  Maybe ill just take a ride after work and make the call when i get down there.  Thanks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 14, 2014, 11:29 AM
The real question is..Johnny's or Aj's?  ::) ???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 14, 2014, 11:52 AM
Johnny's hands down. Water on top is not as bad as it looks. Was just at Burtis and there is spots where it's high and dry. Pools of water look to be an inch so deep
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 14, 2014, 12:14 PM
Johnny's hands down. Water on top is not as bad as it looks. Was just at Burtis and there is spots where it's high and dry. Pools of water look to be an inch so deep

Thanks for the report...I'm a southside kid..Aj's on foote all the way!
Title: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: javlin90 on Jan 14, 2014, 04:37 PM
for you guys looking for the eyes i normally don't do this but since i will be gone for 4 weeks and cant fish the ice tournament on the 18th Cedwell is the place to be in 35-38 ft of water is the ticket. For those of you that have the #11 jigging rapalas you will get the bigger pigs, you can't find or buy them anymore go get um boys little bit of a walk but sure worth it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 14, 2014, 06:14 PM
For this  former Southside boy...A J'S over Johnnys no doubt..its close though!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 14, 2014, 06:46 PM
For this  former Southside boy...A J'S over Johnnys no doubt..its close though!!!

I thought there may be more out there...def close though!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 14, 2014, 06:57 PM
Yep, just hit them up last month when I was home bro, got 2 jars of the slime sitting at home in South Buffalo. I did the grand tour of Jimmytown for food, a pie from Lenas, dogs from AJ's , and pink stipe cookies from Eckloffs..grew up on East Virginia Circle, how bout you
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 14, 2014, 06:59 PM
PM me Nate so these guys can get back to Chautauqua B.Sin...lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 14, 2014, 07:25 PM
Yep, just hit them up last month when I was home bro, got 2 jars of the slime sitting at home in South Buffalo. I did the grand tour of Jimmytown for food, a pie from Lenas, dogs from AJ's , and pink stipe cookies from Eckloffs..grew up on East Virginia Circle, how bout you

Giving these good ol boys some places to eat...if they dont already know!

pm sent...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: clammule on Jan 14, 2014, 08:55 PM
Johnny's hands down. Water on top is not as bad as it looks. Was just at Burtis and there is spots where it's high and dry. Pools of water look to be an inch so deep
Sorry it's the old Abbott Texas Hots in South Buffalo!  -  Heading to LP on Saturday!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 14, 2014, 09:07 PM
Lol Abbott Texas hots IS good! Right down the street from me!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: scottman928 on Jan 15, 2014, 12:58 AM
going tomarrow 1/16/14  i will report back.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Jan 15, 2014, 05:33 AM
     The ice is good on the lake.  Water not an issue as of 1/14/14.  Fished Burtis, had to work for the sunny's, but got some beauties.  Lots of small ones also.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 15, 2014, 08:39 AM
Does any one use atv on lake to travel or is everyone walking
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 15, 2014, 08:56 AM
Haven't seen a machine since the warmup.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: oleanjeff on Jan 15, 2014, 09:41 AM
I think were going to try Burtis for the first time on Saturday, Sounds like we can find some gills there, anybody know if they get into the perch there or would we need to go to deeper water to find them. Went out of Vikings a while back and got a limit of 7 1/2s but was just wondering about them in Burtis.  Thanks so much guys! (Not fishing the tourney either just looking for a little help)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Jan 15, 2014, 09:43 AM
Haven't seen a machine since the warmup.

sent you a PM
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 15, 2014, 10:04 AM
I see that. I will be out in the am call you later on.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Jan 15, 2014, 10:10 AM
was on Burtis this morning at eight am - wind at the time was gusting to about 14 mph from the south.   Tried three different areas and four choice of lures and baits without seeing a fish or feeling a tap.. Again it seems that south wind messes up there feeding habits, now that im home and checking the web cam sight I see the wind has shifted to the west.  Three hours later im noting again via the web cam for Burtis - setups that were near have left also.. Water on top of the ice has refrozen however i did wear ice creepers and glad i did... Good luck hope you do better then i did...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: oleanjeff on Jan 15, 2014, 11:36 AM
Does anybody get into numbers of perch, (I know there mostly all 7ish) at Burtis, were going Saturday and would like to get into the perch and some gills, or are we better off going midlake and deep for the perch , then head to burtis for gills after?  Any info would be great!

Jeff
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 15, 2014, 11:41 AM
Does anybody get into numbers of perch, (I know there mostly all 7ish) at Burtis, were going Saturday and would like to get into the perch and some gills, or are we better off going midlake and deep for the perch , then head to burtis for gills after?  Any info would be great!

Jeff
Good call man, Burtis for gills and mid-lake and north for perch. Try off Long Point , Midway , and Mayville for perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icemanbuds on Jan 15, 2014, 02:25 PM
Does anyone know if access is still permitted at Mission Meadows? I know that you can get ticketed for parking on the side of the road too early in the morning.  But, wasn't sure if access is still permitted down through Mission Meadows private property......any info appreciated, thanks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: clammule on Jan 15, 2014, 10:20 PM
Lol Abbott Texas hots IS good! Right down the street from me!
In W Seneca now but grew up near the old Jimmy's Abbott Texas Hots when he was near mercy hosp - he sold the recipe to the guy who has is now .- did ok at sbh but need to go deep at lp
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 16, 2014, 08:45 PM
heading down this wknd from hamburg for hopefully a nice bucket of perch. gonna start out at bemus ,usually do pretty well there. I see some concern about the walleye population, just a suggestion but maybe practice catch and release for a season or 2. or release all the bigger fish,i fish deep water on lake erie for walleye in the summer I release anything 8 lbs or better cause those are the breeders.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Jan 17, 2014, 06:39 AM
How much ice is off long point? Want to get out but it's a hour and a half from lockport. Long drive for no ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 17, 2014, 08:18 AM
Plenty of ice out there. Haven't been there since tues and the was 6"+. Lake has made an inch or two since.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jevrenna on Jan 17, 2014, 08:30 AM
How's the walking? Are cleats needed?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 17, 2014, 08:49 AM
There is just a dusting of snow on top of some smooth ice. Cleats are not a must but I'd recommend them.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: novacaine111 on Jan 17, 2014, 12:04 PM
I'd like to try mayville tomorrow hopefully no slush
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 17, 2014, 03:28 PM
Where is everyone headed tomorrow?  I will probably start at Mayville.  I know a lot of people might not tell since the tourney is this weekend.  I am not in it, but good luck to all who are!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 17, 2014, 06:17 PM
How is the ice off the bell tower??? Has anyone fished there yet??
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 18, 2014, 06:44 AM
I saw people fishing the bell tower last Sunday during the warm up, I would imagine it is fine now!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: CHEVYSTEELIE on Jan 18, 2014, 09:32 AM
How big of a contest is it out there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 18, 2014, 02:30 PM
My brother talked to a guy at Hogan's and he said there was only 50 guys signed up?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 18, 2014, 02:44 PM
Heading to lp early tomorrow anyone know how the shore ice is. Also how much snow  they get out there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 18, 2014, 03:48 PM
check out conditions thread. sounds like shore ice is fine
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 18, 2014, 06:22 PM
Only a few inches of snow..not even enough to really effect the drag
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 18, 2014, 08:50 PM
any results from tournament today?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuck1966 on Jan 18, 2014, 10:30 PM
any crappie being caught yet. :tipup: :tipup: ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8ball on Jan 19, 2014, 06:59 AM
Was there yesterday (sat) ice was great set up in 19 foot of water off meadow springs caught about 60 perch only a dozen in the 8 to 9 inch range alot of 7" perch out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 19, 2014, 07:59 AM
Few crappie here and there...as far as the tourney not sure..was at burtis yesterday and stopped by the weigh in station and nobody was there..I wasn't in it but from the sounds of it I prob shoulda entered
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Jan 19, 2014, 01:13 PM
Been out on the ice a dozen times  so far  haven't seen any garbage yet way to go guys!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave1984 on Jan 19, 2014, 09:39 PM
My brother talked to a guy at Hogan's and he said there was only 50 guys signed up?
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There should be alot more ppl doing the tournament it is by far the best one in NY great guys who run it plenty of great prizes and cash pay outs
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 20, 2014, 10:20 AM
The tourney def didn't have that many people registered.  Around 30 pro/am teams and around 50 open anglers.  The fishing was as slow as ice ever seen.  Obviously it was bad fishing, but the tourney it self seems to be out together very nicely.  They had a great setup at the fire hall near hogans hut.  Weighin seemed to be run well.  And, they handed out thousands of dollars worth of prizes.  As a door prize I ended up with $100 worth of tip ups and there were several other nicer prizes. 

My question is, why was there little to no local fisherman?  I met several people from all over the state, but no one else from chautauqua.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 20, 2014, 11:16 AM
Was a great run tournament we drive 4 hours each way stayed over in hotel 2 nights spent over $50 at local bait shops and ate out each day so to support local business sad on local turn out of competition  my partner and just missed out of placing in top 5 but was a fun time. We caught perch that would have placed if we did open class had a .51 lbs  was told that's great size for out there. Thanks for the people that did support the tournament.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 20, 2014, 11:55 AM
Just my opinion but could be people that fish it all the time know what the fishing is like here. Its great if you like 7inch perch . Tough to find crappies during the day and even tougher to get a walleye . I read none were weighed in.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bschrock55 on Jan 20, 2014, 12:05 PM
One walleye was weighed in, and I've never seen a slower bite than we had this weekend.  I'm not a pro by any means, but on most days I can usually bring home an eye or two.  This weekend was very unusual how slow it was.  I've never fished crappie, but I do her of guys getting them through the ice.  And crappie fishing is pretty if on this lake in the spring. 

It seemed like a good tourney that for only being a couple years old, is run very well.  They procure a ton of sponsorship support and it's a shame do few people came out to try it.  It looks like it has a lot of potential to be a great event, just need the people to come fish it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: steelie on Jan 20, 2014, 12:45 PM
The "one" walleye that was weighed in was a classic to watch!!   Anyone around that area  knows what I am talking about.... I must say - they deserved it by the walk they made !!  :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 20, 2014, 12:49 PM
Never caught a walleye thru the ice was thinking of comin down in the am to give it a shot. Was thinking about trying pendergrast but was wondering if there is a better place to start. Thanks for the info in advance
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Pole-ska on Jan 20, 2014, 01:18 PM
Your right...Prendegrast is probably the best place to start. I know they catch them out in front of We-Wan-Chu campground in the summer but i don't think there is any access there in the winter.  its almost a 1 mile walk.

at Prendegrast i know guys usually veer off to the right in the bay there for Wallys
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 20, 2014, 01:21 PM
Really wanted to get in tourney but timing wasn't on my side...will look forward to it next year if we have ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 20, 2014, 01:55 PM
I agree with fishfry95. Plus I had a commitment on Saturday. Heard not a single legal walleye was submitted on Saturday.  Big surprise, if the information is accurate.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 20, 2014, 02:48 PM
The thing that killed me was that I've read several reports last year about all these members catching all these walleye like they were like gills!Alot of the guys in tourney sad the walleye were there but wouldn't bite,maybe the night bite is best?I helped to promote this event and am very surprised there weren't more entries with all the great door prizes and other gifts.Thanks again Tim for a great event,a real shamethat people don't know a good thing when they see it,fishing is part of event,but meeting other people not from here and promoting the region is a big part of a event like this.Too bad more area residents didn't help out in that respect,and the local economy always needs a shot in the arm!

                                    FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 20, 2014, 03:09 PM
I agree nick. It was a great time by all that we're there. Didn't understand why the low turnout. Fishing was tough but that's fishing. I'll be doing sodus if any one wants to head up for that one
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 20, 2014, 03:25 PM
Maybe they need to advertise it a little more??? Never saw a single ad on it near me. I'm about a half hour south...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bernieb on Jan 20, 2014, 03:31 PM
Looking to come up and fish Saturday and Sunday. Can anyone tell me a good reasonable placeto stay Saturday night? Thanks, Bernie
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 20, 2014, 04:28 PM
Bulldawger,
             There were fliers in all tackle shops in area from Silver Ck to Mayville and in local bars, supermarkets, and  Con.Clubs,it was also in Gene Pauzak's column in the Observer for a month so I don't know what to say except sorry you missed it.The event has been talked about on here for 2yrs. also.


                                                FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bshirtd on Jan 20, 2014, 06:01 PM
Guys this is the best run tournament I have ever been a part of. Tim does an excellent job running it me and my partner have now fished both Chautauqua this year and sodus last year. Both events went off without a problem. To all of you Chautauqua boys that missed this event come fish sodus it's a great area and you will get to see what an actual perch looks like you don't need top end gear or transportation to be in the running to win last year we walked 5 miles to our perch grounds 2 days in a row to end up in second this year was 4 miles round trip to our walleye spot maybe a 1/4 mile to our perch spot try this event you won't be disappointed. Team Mitchels bait and tackle
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 20, 2014, 06:11 PM
Guys this is the best run tournament I have ever been a part of. Tim does an excellent job running it me and my partner have now fished both Chautauqua this year and sodus last year. Both events went off without a problem. To all of you Chautauqua boys that missed this event come fish sodus it's a great area and you will get to see what an actual perch looks like you don't need top end gear or transportation to be in the running to win last year we walked 5 miles to our perch grounds 2 days in a row to end up in second this year was 4 miles round trip to our walleye spot maybe a 1/4 mile to our perch spot try this event you won't be disappointed. Team Mitchels bait and tackle

Heck we cant even buy a license yet...p.s. i'm in Pa
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffro9023 on Jan 20, 2014, 08:07 PM
wheres the parking at Mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: deweyicefish on Jan 20, 2014, 08:23 PM
I want to thank the Chautauqua Lake and Jamestown area where I stayed during the tournament. People were pleasant and helpful with pointers for fishing the lake. Also to thank Tim Thomas for hosting another great event, its always a pleasure being in one of his well run events. It was great to see everyone and making new friends . This was my 3rd Pro Am Tournament,  look forward to many more.  Fishing the  Walleye Challange in Sacandaga this week end. Hope to see all the Chatauqua guys at Tupper Lake, then Sodos Bay…. Thanks again, Tim     Captain Team Eat Me
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 20, 2014, 08:29 PM
Jeffro,
        You can park across from the Kwikfill on rt.394,access to ice to the left at boat launch,the bank is a rocky dropoff.

                                 FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: CHEVYSTEELIE on Jan 21, 2014, 07:56 AM
Will the results be in the Buffalo News for the contest?
A brief report would be great to read.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 21, 2014, 08:13 AM
Final results will be posted on the tournament website later today with a National press release created and sent out in the next day or two. We once again had 100% of the fish not kept by the anglers released with no dead fish. The low numbers were definitely disappointing especially considering the number of pre-registrations we had and the number of people "talking" about coming to the event. If local Chautauqua anglers are still hostile towards tournaments (as a result of the one back in the 80's), they really need to learn about new tournaments like ours that have a focus on fishery conservation and promotion.  @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 21, 2014, 09:13 AM
Thanks again Tim,
               I've noticed that the ones that griped the loudest weren't entered so shame on them.The real shame was it seemed all the out of towners had a good time so what's wrong with the locals?Thanks again for a very well run tourney and if you x us out we only have ourselves to blame.

                                              FN
                                            Nick
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 21, 2014, 09:23 AM
I would like to get in on this tourney next year! I was too busy to fish the two days in a row this past weekend.  I wonder if the shaky ice conditions prior to the tourney might have deterred people from entering the tourney?  I know the ice was great this weekend, but maybe people didn't arrange plans in advance due to the ice a week or two ago.  Just a thought?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Finders Keepers on Jan 21, 2014, 10:13 AM
We provide daily ice and weather forecasts starting a week in advance. This year all forecasts were positive for the event, with the only possible question being whether we could allow motorized transport, which was cleared days in advance. @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bshirtd on Jan 21, 2014, 10:25 AM
I would like to get in on this tourney next year! I was too busy to fish the two days in a row this past weekend.  I wonder if the shaky ice conditions prior to the tourney might have deterred people from entering the tourney?  I know the ice was great this weekend, but maybe people didn't arrange plans in advance due to the ice a week or two ago.  Just a thought?


Why wait till next year come to tupper and/or sodus it's definitely worth it

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 21, 2014, 11:10 AM
I wish I could, the wife only allows one out of town ice fishing trip per year, lol.  I am headed to Oneida this weekend.  I have to save time to hunt and fish for lake erie walleyes in the summer too...Too much to do, so little time!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
To all interested in Pro/Am results,
                I just talked to Tim about the results presently posted,they are preliminary results not final so be paitent,if you have any questions email Tim.

                          FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Jan 21, 2014, 04:13 PM
We are locals and fished the event and had a great time. We finished second and seen the walleye that knocked us out of first caught right next to us. We were fishing out of Mission Meadows and those guys walked out there. Congrats to the first place finishers.  It was funny listening to them walking towards us in the dark, trying to judge were they where. We fished Mission Meadows and Chedwell for walleyes each morning without getting a walleye but seen several get caught day one.  Only one was caught day two that we seen. We then moved to Mayville and caught two hundred gills over the two days and at least 60 to 70 perch. We regularly catch perch between 8 and 10 inches and sometimes bigger.  Although this weekend we caught only a few over 10 and one 11 inches which wieghed .51 lbs. We did catch 5 gills over .5 lbs day two which is a good batch. All of are big perch came off a live shiner with a little split shot 3 to 4 ft under the ice.  We regularly fish way inside the normal pack out of Mayville.
We will be at the Sodus tourney fishing were ever the guys from Mitchell's bait and tackle are. We will give you a ride out if you need one.  There are a ton of small perch in Chautauqua, but if you go out first and last ice you can really get some nice fish.  Tim ran a great tourney and we were happy to be part of it. I do believe ice conditions did play a part in the low attendance. I try not to post conditions on this page often because last year some guy told me my report was incorrect. Here is the truth there is a group of guys who were fishing the lake weeks before the first report on this web page of safe ice came out and the local bait stores are hesitant to tell people ice conditions. Congrats to the winners, we were the first losers. Thanks again Tim see you at sodus.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Jan 21, 2014, 04:43 PM
Many have said it and I will say it as well. Chautauqua lake is a great fishery you guys have and had a ton of fun this past weekend. We came up Friday morning and prefished for the tourney and it paid off. 3rd place is fine by us. We mainly fished the north end and some of the east side. The walleyes eluded us congrats to Mitchell's bait. Jamestown was great and spoke with several locals who were helpful as well. Tim and his team put on another amazing tourney and #Teambrotherdads was glad to be a part of it again. This is our 3rd pro-am an will be fishing the next 2 tourneys as well. We're gunning for u mitchels...:) great job Tim and thank you again. Awesome tourney!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spun out fishing on Jan 21, 2014, 05:51 PM
Thank you RD and toxic  u and ur team mates were awesome as was all the teams entered cant say enough about the great group of guys and girls that have fished these events the people are what make it fun again can't thank Tim enough for the work him and his family put in to these events and RD we do like to have fun out there glad we could put on a comic show for u and don't worry ill have my sled legal for sodus no need for a ride out to grounds n be careful following us im known for going way out of the way drill a bunch of holes and then move to the real spot maybe lol cant wait for the next tourney see u guys there t
Title: Chautauqua lake
Post by: JFR on Jan 23, 2014, 10:33 AM
new here just gettin back in to this after retiring .... was the word on Chautauqua lake condition catches etc ....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigT on Jan 23, 2014, 05:34 PM
Put up 2 more posts & you can go to the Reports and Conditions
page and get all the info you need. Good luck 





Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 24, 2014, 08:07 AM
... although I haven't fished the lake "yet" this year - there's been a few postings of 10", and 11" perch being caught on the Chautauqua threads, by a few of the IS members this season ... for reference, my personal experience has been (in the last 5 years of fishing this lake on the ice with my crews - with say +/- 300 - 400 man days) - the guys, and myself, have only iced a true 3, maybe 4 total fish that cracked the 10" line TOTAL ... that's out of nearly 6,000 - 8,000 perch iced during that time (only 1 in 2,000 perch) - so to hear of these allusive, and rare 10"+  perch being caught is a bit perplexing, yet encouraging.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 24, 2014, 08:27 AM
Although I haven't caught anywhere near that many perch, I have caught a couple over 10 ''. One just the other day at Mayville, and the other was 13.5 inches from Bemus. Game wardens came over and were very impressed by it, measuring it themselves !  Just had to put that one on the wall!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chi on Jan 24, 2014, 09:32 AM
This weekend   http://www.niagarafishingexpo.com/ 

                                                                    http://www.niagarafishingexpo.com/services.html

  some good seminars
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 24, 2014, 09:56 AM
  One guy above said he puts a shiner down 3 -4 feet below the ice. A couple of years ago they were getting bigger perch suspended at the bell tower. Personally the last 5 years I got my by far biggest perch in Mayville a couple weeks ago it was 9 1/2" but like an Erie jumbo. Maybe 3/4# easily the size of 4 or 5 normal keepers. Got many 12" at private ponds, and Erie. Elusive at Chautauqua for me also.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Jan 24, 2014, 11:01 AM
We have caught many over ten this year.  Last year we might not of caught more then 4 or 5 and that is out of a group of us all year.  Probably like stated earlier 1 per several 1000.  This year out of Mayville has been good for a few bigger perch. My buddy I fished with in the tourney with caught a good bunch several weeks ago with several over ten and a 12.5 inch fish. We do catch the bigger ones suspended and if you get one big one you seem to get a few the same size. Most of them like I stated earlier came of a live shiner higher up in the water column. Now four to five years ago we would limit on 8" and better fish in the deeper holes.  Most in that 8.5 to 9 inch range. We have not been catching them walleye fishing this year or last out deep.

10 to 15 years ago we used to catch huge silver bass and white perch off mission meadows and chedwell and haven't caught any in years although I hear the get them in the summer. It just seems to me the last few years are good batches of perch have all come in shallow water instead of out deep which was common place several years ago.  We also stop catching any decent perch about now and then we start getting them again off Mayville in March mixed in with the Calico we get there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 24, 2014, 05:01 PM
C-Bisket nice to see your still around!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 24, 2014, 05:26 PM
X2 on hearing from the bisket.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuck1966 on Jan 25, 2014, 03:28 PM
fished in these winds today.There were four of us we all got skunked.Fish were not hitting today seen some nice eyes on camra.Any one have any luck on eyes today.  :tipup: :tipup: :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 25, 2014, 03:51 PM
Skunked,  for a week straight. Been out 6 of the last 7 days some days morning and night. Moved around the lake a bit and still nothing. Fished shallow, deep, and in between still nothing. First ice was great but this January low can go away. Going to switch over to the crappies for a bit
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 25, 2014, 04:41 PM
fished in these winds today.There were four of us we all got skunked.Fish were not hitting today seen some nice eyes on camra.Any one have any luck on eyes today.  :tipup: :tipup: :tipup:
Check out the reports page. Guess a guy got his limit all over 6lbs
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 25, 2014, 05:07 PM
Anyone getting any gills or crappies amongst the perch at mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 25, 2014, 05:09 PM
Just curious because I've been fishin burtis and doin great with the gills with a few crappie in the mix but no one perch I could call a keeper...was thinking about switching it up a bit tomorrow
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokenfoot on Jan 25, 2014, 06:38 PM
Hope you find them,good luck
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Jan 26, 2014, 08:48 AM
Skip at Hogans Hut, thanks for putting us on fish Saturday. I will be back down next weekend and show you pictures.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Toxic fisher on Jan 26, 2014, 01:21 PM
Hey guys need a favor from some chautauqua locals. I fished the pro-am tourney and when got home noticed my trailer plate was missing. We parked all 3 days at pendergrast point so if anyone finds a NY plate please let me know thank you in advance for the help.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 26, 2014, 02:25 PM
Fished small water Chautauqua Co. Caught 63 crappie. 4 keepers plus 1 bluegill. I needed to move and reposition, but it was too cold to do.  Minnows from Skip @ Hogan's hut were the ticket. They hit a Custom Jigs & Spins Striper Special extremely light.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 26, 2014, 02:32 PM
anyone know how much snow is on the lake as of today?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 26, 2014, 02:36 PM
up to 4 to 6 inches at burtis with some bare spots
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 26, 2014, 02:44 PM
Drifts were I've a foot on north side of lp
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 26, 2014, 06:16 PM
Fished out of Mayville this morning. Lake was covered with packed and fresh snow making it a tough drag. Fishing was non stop action, perch and gills. No crappie where we were. Too cold and tough to move around today. Would like to thank a gentle man by the name of John for coming with his 4 wheeler and hauling us back to the parking lot after seeing us struggle back to shore. Maybe he's a ice shanty member. Thanks again john!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SteelieWheelie on Jan 26, 2014, 07:05 PM
I fished Mayville from dawn until dusk today. The snow was a real pain in the arse but we ended up with some nice perch and gills. non-stop action all day long and even a couple crappies after dark!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: googan7 on Jan 26, 2014, 08:12 PM
I catch more walleye in the summer bass fishing than I do trying to get em on hard water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikeHunter10 on Jan 27, 2014, 08:58 AM
Anyone been fishing out of long point, just curious how the perch action has been out there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: stingdave9119 on Jan 27, 2014, 10:52 AM
was there on monday in about 45fow. very finicky bight most were 6-8inches nothing really bigger than that but tons of rockbass in the 3-5inch mark. Morning fish were very aggressive and about noon they wanted almost 0 action of the jig.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dugan1271 on Jan 27, 2014, 11:30 AM
Where can you park in Mayville? Never fished the lake in winter and really only know Prendergast and Long Point launches we use in summer. Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 27, 2014, 12:03 PM
across from kwikfill on 394 and jst a bit further down the lake by the steamboat at the town park there is ample parking.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: johnnybobnibbler on Jan 27, 2014, 12:52 PM
Fished out of Mayville this morning. Lake was covered with packed and fresh snow making it a tough drag. Fishing was non stop action, perch and gills. No crappie where we were. Too cold and tough to move around today. Would like to thank a gentle man by the name of John for coming with his 4 wheeler and hauling us back to the parking lot after seeing us struggle back to shore. Maybe he's a ice shanty member. Thanks again john!
  Were you with Jonnybobnibbler? Hes a legend in these parts
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 28, 2014, 07:34 PM
Posted in r&c but placing here as well..

Seen this on Holiday Harbor facebook page...pretty sweet pic!

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi48.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ff237%2Fngdogg%2F1655637_10152086573060677_1869474992_o_zps11f482e5.jpg&hash=2e9be0f76597d9acdcbfbe5c2b6011d8)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kevinxx801 on Jan 29, 2014, 02:32 PM
Anyone been out the past couple of days? Probably heading out tomorrow morning. Mayville sounds like it has been the best bet recently.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: JHNMCGGH on Jan 29, 2014, 04:19 PM
Ok, newbie to chautauqua,handicapped cant walk unassisted. So will be on my polaris ranger 500. Take it the ice is thick enough to support the utv and a out of shape 60 yr old . Also coming with a few other Older guys new to ice fishing. Looking for a good starting area.  Area with reputation of holding fish.  Not looking for your secret hot spots,just a good start area and parrell parking lot. Were heading out blind, and were by the run and gun phase of finding fish. Just to much stuff to pack up and getting around with walker on ice isnt the most secure footing. Will be there 2days 14&15. Will post both days whether successful or not, location, depth, presentation used and totals.  From Rochester area, grew up in south buffalo. Would like to get to chaut at least once a year. If you feel comfortable helping some older guys out drop a line.
Tightlines
JM
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Jan 29, 2014, 04:46 PM
Panfish we did well in Mayville
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 29, 2014, 06:15 PM
Put fresh blades on the auger. Ice is over a foot thick now.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: utes on Jan 29, 2014, 07:18 PM
I'm staying at Mangolia's by this Friday and Saturday night. Wondering if there is a bait shop nearby? also, are there any kids in the area looking to drag a hut onto the ice for a few bucks. By hand or machine, don't matter to me.I had surgery a month ago and really aren't suppose to be dragging or pulling anything around yet but I can't wait any longer. Gotta get out, haven't gone out at all yet. If not, I just take it slow and steady. Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 29, 2014, 07:24 PM
weres the little mule glenny?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Jan 29, 2014, 08:53 PM
Fished small water Chautauqua Co. Caught 63 crappie. 4 keepers plus 1 bluegill. I needed to move and reposition, but it was too cold to do.  Minnows from Skip @ Hogan's hut were the ticket. They hit a Custom Jigs & Spins Striper Special extremely light.
.....was the postmaster with you?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Imfishking on Jan 30, 2014, 06:16 PM
Where can you park to fish burtis bay? Only have ever been to long point on hard water. thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Jan 30, 2014, 06:39 PM
Just find the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and go about 200 yards south. Make sure you park in the bigger lot across the road.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 30, 2014, 08:35 PM
.....was the postmaster with you?
Hunters08,
Yes, the Postmaster was fishing with me. He had to leave for an hour to pick up his wife who's helping an elderly lady who fell & broke her arm.  He kept a couple crappie for her to sample some fresh fried fish. Lots of action, few keepers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 31, 2014, 10:00 AM
I will be coming down tomorrow for the first time this year. i am bringing my little boy and two little cousins. looking to get them on some fish and keep them interested any ideas would be great. Thinking of heading out of mayville from what i am hearing the panfishing seems to be best outta there. Also i know its been pretty cold and would it be ok to bring the snowmobile down. have alot of guys been traveling on the ice with them and is there enough snow on the ice to get traction without studs on the track. I appreciate any reply.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 31, 2014, 10:13 AM
mayville would be your best bet.  Ice is crazy thick with a few inches of packed snow on top.  sled will be fine 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 31, 2014, 10:37 AM
thank you for the help game hog. i was outta long point last year did ok. i know that it drops off to about 41' outta there. any good reports from there lately.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Magellan on Jan 31, 2014, 11:15 AM
 :-\  Is johnnybonibbler the famed brown trout Burt Dam fisherman from western NY?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: broa0226 on Jan 31, 2014, 01:39 PM
Fished Mayville yesterday ice in the few places I moved around to was 10 to 12 in.  Fish were biting all day the perch and gills were close to the bottom didn't pick any up  higher in the water column.  Had to weed through the small fish but eventually caught a bunch of keepers, it would be a perfect thing to keep the little ones interested all day. You won't have any problem having a sled without picks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 31, 2014, 01:54 PM
Took my 3 year old for her first ice fishing trip to mayville today from 9-12..nonstop action, def perfect for the kids but got some nice ones in the mix too...she had a blast!...(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi827.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz194%2Fjmbrnt81%2F961D738D-F381-40CC-B124-D5A21A685518_zpsicdrnrhk.jpg&hash=6a489b1fbc38284cdd71133c77d39b0e) (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/jmbrnt81/media/961D738D-F381-40CC-B124-D5A21A685518_zpsicdrnrhk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 31, 2014, 01:55 PM
was in Mayville from 430 till 6 yesterday.... couldnt keep the perch off my line,,,, didnt try for the gills but lots of fun!!!! be back out today and hope to get a night bite for Mr. Crappy
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobdboater on Jan 31, 2014, 01:56 PM
I am heading down tomorrow. Since I am bringing my own bait could you tell me what the preferred bait is.

Thanks,
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 31, 2014, 02:15 PM
We used waxies and were gettin both perch and gills
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 31, 2014, 02:34 PM
Took my 3 year old for her first ice fishing trip to mayville today from 9-12..nonstop action, def perfect for the kids but got some nice ones in the mix too...she had a blast!...(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi827.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz194%2Fjmbrnt81%2F961D738D-F381-40CC-B124-D5A21A685518_zpsicdrnrhk.jpg&hash=6a489b1fbc38284cdd71133c77d39b0e) (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/jmbrnt81/media/961D738D-F381-40CC-B124-D5A21A685518_zpsicdrnrhk.jpg.html)

that is awesome and encouraging thats what you have to do get the kids on the fish and they are hooked for life. hoping the same happens tomorrow for my little boy
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 31, 2014, 02:48 PM
that is awesome and encouraging thats what you have to do get the kids on the fish and they are hooked for life. hoping the same happens tomorrow for my little boy
...I would def recomend mayville then because it was nonstop..I didn't even fish cuz I wanted her to have a good time
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 31, 2014, 02:50 PM
...I would def recomend mayville then because it was nonstop..I didn't even fish cuz I wanted her to have a good time

is there a certain spot in mayville or anywhere in there is good
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Jan 31, 2014, 02:57 PM
is there a certain spot in mayville or anywhere in there is good
..pretty much anywhere would prob work but we were in 9-10 fow
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 31, 2014, 08:13 PM
How was it pulling your gear out onto the lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 31, 2014, 08:17 PM
Took my 3 year old for her first ice fishing trip to mayville today from 9-12..nonstop action, def perfect for the kids but got some nice ones in the mix too...she had a blast!...


    Nothing better than happy kids with fish pictures..... :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 31, 2014, 09:04 PM

Thought we'd attempt an early evening night bite. Fished small water Chautauqua Co. from 1630-2030 hours. I caught 28 crappie - 6 keepers plus 1 bonus 8.5" bluegill. The calico creeled were the Black species and averaged 9.5" in length. The Postmaster kept 4 crappie and was elected to clean them all, even though he has to work tomorrow and I'm off. He's a machine at fish cleaning & I'm definitely not. We thought hunters08 might join us? You didn't miss much as bite was slow and light. No wind and air temps 30°F warmer than our last time out made it much more tolerable. That combined w/ the Postmaster's specialty English Coffee made it for a great 'kickoff' to the weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 01, 2014, 01:08 PM
I just see on the news that a a chick driving a sled went through a shanty last night in mayville. Be safe out there folks and watch out for others.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Feb 01, 2014, 01:32 PM
you been doing anything as far as luck goes?  I am working this weekend.  I want to get out Friday.  Leave for Arkansas again Saturday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Feb 01, 2014, 02:46 PM
I just see on the news that a a chick driving a sled went through a shanty last night in mayville. Be safe out there folks and watch out for others.
Wrecks Ice Shanty, Narrowly Misses Three Men Fishing

February 1, 2014
By The Post-Journal


CHAUTAUQUA - Police believe alcohol played a role in an overnight snowmobiling accident on Chautauqua Lake that could have had more tragic results.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash that occurred a short time earlier on the lake off of Lakeside Park in Mayville.

Police say Christina M. Black, 31, of Burghill, Ohio, was operating a 2006 Ski-Doo northbound about 200 yards from the shoreline when she struck an ice fishing shanty, narrowly missing three male subjects fishing a short distance away. The shanty, along with a significant amount of equipment was damaged or destroyed.

There were no injuries.

Following an investigation, Black was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated, SWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and not operating at minimum speed within 100 feet of a person or an ice fishing shanty.

Black will answer the charges in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 01, 2014, 03:31 PM
Look me up when your free Denny. Ill pm you my #.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Feb 01, 2014, 05:18 PM
Thought we'd attempt an early evening night bite. Fished small water Chautauqua Co. from 1630-2030 hours. I caught 28 crappie - 6 keepers plus 1 bonus 8.5" bluegill. The calico creeled were the Black species and averaged 9.5" in length. The Postmaster kept 4 crappie and was elected to clean them all, even though he has to work tomorrow and I'm off. He's a machine at fish cleaning & I'm definitely not. We thought hunters08 might join us? You didn't miss much as bite was slow and light. No wind and air temps 30°F warmer than our last time out made it much more tolerable. That combined w/ the Postmaster's specialty English Coffee made it for a great 'kickoff' to the weekend.
   Ended up going to Mayville till 945 only 4 keeper calico.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wny angler on Feb 01, 2014, 05:31 PM
Wrecks Ice Shanty, Narrowly Misses Three Men Fishing

February 1, 2014
By The Post-Journal


CHAUTAUQUA - Police believe alcohol played a role in an overnight snowmobiling accident on Chautauqua Lake that could have had more tragic results.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash that occurred a short time earlier on the lake off of Lakeside Park in Mayville.

Police say Christina M. Black, 31, of Burghill, Ohio, was operating a 2006 Ski-Doo northbound about 200 yards from the shoreline when she struck an ice fishing shanty, narrowly missing three male subjects fishing a short distance away. The shanty, along with a significant amount of equipment was damaged or destroyed.

There were no injuries.

Following an investigation, Black was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated, SWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and not operating at minimum speed within 100 feet of a person or an ice fishing shanty.

Black will answer the charges in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.

surprised this doesn't happen more often - had many close calls at mayville at night over the years .
might want to bring an extra lantern for outside the hut
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 01, 2014, 05:54 PM
I started hanging glow sticks on the outside of the hut to make it a little more visible....no reason for them to ride out near the huts anyway...go around us..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: navychief on Feb 02, 2014, 06:35 AM
I put reflective tape on my Clam, all four sides and big pieces.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Feb 02, 2014, 09:18 AM
Clam makes flashing red warning lights that Clip on the outside of the hut. I use them on weekends when there is lots of sled traffic. Can be seen from 100 yards or so.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishin716 on Feb 02, 2014, 01:53 PM
Went to mayville in the rain Saturday. Seemed the fish were moving around a lot. Tried drilling more holes but seemed to be the same. Lot of dink perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Feb 02, 2014, 06:56 PM
Anybody get a line on crappies this year? I tend not to bother with Chautauqua perch but the calicos would be a pleasant change.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Feb 02, 2014, 07:25 PM
havnt found only a crappie here and there.is the lake a slushy mess right now?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobdboater on Feb 03, 2014, 07:23 AM
Went to Mayville Saturday with Game Hog. The perch weren't big but I managed to get about 25 of them. Tip-downs with Turqouis and fluorecent orange jigs tipped with active minnows were the best thing for me. A silver small jig with a green plastic mite tipped with a active minnow worked for the gills.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Feb 03, 2014, 07:46 AM
Took the kid down to mayville saturday for his first time out on the ice. He did awesome and was out on the ice all day. We found the fish and kept him interested all day. We managed some pretty nice perch and some pushing 1lb.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dz70cll1l10mdwv/2014-02-02%2011.21.17-2.jpg)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/9plmj6agjg1mrzt/2014-02-01%2013.24.12.jpg)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Feb 03, 2014, 02:58 PM
If you want to catch calicos we do our best starting in march out of Mayville.   We start fishing about 4pm into the night. The half hr before dark until an hr after dark seems to be the best for us. Emerald shiner fished usually 3 to 4 ft down. A lot of times we get them on the drop with the minnow struggling. I have not caught a calico this year and have been out probably 6 times for panfish, but haven't stayed past dark.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuck1966 on Feb 03, 2014, 03:46 PM
u really catch crappie at mayville at night there.I was always told burtis bay
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chris steel on Feb 03, 2014, 05:23 PM
SHOOOSH stop talking about it, more for me, Seriously yes there are lots of crappie in mayville just gotta put in your time some nights to find em.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: JHNMCGGH on Feb 03, 2014, 08:37 PM
New to lake,  appreciate tackle/ bait locations for different sections of the lake. 
Thanks
John M
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chuck1966 on Feb 03, 2014, 09:04 PM
thanks chris i will have to try one of these nights lol .private message me and i can put on some eyes .Been doing ok with them seeing alot on camera. Plus in the bucket lol good luck to u  @)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Feb 03, 2014, 09:05 PM
Best spot on the lake i found for bait is Hogan's Hut. Get to know and talk to Skip and he will put you on fish. Very knowledgeable.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishin716 on Feb 04, 2014, 11:22 AM
Probably heading down to Chautauqua Fri morn anybody else going out?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: eafd30 on Feb 04, 2014, 03:21 PM
I Am Headed Out Sunday For The DA...Mayville Or Long point
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 05, 2014, 07:22 PM
I think i may try for eyes again this monday!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: seanile on Feb 06, 2014, 08:24 AM
I posted a 2 1/2 acre lot that I have for sale across from Long Point State Park with lake rights and a great lake view.If interested , check out the For Sale ad on Ice Shanty.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobdboater on Feb 06, 2014, 09:41 AM
I meant to post this on Monday. Did anyone notice on Saturday the large octagon holes someone cut into the ice. It looked like someone put a hut up and cut two holes about 3ft by 2ft. If they were covered with snow on Saturday and someone wasn't paying attention they would of gone thru the ice.
Am I wrong or is that a little overboard as far cutting a fising hole. Game Hog spotted them first thank god.....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 06, 2014, 09:53 AM
That's def too big of a hole.  Some people don't think before they do things.  ???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 06, 2014, 10:27 AM
Good thing eyes were open going out. Would not have seen them if it were like this am. Snow is deep.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 06, 2014, 11:03 AM
I meant to post this on Monday. Did anyone notice on Saturday the large octagon holes someone cut into the ice. It looked like someone put a hut up and cut two holes about 3ft by 2ft. If they were covered with snow on Saturday and someone wasn't paying attention they would of gone thru the ice.
Am I wrong or is that a little overboard as far cutting a fising hole. Game Hog spotted them first thank god.....
Where on the lake were those big holes cut? Mayville? Were they near the path walking out? Just wanted to make sure so I know where to avoid.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 06, 2014, 11:19 AM
Mayville. Out from parking lot across from kwickfill. I'd sat 150 yds out. Should be solid by now
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bushyjr on Feb 06, 2014, 11:49 AM
When I fished Mayville for the tournament there was a guy cutting his holes with chain saw haven't see that in many years be safe always have to watch for holes
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 06, 2014, 12:36 PM
Thanks Game Hog. I'm heading there this Saturday. Hopefully there will be no fresh ones cut by then.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobdboater on Feb 06, 2014, 02:48 PM
They were straight out from Kwik Fill. Right in the middle of the usual group.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 06, 2014, 07:20 PM
I think it was Aaron Wiebe.  He's one of my personal hero but he has been known to cut rectangular holes in the ice and fish through them lately.

I'm all for cutting any size hole in the ice and fishing through them.  I think it would be a good idea to build a little mound around them to mark them.  In this weather they will lock up overnight and Grizzly Gary could do Hot Yoga on the same spot in the morning and stay dry!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 07, 2014, 07:49 AM
I don't think a small mound would be a good idea. A young child may be drawn to the mound out of curiosity . No need for any hole bigger than 7-8inches . With these temps, lets hope it has refroze overnight, and not drifted over before freezing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 07, 2014, 08:32 AM
Plenty of sleds out to pack some of the snow down making the drag a bit easier. Next weekend is the winter feet in mayville. That end of the lake will be a zoo. Everyone be safe out there. Sat night they will be having fireworks. Neat to watch from the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 07, 2014, 09:52 AM
I am going out early tomorrow to try for some walleye.  I haven't fished for them through the ice at Chautauqua.  I have ice fished the lake for 20+ years and I am ready to try something different.  I think I have a good location scoped out with the help of another IS member.  I am not looking for any locations, but does anyone have any advice on presentation?  My first thoughts are jigging raps with a minow head.  Might also try pimples and buckshot spoons.  Do guys get them jigging or deadsticking?  Any info greatly appreciated!     
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: zebj25 on Feb 07, 2014, 11:18 AM
I am going out early tomorrow to try for some walleye.  I haven't fished for them through the ice at Chautauqua.  I have ice fished the lake for 20+ years and I am ready to try something different.  I think I have a good location scoped out with the help of another IS member.  I am not looking for any locations, but does anyone have any advice on presentation?  My first thoughts are jigging raps with a minow head.  Might also try pimples and buckshot spoons.  Do guys get them jigging or deadsticking?  Any info greatly appreciated!   

I dont know what the usual presentation is, but I caught 2 so far.  Off Mayville, 9 fow.  The first was a small pimple and a minnow, the second was a small jig with a wax worm.  Maybe they were just hungry that day.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: stickbow70 on Feb 07, 2014, 06:28 PM
I am going out early tomorrow to try for some walleye.  I haven't fished for them through the ice at Chautauqua.  I have ice fished the lake for 20+ years and I am ready to try something different.  I think I have a good location scoped out with the help of another IS member.  I am not looking for any locations, but does anyone have any advice on presentation?  My first thoughts are jigging raps with a minow head.  Might also try pimples and buckshot spoons.  Do guys get them jigging or deadsticking?  Any info greatly appreciated!   
Been picking em up on Rapalas. Haven't tipped with anything but maybe I'd be doing better if I did. Been jigging but some have been picking them up deadstickin'. Personal preferance I guess.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: papaeden on Feb 08, 2014, 01:32 PM
I'm trying to find out were the aquarium is ??????? I think it is down near the viking club but not sure. any help would be appreciated  best place to go of to get there and if it's walkable
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Feb 09, 2014, 06:20 AM
I'm going out to Chautauqua today I send report. Might go to long point.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Perch master 16 on Feb 09, 2014, 05:32 PM
Went to mayville fished from 7:30-2:00. Caught about 120 small fish no keepers. About 12" of ice. Lots of sleds out today. Good luck.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kawasakikvf650 on Feb 10, 2014, 07:09 AM
We also fished on Sunday and only small fish but lots of them. Good ice  12+"  tons of people out.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 10, 2014, 07:39 AM
Just an update, I am not withholding any info, but I ended up fishing Lake erie Saturday instead of trying for some eyes on Chautauqua.  I may be going out tomorrow evening for some crappie, either Mayville or Burtis haven't decided yet.   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: catfish hunter09 on Feb 10, 2014, 09:58 AM
Also trying to get the crappie bite tomorrow night. gunna try minnows and see what happens. POSTLETOWN i will probably see you there since there hasnt been many people waiting for the night bite. Crappie time baby
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 10, 2014, 11:07 AM
I'll look for ya Catfish!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: falbinki on Feb 10, 2014, 09:22 PM
Heading down thursday. Does anyone know if it would be a good idea to bring the wheeler? loking to go out of dewitville. Anyone know if there are machines going out there or is the snow pretty bad? Don't want to bring it if i can't use it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Feb 10, 2014, 09:33 PM
Didn`t see any atv`s lot`s of snowmobiles. Around 10 inches of snow one ice.  The aquarium is Maple Springs. It`s between Long Point, and Midway park. Not sure on access at mineral springs. You can get there from the other 2 spots.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 11, 2014, 03:10 AM
can get to the aquarium from prendergast point fairly easily also.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Feb 11, 2014, 01:18 PM
As far as hole size cut into ice , there used to be a state dec law for size limit but haven't seen it in reg guide . I'm not against cuttinga bigger holes but should have ccourtesy to mark hole or area after you leave. Walkers , a quad or sled comes by an hour after you leave could spell disaster. Up in Canada on simcoe when permanent huts are moved they back fill 3 by 5 hole with snow and ice and leave a Christmas tree or wooden stake as a marker .
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 13, 2014, 04:13 PM
Seen some guys on the Burtis bay camera,any reports please?

                             FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 13, 2014, 10:35 PM
Heading to Mayville sat am to take my brother inlaw icein for the first time.was there a couple weeks ago and got all dinks!(went in by park with tennis courts).really don't want a repeat if im gonna get him hooked.any suggestions would b awsome.how deep,how far out,where to pull out from,etc.i am not really familiar with the area as i normally hit prendergast or the belltower.(he wants to go there to meet up with family for ice festival)thanks to my fellow shantyites in advance for the help!! Tight lines  ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 14, 2014, 08:34 AM
It's still been mostly dinks anywhere I have gone in Mayville lately, but there are occaisional gills with some size.  Just gotta catch about 20 before you get one keeper.  Still fun though, especially for a novice.  I think catching those will be fun for him rather than catching nothing.  Have fun!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 14, 2014, 09:29 AM
It's still been mostly dinks anywhere I have gone in Mayville lately, but there are occaisional gills with some size.  Just gotta catch about 20 before you get one keeper.  Still fun though, especially for a novice.  I think catching those will be fun for him rather than catching nothing.  Have fun!
thanks .maybe he'll get into it, he's from there. they live in Lakewood.I have lots of family down that way and some of them just don't think ice fishing is very fun. they think I'm crazy for traveling two hours down that way just a fish all day and not visiting them lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishlip off the hook on Feb 14, 2014, 09:44 AM
Was there Tuesday and it was dinkville. The drag was just that a DRAG!!! Fun day though caught a ton of fish. Good luck to all this weekend. Heading to Honeoye tomorrow. Cant wait
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paleofish on Feb 15, 2014, 07:27 AM
I'd love to get some feedback on the walleye fishing this year. 

I'll summarize my year so far, and give you all my theory... for whatever it's worth..Whenever.

I'm out There 4-5 evenings a week since we've had ice, around Jan 1st?  I was out there on 2 inches or less spudding my way out...

I have been all over the upper end of the lake, from long point, to point Chautauqua, and everywhere in between (Victorias, preferfast , warner bar, Bell tower)  been venturing out on the ATV to areas where we have had success jigging and trolling deep water in the fall too.  Depth ranges from being on weed edges (13fow), to edges of deep holes 40fow or more)

Anywhere we drill a hole...perch, and more perch, and so many perch it's hard to see our lures on the flasher!  Swarms of them.... every depth, 4-5 inch little dinks that just about drive you insane.  That last hour of daylight or so, the perch activity seems to slow as walleye become more "active".  They just will not hit!! We mark them, good size walleye, ( those who use flashers I'm sure can tell the difference marking a 5 inch perch vs.  a 22 inch walleye...)  they come right up to the lure, and go back down. Come up, back down, then gone.  I've thrown ever lure and bait at them you could imagine, same thing.  They just don't appear to be aggressive. 

So my theory.... there is just SO much bait fish down there, do the walleye really have to go around searching for food?  Couldn't they pick off a meal wherever  and whenever they want?  When they come up to check out our lures, why would they hit a questionable piece of lead when they know the sure thing is available anytime. 

I remember the days, as I'm sure many others of you do, the limit of walleye was 5 fish and 15 inches, and there were very few times we'd come off the ice without a few keepers.  And also I don't remember the constant perch!! Now it seems a great day is being able to bring one keeper home.

Ok, so maybe I've just lost my touch, but I grew up on this lake and have fished it my whole 29 years of life, and the last few years of hard water walleyes have been frustrating to say the least....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 15, 2014, 09:55 AM
 I agree you can definatly tell the difference on the flasher they come up but will not hit. Very frustrating. I try the biggest jigs I have to keep the dinks off but that doesnt work either. I swear I have caught perch smaller than the lure I use.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: burtbomberz on Feb 15, 2014, 03:14 PM
I'm renting a house
 on Hartfield bay....was wondering if anyone has caught crappies out in front of the canal....any advice would be helpful
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 15, 2014, 03:47 PM
How bad is the slush under the snow? I have a hole in mypac boots found the hard way so if its slushy ill wear my rubbers
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 15, 2014, 04:09 PM
Not much for slush but def plenty of snow to make the drag suck
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Dereko on Feb 15, 2014, 04:13 PM
How much ice is out there now
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 15, 2014, 04:15 PM
to much ice!!!!!!!  over a foot...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Dereko on Feb 15, 2014, 04:20 PM
Ok thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 15, 2014, 04:54 PM
fished out of prendergast in 30 fow 14" ice measured almost all clear . snow wasnt too bad hardly any slush. I brought home 14 perch all about 8" threw back a bunch. quite a few guys out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: WINTERKILLER on Feb 15, 2014, 09:01 PM
fished out of ms, 48 ft , .3 of a mile out,  plenty of ice & snow no slush. non stop action @1-5, limited out of 8-11 inchers mosty 8-9. drag was much better this week with my new smitty sled, dont think id of made it without it.
silver pimple w/eye
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Feb 16, 2014, 08:36 AM
I've been out 20-30 times in the evening for walleye and it really is  frustrating when they don't hit. Try jigging with a buckshot or rattling flyer and have a dead stick or tip up close by with a medium shinner. All my fish have come on the dead stick this year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 16, 2014, 12:06 PM
to much ice!!!!!!!  over a foot...
No such thing... get a power auger :) lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 16, 2014, 04:11 PM
Got a couple big 11inch white bass or white perch or silver bass whatever the heck they are I kept the are they any good eating?   How big do they get
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Feb 16, 2014, 05:28 PM
similar in length to yellow perch they will get to 16" or so, I think .They are good eating have to eat them fresh though they dont freeze well.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jimski2 on Feb 17, 2014, 07:15 AM
They do not come up to your lure, they come from the outside of your flasher cone and appear to come up but they are just getting closer to the center of the cone.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikeHunter10 on Feb 17, 2014, 08:00 AM
Fished out of long point yesterday for the last few evening hours, kept about a dozen perch, threw back about as many, and iced two rock bass. Little slushy in some spots but nothing horrible. Ice was at least 12", best I've seen in a while. Not bad for only fishing for about 2 1/2 hours.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ngernatt on Feb 17, 2014, 01:40 PM
Does anyone know where there's parking to get to Dewittville bay
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 17, 2014, 01:42 PM
Does anyone know where there's parking to get to Dewittville bay

Meadows Road. 

Anyone fish Mayville at night over the weekend? How did you do?  I am looking to go tonight, but if it has still been slow I am not going to waste my time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 17, 2014, 02:45 PM
There was a big group to the north this am. Anyone on here in that group ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 17, 2014, 04:37 PM
Meadows Road. 

Anyone fish Mayville at night over the weekend? How did you do?  I am looking to go tonight, but if it has still been slow I am not going to waste my time.
fished mayville during the day today and was a lot slower than it has been and not one crappie
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 17, 2014, 05:59 PM
fished mayville during the day today and was a lot slower than it has been and not one crappie
I was there too, bite was super slow.. had my boy and brother in law with me, there was a group fairly close to us with a bunch of kids, using tip downs, they were catching fish, but didnt appear to be getting alot... i think we may have caught 30 fish between the 4 of us... shouldve stayed where we were in the a.m.!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 17, 2014, 06:10 PM
Got about 15 white perch on Erie Saturday 1 14 inch tank that was like 5 inches from belly to back fried Em up today along with about 8 nice yellows taste is about the same maybe a little gamey just eat fresh don't freeze
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 17, 2014, 07:16 PM
I was there too, bite was super slow.. had my boy and brother in law with me, there was a group fairly close to us with a bunch of kids, using tip downs, they were catching fish, but didnt appear to be getting alot... i think we may have caught 30 fish between the 4 of us... shouldve stayed where we were in the a.m.!!!
ya they came and set up next to us..it slowed down shortly after that but was good to see that all the kids did catch some and they def seemed to be having fun...I walked out about 100yds and started catching them again
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hunter44 on Feb 18, 2014, 09:03 AM
Yes I was there also I hope they didn't bother you'll they were boy scout on there first time out and yes they had a great time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 18, 2014, 09:13 AM
I figured it had to be something like that..and no they didn't bother us..suprised u didn't hear my dad and I laughing in our hut about how good a time the boys were having..we def have no problems seeing a group o youngsters gettin into any outdoor activity..especially fishin or huntin..like I was saying, once it seemed to slow down I just ventured out about 100yds and started catching again..don't ever feel bad about getting anyone out there for their first time..if anyone gets bothered they can move..love to see anyone gettin into fishin..keep up the good work!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Feb 18, 2014, 06:47 PM
Got a couple big 11inch white bass or white perch or silver bass whatever the heck they are I kept the are they any good eating?   How big do they get


Where were you fishing when you got those???? I have got plenty in the summer but would love to get them through the ice... change things up a bit and catch something other that  yellow perch and gills.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 18, 2014, 07:53 PM
Burtis bay. saw a few more on camera bu wouldnt hit. also saw 3muskie well maybe the same one 3times but it was neat to see
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 18, 2014, 08:59 PM
Yes I was there also I hope they didn't bother you'll they were boy scout on there first time out and yes they had a great time.
Only thing that bothers me is that it didnt seem like they were running to those tip downs enough ! Bite couldve been better for them.. Its AWESOME to all those kids on the ice!!! The future of our sport! Great job getting them out there!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: theperchdraggin on Feb 19, 2014, 08:31 AM
not sure how many wallls r in the lake.  have not heard much on success of stocking program the last few years.
most wallls we catch thru ice r either off prendergast or mission meadows. tough bite go small.  7s or #5 raps
seem to produce even when a live minnow wont. do not tip rap with anything.
about 15 yrs ago we pulled white perch  22 n 24in thru the ice of long point. these fish were breeders.
never saw in lake before that. makes me wonder where they came from. also that seemed that was beginning of end for
chaq's great walleye fishing.
can anybody verify this? about 4 yrs ago there was an apparent carp die off. i understand carp eat tons of
perch eggs; this mite explain all the dinks. either way this good ice shld help reduce nos....
if u feel like cleaning 7 inchers. either way chaq sure isnt what it was not that long ago.
tite line my friends!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: OneBucketMike on Feb 19, 2014, 08:36 AM
not sure how many wallls r in the lake.  have not heard much on success of stocking program the last few years.
most wallls we catch thru ice r either off prendergast or mission meadows. tough bite go small.  7s or #5 raps
seem to produce even when a live minnow wont. do not tip rap with anything.
about 15 yrs ago we pulled white perch  22 n 24in thru the ice of long point. these fish were breeders.
never saw in lake before that. makes me wonder where they came from. also that seemed that was beginning of end for
chaq's great walleye fishing.
can anybody verify this? about 4 yrs ago there was an apparent carp die off. i understand carp eat tons of
perch eggs; this mite explain all the dinks. either way this good ice shld help reduce nos....
if u feel like cleaning 7 inchers. either way chaq sure isnt what it was not that long ago.
tite line my friends!!!!

24" White Perch???  Might be a record for that!!!  Maybe they are some other kind od White fish????
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hunter44 on Feb 19, 2014, 08:40 AM
I wasn't with them I just help with the set up of tent so they cook and get warm. The guys that were set up were friends of mine. I was fishing with one of there dad and some other friends. Yes it was great that young men and lady took the time to give these kids some great memory. It was great to hear them boys talk about how many fish they caught and just seeing them having a good time sure did make my day!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: theperchdraggin on Feb 19, 2014, 11:06 AM
cld be wrong... wldnt be 1st time but fished chaq since 75 n never saw a fish like that til then. never even saw a white perch in the lake til
about 2000. yhey reminded me of a striped bass but were not white bass, caught plenty of those in erie.
these were big fat fish  with more rounded body than long.... more like a white perch than white bass.
wish i had pictures now  but that was 99 n no cell ph with camera in my arsenal back thenl
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 19, 2014, 01:31 PM
cld be wrong... wldnt be 1st time but fished chaq since 75 n never saw a fish like that til then. never even saw a white perch in the lake til
about 2000. yhey reminded me of a striped bass but were not white bass, caught plenty of those in erie.
these were big fat fish  with more rounded body than long.... more like a white perch than white bass.
wish i had pictures now  but that was 99 n no cell ph with camera in my arsenal back thenl
white bass have the black stripes on them and white perch don't..that's how I was always taught to tell the difference
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 19, 2014, 01:33 PM
And anything over 19" would most certaintly be considered a record in NYS
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jayy on Feb 19, 2014, 03:08 PM
cld be wrong... wldnt be 1st time but fished chaq since 75 n never saw a fish like that til then. never even saw a white perch in the lake til
about 2000. yhey reminded me of a striped bass but were not white bass, caught plenty of those in erie.
these were big fat fish  with more rounded body than long.... more like a white perch than white bass.
wish i had pictures now  but that was 99 n no cell ph with camera in my arsenal back thenl

Almost sounds like a hybrid striped bass.  Did the dec ever experiment with those? I know pa stocks them in several places but I dont remember ny ever doing so. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 19, 2014, 04:20 PM
Very well could of been a couple of hybrid stripers accidentally thrown in,would be cool to have DEC stock some in our area like Erie or Chautauqua,anyone know how we can lobby for this to happen,don't know if they are breeders or not,most likely not.


                           FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Feb 19, 2014, 07:44 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1368.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag179%2Fgrantvincent22%2FWhite_Perch_zps4a6e3238.jpg&hash=e94881b1224a32aab52792c6bfcb9c5b) (http://s1368.photobucket.com/user/grantvincent22/media/White_Perch_zps4a6e3238.jpg.html)

Here's a 15 incher I caught in Dewittville a couple weeks ago.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 19, 2014, 08:31 PM
Pretty sure that's a white bass because of the black stripes...nice fish!..I prefer to smoke them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 19, 2014, 09:11 PM
definitely white bass.catch them in lower niagara river all the time !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 19, 2014, 09:22 PM
Ps. thanks to whoever posted on finding the 9to10 foot hole off the park in Mayville!! hit it about 300ish yards out and cleaned up on big perch and a couple mystery breakoffs (to big for 1#line)or toothy ?admittedly though,i did get alot of dinks till i found the spot!even then they only hit the dead stick!figured that out after getting bored and taking a beverage and munch break. ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: loverboy on Feb 20, 2014, 07:26 AM
Go to NYS/DEC fish identification.  White bass has 8 spikes in the dorsal while the white perch has 6-7.  Also the white bass has 8 lateral lines while the perch does not.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Pikeplower32 on Feb 20, 2014, 08:57 AM
Anybody get into the evening craps yet at mayville or Burtis.?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 20, 2014, 10:01 AM
Ps. thanks to whoever posted on finding the 9to10 foot hole off the park in Mayville!! hit it about 300ish yards out and cleaned up on big perch and a couple mystery breakoffs (to big for 1#line)or toothy ?admittedly though,i did get alot of dinks till i found the spot!even then they only hit the dead stick!figured that out after getting bored and taking a beverage and munch break. ;D

Not a problem. Glad you had some luck!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
Anybody get into the evening craps yet at mayville or Burtis.?

I went out two weeks ago trying to find some and only got 1 short one.  Skipped it this week and went to a smaller lake and got some.  I will be trying Mayville again next week, will let you know how I do.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 20, 2014, 10:09 AM
anybody got any word on Bear Lake? It's kind of quiet on here about that.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Pikeplower32 on Feb 20, 2014, 10:35 AM
anybody got any word on Bear Lake? It's kind of quiet on here about that.
I was wondering the same thing haven't heard anything about it this year. I'm tryin to find some crappie. Maybe I'll try there this evening.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: schoolfisher69 on Feb 20, 2014, 11:29 AM
i also caught these white bass in chaut,are they good to eat ? If so how do you cook them?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Feb 20, 2014, 11:38 AM
i also caught these white bass in chaut,are they good to eat ? If so how do you cook them?
Eat them fresh only (do not freeze). Cut all of the red meat off the filets, pan fry them without breading, seasoned only, don't over cook.  The flavor is good, all of these steps are to insure they don't get mushy. White bass are better than white perch. IMO 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 20, 2014, 03:14 PM
I am glad the rain is melting the snow, but not too thrilled about the creeks rising and dumping into the lake.  Anyone else concerned about their spots on Chautauqua getting risky this weekend?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 20, 2014, 05:18 PM
I think the shoreline will be the riskiest
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 20, 2014, 05:37 PM
Took my son out at Mayville today for his first time this year. Using camera, we ended up with 4 slob craps and a dozen descent gills. Didn't find the large perch everybodies been talking about, but its a large bay to narrow down. Tried 9-10 ft, then 8-9 ft, and ended up in 7 ft and weeds. That's where the craps came from. Lost one more at the hole and saw 1 more on camera. Seem to be scattered throughout the weeds.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 20, 2014, 08:52 PM
Looking to hit up Chautauqua maybe this weekend or next any pointers on where the decent perch r I don't mind dinks but where's the best place to walk out. How deep of water. I'm taking a buddy out for his first time so dinks r us is ok but if we could get a couple decent ones would be nice
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Feb 20, 2014, 11:09 PM
Try mayville, you can walk right out from the town park.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 21, 2014, 09:17 AM
Surprised this is the first time the conditions board is locked this season..a lot of helpful info with way less bs than normal..goin to mayville Sunday..will post results here
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 21, 2014, 11:13 AM
I will admit I prob made a few posts there that weren't reports or conditions..sorry if its my fault but hopefully it will be unlocked soon
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 21, 2014, 11:19 AM
It always seems to happen when the conditions page is needed most..be safe out there and just report here..lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2014, 11:29 AM
I started a thread questioning it and they moved it but didn't reply to it. I'll check out the lake in a bit and let everyone know.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 21, 2014, 11:31 AM
Thanks gamehog, you da man!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Feb 21, 2014, 12:48 PM
sad thing is there is just as much BS on the other threads but Chautauqua is the only one that gets locked.  Someone feels like flexing their muscles I guess...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Feb 21, 2014, 12:50 PM
don't start that next thing to do is lock this one out!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Feb 21, 2014, 12:58 PM
warn the perpetrators, don't punish everyone.....just sayin.
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2014, 01:37 PM
Thinking I'll start my own conditions thread. Post #1 will be from today.
Title: Chautauqua lake
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2014, 01:49 PM
Just went for a quick ride mid day to check the ice. All conditions were recorded from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

Long point. Standing water on top. Edges opened up in spots near bath house.  Launch was deep water but looked                         Likely to hold up.

Dewittville. The creek has chewed its way out to the walking path. Bunch of brush and a 20' log on the ice now where the path was. Water on top looks like its deep.

Mayville. The ice looked the best out of all spots I checked. Not much left on top as the winds out of the west are helping a ton. Shore ice looks great 

Prendergast. Shore ice looks spotty. Puddle do water at the launch looks deep from the drifts. Creek doesn't look to be flowing the far out yet. May take a day or two for that one to chew out. Surface doesn't look terrible.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 21, 2014, 02:02 PM
It may be locked out because of my comment on Waltman. I meant nothing bad about what I wrote, I was just saying that if you have met him, you may understand him....that's all....sorry
Title: Re: Chautauqua lake
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 21, 2014, 02:05 PM
Nice report......good info and will help a lot!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 21, 2014, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the report Game Hog.  Answered a lot of questions about my game plan for tomorrow.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2014, 03:13 PM
Moved me again. My report was on my own thread.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 21, 2014, 03:16 PM
Just a break to keep the reports on track. Not aimed at anyone in particular. I'll open it back up after some housekeeping.

RG
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2014, 03:21 PM
Why delete my thread. I did not wish for it to be put in this thread. I put it there for reference to a bunch of guys Pm-ing me for conditions.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 21, 2014, 04:02 PM
Well, I didn't move your post. But, there's already a topic here and in the R&C just use those please.

RG
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Snafu on Feb 21, 2014, 06:49 PM
I was deleted too.  ????????  Simple fishing report.   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SteelieWheelie on Feb 23, 2014, 11:10 AM
What's the deal with the ice on the north end of the lake after the warm spell?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 23, 2014, 04:30 PM
just returned from Mayville....ice was good and solid...14 inches...creepers are a must!   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 23, 2014, 06:52 PM
Finally met up with another ice shanty member out on mayville today and want to give out a huge thank you to trebblehook who let me use his electric auger this morning..very helpful! Very nice guy with a lot of good ideas..sat in his hut for a second to check out his camera and what an awesome tool to have in ur arsenal..he just dropped it down there and there were perch everywhere..very cool..between trebblehook, my dad, and myself we were able to cover a large area but pretty much the same results, lots of little ones to weed through to get a keeper..good day out on the ice with some good people..look forward to doin it again soon
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 23, 2014, 09:26 PM
 If you guys were using a camera I guess the water clarity is sill ok. I wondered with all the run off
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 23, 2014, 09:30 PM
It was a little cloudy but I was able to see plenty of perch and weeds
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Feb 24, 2014, 11:56 AM
Anyone know how the ice held up around dewittville creek? Is it staring to freeze back up?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 24, 2014, 12:22 PM
Ice is good. Creek chewed out about 100 yds is all. If you go there angle to the right to get away from the open area. With this cold spell it will lock back up but who knows how thick it will be. Surface is slick and now rock hard.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 24, 2014, 01:47 PM
As gamehog said, ice is slick and drag is litterally effortless.. Cold windy morning to be without a hut... IM a dummy!! Glutten for punishment i guess.. :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Conklin on Feb 24, 2014, 02:25 PM
We made it out to 63 feet of water off the harbor Sunday. Did well on perch. Got a few pushing the 14 inch mark. Filled up a bucket with 14 good perch all around 9-10 inchers. 5 of us. State cops and local polize were checking for helmets and two bars. Parking was difficult. I have an extended cargo van, and had to park up top. Be safe!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 24, 2014, 02:38 PM
 ???  Where is the harbor?  Only hole in the lake that deep is off chedwell. Is this where you mean.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: urbansteelheader on Feb 24, 2014, 03:13 PM
He was at sturgeon point he posted in wrong thread
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 24, 2014, 09:39 PM
SCARY REMINDER!!!
I've seen it mentioned before, but thought I'd bring it up again due to a wake up call..
There are a lot of artisan springs in Chautauqua!  My sister and brother in law did some walking around on the ice out of Dewittville on Sunday, when suddenly by sister broke through ( she weighs all of 100 lbs) .She went all the way in and under, and my brother in law was able to get her on top.
We all get a false sense of security after the winter we've had, you could be standing on 2 1/2 ft on one spot and take a couple steps either way and be swimming.
just thought I'd share..stay safe and tight lines.
Jay
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 25, 2014, 01:21 AM
DAMN! hope she's ok!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 25, 2014, 04:26 AM
X2. Any details on where abouts she was. Would like to mark the area out so others don't do the same.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jackie bushman on Feb 25, 2014, 05:10 AM
That's crazy.. We were there most of Sunday and at barely daylight if you're not careful and not familiar with the creek flow, you could walk onto thin ice. I was hustling to get out was looking up only periodically and in low light it barely looks any different. Someone even gave me a heads up and I was shocked how far out the creek keeps things open. I chased tipdowns all around it Sunday but we were well off the creek. We watched a guy tempt fate with a spud bar and get close to the water and he finally stopped. Then a guy walking out mid-morning walked right between the guy on the bucket and open water. He had no cleats on and was barely waddling along .. It was a sight to see ! Scary stuff ..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: theperchdraggin on Feb 25, 2014, 10:03 AM
when  in doubt stay away from creeks. i think creek runoff water rots the ice from below fast.  its moving water n
n probably a degree or 2 warmer. always a prob at end of wall season as fish move towards creeks n so do the fisher people.
reprt off magnolia sunday. same as everywhere else...lots o fish but few keepersn creepers a MUST!!!!
14 in of ice in 10 ft of water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 25, 2014, 01:25 PM
Game Hog I'm working to get you a more precise location on where she went thru so I can post here for you guys..All I know is that they were far away from where the creek comes out from Greenhurst..
She is ok, just a little shook up...my brother in law was quick to get her warm and out of wet clothes quickly..not sure if she will be going back out there anytime soon
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 25, 2014, 01:29 PM
That's really unfortunate.  I'm really glad she is okay though!  It is definitely a wake up call for all of us to stay alert out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 25, 2014, 01:52 PM
After further talking to my brother in law, she fell in about 50-60 ft off  the boat launch out of Greenhurst,  not Dewittville ...sorry for any confusion!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Feb 25, 2014, 02:07 PM
In between Vikings and chedwell, basically if you walk out of chedwell rd and head out at a 45 degree angle.  A few years ago there was a couple open holes out there possible due to gas bubbles they were in about 25 ft. I fell in one and went under on 10 inches of ice. I am not a beginner out there and had a good idea were they had been the week before but with the cold weather I figured there would be no issues. Also the weather was so cold and blowing snow made them impossible to see. I should of known better but got lazy. Made it to the truck just about the time my knees stopped bending.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 25, 2014, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the update. Glad she is ok. That was a bit nerve racking going out at 5am with a fresh 3" of snow. Greenhurst is a bad area for that. There is also a creek that flows in there. Lucky it's not a popular spot through the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Feb 27, 2014, 03:55 AM
Ok I know Chautauqua but were is Greenhurst on Maryville side or DeWitt Ville gonna go out sat don't know the name of road its by the Crosby mart there's a canal that runs parallel hope not to go swimming
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishlip off the hook on Feb 27, 2014, 06:22 AM
NO SWIMMING ALLOWED!!!!!! Good luck out there and be safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 27, 2014, 07:55 AM
Neither. Opposite end of the lake across from Burtis bay.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 04toyota79 on Feb 27, 2014, 12:55 PM
Could anyone give me some tips on walleyes at Chautauqua? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crabby on Feb 27, 2014, 03:04 PM
Has anyone been out on Burtis Bay this week. Planning on going there Saturday, do I need to watch for any bad ice along there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Feb 28, 2014, 08:11 AM
I fished with GH Wed morning and after we left the ice I checked Burtis.  First of all it was so windy it was a virtual whiteout on the lake.  There were 2 tents out there, but there were 2 spot marked with stakes and yellow caution tape.  I didn't venture out to see what was going on with them, and said screw it. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: muzzy123 on Feb 28, 2014, 12:57 PM
Are there any bait shops near the north end of the lake that sell minnows?  Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Mr_Wooleye on Feb 28, 2014, 01:24 PM
Anyone been fishing near Ashville Bay ? Know anywhere to park.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Whatever on Feb 28, 2014, 01:46 PM
Just wondering what everyone does about the white grubs in the perch fillet, only and all the perch seem to have them.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 28, 2014, 02:03 PM
remove the obvious ones while cleaning, then roll in egg white and Italian bread crumbs , a little lemon pepper seasonings, lay them in hot oil!  close your eyes and enjoy!  they pop out with the tip of a knife after filleting. If the fillet has numerous amounts, toss it and move on. Plenty of perch to choose from!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crabby on Feb 28, 2014, 02:20 PM
I inquired about the grubs with the DEC a few years back. They are harmless and won't hurt you. A little extra protein.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nto on Feb 28, 2014, 02:22 PM
remove the obvious ones while cleaning, then roll in egg white and Italian bread crumbs , a little lemon pepper seasonings, lay them in hot oil!  close your eyes and enjoy!  they pop out with the tip of a knife after filleting. If the fillet has numerous amounts, toss it and move on. Plenty of perch to choose from!

X2

Exactly what I do.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Feb 28, 2014, 03:16 PM
Are there any bait shops near the north end of the lake that sell minnows?  Thanks

Closest one is Hogan's Hut. http://hogans-hut.com/ (http://hogans-hut.com/)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: muzzy123 on Feb 28, 2014, 03:25 PM
Closest one is Hogan's Hut. http://hogans-hut.com/ (http://hogans-hut.com/)
Thanks.  Is long point park open?  Where do you park when fishing off long point?  Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Feb 28, 2014, 06:27 PM
It`s open park on either side of the point.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: muzzy123 on Feb 28, 2014, 06:36 PM
It`s open park on either side of the point.
Thanks, newbie here looking for somewhere other than mayville to fish.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sharps45-90 on Mar 01, 2014, 05:31 PM
Fished off meadow drive today ,, the ice North of the creek for the first hundred yards has sand or dirt in in ,,we got bored of six inc perch and went in to 7 fow ,, after one hole my nephew brought me my brand new drill and said it won't drill... he was right one hole and the blades were shot.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 01, 2014, 05:39 PM
Sharps. Where is that located. Never herd of sand ice mix on Chautauqua.  I am quitting on the eyes. Reached my goal. Watch out crappies.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 02, 2014, 04:52 AM
Sharps. Where is that located. Never herd of sand ice mix on Chautauqua.  I am quitting on the eyes. Reached my goal. Watch out crappies.
Liar, liar, pants on fire!!! Why quit??? I say.... SET A NEW GOAL !! :P
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Mar 02, 2014, 06:40 AM
Sharps. Where is that located. Never herd of sand ice mix on Chautauqua.  I am quitting on the eyes. Reached my goal. Watch out crappies.

So I guess were changing up our plans for tomorrow morning?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 02, 2014, 07:24 AM
You got me. Couldn't sleep was on the ice by 6. Hyde will meet at 6am. Same spot if your in.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 02, 2014, 07:29 AM
Should have went after the craps. Perch are relentless today. 13 more days for the eyes. Think I'll make it. Don't see this ice going away any time soon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Mar 02, 2014, 07:41 AM
You got me. Couldn't sleep was on the ice by 6. Hyde will meet at 6am. Same spot if your in.

Im in for anything....PM our meeting place and time, I'll be there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sharps45-90 on Mar 02, 2014, 10:26 AM
Don't know if it was sand or dirt ,just know when we drilled bits of black stuff was mixed in . Whatever it is that new set of blades were done for the day.....end of meadow drive
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 07, 2014, 12:02 AM
  Just wanted to revive the thread. Awful quiet on here you guys must be pounding the monster perch, lol. Fished Mayville last Saturday with my son, and his friend. They had a great time. The friend is 15 and, already buying a hut, and found a friend that could drive to take him back on Sunday.
  I`m going to hit Chautauqua 1 day this weekend. Long Point been any good for perch this year? Usually I fish there, just never made it so far this year. If any of you guys have not fished Erie before, this is that 1 out of every 4 years where it is safe 16 inches plus. Just have to watch the winds. Been slow at least for me, but the perch are huge. Finding them is the pain in the butt. Got some 10" that must have weighed a #. My buddy got some 13" that looked like 2#.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: allthumbs on Mar 09, 2014, 07:36 AM
took my 41/2 yr old granddaughter fishing off magnolia yesterday afternoon  just about had the ice to ourselves  she was just about the best ice partner I have ever had  and I have had a bunch over the years  we got into the perch and it was nonstop for an hour  all smalls  but no matter she is strictly a catch and release gal . she cant wait to get back out  was up at 6 this morning tying to get me to take her back out   
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 09, 2014, 02:39 PM
sounds like you created a monster!   A good monster!   Glad she had fun...that's what its all about!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tom5135 on Mar 09, 2014, 06:00 PM
We made it out to 63 feet of water off the harbor Sunday. Did well on perch. Got a few pushing the 14 inch mark. Filled up a bucket with 14 good perch all around 9-10 inchers. 5 of us. State cops and local polize were checking for helmets and two bars. Parking was difficult. I have an extended cargo van, and had to park up top. Be safe!

Where was this? Do the police check for helmets often? And what do you mean two bars?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chris steel on Mar 09, 2014, 09:02 PM
think in wrong thread sounds like erie
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 10, 2014, 09:15 PM
It was Erie. Went to Mayville with a friend after we heard it was raining on Lake Erie. Caught a bunch of perch, but not a lot of keepers. The bite definitely slowed down since last week. Still a lot of ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 11, 2014, 11:50 AM
Do we have a lot of water on the ice? I plan to go tonight, I will post conditions when I return!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tom5135 on Mar 11, 2014, 03:44 PM
Either way what does  two bars mean? Typo?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Mar 11, 2014, 04:01 PM
Yes, a typo.  I'm sure he meant tow bars
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Mar 11, 2014, 04:02 PM
Yes Tom "two bars" was a typo...he meant tow bar as u need to have one while hauling a sled or shanty behind you on an atv/snowmobile
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tom5135 on Mar 12, 2014, 11:54 AM
 Ok, thanks.  Didn't know you needed a tow bar. I guess I can't pull  my shelter with a rope then.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 13, 2014, 07:38 AM
Went out for crappies on Tuesday night.  Only managed 4 keepers.  Got a couple shorts and missed some good hits.  Wasn't much water on the ice, just an inch or so of slush.  Now I am wondering how much snow is on the ice! 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Mar 13, 2014, 08:40 AM
me too!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: green hornet09 on Mar 14, 2014, 06:56 PM
Crappie action should be picking up. Guna head out tomorrow possibly.i will post report
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 14, 2014, 09:18 PM
Not a bit of snow on the ice. Top was wet but firm. Easy drag out and the bite was on. Got off just as the front hit.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 14, 2014, 09:54 PM
Can anybody give me a few pointers about Burtis Bay? Where the parking is and access to get on the ice? How far out is the fishing grounds? I've never fished the south part yet and wanted to give it a try soon. Only been to Mayville, Dewittville , and Long point. I'm not asking for honeyholes. Just a point in right direction. You can PM me if you want. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ROBBOB1964 on Mar 15, 2014, 09:43 AM
Can anybody give me a few pointers about Burtis Bay? Where the parking is and access to get on the ice? How far out is the fishing grounds? I've never fished the south part yet and wanted to give it a try soon. Only been to Mayville, Dewittville , and Long point. I'm not asking for honeyholes. Just a point in right direction. You can PM me if you want. Thanks in advance.

parking is across the street from the lakewood boat launch /   Lakewood Community Park-531 E.TerraceAve.,Lakewood.   .the fishing grounds are strait out 3 or 400 yards or so .
we did good at first ice on big gills and crappie in 5 - 6 ft in the weeds .crappie fishing should be picking up again as it usually does in mid to late march , early mornings and evenings and the gills bite all day,didnt get many perch there.the bigger crappie 12- 14"  were mostly on caught on minnows - got the gills and some smaller 9 - 10" crappie on jigs and waxies
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 15, 2014, 10:27 AM
thanks ROBBOB1964, appreciate it the info  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: snowmandan76 on Mar 16, 2014, 03:51 PM
Mayville was great today not to bad to walk easy drag but had a few slick spots had some good luck in 15 fow
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 17, 2014, 07:48 AM
Went out Saturday morning.  Planned to go to Erie, but decided not to with the vicious wind and unsure conditions so we got to Chautauqua later than I would've liked.  Fished 8am-2ish.  Dink perch and gills, no crappie.  Ice was fine, a bit of water on top, but I am sure its solid and slick now!  Gunna try again tomorrow night.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 18, 2014, 11:26 PM
Fished away from the crowd today,Mayville is a real pigsty,picked up what I could that wasn't frozen in ice.IF ANYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT THAT GREEN BARREL IS BY THE PARKING LOT,IT'S CALLED A TRASH CAN FOR ANYONE TO THROW TRASH IN,I USED IT TODAY AND IT WORKS PRETTY WELL SO GIVE IT A TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Our parking privlidges are in peril if the trash continues like this and I won't be surprised if they are revoked so please don't be a lazy slob,and if you see someone who is please let them know.I also iced over 100 perch and weeded out a limit.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 04toyota79 on Mar 19, 2014, 06:24 AM
Fishin nik I agree 110%. People are lazy slobs. A few of them are going to ruin it for the rest of us. If you bring it, take it with you. Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM
everywhere I go I see that. I'm always picking up garbage. Its really not that hard. take what you bring with you!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Mar 19, 2014, 03:28 PM
A simple philosophy to follow is to treat your fishing grounds like it's your front yard. An example - I fished Burtis Bay with Skip from Hogan's Hut yesterday.  The lid blew off his waxies and he chased it down to retrieve it.  My hat is off to guys who police up areas where others trash.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Mar 21, 2014, 01:58 PM
If you fished with Skip you must have caught some, he always puts me on them. I hope he has a good tip for me, i plan on getting up there Sat. afternoon and stay till dark.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Mar 21, 2014, 04:50 PM
If you fished with Skip you must have caught some, he always puts me on them. I hope he has a good tip for me, i plan on getting up there Sat. afternoon and stay till dark.

Yes. As usual, he out fished me 4 to 1. It was good getting out with him. It was the first time this year I was able to get Skip on the ice to fish with me. We stopped at his house afterwards for a cocktail. Good trip.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 23, 2014, 08:54 PM
You guys got to be kidding me,no one fished the lake all weekend?Must be MarchMadness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ghostface on Mar 23, 2014, 08:56 PM
I just got home from the lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Mar 24, 2014, 09:54 AM
I was the only one fishing Cheney's point Sat. late afternoon until after dark. Thank you Skip at Hogans , you did it again. Caught 31 calicos kept 14 , 4 real nice. I'll show you photos next time down.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Mar 25, 2014, 07:53 PM
Anyone know shore ice conditions at Mayville. Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: green hornet09 on Mar 26, 2014, 01:47 PM
Was at Mayville last night. Shore ice was OK. Lil soft spots but nothing major.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: OneBucketMike on Mar 26, 2014, 03:33 PM
A simple philosophy to follow is to treat your fishing grounds like it's your front yard. An example - I fished Burtis Bay with Skip from Hogan's Hut yesterday.  The lid blew off his waxies and he chased it down to retrieve it.  My hat is off to guys who police up areas where others trash.

Maybe not-I've seen some pretty messed up front yards.  But I get your point-unfortunately there are those that just don't care..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Mar 27, 2014, 08:02 PM
We would like to get one last day in sat or sun.  I was just looking at the radar and it looks like u guys are getting a pretty good shot of rain. Any ice reports will be appreciated we are 2/1/2 hours away.       Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Mar 28, 2014, 04:12 PM
Has anyone heard from Doctari lately?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: theperchdraggin on Mar 29, 2014, 08:04 AM
 my auger blades r done. can anybody recommend good place to get em sharpened? many thx!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: loverboy on Mar 31, 2014, 07:47 AM
my auger blades r done. can anybody recommend good place to get em sharpened? many thx!!!
   "Dull Blades Suck"
                Scotia, New York
They have a web site.  Check it out.  They did two sets of laser blades for me, Better than new.  Price is right.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Tuna716 on Mar 31, 2014, 01:16 PM
Ice condition 3/31/2014 9:00am (midway state park) , near shore very thin! Had to find an area with more snow build up to walk on.  Main ice thickness is 12+ inches, dragging was a breeze since the warmth have packed the snow down.  Perch bite was kind of slow due to the water clarity condition.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Apr 01, 2014, 01:04 AM
   "Dull Blades Suck"
                Scotia, New York
They have a web site.  Check it out.  They did two sets of laser blades for me, Better than new.  Price is right.
http://www.iceaugersharpening.com/

I found it, for any one having difficulties looking for it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Apr 01, 2014, 09:07 AM
This is definitely going to be the last few days on the ice.  Last night was probably my last trip and it ended pretty well.  Ended up with only 8 crappie, missed a bunch of light biters and had to toss back a lot of shorts.  Prior to dark, I was pulling in gills on every drop with a jighead and a waxworm, some had some nice size to them.  All in all, it was a great ice season with its ups and downs for me.  Thank you to everyone for the posts and reports.  You guys on here are always very helpful and I hope I have been helpful for others as well.  Anyone that is still venturing out this week, good luck and please use caution!   See you on the open water! 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Frankie Bags on Apr 01, 2014, 10:32 AM
This is definitely going to be the last few days on the ice.  Last night was probably my last trip and it ended pretty well.  Ended up with only 8 crappie, missed a bunch of light biters and had to toss back a lot of shorts.  Prior to dark, I was pulling in gills on every drop with a jighead and a waxworm, some had some nice size to them.  All in all, it was a great ice season with its ups and downs for me.  Thank you to everyone for the posts and reports.  You guys on here are always very helpful and I hope I have been helpful for others as well.  Anyone that is still venturing out this week, good luck and please use caution!   See you on the open water!
It was nice meeting you yesterday. Weather was perfect and the bite was consistant enough to stay out there all night. Unfortunately I had an 1 1/2 hr drive home.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Apr 01, 2014, 11:22 AM
Same to you! Yeah it was a beautiful night out there.  The bite shut off at 930 or so for us, so we took off.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: loverboy on Apr 01, 2014, 11:55 AM
http://www.iceaugersharpening.com/

I found it, for any one having difficulties looking for it
just type in    Dull blades suck,  hit search, you'll be taken right to the site.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Dec 11, 2014, 11:30 AM
do you think the perch this year will be mostly dinks?would be my guess. if we ever get on the ice.i think it will be mid to late jan.before we get enough ice. :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mikey ice fish on Dec 11, 2014, 12:40 PM
My guess is the weekend after x-mas for Burtis and weekend after new years for rest of the lake. As for perch it's a guessing game where the decent perch are but enough searching will pay off.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Dec 11, 2014, 01:00 PM
I sure hope your right on the ice prediction.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Dec 11, 2014, 03:48 PM
I always hit Chautauqua 4 perch or the bluegill sunfish.this year I think I'd like to concentrate my efforts on hooking into some nice crappie! Kind of tired of the dank bite although last year I took my brother in law out of Mayville for his first-ever ice fishing expedition and we hooked into some serious perch all of pretty quality size
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 12, 2014, 01:42 PM
I just checked the webcam at Burtis. Is that ice starting to form?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffmac85 on Dec 12, 2014, 02:28 PM
It certainly looks like it to me!!!   Still a little open water but it's great news for sure
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Dec 17, 2014, 08:31 AM
bump
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 25, 2014, 01:28 PM
Is anyone fishing the open water and how's it going?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Creighster on Dec 25, 2014, 11:35 PM
When me and my Dad went out there to fish it last weekend there was no open water, 1/4" of ice across the whole lake. Is the open water back? Prior to freezing over my Dad said he was catching lots of perch off long-point, If its fishable from shore again we'll try heading out there again this weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hammer44 on Dec 26, 2014, 04:18 PM
  hey C-ster nice to hear that your dad was catchin some perch down at long point . just wonderin if there was any size to them this year ?  like making the trips to Chautauqua but havnt  the past two years cause of the lack of size . maybe things have changed ?   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Creighster on Dec 26, 2014, 10:47 PM
Went back to longpoint today with my dad, open water was back. We each got some perch, the bight wasn't too hot though. Good news is the few perch we did catch were decent size. My dad said the perch have been on average bigger this year. Hopefully Chautauqua lakes's perch population might finally be consistently keeper size this year. Today just made me even more impatient for ice season.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hammer44 on Dec 28, 2014, 09:21 AM
       Seen some post on this subject last year , After hand drilling thru 3 ft. of ice on Erie last year  guys were adapting there augers with cordless drills ,  Well decided great idea  so made up adapter at work  just need the drill ? any one know what  drills  have the power to  cut thru this amount of ice ? Hoping we seeErie this year ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chi on Dec 28, 2014, 11:53 AM
       Seen some post on this subject last year , After hand drilling thru 3 ft. of ice on Erie last year  guys were adapting there augers with cordless drills ,  Well decided great idea  so made up adapter at work  just need the drill ? any one know what  drills  have the power to  cut thru this amount of ice ? Hoping we seeErie this year ?
lots of good info on this thread link  http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=273421.msg2816848#msg2816848

     how much do you want to spend? best drills as I can tell at this time for use with a auger---Milwaukee 18V fuel cell hammer drill,  725 in. lbs of torque.  kit comes with 2      4.0Ah batteries and charger $299.00, Milwaukee just came out with an optional 5.0 Ah battery $129.00.   or piece it together and get the drill motor, charger and one 5.0Ah battery and save some money. this drill is brushless.
      Or the Makita 18V hammer drill brushless 1090 in. lbs 4.0 Ah batteries. No 5.0Ah battery at this time.


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-Fuel-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Brushless-1-2-in-Hammer-Drill-Driver-XC-Battery-Kit-2604-22/203205419?N=5yc1vZc8wtZygZzvZ12l6

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-XC-5-Ah-Extended-Capacity-Battery-48-11-1850/205620421?keyword=Milwaukee+5.0+Ah+battery

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-18-Volt-LXT-Lithium-Ion-Brushless-1-2-in-Cordless-Hammer-Driver-Drill-Kit-XPH07M/205492043?N=5yc1vZc8wtZygZ12l6

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DNinALLEGANY on Dec 29, 2014, 05:22 PM
Went to Long Point yesterday.  No ice.  If you're in the right spots you can fill your bucket with yellow perch. Almost all in the 7" - 9" range.  A few bigger and the occassional runt.
   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Dec 29, 2014, 08:07 PM
just curious , we're you out in a boat or on the wall at long point ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DNinALLEGANY on Dec 30, 2014, 11:07 AM
From shore on the wall.  And for the personal messages I received I'm not set up to reply yet but the only thing biting were perch.  There were a couple big splashes next to shore.  Don't know if it was just a dying fish or something grabbing a throw back.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perchhunter66 on Dec 30, 2014, 09:58 PM
Either way look out because Sunday I'll b pressing my luck an I guess I'll b bringing long poles!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ALLEGANYCOD on Dec 31, 2014, 02:44 PM
What are they biting?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DNinALLEGANY on Jan 01, 2015, 09:39 PM
I was catching them predominately on worms.  I think the other guys were using minnows. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 02, 2015, 11:32 PM
Did the bait shop on Fluvanna Ave. ever open up?  Looking for shops since Happy Hooker is gone. I know Hogans has bait, but looking at south end.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 03, 2015, 11:10 AM
Fluvanna bait shop was only open during the summer. I just see a sign on the pet shop saying they have live bait. Shop is on Washington street just short of tops. I'll swing in and see what they are going to have. Only other one I know of is Chautauqua Reel Outdoors in Lakewood past the mall. Mike usually has anything your looking for. Was in there last week and see that he has more than doubled in size.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 03, 2015, 11:51 AM
there's the little gas station / bait shop on the other side of the bridge from Bemus. They've got everything you need, stop there all the time to get minnows when I head there!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Jan 03, 2015, 12:12 PM
yeah that's called hogan's hut . anyone remember the bait pond ? that guy used to make jigging rapala's with glitter lol ???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BG4 on Jan 05, 2015, 12:40 PM
Burtis Bay webcam looks like a lot of snow... Anyone in the area got more detail on the ice conditions?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 05, 2015, 01:43 PM
The webcam looks like alot of dark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 05, 2015, 02:15 PM
What about Al's bait and porn on j&g . .used to ride bike there when i was a kid . .stop there before going to carlsons to fish the docks . . . There is Raynors in Westfield. Looking fwd to some eyes ths year!  :o
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: WINTERKILLER on Jan 05, 2015, 02:18 PM
I remember Dave & the bait pond,  it was what I  would call a old time bait shop not much tackle but all sorts of live bait & hand made jigging  rappallas, I still have a few wonder if they are woth anything ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ALLEGANYCOD on Jan 05, 2015, 02:31 PM
anyone fishing at the state park today?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Jan 05, 2015, 02:38 PM
I remember Dave & the bait pond,  it was what I  would call a old time bait shop not much tackle but all sorts of live bait & hand made jigging  rappallas, I still have a few wonder if they are woth anything ?
oh yeah i can still smell that place lol guess i'm getting older i remeber lonnie at the happy hooker great guy used to get some great deals from him. i miss all the people i've met down  there over the years
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 05, 2015, 04:04 PM
Roger that prchmike,I thought it was my site so thanks for pointing that out.Anyone else getting a pic on webcam besides a midnight scene?


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Jan 05, 2015, 08:32 PM
Dave at the bait pond was awesome,very old school.  How about the redwood ranch ? another excellent place , Pat did her best after her husband died. Do they even rent rooms anymore ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: luv2fish2 on Jan 06, 2015, 05:05 AM
Yeah that place hadcstuff i never seen anywhere else they had cool looking ice rods with hardwood handles i always was gonna stop and get one but i never did
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Jan 06, 2015, 07:53 AM
Just wanted to say hello to everyone again as we are all waiting impatiently for some ice! Hopefully these frigid temps will get us out there asap!   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 06, 2015, 09:19 AM
The webcam is a waste. It has been on a night shot for days now.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishin' Blues on Jan 06, 2015, 09:25 AM
Not sure why you are having trouble viewing the webcam Prchmike. It has been working fine for me. Weird?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 06, 2015, 09:30 AM
is it showing any ice at all?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishin' Blues on Jan 06, 2015, 10:32 AM
It shows nothing but ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 06, 2015, 10:37 AM
how much ice do you think is on burtis? do you think we will get as much snow as they say we will? hopefully the wind will keep most of the snow off the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 06, 2015, 10:50 AM
is the webcam at Burtis broken? Been showing a night shot for several days.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jigolo J on Jan 06, 2015, 10:57 AM
is the webcam at Burtis broken? Been showing a night shot for several days.

SABOTAGE...........
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 06, 2015, 11:08 AM
SABOTAGE...........
Damn Tree Huggers
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jigolo J on Jan 06, 2015, 11:18 AM
I think THEY have been fishin non-stop since the camera went down.....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NickVic on Jan 06, 2015, 11:20 AM
http://www.eastlakewoodweather.com

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pete/ny on Jan 06, 2015, 11:21 AM
 ;) working fine for me.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ALLEGANYCOD on Jan 06, 2015, 11:23 AM
NickVic thanks for sharing
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 06, 2015, 11:26 AM
Cam works fine for me also !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NickVic on Jan 06, 2015, 11:37 AM
Im watching not seeing anyone out there yet. Nice cold spell hope the snow doesn't screw this up. Anyone know how thick the ice is yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: silvercreeker on Jan 06, 2015, 06:25 PM
Geez, that bait/porn shop was great.  Remember that and the Swamp bar.  Weird cross street!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 07, 2015, 12:02 AM
It very well will NickVic.No one needs to die over a stupid fish,one death already over the New Year in Ontario Canada,bad ice reports on Scugog lake but this fisherman had to risk it and now he's no longer with us,be safe and smart!

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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NickVic on Jan 07, 2015, 09:21 AM
Ya I like fishing but I don't like cold swimming.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NickVic on Jan 07, 2015, 03:00 PM
is the lake totally frozen? Anyone try to adventure out on It yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Dmyerswny on Jan 08, 2015, 08:16 AM
Nobody's even spudded at burtis yet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 08, 2015, 03:02 PM
I'm getting pretty stoked for some hard water action! My family's been sending me pictures all they froze over Chautauqua taunting me lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 08, 2015, 09:01 PM
Nobody's even spudded at burtis yet.

There are reports of ice on burtis on the reports and conditions page.  From what I remember its a mix of a couple inches each of junky white ice and good ice.  I haven't seen anyone fishing or heard of anyone fishing yet.  The wind and bitter cold the last couple days would have made it challenging, good ice or not. This weekend is a toss up...be careful.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Dmyerswny on Jan 08, 2015, 09:37 PM
There are reports of ice on burtis on the reports and conditions page.

Happened after I posted that. I've been checking burtis all week. I work down the road from it. I saw that post too. I also heard something about a propane crockpot. I'll bring the front shoulder venison roast. Let me know where this shanty restaurant is!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: paleofish on Jan 09, 2015, 02:19 AM
I tried going out at long point yesterday.  There was one guy fishing at the end of the point that was braver than I was.  There was maybe 2 inches if white ice and some soft spots.  Spud was going right through.  I made it out a ways but decided to retreat and wait a couple days.  If we don't get a ton of snow the ice should be good soon.  Be safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bmanges on Jan 10, 2015, 11:40 AM
Any word on conditions at may Vile?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 10, 2015, 03:18 PM
Hogan's Hut in Stow just called Skip back from layoff effective Monday, January 12. He's got lots of new ice fishing inventory he's going to putting out then. He was uncertain as to the live bait presently available, but he'll be securing an order ASAP if it isn't there already. It must be that safe ice is close if they're bringing him back to work.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: matthew.tall24@gmail.com on Jan 10, 2015, 06:12 PM
any report
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Jan 11, 2015, 11:05 AM
good to hear Skip will be back. I called Hogan's and they said he was laid off. Last year he was 4 for 4. I fished Chautauqua 4 times and he put me on fish 4 times.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Jan 11, 2015, 01:16 PM
Looks like there is someone fishing Burtis Bay according to the Lake Cam.  I haven't been out, but maybe I'll take a ride over there.

http://www.eastlakewoodweather.com/camera50.html (http://www.eastlakewoodweather.com/camera50.html)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 11, 2015, 01:35 PM
Looks like a loner so probably no report will come from him. ??? ??? ???


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 11, 2015, 01:41 PM
fished burtis earlier today caught some perch. nothing great about a dozen dinks and 4 or 5 8 to 9 inches long.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Jan 11, 2015, 02:07 PM
Hi Icenut,

How thick was the ice?  I'm hoping to get out later this week.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icenut_ on Jan 11, 2015, 02:09 PM
7 inches
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 11, 2015, 05:15 PM
just back from Burtis...ice was at least 4-5'' everywhere I checked. Was out about 400-500 yrds. A few perch in the 7-9'' range, and same on the gills.  Landed 3 largemouths, largest at 19.5''...first time out this year, felt good!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 12, 2015, 07:03 AM
Skip at Hogan's Hut tells me they have Emeralds, Fat Heads, Rosie's, and Pike Shiner baitfish.
He also has Waxies, Mousies, and Mealies in the store.  He's got lot's of inventory, too, including
a bunch of ice rods.  He says "the game is on."
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 12, 2015, 07:29 AM
Any one know what time they open
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffro9023 on Jan 12, 2015, 10:42 AM
Anybody have  a snow report ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Jan 12, 2015, 11:52 AM
Hogan's Hut hours currently:
6am-9pm Monday-Friday.
7am-9pm Saturday-Sunday
These hours are at least for another week.
They are arranging to open @ 6am weekends,
possibly beginning the weekend of January 24-25.
Title: Chautauqua lake
Post by: tslake1 on Jan 12, 2015, 01:09 PM
Has anybody been out on Chautauqua? Good, ok, or no ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 12, 2015, 03:01 PM
my buddy texted me,he was on Burtis for most of the day sunday,says he caught a couple perch 1 bass ice was about 5 inches. only couple guys out around him.
Title: Re: Chautauqua lake
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 12, 2015, 04:01 PM
TS,
        I don't know myself? There are so many conflicting reports you just don't know what to believe,I would think it's a go by now but concerned about that heavy blanket of snow.Last year at 1 and only Pro/Am. I put my foot threw the ice at Long Point 3 x and we had a Polar Vortex.Very little on Mayville so I'll have to take a ride this week and find out myself.

                               FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 12, 2015, 06:40 PM
As I reported on Sunday on Burtis  Bay,.......             .I drilled 14 holes, and never found anything more than 5'' of ice, measured with a tape measure. The deepest snow encountered was apprx. 4'' at most.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 12, 2015, 06:42 PM
As I reported on Sunday on Burtis  Bay,.......             .I drilled 14 holes, and never found anything more than 5'' of ice, measured with a tape measure. The deepest snow encountered was apprx. 4'' at most.

appreciate that! Looking forward to this week . .hoping the snow stays at 4" !!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Furman59 on Jan 13, 2015, 05:11 AM
Any body fish off prendrrgast by the creek mouth ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 13, 2015, 10:42 PM
Dose anyone know if the creek that dumps out by smith boy effects the ice at all? I'd like to get over and try out side of the marina this year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Jan 14, 2015, 06:09 AM
Anyone getting out to deep water yet 30-40 ft if so how is the ice?? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Eyeliner on Jan 14, 2015, 06:57 AM
thanks for the updates
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 14, 2015, 08:03 AM
Firman/Heregoes them creeks are some dangerous spots. With the ice still spotty I wouldn't recommend fishing either. Later on in the season I wouldn't hesitate.

DML. I will post back tonight. Headed for deep water tonight.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dml78 on Jan 14, 2015, 07:06 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 14, 2015, 07:49 PM
Made it out to 32'. Ice was 3.5" measured. Be careful out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 14, 2015, 10:09 PM
So no reports from the north end? If I want to fish I should head to burtis for good ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NickVic on Jan 15, 2015, 08:08 AM
I have been watching guys on the camera the last 2 night out of burtis  I would assume that the ice there Is pretty good
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Jan 15, 2015, 10:37 AM
So no reports from the north end? If I want to fish I should head to burtis for good ice?
3"
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 15, 2015, 07:41 PM
Thanks hunters08 i probably won't venture out till next weekend then.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Jan 15, 2015, 08:05 PM
Thanks hunters08 i probably won't venture out till next weekend then.
If your talking way north for the panfish in Mayville there were about 20 guys fishing there today.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 16, 2015, 09:09 AM
Heading out onto lake tomorrow, maybe bemus , long point or Viking . Anyone out on the ice around that area ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Jan 16, 2015, 11:26 AM
Does anyone fish around the point from Burtis Bay out in front of Celeron. Just wondering if you could get some gills there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: chetgabel on Jan 16, 2015, 06:50 PM
Fished Mayville today.  About 20 huts out.  Lots of action.  Caught perch and crappie.   Four inches of ice.   Brutal cold wind today.   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 16, 2015, 07:40 PM
Gonzo I have been a few times. Bathhouse side of LP has good ice.

Any one else notice the lake level is up over a foot or is it just me. All my marks have been deeper than what they should be.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: stickbow70 on Jan 17, 2015, 07:35 PM
Fished mayville Friday afternoon. Tons of bluegills with some crappies to boot. Fished north side of LP this morning with  a guy from work and we both caught 2eyes, but only 1 legal fish. Both spots had 3 1/2"  clear, 1 1/2" white ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: green hornet09 on Jan 18, 2015, 12:12 PM
fished Lakewood Saturday.  slushy near shore but good ice a few hundred foot out...about 4' black 4 'white ice.  bite was bad..few perch
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 18, 2015, 08:40 PM
Fished bemus pt on Saturday , kept about 30 perch all 8-9 inches. Picked up a nice 30 inch musky early in the morning, first fish I caught this yr through the ice .
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigT on Jan 18, 2015, 11:06 PM
Hammered the gills at Mayville. Small jigs with mousies & spikes. 8 FOW
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Jan 20, 2015, 01:01 AM
heading out tommorow was planning on hitting mayville area stopped after work sunday and people were catching lots of fish but had to weed through to get the keepers but the action seemed good.  Was also thinking about trying for eyes after a couple hours of perch fishing, where do you think the best spot for eyes would be?  I was thinking probably longpoint or belltower in the deeper parts for my best chance at hooking one, but i was planning on targetting them around 3m and fishing just past sundown and dont know if going shallow would be a better option?  I guess where ever im fishing ill set tip ups at different depths and see if i can key in on them based on where i get bits from tip ups. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Jan 20, 2015, 01:03 AM
Also how many tip ups are you allowed to have set per person out on the lake.  And if anyone doesnt mind me asking what do you think the best bait to use for eyes on a jigging rod i was thinking a small spoon tipped with a minnow.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffmac85 on Jan 20, 2015, 03:56 AM
Allowed 5 tip ups per person must be marked with users name and address.  Baits for walleye vary, good options are jigging raps with minnow head, Swedish pimples and halis with a whole emerald work well too.  I've seen them taken on tip ups with small-medium puke chubs also.  The spots you said are great for walleye but my best luck on Chautauqua for eyes has always been the hour or so before to an hour after sunrise.   But later evening into the dark is good also
   I fished Mayville tonight for crappie.  Bite was slow, got 6 keepers between 10-12" and about 20 7-8" perch too.  If all else fails try dewitville for eyes and maple springs/midway for perch usually less crowded there too
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trout-killer on Jan 20, 2015, 08:36 AM
fished mayville sat. eve. 9-9.5' kept 30 nice gills with a few crappie mixed in and one perch. gill bite continued till about 9pm.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: glassyeyes on Jan 20, 2015, 09:30 AM
Any Machines out yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 20, 2015, 09:47 PM
Any ice reports on pendergrast
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigT on Jan 20, 2015, 10:41 PM
Saw 2 ATVs out at Mayville sunday afternoon with all that slush on top. If it refroze it should be even better
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SteelieWheelie on Jan 21, 2015, 07:27 AM
Any report on ice conditions around Magnolia and Mayville area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 21, 2015, 08:05 AM
Magnolia was a no go last time I checked there on Friday. I can see there from where I've been this week and have yet to see a person over there. The top froze up nicely so far this week. Minimal slush. Water is staying in the hole.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SteelieWheelie on Jan 21, 2015, 08:30 AM
Cool thanks. Might just stick to perch fishing for another week.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 21, 2015, 04:06 PM
Game Hog
   Is Pendergast launch area ice OK?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 21, 2015, 05:57 PM
Haven't been on the west side of the lake yet this year. I do see people fishing that area. I might stop there in the am. Will let you know.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Jan 21, 2015, 06:29 PM
The Prendergast ice is just fine.  Walk anywhere you want.  Haven't seen a machine out there yet though.  I'd walk right now.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 22, 2015, 08:35 AM
looking to take my son out for first time this year. i was thinking mayville because i believe it is the safest ice and i know he will have a good time catching Dinks steadily. i was wondering after hearing pendergast is a good spot with bigger perch and possibly some walleye last post said ice pretty safe. Any replies are much appreciated.

thanks
stay safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 22, 2015, 10:30 AM
looking to take my son out for first time this year. i was thinking mayville because i believe it is the safest ice and i know he will have a good time catching Dinks steadily. i was wondering after hearing pendergast is a good spot with bigger perch and possibly some walleye last post said ice pretty safe. Any replies are much appreciated.

thanks
stay safe

You got it ... Mayville's your best bet -- ice is pretty good (I was there a few days ago) , you don't have to walk far to be on fish, and your searching efforts will be less drilling and more fishing (good for the kids) -- size wise, you'll be in the known small fish, but abundant amount of fish part of the lake -- great spot for the kids !
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 22, 2015, 12:19 PM
Thanks C-Bisket you da Man.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 23, 2015, 12:35 AM
You got it ... Mayville's your best bet -- ice is pretty good (I was there a few days ago) , you don't have to walk far to be on fish, and your searching efforts will be less drilling and more fishing (good for the kids) -- size wise, you'll be in the known small fish, but abundant amount of fish part of the lake -- great spot for the kids !
C-Bisket you the man for good ice reports.  You got a Bell Tower ice report yet?

keep on hauling
Perch Chaser
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ngernatt on Jan 23, 2015, 06:51 AM
Any reports on dewittville yet. Looking to walleye fish
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Imfishking on Jan 23, 2015, 06:50 PM
Can anyone tell me where the parking is for burtis bay? Is there a launch or state park? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 04toyota79 on Jan 23, 2015, 07:14 PM
Imfishking there is a small parking lot directly across the street from Burris bay boat launch. I'm mean small, enough room for maybe 20 vehicles. Get there early because it fills up fast. Other than that I'm not sure where else to park. I'm going to try mayville in the morning. Lots of parking up that way. Hope this helps. Good luck and stay safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Precheye on Jan 24, 2015, 07:36 AM
Went out at magnolia yesterday. No luck but the ice was about 6 inches.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 24, 2015, 10:47 AM
Any snow on the ice? Creepers a must?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 24, 2015, 12:10 PM
Snow on 90% of the top. Creepers are not necessary. Any one know of the DEC stocking 8-10" eyes in the lake recently. Seems to be quite the population of them this year. Maybe just had a good spawn 2 years ago.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 24, 2015, 01:41 PM
I think if dec stocks eyes its only fingerlings. But thats a good sign for the future
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie Crusher on Jan 24, 2015, 03:49 PM
Any ice reports for dewitville can't seem to find any in the previous posts
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Jan 24, 2015, 05:10 PM
Was fishing there.  The ice is plenty safe there.  Last hole I drilled there was about 9 inches.  About 4 of black ice and 5 white.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: harvdog 2 on Jan 24, 2015, 05:59 PM
Any word on the bite Burtis Bay ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: snowmandan76 on Jan 24, 2015, 06:02 PM
 Went straight  out off the launch and to the left (north) at Prenedgast good ice about 4black and 2 white no slush layer can be slippery where there is less snow on top  can be ice does vary from 6 in over the deeper area and up to 9 inches in spots bite was slow lots of sniffers for us
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 24, 2015, 07:38 PM
Stopped at Mayville this afternoon....WOW!!!!!....I have never seen so many huts in one location before!  Poor fish!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 24, 2015, 07:51 PM
Thanks game hog. Going to head out of mayville tomorrow try to find 10-12' and hope for something bigger lol. At least the dinks keep me entertained lol.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sambee on Jan 24, 2015, 08:54 PM
Where's the hot spots on the lake for perch or wallys??
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Heregoesnothin on Jan 25, 2015, 04:05 AM
Where's the hot spots on the lake for perch or wallys??


In my opinion. The perch arnt worth it bunch of 8"ers and I can't catch a walleye on this lake to save my life lol.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jennie49 on Jan 25, 2015, 07:27 AM
Was out off Mayville yesterday and as bad as watching the thundering herd congregate in one area, lets hope a mountainous pile of perch are being removed. We got their early and set up shop in an area that we knew the herd woundnt venture to because it would require slightly more than a bare minimum worth of effort  ;D  We got into the perch really well. Size of course was an issue but managed to fill the bucket with enough for a camp fish fry. Weather was great, ice was great.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Jan 25, 2015, 09:49 AM
They are stocking more and I believe from what I have read that consistent naturally reproduction is not substantial enough maintain a good fishery on eyes for chautauqua. That being said I landed 12 eyes yesterday between 8 to 12 inches off mission meadows. They were so thick that two of them were foul hooked.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Jan 26, 2015, 08:28 AM
took my son out of Pendergast on Saturday we were furthest ones out in about 35 F.O.W found a good spot and the perch were under us all day and did not have to move we lucked out. Kept my little boy interested all day. had to weed through them but managed to take some with us. Ice was good a couple guys out with wheelers flying around and snowmobiles going by.

stay safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: caliking on Jan 26, 2015, 08:49 AM
Watch out folks the King is on the lake!!  :o ;D ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tslake1 on Jan 26, 2015, 11:52 AM
Where's the hot spots on the lake for perch or wallys??

Long point
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 26, 2015, 07:29 PM
Where's the hot spots on the lake for perch or wallys??
Hot spots for perch are ANYWHERE IN DEEPER WATER! As the eyes, I got nuttin
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 26, 2015, 08:32 PM
Fished 32 ft today kept 18 perch 8.5 and bigger
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 27, 2015, 01:12 AM
Stopped at the hatchery at Prendergast last year my buddy thought it was closed I wasn`t sure. There was 1 guy working there. I forget what size he said the walleye were when they stocked them. I remember the muskies were double the length. I think 6-8 inch for walleye, and 12 inch for the muskies. Last ice season perch really seemed to be smaller than usual.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Jan 27, 2015, 12:17 PM
On the subject of the little walleye, we ran into a handful of them (they were ~7-8 inchers) in Oct between LP and Tom's Pt schooled up with perch and thought just THAT was a very good sign for future.  What I'm reading here is even better.  Prior to Oct, had not seen one juvenile walleye in the lake in 3-4 yrs of spending a decent amt of time on it.   Let's hope the perch run interference and sacrifice themselves every time a muskie gets after one of these little gems.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: treestandtimmy on Jan 27, 2015, 12:44 PM
When I was catching and marking the little eyes 8"-10", they were definitely hanging with the bigger ones. Seemed that one of the little ones would come up and peck at the rap then fly back to the bottom...and then whammo...keeper time.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 27, 2015, 01:38 PM
Nice first post TST. RUB IT IN SOME WILL YA. I'm now a whopping 0 for 17 trips. Glad I didn't waste my $ on a new fillet knife. Nor'easter did us no favors either. Put the fish in lethargic mode.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: treestandtimmy on Jan 27, 2015, 01:47 PM
they were timid that's for sure. I was glad to get out there four days in a row though. It was a great mind clearer. Now it's time for another vacation! haha
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 27, 2015, 01:49 PM
Get back to work. I'm getting dressed for the afternoon shift. Hopeful their moods have changed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: treestandtimmy on Jan 27, 2015, 01:53 PM
thanks for rubbing that in! Work sucks when there's Ice out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Jan 27, 2015, 02:01 PM
thanks for rubbing that in! Work sucks when there's Ice out there.
Just when there is ice????
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 27, 2015, 04:21 PM
Just when there is ice????
  You got that right!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Killiansred on Jan 27, 2015, 06:36 PM
Anyone going Sunday? Maybe do a meet up since I enjoy talking more than catching dinks some times haha.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Jan 27, 2015, 08:37 PM
DEC stocked 230,000 1.5 inch walleye in 2013 and are stocking another 250,000 this year. this year has been my best January for walleyes in a long time!!!!! cant wait to see how the end of February is going to be.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 27, 2015, 11:54 PM
DEC stocked 230,000 1.5 inch walleye in 2013 and are stocking another 250,000 this year. this year has been my best January for walleyes in a long time!!!!! cant wait to see how the end of February is going to be.
well, maybe having more walleye's will help out in thinning the herd of the dink perch, if the musky's don't get to the 'eyes first.... don't want to get ahead of myself but maybe we're seeing a good upswing to this lake.......
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Jan 28, 2015, 12:15 PM
I was planning on taking my daughter to Mayville on Fri. for her first day out on the ice this year, but looking at the weather it is supposed to be pretty windy - NW up to 30mph gusts.  Are there any areas that are worth fishing and would be somewhat protected by the wind?  I'm still learning the lake.

Maybe off Prendergast to the south?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 28, 2015, 02:41 PM
East side of longpoint.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Jan 28, 2015, 06:26 PM
well, maybe having more walleye's will help out in thinning the herd of the dink perch, if the musky's don't get to the 'eyes first.... don't want to get ahead of myself but maybe we're seeing a good upswing to this lake.......
yes...they also stocked almost 800,000 muskie a lot of them 8 inches long
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 1edi on Jan 28, 2015, 07:09 PM
sorry in advance but this might be a noob question but where is a good place to park to start fishing
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 28, 2015, 07:49 PM
Lots of places to park long point state park thats wh err e I go alot. Prendegast. Mayville. Just to name a few
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 28, 2015, 08:51 PM
Hi Guys,
       Seen some huts at BellTower today,any reports on the action or is it still a ancient Chautauqua secret ??? ??? ??? ???Thanks if you report,


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: JoeM on Jan 29, 2015, 07:47 AM
Bell tower has always been good to me.

Went to Pendergast last week, about 28FOW, got one 9-10" eye, and kept 12 - 10" perch out of the 60-70 I caught.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ALLEGANYCOD on Jan 29, 2015, 09:43 AM
800,000 Muskie, how about 13,000!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 29, 2015, 10:19 AM
Wow thats alot of muskie
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 29, 2015, 01:04 PM
The Muskies are what Chautauqua is all about,the eyes are just stockers,not sure how often the 2 meet habitatwise.What really needs to happen is more weedlines for the panfish to congregate.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 29, 2015, 02:34 PM
They cut all the weeds down for the pleasure boaters and lake front owners. That is why I thing the perch population is dropping. Used to pull up to any weed line and catch perch and sunnies all day. Not any more.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 29, 2015, 07:35 PM
C_R,
     I can get the jist around the marinas but do they also dump gallons of herbicide also because there are no heavy weedbeds anywhere.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 30, 2015, 12:13 AM
Hi Guys,
       Seen some huts at BellTower today,any reports on the action or is it still a ancient Chautauqua secret ??? ??? ??? ???Thanks if you report,


                                     FN
Bell-Tower is good but a small parking area.  I was at the state launch at Long-Point Sat. lot of parking and a straight out walk to deep water.  Sorted (35) 8-9" and some 10" mixed in.  Caught a lot more 5-7".  Used a small white jig on the bottom with a small split shot above for weight to get down faster in deep water.  Started with spikes but changed to the larger perch eyes for the rest of the day.  Talked to other fishermen and they were catching the same.  I'll be back this Sat.

Keep on hauling
Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Jan 30, 2015, 12:38 AM
They cut all the weeds down for the pleasure boaters and lake front owners. That is why I thing the perch population is dropping. Used to pull up to any weed line and catch perch and sunnies all day. Not any more.

I totally agree I was out over the summer and the cut the weeds in the whole damn lake it was horrible.  You would think the DEC would step in on something like that totally ruining habitat.  The get fisherman for not following rules I would think this would be totally against the law its destroying natural habitat. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: darkdoug on Jan 30, 2015, 08:30 AM
Good point bills, the weeds are where all young fish hide from predators, the same predators that rely on them all winter long...........
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 30, 2015, 10:24 AM
The weeds also expell o2 for that long winter when lake freezes up!,also creates warmer water pockets,fish magnets all the way :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 30, 2015, 10:55 AM
The weeds also expell o2 for that long winter when lake freezes up!,also creates warmer water pockets,fish magnets all the way :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


                                  FN

Nick .... now, for the REST of the story:


... weeds will only produce oxygen when they are actively growing. (requiring sunlight) and will greatly benefit the resident fish, and aquatic life ... During the winter months, with ice, and snow cover, when the weeds die, or are decaying, they actually give off a significant amount of Carbon Dioxide .. so - they produce oxygen for the fish during the summer months, but when vegetation dies in the late Fall, and Winter, they actually rob oxygen from the lake, and then product Carbon Dioxide, which can, and will cause significant fish winter kill - especially in smaller farm ponds, etc.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 30, 2015, 12:13 PM
Thanks CB,
         I didn't know that,I wonder why we still find fish in weeds icefishing ???Could it be a food source even though o2 is low in area?Are there certain types of weeds that still live in winter or do they all die ???

                                   FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: richanddeesherman on Jan 30, 2015, 02:20 PM
Nice to now thanks for info on that c b
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: St_croix_icefishing on Jan 30, 2015, 03:34 PM
Anyone no how think the ice is out of long point
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: butch3151 on Jan 30, 2015, 04:49 PM
Does anyone know if it's ok to park at the lot of the Viking Club to access Dewitville. I know there was a problem there a year or two ago. I like that spot for Wallys
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 31, 2015, 06:05 AM
Good Science lesson CB!  Alot of mis information is flying around on this board lately. The lake ecosystem is complex and there are natural as well as human factors at play.  Making uninformed statements about lake management and false assumptions about fish-fish and fish-habitat interactions helps no one.
If you want the most accurate information in terms of what's going on in the lake get in touch with any of the Staff listed on this website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/32616.html
You pay their salary, they study fish and wildlife for a living/professionally, and they are all really great people who would be happy to chat with you.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Jan 31, 2015, 09:50 AM
hello, i was wondering if anyone can give me some good spots to try for perch, is Longpoint any good? What about Mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 31, 2015, 10:00 AM
hello, i was wondering if anyone can give me some good spots to try for perch, is Longpoint any good? What about Mayville?
welcome aboard, newbie... Mayville is a great spot for the gills but don't plan on a large number of keeper sizes but long point is a good spot for you to try for the perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 31, 2015, 10:01 AM
if you have read the reports ahead of yours, either one of those places will get you perch.   the size??????  anybodies guess! sort through them for a meal
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Jan 31, 2015, 05:25 PM
Question for you guys. There is a dec parking area on west side by rt86 ramp. I think it says stow farm. Can you acess the lake from there? Might be a long drag but never seen anyone there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Jan 31, 2015, 06:21 PM
     Yes you can access the lake from there.  Fished it many years ago, didn't do well.  But, you never know.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trickin n killin on Feb 01, 2015, 10:08 AM
Welcome to the site jake. If you post two more times then you will be able to see the reports and conditions page. Good luck out there and be safe
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 01, 2015, 08:41 PM
thanks for the help, i didnt end up going out this weekend because of the storm that was supposed to move in, mabe next week
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: deerkillr on Feb 02, 2015, 09:16 AM
After 3 trips catching lots of gills at the north end I tried for some crappie after dark... Early after afternoon is usually when I'm done fishing but this past week didn't set up til 3pm... Both days fish turned off the bite before 6... Fished till 8 with no craps on the ice ???.... I hope this snow keeps off the lake...
Title: snowfall amounts
Post by: icenut_ on Feb 02, 2015, 09:48 AM
just curious how much snow fell on Chautauqua lake last night and how much is on the lake right now?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: brokeinNYS on Feb 02, 2015, 01:46 PM
ice nut so far this year the area has had 88 inches of snow - and last night im guessing we had eight to ten inches of snow - walking on the ice in Mayville wasn't bad last Thursday or until yesterday due to the snow mobiles traveling on the ice but now the drag of a shelter could be a problem... Good luck in any attempts made...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 02, 2015, 03:18 PM
I think I stated this before but it's time for the Smittysled :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Feb 02, 2015, 04:13 PM
Anyone plan on going out tomorrow
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 02, 2015, 04:17 PM
I'm heading out in the am come hell or high snow banks. Been shoveling/snow blowing all day today. We ended up with about a foot over night.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Feb 02, 2015, 04:19 PM
I think I'm going to try and make it out of Pendergast or long point
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Feb 02, 2015, 04:30 PM
I think I stated this before but it's time for the Smittysled :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
How good do they work in the slush with your shanty on top of it?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Feb 02, 2015, 06:01 PM
How good do they work in the slush with your shanty on top of it?

I built one thinking it would make the drag easier plus my sled wasn't big enough to haul my hub shelter anyway.  Last Friday we went out in the slush and 6" - 8" of snow at longpoint.  The drag out wasn't bad, but coming back in I think the slush froze to the bottom of the skis and made things worse.  I'm not looking forward to the next drag in 6"+ unless everything is completely frozen.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 02, 2015, 07:30 PM
Where is everyone encountering this slush?2 wks ago Mayville had slush by Mud ck.but it was all frozen solid last Wed.How deep is the slush also?


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 02, 2015, 08:22 PM
Where is everyone encountering this slush?2 wks ago Mayville had slush by Mud ck.but it was all frozen solid last Wed.How deep is the slush also?


                 FN

Read the prior post to yours, Rando3369 said Friday out of Long-point was slush.  I myself have not run into slush of any significant degree out of Midway, Pendergast or Mission Meadows I have fished the last 2-weekends.

Perch Chaser
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 03, 2015, 04:10 AM
     It might be a good idea to take a snow blower.  Make a path out to the fishing grounds.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: darkdoug on Feb 03, 2015, 04:37 AM
It occurs to me that maybe smitty sled owners could take advantage of what those suicidal skiiers use on the bottom of their skiis............... wax. It will keep the frozen slush from sticking.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 03, 2015, 11:21 AM
It occurs to me that maybe smitty sled owners could take advantage of what those suicidal skiiers use on the bottom of their skiis............... wax. ...........
nothing like preparing for a Griswold moment  ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 05, 2015, 08:41 AM
     How much better is a smitty sled for the drag with all the gear?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gregbishere on Feb 05, 2015, 12:32 PM
how much more snow hit the lake last night?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Feb 05, 2015, 06:58 PM
check the other site
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 05, 2015, 07:32 PM
a good 6" over night. Wind drifted any packed trails in. Now the slush is building. Getting deep out there. Please use caution going out. It's a workout just to walk through it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 05, 2015, 07:38 PM
check the other site
ok.
This site is the BS thread and any good question is OK
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 05, 2015, 08:00 PM
     Does anyone on this thread know anyone that goes by the name Opie[spelling]?  Met him at Long Point a week or so ago.  He was going to Bear Lake and said he was going to contact me on this thread.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffro9023 on Feb 05, 2015, 08:47 PM
     Does anyone on this thread know anyone that goes by the name Opie[spelling]?  Met him at Long Point a week or so ago.  He was going to Bear Lake and said he was going to contact me on this thread.
LOL, you got stood up bro...let it go  ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 06, 2015, 08:26 AM
were is all the slush? if there is any and how much snow is out there?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 06, 2015, 08:44 AM
Does anyone know if the Winterfestival is this weekend or more tward the end of Feb.?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Lightman on Feb 06, 2015, 08:48 AM
Anyone have an up to date ice conditions report/are sleds doing fine?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: davile on Feb 06, 2015, 09:50 AM
Last week in febuary
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 06, 2015, 10:24 AM
Sleds seem to be doing fine out there. Slush is wherever a hole has been drilled. Winter fest is always Presidents' Day weekend.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 06, 2015, 01:01 PM
Thanks guys,


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 8POINT on Feb 06, 2015, 01:46 PM
Does mayville have safe ice with all this snow? Looking to bring my son out with me. Let him catch dinks till his arms get tired. Any info would be great guys. Got a 2 hr ride and if the ice ain't good I'd rather save the gas and just wait. Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rd9 on Feb 06, 2015, 02:03 PM
No worries on ice thickness. Have fun.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 06, 2015, 02:40 PM
Anybody been hittin Burtis lately? Can't believe u cant fish there this year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 06, 2015, 03:36 PM
opie was on the Chautauqua reports threads earlier
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trouts on Feb 06, 2015, 03:39 PM
ANyone know if there is slush on the ice? how deep is the ice? should we bring the gas auger? Where is a good spot to park?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bigpigjig on Feb 06, 2015, 03:51 PM
Going to try Chautauqua for the first time, any tips?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 06, 2015, 04:01 PM
Who said you cant fish burtis. Iwas there last week. Fishing is slow just perch havent found the gills. There arent any weeds this year. At least i havent found any yet but it   was tough to  move around
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 06, 2015, 04:03 PM
Who said you cant fish burtis. Iwas there last week. Fishing is slow just perch havent found the gills. There arent any weeds this year. At least i havent found any yet but it   was tough to  move around

sorry...i just meant nobodys catchin any gills and sunnys there yet.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 06, 2015, 04:04 PM
Going to try Chautauqua for the first time, any tips?
what are you targeting?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fenwick865 on Feb 08, 2015, 08:37 AM
Fished out of long point park. About 6" of ice with a good 6-8 of slush on top. Not fun. Tough walking.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Feb 08, 2015, 12:45 PM
I fished pentergrast yesterday in 25 flow and had 8" of black ice with 3" of white with 3-4" of slush and water and 4" of snow on top of it fishing was slow all day
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 09, 2015, 09:13 AM
Anyone make it out this am ?  Heading out this pm and was wondering what the surface is now like.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trout-killer on Feb 09, 2015, 09:54 AM
came off the ice last night about 10. easy drag with nice crust of freezing rain over the snow, stayed on the beaten path. crappie bite is picking up!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Warner22 on Feb 10, 2015, 08:04 AM
Was planning a trip to chautaqua at the end of February! I live in Ohio but I fish this lake every summer. I do very good catching smallmouth and walleye. Does anyone have a report for walleye or smallmouth? This will be my first time on the ice at chautaqua
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ALLEGANYCOD on Feb 10, 2015, 11:57 AM
Smallmouth?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 10, 2015, 12:23 PM
Smallmouth?
I caught a few crappie fishing in the spring in the boat
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 10, 2015, 02:57 PM
Was planning a trip to Chautauqua at the end of February! I live in Ohio but I fish this lake every summer. I do very good catching smallmouth and walleye. Does anyone have a report for walleye or smallmouth? This will be my first time on the ice at Chautauqua

According to my NYS fishing reg's you can only target Black Bass as catch and release with artificial lures from 12/1 - the Fri preceding the 3rd Sat in June.  don't waste your time with bass, go for walleye and perch.

Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bigpigjig on Feb 10, 2015, 05:47 PM
Thanks waltman for the info, I guess since Im new to the board I cant reply to PM. Went out before you replied, did ok better than sitting home!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bigpigjig on Feb 10, 2015, 05:50 PM
Sorry I missed your post fishinjohn, was hoping to catch some perch, caught a few had fun.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 10, 2015, 06:52 PM
Glad you had fun! Lots of perch to kill!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: benthekid on Feb 10, 2015, 06:59 PM
i found an auger at chatauqua last week sometime. pm me with a description and where you lost it if it was yours
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Feb 10, 2015, 07:09 PM
finally made it out. stopped at Hogan's Hut for bait and snacks. Skip put me on some fish did alright  keep 33 perch from 8 to 12 1/2. a few borderline calicos and smaller blue gills that I put back.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Feb 10, 2015, 07:13 PM
hmmmmmm.... somebody went to Mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 10, 2015, 07:22 PM
that's funny...i was in mayville sat and caught only 1 perch...happy bout that...hopefully there getting thinned out...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 11, 2015, 03:33 AM
that's funny...i was in mayville sat and caught only 1 perch...happy bout that...hopefully there getting thinned out...
Doubt it
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 11, 2015, 08:28 AM
anyone know how the slush is out of longpoint? i was out saturday and it was tough walking
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 11, 2015, 08:37 AM
I was out yesterday near LP and these were the conditions. Walking wasn't bad. I was following a snowmobile track and not breaking through. A bit slippery actually. When I got off the track the top was froze enough that the sled would stay on top but each step broke through about 6" of hard snow. Got to where I was fishing and shoveled a small opening in the snow. 2" of water on top. Drilled a hole and now 4" of water. All in all wasn't bad just a bit ruff on the legs.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 11, 2015, 02:33 PM
ok thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 14, 2015, 05:01 PM
Anyone go out today? Wondering how the drag is, im going tomorrow if the road condition arent too bad
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Feb 14, 2015, 07:52 PM
Anyone go out today? Wondering how the drag is, im going tomorrow if the road condition arent too bad

I was out at Prendergast this morning and the southern basin in the afternoon. Both had areas of hard crust that I would break through and then probably 4" - 6" of slush.  Made for some hard walking.  As someone said above walking on the snowmobile tracks was easier - sometimes.  At least the sled stayed on top.  Hopefully it hardens up more overnight.  Caught a bunch of small perch only a few over 8".  Some tough conditions out there.  Stay safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 14, 2015, 09:20 PM
Anyone go out today? Wondering how the drag is, im going tomorrow if the road condition arent too bad

Fished mid lake off the point in 38 FOW. There is a 3" crust over the remaining 4-5"of slush and the main ice is 10" thick below that.  On foot we did not break through, but the crust is rough and with all the snow and wind today there are some deep drift out there.  Another couple of days and there will be 16" of solid ice once the remaining slush freezes.   40 MPH winds and blizzard conditions started around 11 am, but we stuck it out till 3 pm when wind got to bad.   

Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 16, 2015, 05:04 AM
I just saw on channel 4 that snowmobilers are to stay off the lake do to conditions of snow and slush!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 16, 2015, 06:46 AM
Read that. Lots of snow/slush out there. My thoughts were pleasure riders out there for this past weekends festivities. Hard to believe how much that snow can insulate things. Truck read -24 at 7am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 16, 2015, 10:23 AM
Snowmobiles went by us in all directions all day Saturday and didn't seem to be having any problems.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: benthekid on Feb 16, 2015, 12:17 PM
i found an auger. if its yours please pm me where you lost it and description and ill gladly return it!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Feb 17, 2015, 12:33 AM
I was at long pt sunday and was walking on top of crust, and not breaking through.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: steel123 on Feb 17, 2015, 06:51 AM
Fished Chautauqua for the first time. I went out of pendergast and fished nothing but big jiggin Rapalas to weed away the lil perch. I landed a 6lb eye and lost a big musky at the hole and marked a few other larger fish. I Feel Chautauqua lake is.making a turn around with the walleye.. any opinions? Anybody else fishing the eyes w any luck?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 17, 2015, 06:53 AM
Been out 30 times this year with out catching a legal eye. Be thankful you found one that was hungry.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dukman1 on Feb 17, 2015, 08:55 AM
Fished Chautauqua for the first time. I went out of pendergast and fished nothing but big jiggin Rapalas to weed away the lil perch. I landed a 6lb eye and lost a big musky at the hole and marked a few other larger fish. I Feel Chautauqua lake is.making a turn around with the walleye.. any opinions? Anybody else fishing the eyes w any luck?

      The amount of small walleyes being caught is certainly a very good sign of hopefully better fishing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Peter3759 on Feb 17, 2015, 08:42 PM
looking to go out on thurs. will I be able to use my atv? I would assume that after all these negative temps that the slush is frozen but I also don't want to make an ass out of myself! Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: limpit on Feb 17, 2015, 09:05 PM
anyone catching crappie at nite yet
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icemanbuds on Feb 18, 2015, 11:47 AM
I agree with Game Hog.  I only fish big jigging raps and have only managed one keeper eye at Chautauqua this year (22"/5lbs), but have caught a lot of 6-12 shorts.  It came at noon in deeper water mixed in with the perch.  It spit up several 3" perch that it had been feeding on.  I think the big ones are still there.... just well fed with all the dink perch around.  Hopefully everyone can get on them as we get closer to the end of the season...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Feb 18, 2015, 10:10 PM
I fished pendgrast  today 16" of ice with 4"-6" of snow and we didn't find any slush out to 30 fow a couple of sled seemed to be getting around ok
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: DandD on Feb 19, 2015, 06:22 AM
I'm headed over tomorrow and want to fish Midway/Pendergast area.  Which side is best parking situation for snowmobile trailer...or do I have to come up from Long Point?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 19, 2015, 10:21 AM
hows the slush out of longpoint?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Irrgang131 on Feb 19, 2015, 10:32 AM
Fished LP Tuesday.  There was no slush and a much easier drag than other spots on the lake that I have been fishing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Warner22 on Feb 19, 2015, 05:01 PM
What has been the magical depth this year? This year I have tried a lot of different depths, but the one I have had the most success is 13 fow right outside of the weed bed. Has anyone had success in deeper water or shallow water?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 19, 2015, 08:47 PM
What has been the magical depth this year? This year I have tried a lot of different depths, but the one I have had the most success is 13 fow right outside of the weed bed. Has anyone had success in deeper water or shallow water?

What ya fishing for?  Gills shallow and perch deep all Winter so far.

Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 19, 2015, 09:11 PM
Anyone have plans to fish off mayville next week at all?  Haven't fished there before but I want to this year.  Only fished Chautauqua once years ago.  I would appreciate it if I could meet up with someone who is more familiar with the place.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 20, 2015, 06:19 AM
Hey guys can anyone help me out with an address to the vikings club my father in law took us out there last year. 5 min easy walk to deep water with decent sized perch. I tried to take a buddy for his first time walked 2+ miles on Erie I caught 4 slobs one buddy a 26 inch lake trout first timer got skunked. Thinking Chautauqua might be better just for fun. How has it been this year still mostly dinks?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 20, 2015, 11:48 AM
4923 RT430 Bemus Point NY

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 20, 2015, 12:36 PM
Anyone have plans to fish off mayville next week at all?  Haven't fished there before but I want to this year.  Only fished Chautauqua once years ago.  I would appreciate it if I could meet up with someone who is more familiar with the place.

You don't need a guide.  There are always huts out of Mayville and they clump together.  Just get near the group.  Use small jig with grubs or fish eyes and you will catch gills and perch.  You will have to sort through them in order to keep the larger ones to take home.   Parking is at the lot across the street from the Gas station and the 2nd parking lot is just down the road further at the town park.  Have fun.

Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Feb 21, 2015, 01:00 AM
I've heard about a lot of people catching a lot more short Walleye than years past.  Do you think it may be because of the huge white perch die off last spring.  I've heard people say that they are an invasive species tobyhr lake,  and they ate Alot of the walleye eggs and walleye fry.  Was wondering if you guys think maybe that huge die off is in fact helping the walleye hatch possibly make a comeback? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 21, 2015, 07:34 AM
Possible. These eyes are a couple years old. They are everywhere from shallow to the deepest holes.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 21, 2015, 09:05 AM
I dudnt realize there was a white perch die off.  Most years i catch a lot of tbem in burtis none this year
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 21, 2015, 12:34 PM
The lake has been heavily stocked the last 2 yrs.with eyes.


                                   FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 22, 2015, 10:56 AM
We fished deep water Sat, same areas as past weekends.  The ice is 18" thick no slush - 10" black and 8" of white solid frozen slush.  There was 6-8" of snow on top and a few deeper drifts, the pull was tough due to sled pushing snow.  The top surface of the ice is rough due to ruts where the trails and fishing areas were established over the past weeks.  Snowmobiles looked to have no problems but we saw no ATV's out Sat.  The bite was on and off all day not like the constant bite the past weekends.   Still using perch eyes with larger jigs.  Two of us sorted out (26) nice 8-10" perch, caught over 40.

Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Warner22 on Feb 22, 2015, 11:49 AM
Thank you for the update Perch chacer! "Weather permitting" I will be up there next weekend and hopefully find some perch or eyes!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 22, 2015, 08:15 PM
Headed out in the a.m. to chase the eyes down.. hoping to be one of the few to ice a couple
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: defaz249er on Feb 23, 2015, 05:54 AM
Haven't hooked any walleye yet. Have done well on perch in the deeper water of 35+. What do you do different to attract walleye?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 23, 2015, 03:09 PM
Haven't hooked any walleye yet. Have done well on perch in the deeper water of 35+. What do you do different to attract walleye?
When I fish for eyes, I'm NOT where I fish for perch. Structure I fish is different for eyes than perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishinjohn on Feb 23, 2015, 03:13 PM
Hit the ice this a.m. drag wasn't awful, BUT, it was far from good.. fished in 24 fow..  should've been deeper I think..had a couple really good marks that followed the jig, but wasn't aggressively interested.. ended up skunked and off the ice by 9
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: defaz249er on Feb 23, 2015, 10:23 PM
We're running out of time, with temps rising as forecasted.  The drag will be a slushy mess soon. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 26, 2015, 07:26 AM
Anyone been out of Mayville or Longpoint lately How was the slush and drag
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 26, 2015, 01:11 PM
Anyone been out of Mayville or Longpoint lately How was the slush and drag

On Sat. out of Long-Point the ice was 18" thick no slush - 10" black and 8" of white solid frozen slush.  There was 6-8" of snow on top and a few deeper drifts, the pull was tough due to sled pushing snow.  The top surface of the ice is rough due to ruts where the trails and fishing areas were established over the past weeks.  If you read back a few days you can most likely find an ice conditions report or go to the conditions and report section.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: snowmandan76 on Feb 26, 2015, 02:15 PM
Just left mayville a while ago had steady Acton on some 5 in perch couldn't seem to find the big ones today  drag was not terrible but it's not easy either
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 26, 2015, 07:21 PM
Thanks guys sucks to have such cold temps and still have to deal with slush in places hopefully we get a phew more weeks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trout-killer on Feb 27, 2015, 08:44 AM
fished mayberry tuesday eve 6-10 pm, drag wasn't so bad, wind was howling,no slush. the bite was way off. a handful of dink gills, no perch, and no craps. a lot of come see'rs on the vex, few takers. a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work......
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 27, 2015, 09:58 AM
With it being as cold as it's been and going to be  we still have time. Slush is all froze up for now but it will be back
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 27, 2015, 01:38 PM
fished mayberry tuesday eve 6-10 pm, drag wasn't so bad, wind was howling,no slush. the bite was way off. a handful of dink gills, no perch, and no craps. a lot of come see'rs on the vex, few takers. a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work......

Where is Mayberry - Is that where Andy and Barney live - "lol" 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Feb 27, 2015, 05:36 PM
i plan on fishing chautauqua tomorrow, anyone know how longpoint has been producing
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Feb 27, 2015, 06:56 PM
only a few huts last sun when i was at prendergast.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Mar 01, 2015, 11:47 AM
we went out on long pt yest, got out around the point & walked north a few hundred yrds. 4 of us limited out 200 between 8-11 inches. each of us caught over a hundred fish ,lots of throw backs . bite all day long . couple small walleye assuming those were the stockies. most of them on minnows & perch eyes
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ngernatt on Mar 01, 2015, 12:09 PM
Anybody been out from vikings yet?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Mar 01, 2015, 04:04 PM
Anyone heading out tomorrow? I'll be heading out solo either lp or dewitville at sunlight
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Mar 02, 2015, 09:05 AM
fished mayville Saturday, ended up with our limit, caught many more
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 02, 2015, 03:57 PM
Drug home 34 over 7" gills and sunnys today and two crappys. One slab. Very windy today. Drag was pretty much a drag.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: tcbass on Mar 02, 2015, 04:56 PM
Plan on going to Chautauqua on Tues AM for perch. Where has the most consistent action been? Long Point or Vikings??? Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 02, 2015, 07:13 PM
bulldawger why was it a drag?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 03, 2015, 03:48 PM
first hundred yards was about a fresh foot of snow. After that it wasn't too bad cuz of the snowmobilers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 05, 2015, 09:08 AM
thinking of dropping some money and getting our NY licenses.... my 13 yr old daughter got bored our 1st day on the Kinzua Reservoir and has not been out with us since.... 3 of us are looking for an area to go..... we usually go to Long Point but somewhere else would also be ok if you have any suggestions
 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Mar 05, 2015, 10:21 AM
thinking of dropping some money and getting our NY licenses.... my 13 yr old daughter got bored our 1st day on the Kinzua Reservoir and has not been out with us since.... 3 of us are looking for an area to go..... we usually go to Long Point but somewhere else would also be ok if you have any suggestions

Took my daughter to Mayville a couple weeks ago and she had a blast.  We caught mostly perch - I was pretty much unhooking fish for her for 3 hrs.  I hear they're still getting perch, gills, and some crappie there.

I fished long point last weekend and the bite was pretty good but a little slower than Mayville.  Lots of kids there too.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: aquaman on Mar 05, 2015, 06:24 PM
Anybody been out from vikings yet?
Ditto, slush report?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 05, 2015, 06:43 PM
Just got in from Dewittville. Only slush I found was from the shore out about 50 yds. Only reason for it was the creek was flowing pretty good. Surface was hard enough for the hut to ride on top but every other step broke through 6" of snow. Perch galore out there tonight. Never marked an eye. Hope that helps.

Jeepers. Get some bait and go for it. Perch are chasing up to 7' off bottom.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 05, 2015, 09:26 PM
Pretty sure I will be going to Prendergast..... I've never been there so it will be different.
Its almost an hr drive from my house which is about the same as Willow bay on Kinzua which is my 2nd choice....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 06, 2015, 04:43 AM
Just got in from Dewittville. Only slush I found was from the shore out about 50 yds. Only reason for it was the creek was flowing pretty good. Surface was hard enough for the hut to ride on top but every other step broke through 6" of snow. Perch galore out there tonight. Never marked an eye. Hope that helps.

Jeepers. Get some bait and go for it. Perch are chasing up to 7' off bottom.

Where ya park at Dewittville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 06, 2015, 02:44 PM
jeeps I may be there at at long point in the A.M.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 06, 2015, 03:00 PM
Fish Nik and I will be going out of Long Point in the A.M. as well.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for the bite and conditions.  Supposed to be windy.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 06, 2015, 03:04 PM
I didn't think you could park at Dewittville.  I'm pretty sure it's private property on both bays.  We knew someone who lived there and were able to park in their driveway, and the fishing was really good at times, but they moved.  If anyone knows of public access around there, I'd like to hear about it, too.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Jigolo J on Mar 06, 2015, 04:45 PM
Anyone know the cheapest motel near the lake?

Thanks,
J.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 06, 2015, 06:46 PM
Fish Nik and I will be going out of Long Point in the A.M. as well.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for the bite and conditions.  Supposed to be windy.

jeeps I may be there at at long point in the A.M.

Any way for me to know what you guys look like? or what your sleds or huts look like or where abouts you will be?

I will be pulling a sled and my woman will also have one and my daughter is going. I'll have black carharts on and my woman will have pink bibs and a camo coat..... that is if we go to Long point... still not sure yet on that or Prender?!?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sweedish pimple on Mar 07, 2015, 08:54 AM
I will be headed out tomorrow to Pendergast how is the snow on Ice I want to bring my snowmobile to make it easier than dragging any info is appreciated is there a lot of slush
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buckduck on Mar 07, 2015, 11:11 AM
Fished Prendergast Friday PM. Snowmobiles and 4X4s out. Slush minimal. Ice about 16" where we fished.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 07, 2015, 07:51 PM
my buddy limited out on the perch at @vikings  8-10 inch perch sayed the perch are bigger this yr
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: AlphaWolf3144 on Mar 07, 2015, 09:41 PM
Me and my dad went out at long point earlier today, he wanted to go out to 40 feet so we went there. We caught about 7 keeper perch and threw back only 3. My first fish of the day was my first ever crappie that was 12 inches long. it came unhooked at the hole but i managed to stick my hand in and get it out. My dad hooked into a really big fish, probably a nice keeper walleye. Most likely going to head back out tomorrow at prendergast and try for some perch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 07, 2015, 09:59 PM
I will be headed out tomorrow to Pendergast how is the snow on Ice I want to bring my snowmobile to make it easier than dragging any info is appreciated is there a lot of slush

no slush it was just hard snow that sometimes you could walk on top of it and sometimes you couldnt.... when you couldn't it was probably 6-8" deep
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 07, 2015, 10:01 PM
Most likely going to head back out tomorrow at prendergast and try for some perch.
prender sucked for us good luck!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Fishy167 on Mar 07, 2015, 11:51 PM
fished saturday at prendargast drag out was'nt to bad crusty snow and some hard spots.Nice to meet frank M and john. fished deep30fow caught around 100 perch all from seven inches to eleven inches.  :clap:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FrankM on Mar 08, 2015, 09:55 AM
Nice to meet you yesterday Fishy.  It was a good day out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rob W on Mar 08, 2015, 11:39 AM
Fished Prendergast Saturday , all day, 830 - 630.  Went straight out from the launch to 30 ft of water, caught ~ 150 perch, mostly 6-9 inch, kept 8 that were 9 inch or bigger, inc two 10 1/2 inch hawgs.  Walk out was OK, ~ 4-6 inches of snow with a hard crust on top.  Sometime you break through, sometimes you don't.  We were the farthest hut out, most stayed in closer to 15-20 ft of water or so.  Coming in at 6:15 was tougher, new 3-4 inches of wet heavy on top of crust, walk was a bit tougher.  Good day out there though, enjoy them while they last.

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bobo1729 on Mar 08, 2015, 12:10 PM
Anyone been fishing at the bell tower this year ? Any reports from there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Frankie Bags on Mar 08, 2015, 06:36 PM
Anyone been fishing at the bell tower this year ? Any reports from there
I was out there today. Conditions were the same as other areas posted. 4-6" of snow with a hard crust on top. We fished till about 2:30 and it did soften up but not too bad. Perch were suspended about 7ft of the bottom in 46FOW. They were closer to the bottom when we moved shallower ~35FOW. Jiggin Raps work best for us. Most fish were between 8-9" with a few over 10. Went home with a couple dozen.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Mar 08, 2015, 08:00 PM
I'll be at lp in the am hopefully I can get on the fish likeast week
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 09, 2015, 08:14 AM
Sorry, Wejeepers, I didn't see your post until this morning. 

In the future, I'm guy with the black snowmobile pulling a blue 2 man clam.  I wear a green ice fishing suit. 

Anyone is more than welcome to stop by and say hello.  I'll be more than happy to fill you in on how things are going.


John  (JR)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Postletown on Mar 09, 2015, 08:17 AM
Fished Mayville yesterday from 2pm-8pm.  Caught a ton of gills and a few perch.  The walk out was great as there is a nice trail beaten down.  No crappie :(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perchcatcher on Mar 09, 2015, 05:07 PM
gonna make the drive in the morning coming from the west. anywhere to get bait ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FraBilKil on Mar 09, 2015, 05:16 PM
For bait, whether coming from the east or west, it's Hogan's Hut north of the Stow Exit off of I-86. If Skip is on duty he'll give you advice on where to go, too. Tell him FraBilKil sent you. Best of luck.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: barthog32 on Mar 11, 2015, 07:15 AM
Fished Long Point yesterday ventured around point to the North ended up in 37 fow. Caught perch steady all day and left with 30 respectable keepers.The average fish was bigger than years past and they seemed to hit whatever we dropped down, awesome day.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 11, 2015, 09:37 AM
How long is the receipt for minnows good for? I still have mine from the weekend and would love to use them this coming up weekend!

I'd like to go again on saturday but not sure if I am interested in getting wet on the way out and back and hiding in the hut the whole time!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Mar 11, 2015, 09:47 AM
Minnows are good for 10 days from the date of purchase
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: eyetalian stallion on Mar 11, 2015, 10:51 AM
minnows are good until they die,we live on lake erie , vhs is a bunch of crap.,ohio ,pa., Canada all on erie also,do not have all that phony regs....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Mar 11, 2015, 11:30 AM
They are even good after they die if salted properly!

             FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 11, 2015, 11:50 AM
My wife and I just about limited out only fished drone 9-11 and could still be sitting there pounding them outta the vickings club. I agree much nicer size this year we only threw back about 10-15 small ones they we slamming everything but the bigger ones seemed to like the pink minnows. Got to play with the new vexilar and man what a blast fish bumping into the camera flasher lit up like a Christmas tree little slushy hopefully she holds out another week or 2 for us
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Mar 11, 2015, 03:03 PM
anybody cathchin crappys?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: lilperch on Mar 11, 2015, 06:26 PM
we caught beautiful perch in mayville
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Post by: hunterkenyon1 on Mar 11, 2015, 06:44 PM
How's the ice out of longpoint? Any slush ? Think it will still be safe to get out this Saturday out of longpoint 
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Post by: Bigfishbuffny on Mar 11, 2015, 06:59 PM
I was wondering the same about mayville on Saturday.  Do you think there will be safe ice?
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Post by: Big Ice Hole on Mar 11, 2015, 07:04 PM
Ok guys, I'm not looking for your hot spot just some info. Never fished Chautauqua before. I'm coming in from I90 looking for a spot to fish with a short walk (bad knees). If anyone can point me in a good direction that would be great. Mayville, Pendergast, Longpoint? Bait Hogans hut? Pm me if you have info for me. Thank you. :icefish:
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Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 11, 2015, 07:49 PM
Ok guys, I'm not looking for your hot spot just some info. Never fished Chautauqua before. I'm coming in from I90 looking for a spot to fish with a short walk (bad knees). If anyone can point me in a good direction that would be great. Mayville, Pendergast, Longpoint? Bait Hogans hut? Pm me if you have info for me. Thank you. :icefish:
What are you looking to fish for?? For a short walk for perch, I'd say Mayville or bells tower is best bet.. hogan hut for bait!
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Post by: NY_labman on Mar 11, 2015, 07:55 PM
If you're looking for emeralds, I would call Hogan's Hut ahead of time.  2 days ago all they had were pike bait golden shiners.
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Post by: Big Ice Hole on Mar 11, 2015, 08:29 PM
Fishinjohn, I would love to get into the perch, but I'd take some gills. Where's Bell tower?
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 11, 2015, 08:54 PM
Whats the parking like for all these other areas listed? I've been to Long point and Prendergast but that's it. They all have parking lots and a boat launch
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Post by: Rox on Mar 12, 2015, 01:23 AM
long point fished it Wednesday after noon,sun was out,short walk, ice was good, plenty of parking, fish are there, work didn't call!
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Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 12, 2015, 03:47 AM
Fishinjohn, I would love to get into the perch, but I'd take some gills. Where's Bell tower?
Pm sent
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Post by: hunterkenyon1 on Mar 12, 2015, 06:56 AM
anyone fishing longpoint or mayville saturday morning i can meet up with and fish with  i have all my own gear hut auger etc just dont wanna go out alone 
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 12, 2015, 07:11 AM
We3jeepers,

You have parking and access in Long Point and Prendergast (as you know) as well as Mayville, Lakewood and Bemus Point.  I can't speak for Bemus, but the rest have room to park and a trail onto the lake.
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 12, 2015, 08:38 AM
Hogan's Hut is out of emeralds until April.  They have Fatheads and Golden shiners left.
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 12, 2015, 08:41 AM
I'm sure I will be able to get them here in Warren @)
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 12, 2015, 10:12 AM
Make sure to bring enough for everybody! 
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 12, 2015, 12:49 PM
Ok guys, I'm not looking for your hot spot just some info. Never fished Chautauqua before. I'm coming in from I90 looking for a spot to fish with a short walk (bad knees). If anyone can point me in a good direction that would be great. Mayville, Pendergast, Longpoint? Bait Hogans hut? Pm me if you have info for me. Thank you. :icefish:


Vickings club right up the road from long point easy walk only a couple hundred yard and ur in 35-40 fow my wife and I damn near limited out after 3 hours all 8-10 inches a lot less throw back s this year was a little slushy though temps haven't dropped overnight. We hope to get out one more time Saturday anyone reading out tomorrow please update reports I would hate to drive 2 hours to be unable to get out there
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Post by: sbuffaloice on Mar 12, 2015, 02:09 PM
^^^ make sure to stop in a grab a beer or something to eat while at the Vikings! They are nice enough to let us park there, doesn't hurt to patronize their business!
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Post by: Big Ice Hole on Mar 12, 2015, 03:38 PM
Can anyone tell me what exit to get off of I 90 for Mayville?
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Post by: JerryofWNY on Mar 12, 2015, 03:48 PM
Can anyone tell me what exit to get off of I 90 for Mayville?

Westfield. Take a left when you exit and that drops you right into Mayville. I believe the route is 394.
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Post by: rd9 on Mar 12, 2015, 04:40 PM
We have a couple weeks of safe ice yet. Mayville really turns on late in the year when creeks start flowing.
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 13, 2015, 08:32 AM
Heading out on Saturday.... hoping to get on the ice earlier then we have been! Going to be stopping at Schuyler's Country Kitchen
 Which is at 4477 W Fairmount Ave inLakewood its close to the 394/474 intersection and has great breakfast!

BTW where do you guys go (what forum) during soft water season?
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 13, 2015, 10:04 AM
Fishing out of Long Point tonight through Sunday.  I'll post report on Monday.  Good Luck, everyone.
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Post by: Prchmike on Mar 13, 2015, 11:25 AM
Heading out on Saturday.... hoping to get on the ice earlier then we have been! Going to be stopping at Schuyler's Country Kitchen
 Which is at 4477 W Fairmount Ave inLakewood its close to the 394/474 intersection and has great breakfast!

BTW where do you guys go (what forum) during soft water season?
Myfishfinder
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 13, 2015, 11:47 AM
anyone going to long point Saturday.... It will be me with a camo hat and all black carhart's and my woman will be with me in pink bibs and camo coat. Jiffy propane auger and a blue killzone hut. We will each have a jetsled jr.  stop by and say hi if its not pouring
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 13, 2015, 12:48 PM
Fishinjohn, I would love to get into the perch, but I'd take some gills. Where's Bell tower?

Mayville at the Northwest end is your best bet for perch and gills in the same spot.  Pendergast - South shore, Midway Park and Longpoint on North shore for perch has been good all year.  Did well at Pendergast on Sat 3/7 and Wednesday 3/11 in deep water.
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 13, 2015, 05:05 PM
Any one fish vickings midway or lp today looking to drive up in the am don't wanna drive 2 hours and not be able to get out
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Post by: spindiver on Mar 13, 2015, 05:41 PM
Hello fished at long pt  today 7 till noon with two buddys killed them early slowed later on jiggin rap perch color with an eye worked well fish very in size as normal my budzgot them on small min they got tight liped had to get them to chase the rap six ft before that would hit 32ft of water hundred yards orso off shore .the ice still thick but not real hard my auger chews it up has to be millions of perch down below seenlots on the vex
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 13, 2015, 08:20 PM
Yeah I just bought the vexilar fl 20 with the camera combo man it was soo cool I wish I could post a video thing was lit up like a Christmas tree and the camera is crystal clear can't wait to get out there and use it again
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 14, 2015, 06:05 PM
Another half day at the Vikings 4 more limits even my wife's blind uncle caught 50 keepers lol all 8-10 couple close to 11 had a blast with the camera absolutly no snow once u get 25-50 yards out only about a couple inches of water which if gets cold like it's supposed to could give us a phew more good weeks. Good luck guys fish on!!
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Post by: hunterkenyon1 on Mar 14, 2015, 06:41 PM
 I had my atv on ice today. No issues. Caught perch in morning in 32 fow from 7 til 10 ish then they moved. Went to 60 feet caught a few. Then moved to 40 feet and non stop action. As soon as u hit bottom fish on. Didn't matter what u had on for bait. Artifical or live. 2 guys. Limited out by 2. Was a great day.
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Post by: jakemanges on Mar 14, 2015, 07:51 PM
anybody have luck out of longpoint today? plan on fishing it tommorow.
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 14, 2015, 08:16 PM
anybody have luck out of longpoint today? plan on fishing it tommorow.


Guys were out there seems like that whole area is loaded u should have no trouble finding them. We fished the Vikings club Wednesday and today essentially the same spot as lp and limited by 1 both times in 35-40 fow Bring ur creepers no more slush  on our drag in from the rain just a skating rink with 2 inches of water on top
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Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 14, 2015, 08:22 PM
Dead
  Were there may people at long point? It was a city last Sat. Might try it Sun. on way home.
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Post by: jakemanges on Mar 14, 2015, 08:26 PM
thanks for the update
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Post by: buck05 on Mar 14, 2015, 09:04 PM
Probley at least 20 shantys a lot of people on buckets.   Mark
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 15, 2015, 04:59 AM
Couple of pics from Saturday... Wear ice cleats! lots of ice still. I tried jigging a swedish pimple for the 1st time and caught a lot of perch on it. also we caught them on Rosies and a little red plastic jig that comes in a tube at the counter at hogans hut.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swedishpimple.com%2FHTML%2Fswedishpimple%2Fmedia%2Fswedpimpbig%2Fzg.jpg&hash=ba8b37a77b56b435a1d0d42670839c91)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/14324_10205984443030833_7016691152003239571_n.jpg?oh=057e53e7c4712f1f4ac2777da73369ee&oe=55BDD6DC&__gda__=1433694348_e242ab36b8798de0d2be6819b87f2665)

(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11071303_10205984442230813_2295169228948847760_n.jpg?oh=c8d4428d5b6b3c6bdabafb64a7ff066f&oe=55851608)

(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11034896_10205984442710825_4377800668587173229_n.jpg?oh=48b5d9a2940b14571d6ea6caf7e96ec4&oe=5583F7DE)
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Post by: Big Ice Hole on Mar 15, 2015, 07:14 PM
Fished Chautauqua for the first time ever. I had a nice pile of perch on the ice and here comes this group of about 7 or 8 guys and they set up right on top of me about 10' maybe 15' away. **censored**. :%$#!:
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 15, 2015, 08:44 PM
Fished Chautauqua for the first time ever. I had a nice pile of perch on the ice and here comes this group of about 7 or 8 guys and they set up right on top of me about 10' maybe 15' away. **censored**. :%$#!:

that happens but doesn't mean that you will catch less fish.


got a pic my woman took of me with the smallest fish of the day!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10155685_10206457804745290_2668794414403882259_n.jpg?oh=360f5c939ce6a8940b05350e007c3ad1&oe=55BD535C&__gda__=1433395721_824a30e130364fc3fad54fd6416671b3)
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Post by: benthekid on Mar 15, 2015, 09:02 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi254.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fhh99%2Fwalesczak%2FFullSizeRender1.jpg&hash=811500a559fa5416e48abae2e74f915e) (http://s254.photobucket.com/user/walesczak/media/FullSizeRender1.jpg.html)

finally got into some walters
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 16, 2015, 12:02 AM
Fished Chautauqua for the first time ever. I had a nice pile of perch on the ice and here comes this group of about 7 or 8 guys and they set up right on top of me about 10' maybe 15' away. **censored**. :%$#!:

Don't broadcast.   If your in a hut they won't see the fish, if your on a bucket put the fish in the bucket and they won't see the fish.  Lesson learned from years of fishing.
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 16, 2015, 09:35 AM
Hammered the 8-9 inch perch Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at Long Point.  We were out around the point and north in 33 ft of water.  Sunday was real windy and we stayed inside the point.  Still did well, but not quite as good.  Fish were biting everything you threw down when they were on.  The bite came in waves over the course of the day.

Sorry for making so many trips with the snowmobile back and forth to the marina.  We had a bunch of guys and some of them had medical issues so walking on the ice was very rough for them.  I tried to go slow and stay as far as I could from the people fishing.  I've had it with guys on sleds going 80 miles an hour 20 feet from where your fishing.  I definitely try not to be that guy.

Congrats to the guy with the huge Musky next to us on Saturday.  Awesome fish, I hope it survived.  Hopefully he posts a pic of it in the near future or I might just have to do it for him.

Good fishing with you, Jason.  Hope to do it again.  Congrats on the great fishing in the hole Saturday and killing the big ones on Erie Sunday.

Sorry I didn't get your message until it was to later, We3jeepers.  I was looking but didn't see you. 
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 16, 2015, 09:40 AM
if you were on an older  loud sled around dark Saturday I did see you.... you went by me on one or 2 of your trips back Saturday.
I was ahead of my woman a ways that way I could get our white 4 door chevy tracker. Pretty sure it was you because I was thinking how nice it was the guy on the snowmobile make a big arc around everyone!
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Post by: Bbrown24 on Mar 16, 2015, 05:02 PM
Thinking of hittin chataqua for the first time ever either tomorrow or friday. How long will the ice be good enough to fish on? Does anyone have any good spots they could give a first timer? Any info is much appreciated.
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Post by: fishinjohn on Mar 16, 2015, 05:42 PM
Thinking of hittin chataqua for the first time ever either tomorrow or friday. How long will the ice be good enough to fish on? Does anyone have any good spots they could give a first timer? Any info is much appreciated.
A lot of info on the 81 pages of "BS" go back and just read like 6 pages and I'm positive you'll have at least 5 spots worthy to try
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Post by: Prchmike on Mar 17, 2015, 06:28 AM
Thinking of hittin chataqua for the first time ever either tomorrow or friday. How long will the ice be good enough to fish on? Does anyone have any good spots they could give a first timer? Any info is much appreciated.
Go out of the Viking Club or Midway and get to 20+ fow water and you will catch perch. You will get all you want in the 8-9.5" range.
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 17, 2015, 06:32 AM
I want some in the 10-12" range  ;D
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 17, 2015, 08:21 AM
I think you need to be on a bigger lake for that size perch, Jeepers!  I want them too, just debating the logic of trying Erie.  Chautauqua is the safe bet, Erie is the high stakes gambling.  We will see what the weekend brings.

Bbrown,  Fishing John is right,  just look back over the last 5 or 6 pages and just about all your questions will be answered.  Pick what kind of fish you want to go after and you can find a spot.  Bluegill or occasional crappie is Mayville, perch is 30-40 foot deep anywhere there is public access.  When in doubt, look for a group of huts and just set up around them.  (giving them some room, of course).  Just remember your ice cleats, they will be absolutely necessary this weekend.
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 17, 2015, 09:47 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi172.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw8%2Fjbardjr%2FMusky_zpsz0o7t9e2.jpg&hash=d876152d47715219ee022a2e53736df6) (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/jbardjr/media/Musky_zpsz0o7t9e2.jpg.html)

A pic of a guy with a monster Musky caught off Long Point.  He didn't want to hurt the fish by holding him up, but I begged him to.  It's the picture of a lifetime.  45 inches long and we have no idea how much it weighed.  He got it back in the water right away and that monster is still swimming around today, gentlemen.  I can only hope to be lucky enough to have my picture with it someday.
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 17, 2015, 07:01 PM
Tip up or jigging pole? and what was he using? I'd love to catch a musky!
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Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 17, 2015, 07:16 PM
must have been accidental catch. you can't target them. out of season
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Post by: caliking on Mar 17, 2015, 08:03 PM
Holy smokes what a fish! Probably caught it on a perch that bit a pimple and was on its way up to the hole. My buddy joey got a big boy at the same spot a few years back. Think its on YouTube still. Beautiful fish!
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Post by: brian318 on Mar 17, 2015, 09:10 PM
awesome, that's one to remember for a lifetime
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Post by: Prchmike on Mar 18, 2015, 06:20 AM
 
I want some in the 10-12" range  ;D
That's what she said. ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 18, 2015, 06:51 AM
That's what she said. ;D ;D ;D

Actually she did cause she goes fishing as well!
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 18, 2015, 07:38 AM
He caught it on a tip up trying for Walleye or big perch.  He had used a 6" auger to drill the holes and had to get a bigger one to lengthen the hole to get it out.  Even then managing to get it out of the hole was a feat.  This was after fighting him by hand for at least 1/2 and hour, maybe longer.  He definitely "earned" that fish.  I hope he gets a replica to mount on the wall next to his picture of it.

My friend a week ago caught one on a jigging rapala of Dewitville Bay that he says was 48 inches and a foot across the back.  He didn't have a camera (or phone) to take a picture, though.  Most guys I wouldn't believe but he actually doesn't even have a cell phone and fishes all the time. 

When Musky season opens, I'm going to have to give it a try here.  I'm sure my wife won't mind me spending even more money on the poles and lures for another kind of fishing.  Especially when she finds out we won't be eating it, and could be paying more to mount it! 

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Post by: FrankM on Mar 18, 2015, 11:24 AM
We used to catch muskies all the time trolling with Rapalas at night for walleyes.  They can be a nuisance.  They are fun to catch but difficult to get a Rapala unhooked from as they tend to thrash around a lot.
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Post by: windburn on Mar 18, 2015, 11:33 AM
Anyone know how the ice is holding up at long point or the vikings? Thinking about making the 2 hour run tomorrow. Thanks.
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Post by: icedogger17 on Mar 18, 2015, 02:08 PM
Anyone know how the ice is holding up at long point or the vikings? Thinking about making the 2 hour run tomorrow. Thanks.
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X2 tomorrow will be my first time making the trip to Chautauqua this year ND would like the same info, thanks!
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Post by: ricksimpson on Mar 18, 2015, 05:19 PM
I fished here last weekend. Am i crazy for going this saturday or do you folks think it will be safe ??
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Post by: Game Hog on Mar 18, 2015, 06:41 PM
I fished last night. Conditions haven't changed much. Not saying it's totaly safe out there but I'll be at it for another week.
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 18, 2015, 11:01 PM
I want some in the 10-12" range  ;D

I caught three 12" perch this year at Chautauqua and a couple 11" but mainly 8-10" fish in this lake this year. I was out over a dozen times.  If you really need the 10 TO 12" perch in quantity Chautauqua is the wrong lake for you.   Try Oneida it is still safe or Erie but Erie may not be safe anymore.
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 18, 2015, 11:12 PM
Nice catch Big Fish!  We've been going to Chautauqua.  Perch aren't as big there, but still decent sized.  We're up to 980 (three weekends, a group of us).  All 8-9 inches.

Everyone that I have talked to that knows this lake, and has fished it as their main lake, have caught that many or more perch.  Keep on catching those perch, we need to reduce the population so they grow bigger.  But you know, it has been this way for quite some time and the size of perch haven't increased much in the last few years, so it will probably be the same next year.
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Post by: Stryder444 on Mar 19, 2015, 06:38 AM
I agree with you that even with the large numbers of perch people are taking from the lake, it is actually helping because there are so many perch in it.  I find it very possible that the shear amount of perch in the lake is the reason we aren't seeing some of the other species as much.  The millions of perch have to feed on something, so fish eggs and small fry would seem to be one of their targets.

On the other hand, it seems to me that the huge population explosion started 4 or 5 years ago.  I remember going anywhere in the lake and catching 4-5 inch perch.  Then it seemed 5-6.  This year seemed 7-8 with a lot leaning toward 8.  I, for one, am looking forward to the next few years of perch fishing here.  I'm hoping next year will be a majority of 9 inchers and maybe 10's the year after that.  By that time the fisherman will be pulling them out in huge numbers until the population gets under control.  It would have happened already but they were to small to fillet.  Then I'm hoping the cycle continues and another species becomes the main fish caught.  (Come on Crappie!) I truly miss the days of limiting out on slabs all the time.  But so did everyone else, that's why the lake isn't packed with them like the perch.  But as soon as the perch are "Jack" sized, you can bet everyone and their brother will be coming.

Especially after reading the reports from other lakes in Western NY, we seemed to have hit the jackpot here at Chautauqua this year (in comparison).  Although they aren't Erie sized Jack Perch, I for one, can't wait till next year.  Come to think of it, I have a boat and probably won't!  Between the perch, the hopeful spring crappie, and the now burning desire to have my picture taken with a monster Musky, I plan on spending some quality time here this year.

Just my 2 cents.

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Post by: bulldawger on Mar 19, 2015, 04:50 PM
perch aint changed much in length in the last 5 years...jmo
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Post by: hunters08 on Mar 19, 2015, 05:45 PM
perch aint changed much in length in the last 5 years...jmo
Or the last 20 that I can remember maybe even 30 years. seemed to always be that length.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 1952 on Mar 19, 2015, 05:51 PM
I am 62 years old ,and when I was 16 the perch are still the same Today as then!
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Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 19, 2015, 06:19 PM
I understand what u vets r saying but I'm only 26 and I can honestly say the fish I think overall r getting bigger average size last year was 6 inches or less this year 7-8 with some close to 10-11 but this year I cuaght nothing under 6 inches like the past few years. We have been hitting limits of 7-10 inches in half days it used to take all day to weed thru the dinks. Maybe just a good year but I hope they keep getting bigger that's for sure. I love fishing the big Lake Erie pulling up 14+ inches but if I can keep filling buckets I'll take a limit of nice keepers over walking and draging 2+ miles for a handful of jumbos.
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Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 19, 2015, 07:24 PM
I caught three 12" perch this year at Chautauqua and a couple 11" but mainly 8-10" fish in this lake this year. I was out over a dozen times.  If you really need the 10 TO 12" perch in quantity Chautauqua is the wrong lake for you.   Try Oneida it is still safe or Erie but Erie may not be safe anymore.
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Now keep in mind this was 20 years or so ago so I was young but I remember my Grandpa taking me across the bridge to bemus and going up one of the side roads.... it was somewhere between S Ralph St. and S Clifford St. He stopped at the end of the road and we went out on a dock and he told me to let the line down with a minnow on it. I had one of those wire fish baskets and 2 hrs later when he came back it was full.... I swear they were in the 10-12" range cause they were huge but I was like 12 or so so who knows....... He has a camp on hadley bay
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Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 19, 2015, 08:31 PM

He caught it on a tip up trying for Walleye or big perch.  He had used a 6" auger to drill the holes and had to get a bigger one to lengthen the hole to get it out.  Even then managing to get it out of the hole was a feat.  This was after fighting him by hand for at least 1/2 and hour, maybe longer.  He definitely "earned" that fish.  I hope he gets a replica to mount on the wall next to his picture of it.

My friend a week ago caught one on a jigging rapala of Dewitville Bay that he says was 48 inches and a foot across the back.  He didn't have a camera (or phone) to take a picture, though.  Most guys I wouldn't believe but he actually doesn't even have a cell phone and fishes all the time. 

When Musky season opens, I'm going to have to give it a try here.  I'm sure my wife won't mind me spending even more money on the poles and lures for another kind of fishing.  Especially when she finds out we won't be eating it, and could be paying more to mount it!

That muskie is most likely DEAD!  If that dude fought it in cold water for more than a half hour and then held it out of the water for god knows how long just so you could take a picture it got very stress out and probably died.
In fact it is illegal to remove them from the water out of season. I hope your buddy gets tracked down by the DEC and ticketed (not likely).  If you truly have respect for the fish and hook them through the ice you should break them off imediately unless you are SURE you can remove the hook/lure without taking them out of the water (also not likely).
If you want to target them during the season that's great and I encourage it. Winter is a rough time for muskie and they don't recover well from long fights and being out of the water in cold air. Even in open water a long (15 min+) fight and handling will kill a lunge long term.
Any real musky angler will tell you the quicker they're in the net, released, and back in the water the better.
Please don't target them through the ice and if you hook one don't play with it and try to ice it. Please. 
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Post by: icedogger17 on Mar 20, 2015, 07:32 AM
Out yesterday off long point from 2-7 with my girlfriend. Got 80 between 8 and 11, but only one 11
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waterwalker1 on Mar 20, 2015, 01:16 PM
i have to agree with panamaniac on not trying to fight a muskie on light tackle. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rob W on Mar 20, 2015, 02:57 PM
Planning on trying out of the Vikings club for the first time tomorrow, and usually grab a bite for dinner someplace (Mayville usually) when I finish fishing.  I've read that the club lets non-members in during the off season.  Is this still the case?  if so, how's the food? Prices?  Cash only?

Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: stickbow70 on Mar 20, 2015, 07:49 PM
That muskie is most likely DEAD!  If that dude fought it in cold water for more than a half hour and then held it out of the water for god knows how long just so you could take a picture it got very stress out and probably died.
In fact it is illegal to remove them from the water out of season. I hope your buddy gets tracked down by the DEC and ticketed (not likely).  If you truly have respect for the fish and hook them through the ice you should break them off imediately unless you are SURE you can remove the hook/lure without taking them out of the water (also not likely).
If you want to target them during the season that's great and I encourage it. Winter is a rough time for muskie and they don't recover well from long fights and being out of the water in cold air. Even in open water a long (15 min+) fight and handling will kill a lunge long term.
Any real musky angler will tell you the quicker they're in the net, released, and back in the water the better.
Please don't target them through the ice and if you hook one don't play with it and try to ice it. Please.
GOOD! All those stinky, slimy, good for nothing fish do is devour the bass and walleyes. Kill em all as far as I'm concerned. JMO.
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 20, 2015, 11:05 PM
Last Saturday I noticed a large 3" wide pressure crack about 50 yds off shore at the Bell Tower.  It crossed in front of the Bell Tower and went out across the lake towards Midway Park.  It was froze across last Sat.   Does anyone know if this crack has opened up with the warm weather?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Mar 21, 2015, 10:06 AM
Went to long point yesterday. Perch bite was awesome. Still good ice. Great day out. Since this was my first time on chautauqua lake I was very impressed. Will def be back next year!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trout-killer on Mar 21, 2015, 11:01 AM
That muskie is most likely DEAD!  If that dude fought it in cold water for more than a half hour and then held it out of the water for god knows how long just so you could take a picture it got very stress out and probably died.
In fact it is illegal to remove them from the water out of season. I hope your buddy gets tracked down by the DEC and ticketed (not likely).  If you truly have respect for the fish and hook them through the ice you should break them off imediately unless you are SURE you can remove the hook/lure without taking them out of the water (also not likely).
If you want to target them during the season that's great and I encourage it. Winter is a rough time for muskie and they don't recover well from long fights and being out of the water in cold air. Even in open water a long (15 min+) fight and handling will kill a lunge long term.
Any real musky angler will tell you the quicker they're in the net, released, and back in the water the better.
Please don't target them through the ice and if you hook one don't play with it and try to ice it. Please.


well said!

 i wish the DEC had more of a presence on this lake. The Chautauqua lake musky is a unique sub-species of the muskelunge. Native primarily to this lake and to a lesser extent the upper ohio river. Due mostly to a good breeding program here on Chautauqua this sub-species is doing pretty well here. if you hook one through the ice, just break it off. Save your trophy pic until they are in season.
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Post by: ratfink on Mar 21, 2015, 02:04 PM
any update on conditions today?
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Post by: rando3369 on Mar 21, 2015, 02:09 PM
any update on conditions today?

Wet!  In Mayville ice is still ok at about 12" but mostly white.  Starting to soften up a bit on top in places.  Edges are still good as of late this morning.  Caught a bunch of sunnies, a couple bass, and one crappie.  Most of the fish I caught were small.  Probably about 25 guys out this morning.
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Post by: don519 on Mar 21, 2015, 04:20 PM
Tomorrow I want to try long point for perch it will be my first time there any pointers other then 30+ fow thanks for the help
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Post by: steelheadman on Mar 21, 2015, 04:59 PM
The bite is so good at long point it does not matter what you put on they will hit it a buddy of mine and me did 84 in 4 hours last weekend they where hiting  minnows waxies spikes bare jig it did not matter what we put on could have limited out many times over only kept 9.5 to 10 inchers
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Whatever on Mar 21, 2015, 07:33 PM
It's been awhile since I've been to Chautauqua. Isn't there a boat lanch on east side of lake near where the ferry use to cross.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 21, 2015, 08:51 PM
It's been awhile since I've been to Chautauqua. Isn't there a boat launch on east side of lake near where the ferry use to cross.

Yes, the boat launch on the East side is Long Point state launch.  Very easy to find from the main road, signs show the way.  I have fished Long Point, Midway, Pendergast and Bell Tower many times this year, let me report the actual perch size being caught this year.  7"- 9" are common with most being 8"-8.5" and throw in a few 9.5"-10", but only a few.  And yes an occasional 11" or 12" may be caught for the entire season.  Any reports that say perch size 9.5" and above are common may be stretching the fish a little.  Anyone fishing this lake  this year knows this to be true.  Ice today at the Bell Tower and Long Point was 15" thick (6" white and 9" black).   The rain did not hurt the ice today.  Shore ice is good.  It was 30 degrees when I left at 7pm.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 22, 2015, 02:32 AM
It's been awhile sence I've been to Chautauqua. I'snt there a boat lanch on east side of lake near where the ferry use to cross.

Yes its on Springbrook Ave
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Whatever on Mar 22, 2015, 04:31 AM
Thanks PC,we3. Was thinking LP was one of the others.
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Post by: sbuffaloice on Mar 22, 2015, 10:21 AM
GOOD! All those stinky, slimy, good for nothing fish that  do is devour the bass and walleyes. Kill em all as far as I'm concerned. JMO.

Stickbow, spoken like a true sportsman.....NOT!!!! Chautauqua has historically been a MUSKIE lake, with an active stocking and rearing lake with a hatchery that supplies stocked muskies for many bodies of water throughout NY, PA,and OH. Your statement is ignorant and is indicative of the type of person you really are. Chautauqua as a whole as been flourishing as a fishery for the last several years,for ALL species. So you and your ignorant post hold no weight.

Muskies....all other fish are just bait!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Mar 22, 2015, 12:08 PM
I plan in making one last trip tomorrow afternoon, let's hope the perch will cooperate!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rob W on Mar 22, 2015, 01:04 PM
fished yesterday and had best day of the season.  Only kept 8 1/2" or bigger, still had 44 between 2 of us, and saw 20 feet of fish on the sonar all day long.  Caught hundreds of perch, 7-9 inches, and one musky grabbed a #11 jig with a small minnow, got a good look at him through the hole - 40 - 45 inches, I'd guess.  He broke the hook shaft. 

sonar shot below, was like that all day  The solid orange are fish stacked on each other.  Never went more than a minute without a bite and hook up.  Not as many on the bottom, we'd jig a minnow at ~ 25 feet and caught consistently.  With each catch, a dozen or more perch would follow it right to the hole.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi772.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fyy3%2Fghentise%2Fe5c24d88-30ce-4aae-8635-5a479ad8d948.jpg&hash=bc7312180805ab8ff13b7ae524eca2c3) (http://s772.photobucket.com/user/ghentise/media/e5c24d88-30ce-4aae-8635-5a479ad8d948.jpg.html)
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Post by: trebblehook on Mar 22, 2015, 05:05 PM
a very slow day at Long Point today...lots of marks, but very picky..minnows took the bigger perch..also one 12" calico
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: stickbow70 on Mar 22, 2015, 05:17 PM
Stickbow, spoken like a true sportsman.....NOT!!!! Chautauqua has historically been a MUSKIE lake, with an active stocking and rearing lake with a hatchery that supplies stocked muskies for many bodies of water throughout NY, PA,and OH. Your statement is ignorant and is indicative of the type of person you really are. Chautauqua as a whole as been flourishing as a fishery for the last several years,for ALL species. So you and your ignorant post hold no weight.

Muskies....all other fish are just bait!!!
I'm glad you like em, follow me, you can take all my dead ones. I'll take all your walleyes and bass. Deal? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 22, 2015, 09:02 PM
trebblehook
  I think I was in front of you today in the camo blind. I heard you talking to a guy when you were leaving. You said you had 25 and it was slow. Hard to believe I was getting them all day. Never left that spot all day. limited out and threw back just as many. I told the guy you were talking to when you were leaving to come over and fish my holes. Best day for me this year. Probably my last. Ice was getting thin around the boat launch at Long Point.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trebblehook on Mar 23, 2015, 04:33 AM
I was in the green bibs, and was with the guy in the white hut...I had fish on the screen everywhere I went, and caught around 45 fish. Did some wandering around looking for "the spot"! I'm sure if I would have stayed in my original holes, I would have gotten a few more keepers, but I wasn't really into cleaning perch when I got home any way!  Gave them to my buddy. he had 25, I had 14. Lots of 7.5 inchers were thrown back. Just kept the 8.5 and up, with one 11 incher.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: H20chrome on Mar 23, 2015, 11:33 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs16.postimg.cc%2Fkldgn6bdh%2Fimage.jpg&hash=864a2480750c49a3c33a2641273ced28)

Pulled this up on Saturday, never expected it to be a perch
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Post by: Rob W on Mar 23, 2015, 12:41 PM
Nice fish!  Of course, if she's been drinking those 16 oz energy drinks, she probably has lots of pep for eating lots of those smaller fish....
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Post by: trebblehook on Mar 23, 2015, 05:13 PM
yup!  tHAT LOOKS LIKE A BEER BELLY! What were the measurments?
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Post by: perch chacer on Mar 23, 2015, 05:15 PM

Pulled this up on Saturday, never expected it to be a perch

Wouldn't it be nice if you could catch a lot of those 11"-12" perch instead of only a few for a season?   I managed a few of those myself this season, but common perch for me were 8" -9" with a few 10"ers each time out.  One more time this weekend, with all the safety gear on board and a partner, don't fish alone anymore in case you need someone to throw you a rope.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: H20chrome on Mar 23, 2015, 06:11 PM
Thanks guys, i found a small crappie in its stomach. The perch measured 12 inches. I was totally shocked to catch this out of chautauqua, my biggest perch was 14 1/2 inches and that was out of Lake Erie. I swear the huge white perch die off has helped the yellow perch grow bigger? I wonder what the age/size classes for perch are in Chautauqua?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 23, 2015, 06:32 PM
Now that's a perch. I hope they keep growing that big. Chautauqua starts producing even a phew of those bad boys every year I'd never drag my as on Erie again lol.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 23, 2015, 06:37 PM
I say this now but know I'll still be walking my ass 2 miles out for those 14+ inches I just can't stay away no mater how much my body says ur dumb lol. Hi my name is Andy and I'm a slobahaulic lol. Seriously I was pretty down on Chautauqua after that past 2 years but this year was great and hopefully a sign of good things to come.  I hate this time of year I got to use the new vexilar 2 times and now I gotta pack it up and wait till next year. Stay safe boys I'll see us next year
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 23, 2015, 09:52 PM
I say this now but know I'll still be walking my ass 2 miles out for those 14+ inches I just can't stay away no mater how much my body says ur dumb lol. Hi my name is Andy and I'm a slobahaulic lol. Seriously I was pretty down on Chautauqua after that past 2 years but this year was great and hopefully a sign of good things to come.  I hate this time of year I got to use the new vexilar 2 times and now I gotta pack it up and wait till next year. Stay safe boys I'll see us next year

Learn to walk the plank onto the ice and go for one more weekend like the rest of us perch ahaulics.  Maybe even two more weekends.  It's been a long time since I ice fished in the morning and trout fished in the afternoon, we use to do that back in the 60's and 70's.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 24, 2015, 06:05 AM
Learn to walk the plank onto the ice and go for one more weekend like the rest of us perch ahaulics.  Maybe even two more weekends.  It's been a long time since I ice fished in the morning and trout fished in the afternoon, we use to do that back in the 60's and 70's.

I unfortunately called into to work to many times and the next couple weekends we r busy so I gotta call it for the year. But I was referencing lake Eire. I would still hit Chautauqua if I could my in laws r on the ice at the Vikings as we speak ill post a report when they r done
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 24, 2015, 11:35 AM
Been skunked the last two times out. Not even a bite! Came at the 10 -4 time period, and they just shut off. Unusual for Chautauqua, especially Mayville. Might have to redeem myself this weekend. Deadhead88 I talked to u at sturgeon point in parking lot when u guys got those Lake Trout. Drove by Hamburg beach today, and flat blue ice with guys out. Wish we had that earlier this season. That shove ice, and slush was bad this year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Mar 24, 2015, 12:58 PM
Been skunked the last two times out. Not even a bite! Came at the 10 -4 time period, and they just shut off. Unusual for Chautauqua, especially Mayville. Might have to redeem myself this weekend. Deadhead88 I talked to u at sturgeon point in parking lot when u guys got those Lake Trout. Drove by Hamburg beach today, and flat blue ice with guys out. Wish we had that earlier this season. That shove ice, and slush was bad this year.
Try the middle of the lake; Bell Tower, Midway, Viking, Prendergast, Long Point. You can't not get a limit of perch there. They are jumping in the buckets. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 24, 2015, 01:10 PM
Thanks Prchmike I just was there when they shutdown. Never happened to me even once in the last 15 years. Usually at least the dinks are hitting. Guys were getting them before, and after I left, lol. I can`t believe how hard the ice is this late in the season. Fished my pond near Chautaqua Sunday, and needed creepers.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Prchmike on Mar 24, 2015, 01:23 PM
Thanks Prchmike I just was there when they shutdown. Never happened to me even once in the last 15 years. Usually at least the dinks are hitting. Guys were getting them before, and after I left, lol. I can`t believe how hard the ice is this late in the season. Fished my pond near Chautaqua Sunday, and needed creepers.
Yeah the ice is great once you get on. I can relate, I'm the main target of the saying "you should have been here yesterday'. Good luck, we should have another week as long as we can get on. The shore is deteriorating fast.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 24, 2015, 04:19 PM
Been skunked the last two times out. Not even a bite! Came at the 10 -4 time period, and they just shut off. Unusual for Chautauqua, especially Mayville. Might have to redeem myself this weekend. Deadhead88 I talked to u at sturgeon point in parking lot when u guys got those Lake Trout. Drove by Hamburg beach today, and flat blue ice with guys out. Wish we had that earlier this season. That shove ice, and slush was bad this year.

Right on I remember. And I know right the path out sucked this year. Here's to another cold one next year
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 24, 2015, 04:29 PM
In laws both hit they're limit by noon at the Vikings said shore is good to go for another week or so if we're lucky. To the 2 guys in the brown Pop up cabellas hut must u set up 10 feet away from someone? It's a big lake guys give people a little space out there please
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 25, 2015, 12:51 PM
does anybody no if they are fishing by smithboys yet the creek must be open thanks for any info
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 25, 2015, 03:13 PM
Froze solid still. Checked it last night.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: youngster on Mar 25, 2015, 03:46 PM
fished pender today  lots of ice lots a fish and lots of wind an rain.........  easy drag ;D
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Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 25, 2015, 06:42 PM
how is the shore ice
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Post by: fish4fun8 on Mar 25, 2015, 07:11 PM
anything going on at burtis ?thinking about having last outing party!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterkenyon1 on Mar 25, 2015, 08:00 PM
So anyone going to be fishing saturday out of long point?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: RMG on Mar 26, 2015, 08:40 AM
Went to Mayville Monday evening. Fished from about 5-10pm and only got 2 very small perch and a pumpkin seed. Was hoping for some calicoes. Moved all over the place and threw everything I had at them. There were 2 other guys out still when we left, not sure if they did any good.

Fished long point yesterday from about 3-8pm.  Shore ice is definitely deteriorating but the docks jut out past the problems areas. The rain had water pooled up on the surface and it was vary slick. The main sheet of ice is still solid. Maybe 3-4 inches of black below 7-8 inches of white. Fished with my brother and we ended up taking home about 40. We were pretty picky and threw back a lot of 6-7 inch fish.  Got a few bruisers for Chautauqua. Biggest one was almost 12. Other guys out said they did well also.

Good luck guys stay safe out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Mar 26, 2015, 04:49 PM
i'm thinking about giving it one more day on saturday off vikings -midway area. anyone been out there recently like today? any info on ice cond would be greatly appreciated . erie ice not as thick & getting to dangerous for me. thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 26, 2015, 08:01 PM
I'll be at the Vikings Saturday at sun up gonzo. It's gunna be cold enough to hold up for sure low teens
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Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 26, 2015, 08:08 PM
might try vikings sunday?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterkenyon1 on Mar 27, 2015, 04:28 PM
I wanna fish vikings sunday also. can i meet up with anyone sunday morning there to walk out with. Or to show me where to park atleast and get on ice. Thanks. Never fished out of viking. Always longpoint.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 27, 2015, 04:36 PM
My friends are a bunch of vaginas said they don't feel safe on only 12 inches of ice so I'll be alone out there tomorrow lmaomore for me I guess come say hi if ur out at the Vikings tomorrow
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Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 27, 2015, 05:10 PM
hunter i have never been there before either. hopefully i can find it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Mar 27, 2015, 07:28 PM
Drive past long point st. Park it is a camp ground.  We will be there also for one last run.  I put all my stuff away two weeks ago and had to get it back out.     Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kenkuniff on Mar 27, 2015, 08:06 PM
Any reason everyone seems to be going to Viking  rather than Long Point? I was at Lake for 1st time ever last weekend at Long Point. Did pretty well. Want to go Sunday so just wondering.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Mar 27, 2015, 10:56 PM
Sunday I want to try midway for my first time any help would be greatly appreciated
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waterwalker1 on Mar 28, 2015, 08:21 AM
unless you're trying to get into the 2 deep holes that are north of the vikings club, there is really no difference from any other deep water spot.  biggest difference is that the vikings club has been kind enough to let people fish out of their lot. it is privately owned and can be shut down if people don't respect that fact. people screw things up by littering, tearing up the lawn when the ground is soft, peeing in the parking lot or in view of the restaurant windows, parking near the building so their members don't have room, etc.  long point, prendergast point, bell tower are all near deep water and fish are caught easily at all locations.  mayville is normally a shallow water fishery, with more bluegill/sunfish and crappie, although perch are there also.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bigfishbuffny on Mar 28, 2015, 04:00 PM
Did anyone fish long point today? How was the shore ice and were the fish biting? Thanks :tipup:
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Post by: rando3369 on Mar 28, 2015, 05:30 PM
I stopped by long point tonight.  There were 4 groups of guys fishing.  Looks like to get on you need to go off the end of the dock.  One group said they did well.  30 fow with shiners.  I'm going in the morning either there or at vikings.  Anyone else going out?  I'll be out by myself and hoping there is at least someone else out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 28, 2015, 07:28 PM
Pretty good day out there today slower than last trip. Fished a half day kept about 35 nicer ones. There are some nice looking jumbos down there on the camera but only hit dead stick but spit it out at the hook every time.guess they didn't grow that sizeby being dumb lol. I switched up between a 3 jig rig and a single puppet minnow which seemed to weed out some of the smaller ones morning bite was good after 11 seemed to turn off a bit but shore was great drag was great good way to end the season for myself but anyone looking to scratch the itch one more time the ice was at least 16 inches 8-10 inches of black ice and it has been cold enough to hold up another week I'd say. Good luck stay safe here's to a cold one next year and continued fish growth
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bigfishbuffny on Mar 28, 2015, 08:14 PM
I will be there in the morning by myself, hope you see you there good luck fishing. I have a nanook clam 2 man if anyone wants to join just come by
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 28, 2015, 08:50 PM
be at vickings  at 8 or 9 am
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Post by: kenkuniff on Mar 28, 2015, 09:24 PM
Will be at Long Point about 8.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 28, 2015, 10:25 PM
Pretty good day out there today slower than last trip. Fished a half day kept about 35 nicer ones. There are some nice looking jumbos down there on the camera. Shore was great drag was great good way to end the season for myself but anyone looking to scratch the itch one more time the ice was at least 16 inches 8-10 inches of black ice and it has been cold enough to hold up another week I'd say. Good luck stay safe here's to a cold one next year and continued fish growth

Not a bad report but you negelated to give the area for your ice report so how does anyone know where to go to get to this safe  ice??? 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 28, 2015, 10:37 PM
unless you're trying to get into the 2 deep holes that are north of the vikings club, there is really no difference from any other deep water spot.  biggest difference is that the vikings club has been kind enough to let people fish out of their lot. it is privately owned and can be shut down if people don't respect that fact. people screw things up by littering, tearing up the lawn when the ground is soft.  Long point, prendergast point, bell tower are all near deep water and fish are caught easily at all locations.  mayville is normally a shallow water fishery, with more bluegill/sunfish and crappie, although perch are there also.

The Bell Tower is also a private access and parking area.  I again today picked up paper wrappers and beer cans in the parking lot and I noticed that the edge of the lower driveway near the parking area is extremely rutted from vehicles parking where they shouldn't.  I would not be surprised if we loose this access and parking area, and who to blame but the ignorant fishermen that don't care.  I can not see Chautauqua Institute putting up with this mis-use for much longer.  Please use this access properly, don't litter and only park where you are suppose to.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 29, 2015, 06:18 AM
Not a bad report but you negelated to give the area for your ice report so how does anyone know where to go to get to this safe  ice???
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Your right my fault but read prior posts this report is outa the Vikings. My inlaws were there Wednesday I gave a report and was out yesterday I'd say 10-15 other huts out in the long point/Vikings area
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 29, 2015, 07:30 AM
How do u guys post pics on here again don't u have to use another app or website or something goofy. I'd love to share and show off a bit to look back at a good year out
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Mar 29, 2015, 09:10 AM
Maybe a few of us should offer to the institute to fix the Bell Tower ruts sometime this spring.  A few guys spending half a day with hand tools and a few bags of mulch and seed could go a long way to preserve access to this great spot.  I think for the most part icers are clean and considerate when it comes to using access spots.  No point in having a few inconsiderate users ruining it for the rest of us.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 29, 2015, 09:37 AM
How do u guys post pics on here again don't u have to use another app or website or something goofy. I'd love to share and show off a bit to look back at a good year out

Go to the 1st level page "Ice shanty community" then open "Ice fishing media" , then "Ice fishing Pictures"  In that section you will find all you need to know about how to post your pic's.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rob W on Mar 29, 2015, 12:13 PM
Was off Vikings Sat, good day, lots of perch - kept 26 9-10 1/2 inchers and another musky (that's 2 in 2 weeks for my fishing buddy) we broke off at the hole.  if, last month, you'd told me you could catch musky with a 1 1/4 inch buckshot jig, I'd of laughed at you.   

Was my 1st season on the ice, and was great.  Learned a lot from the folks on here, and a big tip of the hat to Deadhead88 and Waltman for the help they gave in getting me on the fish.  This is a great fishery, and met a lot of super folks out there. 

Peace!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Mar 29, 2015, 05:43 PM
Anytime rob I don't mind giving pointers here and there guys on here have helped me just don't tell too many people lol 😉
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 29, 2015, 06:09 PM
Was at Vikings today. All I can say is DINKVILLE. Got 50 or so and maybe 6-8 keepers. Threw all back. I,m done!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 30, 2015, 06:10 AM
Hello I am two hrs away to far to check my self is any one fishin the creek by smithboys yet or is it to early for crappys to be there thanks for any info
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Mar 30, 2015, 09:25 AM
Thanks for the good reports.  Jealous now that it's over for me.  (My only trip up was late Feb and had auger problem so was limited to one spot, so not much to report.)  Anyone have an ice-out prediction?  Now that it's over for me, trying to begin to plan toward getting dock and boat in as soon as feasible...    I'm guessing around Apr 20...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Mar 30, 2015, 09:44 AM
Hello I am two hrs away to far to check my self is any one fishin the creek by smithboys yet or is it to early for crappys to be there thanks for any info
Lake still has 16 inches of ice it will be awhile for calico in the canals
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 30, 2015, 05:20 PM
this weather is going to suck. (Warm). I have all next week off >:(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Mar 30, 2015, 06:56 PM
tis the transitional season!u still might be able to get out bring planks and be safe gl!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: youngster on Mar 31, 2015, 06:37 AM
just checked lake cam,,, geeez is that blizzard or fog!!!!! cant see nada
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 31, 2015, 06:55 AM
Its Freekn snow!!! :o
supposed to get 5 or 6 inches today
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 31, 2015, 03:07 PM
we got 5 inches down here.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Mar 31, 2015, 05:46 PM
going to be in the 60's Thursday be safe out there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 31, 2015, 06:43 PM
Ours is melting a little. the ground got a chance to warm up which made the roads crappy this morning. it will be gone for a few days but its supposed to snow again Saturday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Apr 01, 2015, 01:28 AM
This snow will cover the bad ice, so go with a partner and be safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 01, 2015, 03:13 PM
did every one give up already ???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Apr 01, 2015, 05:32 PM
did every one give up already ???

I did! I'm ready to get my kayak out. I've even been picking some things up to add to it :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Apr 01, 2015, 09:11 PM
did every one give up already ???

Can't afford to buy a 2nd freezer.   lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: H20chrome on Apr 02, 2015, 09:06 AM
Two guys out on burtis right now, wonder if they are getting into any?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Frankie Bags on Apr 02, 2015, 12:00 PM
Two guys out on burtis right now, wonder if they are getting into any?
Not much. Fished till around 9:30 this morning. A few perch and one nice crappie. Saw a couple of others pull up a few small bluegill. Still well over 12" of ice. No problem getting on...but that may change by tomorrow. I'm done for the season.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunters08 on Apr 02, 2015, 05:34 PM
Not much. Fished till around 9:30 this morning. A few perch and one nice crappie. Saw a couple of others pull up a few small bluegill. Still well over 12" of ice. No problem getting on...but that may change by tomorrow. I'm done for the season.
how was the shore ice? I fished upper lake ice still 16" shore was bad in spots. The rain made a lot of water on top . Left the ice about 530 shore was still good.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Frankie Bags on Apr 02, 2015, 05:46 PM
how was the shore ice? I fished upper lake ice still 16" shore was bad in spots. The rain made a lot of water on top . Left the ice about 530 shore was still good.
Shore ice was fine. I walked out from the boat launch.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 03, 2015, 12:08 PM
any one out today ???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Apr 03, 2015, 10:36 PM
any one out today ???

Would like a shore ice report for the Bell Tower and Pendergast.  Please note which location your report is for.  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 04, 2015, 11:10 AM
perch chaser did you get any pm about shore ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Apr 04, 2015, 12:42 PM
perch chaser did you get any pm about shore ice?

No, everyone must be done, I guess I will give it up also.  See ya next year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: LoboWNY on Apr 04, 2015, 04:14 PM
Any guesses as to ice out?   Stay safe any who are still giving it a try!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Apr 04, 2015, 06:36 PM
It will probably be another 2 weeks till its compleatly gone
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Apr 04, 2015, 08:58 PM
will be retiring my stuff monday :'( . i'm signing out for the year. it was fun
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Apr 05, 2015, 02:22 AM
I think the fat lady is startin to sing...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Apr 05, 2015, 11:04 PM
Don't forget to visit your private launch site and check for tire ruts and sled tracks across the grass to the lake.  Now that the snow is gone and the ground has thawed you can rake the bad spots and drop some grass seed.  I am not going to make this a community effort because I have tried  in the past and only one or two guys show up and some years no one.  I visit my sites at my leisure and do a little work when I have time.  If you want to keep your access sites, please repair them if needed it really works.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 05, 2016, 11:00 PM
Please lets use this thread for chit chat about Chautauqua lake ice fishing and only post the ice and fishing reports on the report and conditions thread this year.   We hear this same comment every year but we get people asking questions on the report and conditions thread such as how is the fishing or ice conditions, how deep is the snow on the lake,  can I use a machine on the ice now or is anyone going fishing this weekend and etc and etc.  Those comments and or questions are not reports and should be asked on this Chautauqua BS thread.  If there is clutter on the reports and conditions thread there is a chance of getting the thread locked.  Please report correctly and happy and safe ice fishing this year.

Thanks
Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buffalo bob on Jan 06, 2016, 10:05 AM
where do you find the conditions and reports.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 06, 2016, 05:06 PM
Burtis bay webcam shows it is locked up.   Next weeks weather should get her going good.     Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: OneBucketMike on Jan 06, 2016, 05:28 PM
where do you find the conditions and reports.

Click on "New York" at the very bottom of this page and then click on "Reports and Conditions" under the New York topic. You have enough Posts now to get on it. Good luck....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Jan 06, 2016, 05:31 PM
driving to work today along 86 showed no open water from bridge down to Celeron and could see no open water above the bridge looking toward Long Point.  If we make it through this weekend next week it looks real good fro making ice.  Hope to be on somewhere the weekend of the 16/17th of Jan.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 06, 2016, 05:49 PM
Hopefully the lake effect holds off. Come on ice. :tipup:        Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 06, 2016, 06:53 PM
where do you find the conditions and reports.

"Reports, and Conditions" link / page:
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=13651.msg3409772#msg3409772 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=13651.msg3409772#msg3409772)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 06, 2016, 07:15 PM
Had to chase two youngsters off the ice tonight. Went for a ride to look at the ice and noticed a couple of people out on the ice over by the brick bldg in celeron. Drove over to them and it's a pair of kids out about 200 yds. After a couple of good yells got them to come to shore. Didn't yell at them but gave them a stern warning on just what could have happened. Scared me to think that there wasn't a parent around. Please keep an eye out the next few weeks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 06, 2016, 09:40 PM
Way to go game hog prolly saved their lives.hopefully see you soon
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 06, 2016, 09:41 PM
Nice job Travis!  Safety number one priority. Hope to see you out there soon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 06, 2016, 10:52 PM
My brother in law sent me a picture today of Burtis Bay and it looks pretty locked up . Like said previously hopefully we get through this weekend and get some lower temps to lock it better
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Jan 06, 2016, 11:02 PM
I'm hoping to get on Chautauqua on the 24 after the is weekend it looks like we'll have temps staying in the 20s for the rest of the week
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: outfisherman1 on Jan 07, 2016, 09:27 PM
Saw a guy fishing off burtiss today. He was about 200 yards out. It was tempting to join him. Just was 2 sketchy for me yet. He looked a lot skinnier than me. Haha.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Jan 09, 2016, 02:17 PM
there looks to be a inch or two of water on top of what's left of the ice.  If it makes it through tomorrow it should set up nicely.....barring 20 inches of snow.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: marcus on Jan 09, 2016, 03:00 PM
In back of my house in stow and across to bemus there is 3 1/2 -4" very clear ice... Shore is a little sketchy, but I doubt the ice is going anywhere anytime soon.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pvbehr920 on Jan 09, 2016, 03:52 PM
I was on Burtis on Thursday.  It was about 4 inches close to shore, 3-3.5 a few hundred yards out.  As I kept going, I eventually hit 2.5.  I don't know Chautauqua very well, so I didn't push my luck.  Caught a bunch of perch.  Some were respectable.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 10, 2016, 01:38 PM
I'm sure with the warm temperatures and all this rain there's No ice left at least not safe ice anyway
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 10, 2016, 03:53 PM
According to the webcam looks like she is still locked up, at least by Burtis bay. Hopefully we don't get as much snow as they are calling for
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 10, 2016, 04:20 PM
The snow stopped a few minutes ago and the lake looks like the puddles have froze,hopefully the wind will keep snow off if we don't get too much!Keep fingers and toes crossed!



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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 11, 2016, 03:09 AM
Hope she locks up. Wind is roaring now at least in Erie county.  Was at my  cabin 1/9 and my pond looked like open water, but was solid clear ice I couldn`t break near shore, and I tried, needed a 5 gallon bucket of water. It`s 15 mile east of Chautauqua. Today I stepped on shore ice, and right through 1/10. Still locked up though.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 11, 2016, 12:53 PM
Burtis bay web cam looks like a little open water. Hope all that dang lake effect dumps into the open water.  they get all the snow they say on top of the ice there is now it might be over before it starts.  Fingers crossed sure would like to be there at the end of the month.   :tipup:       Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Jan 12, 2016, 04:13 PM
Looks locked up on the camera I just wonder how the snow is down there
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 12, 2016, 07:13 PM
I advise you don't listen to the naysayers! Burtis Bay is locked up and has 5 inches of ice my brother in law was out there today along with many other locals
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 12, 2016, 08:21 PM
Really? Hogans just reported its fully covered but super thin ice...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Jan 12, 2016, 08:26 PM
It would be hard to believe that all that open water froze over in the last day considering the winds that we had today.  Easy to believe that the ice on Burtis Bay hardened up.  I wasn't by the lake today either.  Be careful out there!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 12, 2016, 09:34 PM
Has anyone checked on Mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 12, 2016, 11:06 PM
I spoke to my brother in law again and he physically measured 5 inches where he was fishing other guys had reported three and a half to 4 and others said five at Burtis Bay. Was advised that Mayville and other areas still had a lot of open water though and it was not in their opinion safe yet
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 12, 2016, 11:06 PM
I spoke to my brother in law again and he physically measured 5 inches where he was fishing other guys had reported three and a half to 4 and others said five at Burtis Bay. Was advised that Mayville and other areas still had a lot of open water though and it was not in their opinion safe yet
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 12, 2016, 11:44 PM
Huh. Good black ice or white?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 12, 2016, 11:45 PM
If that's the case my lake in Amish country should be good to go this weekend
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jakemanges on Jan 13, 2016, 07:03 AM
how much snow did Chautauqua get?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Grapeman9825 on Jan 13, 2016, 09:51 AM
Does anyone know if the lake association did a late weed harvest on the south end this year??? I was told last year that September of 2014 they did a cut and removed the cover down there. I fished the south end twice last year and did very poorly.  Fished the rest of the year on the middle a d north end.Hope there are weeds this year to hold fish!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rando3369 on Jan 13, 2016, 10:11 AM
That is a good question.  Last year I fished Burtis a couple of times and Lakewood Bar once and didn't do well at all.  There was hardly anyone fishing either area every time I checked them out.  Talked to a couple people who fished those places and they said it was very tough to find them.  I'm hoping it is better in the south this year - much closer for me to get to.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 13, 2016, 12:57 PM
Any one getting any fish on Burris ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: blizzardfisher on Jan 13, 2016, 07:05 PM
My brother in law was out for a couple hours as I mentioned earlier and he caught nothing I asked him if you brought up any weeds and he said no that he did not even see them. He did not bring any sonar so we could only guess that he was in about 6 feet or so of water. I ask them how much of the ice was clear and he said there was only a white crust on top that most of it was clear. No legitimate measurement was given in the conversation though
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pvbehr920 on Jan 13, 2016, 09:07 PM
No weeds = the same problem that I had on the 7th.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chuck66 on Jan 13, 2016, 11:19 PM
how much snow did Chautauqua get?
were is this lake new abion kid
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 14, 2016, 03:59 PM
Two brave souls out out.  Can see them on burtis bay web cam :tipup:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 14, 2016, 07:30 PM
Chuck66
      Chautauqua lake is in the south end of Chautauqua County,Mayville is on the North end and Jamestown to the South.Rt 394 runs along the West side and 430 on the East.I fished the lake in Nov.and there were large weed beds in the cove just South of Prendergast boat launch to answer anyones question



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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Jan 15, 2016, 12:04 AM



Chuck66
      Chautauqua lake is in the south end of Chautauqua County,Mayville is on the North end and Jamestown to the South.Rt 394 runs along the West side and 430 on the East.I fished the lake in Nov.and there were large weed beds in the cove just South of Prendergast boat launch to answer anyones question

                    FN

Nick ... Chuck66 made this post back a year ago Jan. 2015 on the Cha. / Cha. Reports / Conditions thread - he was fishing Mayville then ... my uneducated guess is, he might know where it is ... just sayin' !

New York Fishing Reports And Conditions  / Re: Chautauqua/Chautauqua
« on: Jan 26, 2015, 10:09 AM »
Went to mayville 10 fow , pink and white is the ticket for the big gills and crappie. Went out at 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm limited out on 9 to 10 in. Gills . Managed to get thirteen crappie also. Can't wait to hit Erie . Good luck to all
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 15, 2016, 12:25 AM
I guess I missed the date of post,thanks CB,OOOOPS!



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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pvbehr920 on Jan 16, 2016, 12:10 PM
One guy on Burtis
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Jan 18, 2016, 05:17 PM
Lol not great
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: kjpaxson175 on Jan 19, 2016, 07:06 AM
I'm trying to put together a fishing trip at the end of the month for a weekend, with the temps below freezing for the next week, how much of the lake will be ice in your opinion? is it worth a drive from Ohio?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffro9023 on Jan 19, 2016, 08:17 AM
I'm trying to put together a fishing trip at the end of the month for a weekend, with the temps below freezing for the next week, how much of the lake will be ice in your opinion? is it worth a drive from Ohio?

Worth is relative and different for everybody...With all the goofy weather its extremely difficult to say...The easy answer is yeah the lake should be froze and safe for fishing...The difficult answer is who knows how much snow is going to dump on the lake making travelling on the ice extremely difficult even though its "safe"...If its safe yet extremely difficult to travel on the ice is it worth coming from Ohio for a bucket of 9.25" perch ? Meh guess it all depends right?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 19, 2016, 08:44 AM
I have 2 questions for anyone checking the ice,how much snow is on lake and is it lake locked up yet??? Thanks to all replies.



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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Jan 19, 2016, 10:04 AM
Lots of open water around the Long Pt area Sunday, it has snowed over 24" in Catt. County where I live since I was there checking ice. Hope it missed the lake
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Jan 19, 2016, 06:46 PM
North East, Pa got 20 some inches so I would imagine the lake area got it too.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: RippinLips94 on Jan 20, 2016, 11:04 AM
any ice in Mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: muzzy123 on Jan 20, 2016, 01:39 PM
Just drove by the north end in Mayville and it looked to be totally ice/snow covered.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SteelieWheelie on Jan 21, 2016, 09:20 AM
What's the report for the Lakewood area?  Any good ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: BigT on Jan 21, 2016, 02:07 PM
Are there any web cams of the Mayville end of the lake?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 21, 2016, 05:23 PM
I would imagine the whole lake should be froze over by now. I wouldn't venture out to far just yet though. Small boat harbor in buffalo getting fished now.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 21, 2016, 06:55 PM
Amount of snow/slush on top is bs.  Wouldn't venture out anywhere but Burtis at this point.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: floatafly on Jan 21, 2016, 07:01 PM
Thank you game hog for your honest opinion. Probably wait till next weekend just to be safe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: RippinLips94 on Jan 22, 2016, 11:17 AM
I would like to try and hit the north end this weekend, any one have a report?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: steelie on Jan 22, 2016, 12:17 PM
North of the bridge was mostly water on Monday.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FlagsUP on Jan 22, 2016, 12:36 PM
Well that's good for formation! It was only 1 degree out last night. If it was open, no snow, cold windless nights. I'm feeling like we will be drilling holes sooner than you think
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Jan 22, 2016, 12:42 PM
It has 2 feet of snow on most of the entire lake FYI.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 22, 2016, 01:39 PM
Amount of snow/slush on top is bs.  Wouldn't venture out anywhere but Burtis at this point.

Agreed!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: nateG on Jan 22, 2016, 01:41 PM
I heard some dumbass drove his truck or side by side through the the ice at small boat  . . Use your heads ppl. . . Lmao!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jrhsportster on Jan 22, 2016, 04:19 PM
What an idiot.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Jan 22, 2016, 08:46 PM
Yeah happened Wed night, some jerkoff tried to drive out on ice off Gallagher beach at the jet ski launch. He didn't get very far only about 4-5 inches of ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 24, 2016, 06:01 PM
Anybody out over deep water this weekend?  Prendergast, Belltower, Midway or Long  Point?

Thanks in advance
Perch Chacer
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Jan 24, 2016, 06:24 PM
Was hoping to take my dad to long point this Friday. Does anyone think it will be locked up by then?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Jan 26, 2016, 05:31 PM
Well I've about given up on this year with above freezing temps even overnight it's gunna take a nice cold front to lock her up over deep water. I'm from buffalo though. Any local guys got an update
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 27, 2016, 12:59 AM
I went by the lake yesterday around 12:30 and lots of water on top of ice.When I went by again about 4:30 the water was freezing nicely,if no real hard hit of snow,I think this will be the last week to give it a shot,after Friday it's"Syanara to the ice"!


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 27, 2016, 08:20 AM
Nik we will be there with a spud and rope fri-sun. Not really sure about fishing sun.  But hopefully we pick threw a few by then. If u see a blue clam flip with an iceshanty sticker feel free to stop and say hi.     Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 27, 2016, 10:22 AM
I'll keep my eyes open for you guys,thanks Mark.


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Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 27, 2016, 06:48 PM
As long as there is no drastic weather conditions you should be good to go this weekend. I sat over deep water tonight with 30 guys in eye sight.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: outfisherman1 on Jan 28, 2016, 06:12 AM
As long as there is no drastic weather conditions you should be good to go this weekend. I sat over deep water tonight with 30 guys in eye sight.
How thick was the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bigfishbuffny on Jan 28, 2016, 08:39 AM
GameHog were you at mayville? Thanks
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 28, 2016, 08:45 AM
3.5" of ice slick surface. Was not in mayville. Was over deep water
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bigfishbuffny on Jan 28, 2016, 10:52 AM
LP?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: danielrandall69@yahoo.com on Jan 28, 2016, 11:27 AM
fishing should be safe between the 6th of feb and th 18th of 2016 .if your like me you like 10 plus inches.i fish this lake alot and i love it.   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: OTTER119 on Jan 28, 2016, 01:47 PM
 ???Where is Hijinks  :afro: and Snafu???  Always get a laugh out of their humor and ball busting.

Some of these posts are classics…
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=5050 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=5050)

 :roflmao:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Jan 28, 2016, 02:15 PM
Must be nursing that bummed leg.  :whistle: :whistle: ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jackie bushman on Jan 28, 2016, 04:02 PM
???Where is Hijinks  :afro: and Snafu???  Always get a laugh out of their humor and ball busting.

Some of these posts are classics…
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=5050 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=5050)

 :roflmao:

I'm at a meeting for work in Dallas and literally laughed out loud just now .. Classics ! Funniest guys out there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Creighster on Jan 28, 2016, 08:54 PM
Burtis Bay Perch, Ice Fishing Chautauqua Lake:


Video from our trip to Burtis last Monday. Not a very exciting video this week but I figure I'd share it here considering it is Chautauqua lake. Catching the usually dink perch with the occasional keeper-sized perch. Didn't catch any other pan-fish but it was the middle of the day; gills, sunnies, and crappy don't usually turn on till evening when I had to go to work. It was nice for me and my dad to have the entire bay to ourselves for a change anyway.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Dmyerswny on Jan 28, 2016, 10:42 PM
Is anything gonna be ok to fish tomorrow? Where you heading out from gamehog?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 29, 2016, 11:51 PM
Burtis Bay Perch, Ice Fishing Chautauqua Lake:


Video from our trip to Burtis last Monday. Not a very exciting video this week but I figure I'd share it here considering it is Chautauqua lake. Catching the usually dink perch with the occasional keeper-sized perch. Didn't catch any other pan-fish but it was the middle of the day; gills, sunnies, and crappy don't usually turn on till evening when I had to go to work. It was nice for me and my dad to have the entire bay to ourselves for a change anyway.

A little trick I discovered two years ago when fishing deep water for perch.  Try the larger perch eyes and larger jigs.  You'll catch more 8"-10" perch. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Jan 30, 2016, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the tip but Burtis is only 5 to 10 ft max.I always use a perch eye and usually get bigger fish.

                FN



                     
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Jan 31, 2016, 03:20 PM
Well in the sports section of today's Post Journal (Jamestown's paper) there was a picture of a gentleman from Jamestown holding a big musky on the ice.  The caption reads "King of the Muskies". No other text is given.
That photo is incriminating evidence for the gentleman who caught the muskie and delayed its release by posing for photos.  The general regs read as follows:

"Fish caught during the closed season must be
unhooked and released immediately. They
may not be handled for any other purpose."

As an avid musky angler I want to make a couple points here.
Most likely this angler was targeting walleye and hooked this musky accidentally...It happens.  Catching a musky that size under any conditions is exciting and likely a once-in-a-lifetime event....I get it.  Given the angler likely caught it on walleye tackle it could have been a long fight.  If it was a long fight and the fish was kept out of the water for pictures and whatever else, there's a good chance it died post-release.
Musky are an important fish in Chautauqua Lake.  A good part of our local economy and the lake ecosystem depends on their survival.  I encourage anyone who incidentally hooks one out of season to swallow their pride and do whatever is necessary to get them released and back in the water asap. That means skipping the photo shoot or even taking them out of the water.  Best case if you're under-tackled may even be intentionally breaking off.
Shame on the Post Journal for publishing this photo which may inadvertently encouraging people to break the law.
I encourage the DEC to contact the individual and the newspaper. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 31, 2016, 04:41 PM
Wow Panamaniac that stinks. There was another guy that caught one last year who's picture was circulating in Buffalo muskie circles and I said the same thing.
Muskies shouldn't leave the water when accidently caught in the winter. I hope it was released unharmed.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 31, 2016, 04:50 PM
we had caught one a few yrs back a real slob and there  was two dec officers on site checking our licenses and ive got a picture with both of them standing right behind my buddy with his 25 lber they didn't seem to have a problem with a picture but I hope it didn't die!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Jan 31, 2016, 07:40 PM
Panimanic you really have way to much free time to worry about a man taking a picture of a fish. I was on the ice tonite talking to locals that said they troll for them in the spring.  I am sure they take out way more Muskie than some poor guy taking a picture.     Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jeffro9023 on Jan 31, 2016, 07:46 PM
I will have to agree. Wishing ill will on a fellow fisherman for taking a picture has a really high pucker value...Its a musky, a big slimy walleye eating slime dart. Not exactly a delicacy either. Its claim to fame is being big. So, we must break our line on incidental catches??? They are stocked in the lake for crying out loud. They aren't even rare in that lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trouts on Jan 31, 2016, 07:48 PM
He's well known and a hell of an ice fisherman. No doubt the fish was out of the water for maybe a few seconds. The locals know what they are doing. I've caught and lost dozens throwing jerk baits from shore in the spring. Yes. I bring them ashore to unhook them. Call the cops. A 5-1/2 inch broken off thunderstick has got to be worse than a 5 second photo op.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jackie bushman on Feb 01, 2016, 04:50 AM
Well in the sports section of today's Post Journal (Jamestown's paper) there was a picture of a gentleman from Jamestown holding a big musky on the ice.  The caption reads "King of the Muskies". No other text is given.
That photo is incriminating evidence for the gentleman who caught the muskie and delayed its release by posing for photos.  The general regs read as follows:

"Fish caught during the closed season must be
unhooked and released immediately. They
may not be handled for any other purpose."

As an avid musky angler I want to make a couple points here.
Most likely this angler was targeting walleye and hooked this musky accidentally...It happens.  Catching a musky that size under any conditions is exciting and likely a once-in-a-lifetime event....I get it.  Given the angler likely caught it on walleye tackle it could have been a long fight.  If it was a long fight and the fish was kept out of the water for pictures and whatever else, there's a good chance it died post-release.
Musky are an important fish in Chautauqua Lake.  A good part of our local economy and the lake ecosystem depends on their survival.  I encourage anyone who incidentally hooks one out of season to swallow their pride and do whatever is necessary to get them released and back in the water asap. That means skipping the photo shoot or even taking them out of the water.  Best case if you're under-tackled may even be intentionally breaking off.
Shame on the Post Journal for publishing this photo which may inadvertently encouraging people to break the law.
I encourage the DEC to contact the individual and the newspaper.
 

Go check the Susquehanna River thread on here.  Your head will explode and you'll have a meltdown !! Your investigation can move quickly with his IP address. The guy who took the picture can probably be charged as an accomplice or aiding/abetting ??
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: KiNzua Kid on Feb 01, 2016, 06:57 AM
Hammered nice perch yesterday but ice was rotting fast.I wanted to go today but afraid of conditions.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Feb 01, 2016, 08:13 AM
Well in the sports section of today's Post Journal (Jamestown's paper) there was a picture of a gentleman from Jamestown holding a big musky on the ice.  The caption reads "King of the Muskies". No other text is given.
That photo is incriminating evidence for the gentleman who caught the muskie and delayed its release by posing for photos.  The general regs read as follows:

"Fish caught during the closed season must be
unhooked and released immediately. They
may not be handled for any other purpose."

As an avid musky angler I want to make a couple points here.

Calm down probably his first Muskie, stop being so butthurt. 
Most likely this angler was targeting walleye and hooked this musky accidentally...It happens.  Catching a musky that size under any conditions is exciting and likely a once-in-a-lifetime event....I get it.  Given the angler likely caught it on walleye tackle it could have been a long fight.  If it was a long fight and the fish was kept out of the water for pictures and whatever else, there's a good chance it died post-release.
Musky are an important fish in Chautauqua Lake.  A good part of our local economy and the lake ecosystem depends on their survival.  I encourage anyone who incidentally hooks one out of season to swallow their pride and do whatever is necessary to get them released and back in the water asap. That means skipping the photo shoot or even taking them out of the water.  Best case if you're under-tackled may even be intentionally breaking off.
Shame on the Post Journal for publishing this photo which may inadvertently encouraging people to break the law.
I encourage the DEC to contact the individual and the newspaper.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Feb 01, 2016, 08:47 AM
Certainly not his first musky. He's not the first one to take a pic of one on the ice. But ignorance of the law won't help you if the DEC comes knocking at your door. Putting that pic out there to the media can be like writing your own ticket.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 01, 2016, 10:24 AM
Walleye eating dart, not edible..Jeffro,you're ignorance continues to grow with each post. You've contributed exactly ZERO to this forum since you got here..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 01, 2016, 06:57 PM
I'm glad I sparked a little chatter on here...I'd like to respond and clarify.
I don't wish ill will on anyone.  I was trying to bring awareness to the way the DEC general regulations are worded and why.  If I accidentally put a 55" inch walleye-eating snot missile on the ice this year I'll be shaking like a leaf and proud as a peacock.  I may even try to get a friend to snap shots or video of the fight and immediate release.
What I wouldn't do is send the pictures to the Post Journal or put them on a public website.
As far as breaking off I'd assume everyone would be logical on this.  If you have the proper release tools to extract your rapalas from a big musky during walleye season.....Cheers to you! By all means get your plug back.  If one inhales your 1/16 oz crappie jig you're best just breaking off.
Lets hope for another year of ice fishing till April!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 01, 2016, 07:02 PM
Hahaha Panamaniac youre a man after my own heart..a 55" is a life - beast...and a pair of Knipex will work wonders for any angler. ..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 02, 2016, 06:16 AM
I'm at a meeting for work in Dallas and literally laughed out loud just now .. Classics ! Funniest guys out there.

Hi. Be patient. Snafu and I are just dandy and planning something epic for when the ice season comes into full swing come March or June.
We sent out telegrams to every Amish town this side of the Mason-Dixon. 
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FISHN NIK on Feb 03, 2016, 11:41 AM
Went by Mayville yesterday and seen 2 guys really pushing their luck on that ice by the Belle,please use your head and be careful and safe,there's always the spring perching event.


                          FN
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Feb 04, 2016, 08:03 AM
It looks like there is still ice on the burtis web cam. We might still get some more fishing in yet after next week.     Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 04, 2016, 10:46 AM
Took a ride/walk yesterday. The ice pack stayed together for the most part. Shore ice was gone for the first 10'. Creeks were rolling and chewing out into the lake pretty good. Weather this week says no ice making going on but next week looks promising.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 04, 2016, 03:33 PM
Shore gone in mayville too ?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 04, 2016, 04:31 PM
Didn't make it that far north. Every where else it was gone.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Feb 05, 2016, 03:24 PM
Anyone been by Long Pt. recently? Its a two hour drive for me and I really want to fish there one time before the season is over. Im hoping by end of next week things should be in better conditions.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 05, 2016, 04:19 PM
Anyone been by Long Pt. recently? Its a two hour drive for me and I really want to fish there one time before the season is over. Im hoping by end of next week things should be in better conditions.
Look at Game Hog's 2/4/16 (9:46 am) post above.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 05, 2016, 06:27 PM
Stopped by again tonight. No one out. I wouldn't recommend going until next weekend. Shore has a skin on it but it going to take a bit.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 10, 2016, 06:46 AM
Just an FYI for anyone planning on fishing the north end this weekend. Mayville is having their winterfest. No ice castle this year but all festivities are going on. Please use extra caution on the ice.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 10, 2016, 04:04 PM
Just an FYI for anyone planning on fishing the north end this weekend. Mayville is having their winterfest. No ice castle this year but all festivities are going on. Please use extra caution on the ice.
In years past when there wasn't enough ice for the ice castle they would build it out of hay or straw bales and have the fire company spray it with water which would freeze and make it look like ice.  But the cold weather this year is probably too close to the festival weekend to do that again.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 10, 2016, 06:29 PM
Game Hog... Did you check the ice in Mayville? Was anyone out?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 10, 2016, 06:36 PM
Did not make it up that far. Know they are getting pounded with snow now though. Not good...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sbuffaloice on Feb 10, 2016, 06:47 PM
Did not make it up that far. Know they are getting pounded with snow now though. Not good...
No, not good at all. That ice never had a chance to recover and now it's getting a blanket...no bueno
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Deadhead88 on Feb 14, 2016, 06:23 AM
I live in buffalo and would love to get out for some deep water peach. Anyone been out near the Vikings club in mayville?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: sBillyzel on Feb 15, 2016, 08:14 AM
Anyone fishing the Bell Tower, wondering how the ice is and if the fish are cooperating? Thanks!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Feb 15, 2016, 05:10 PM
Fished Long Point today. Bite was very slow. Threw the whole kitchen at them today and couldnt get but a few dinks. Ice was 4-5".
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Feb 16, 2016, 10:50 AM
Burtis Bay Web Cam (click the link)
Current view of the ice/water:

http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.html


10 day Mayville weather forecast: (click this link)

http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/14757?month=0
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Feb 16, 2016, 02:58 PM
Trying to get out Thursday early morning, taking out someone who has never been ice fishing.   I figure that mayville is  our best bet for numbers of fish seeing that is my main goal for this trip to get them interested in ice fishing.  Also do you guys think it's worth it to try and get there before sun up to try and get a few crappies on the ice, just wondering if anyone has had any luck with crappie off mayville if it is even worth getting there that early to try for them.  I've never fishes crappie through the ice,  was wondering as well where in the water column would I target crappie say I'm fishing in 10ft of water do I fish right on the bottom like I would for perch for do you fish a little higher I've heard the crappie will rise to bite but will not lower due to the way their eyes are positioned.  Just seeing what you guys would recommend not looking for secrets spots just technique.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bills25 on Feb 16, 2016, 03:08 PM
Or I may possibly hit mayville tommorw night sometime after 6pm if the crappie anyone can give me info if the crappie bite would be worth it?  I know perch don't bite at night or I definitely would go and test the night bite eoth the newbie.  If it was just me I would go and give it a shot either way and test it out but my main goal is to get some fish on the line to get my sister a few fish, to keep her interested, so I'm leaning towards the day time bite if anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.  You can PN me if you want.  Thank you in advance!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 17, 2016, 09:45 PM
Mayville's a good bet for panfish numbers. Ice should be good. Bite is usually good but a lot of small perch. Guys did decent on crappie last year there. Not sure what time of day but daytime crappie are not unheard of. I got into a nice school of decent size gills there last year. Small jigs and spoons tipped with plastics or spikes for quantity smalls. Jigs, larger spoons and jigging raps for occasional quality fish. Drill lots of holes right away and move around among them for a while searching for fish. A flasher or camera will greatly improve your chances. Look for weed openings in the 8 to 12 foot range to start. Gradually search deeper if no luck. Lastly, the Dave Genz method of panfish jigging really works great. It greatly improved my catch this year. Check him out on YouTube.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buckduck on Feb 18, 2016, 09:52 AM
This week I posted on the Reports page that I caught a few walleyes and mentioned the lack of other eye catch reports on the REPORTS page. Having some time this morning I went back from the first ice and mine is the only report of catching a walleye and there was one report of a crappie being caught. I find this more than odd. Saying you caught a fish will not mean all of western and central NY and northwestern PA will attack the lake. Chautauqua Lake is about 17 miles long so there is room for a few ice fishermen. If you catch one share the joy, there is no reason to expose the location.
I remember The Aquarium picture of a few years back, where it looked like the ice would sink on a nice weekend day with the hordes of people in a limited area. The guy who posted the info must have been run out of state since he has not posted recently. I do not believe a similar situation has happened since and does not need to happen again with sound, limited reporting.
In conclusion, I will let the cat out of the bag- there are eyes and crappie in Chautauqua Lake. The where, how, and when to catch them is part of what makes ice fishing fun and more rewarding if you get into them.
Please let's put the REPORTS back in the Reports and Conditions page so that the never ending discussion of dink perch can be kept to a minimum.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 18, 2016, 04:11 PM
I was one that fell for the aquarium that year...what a joke...Think that's what closed down parking along road in that area so maybe mission accomplished???
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 18, 2016, 04:12 PM
I was out there the day the ice dropped about 4".

DMEYERS your in box is full
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: gonzo67 on Feb 18, 2016, 08:09 PM
I'm planning on a trip down to long pt or the Viking for perch. Anyone out in that area ? I see from a prior post the ice is roughly 4-5 inches thick.  Short season this yr.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: NY_labman on Feb 19, 2016, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua County

This came out today from the DEC.  It's a proposed change to the regs.  If adopted, it would go into effect 4/1/17.



Remove special regulation for Walleye in Chautauqua Lake (2017_R9_01)

Email a comment.


Description: Remove the special regulation for Walleye, 18 inch minimum size limit and 3 fish/day, from Chautauqua Lake. Walleye regulations on Chautauqua Lake will be covered by statewide regulations.


Rationale: The Walleye population in Chautauqua Lake has increased to the point that the special regulation is no longer necessary. Survey results have indicated a moderate to high abundance of Walleye since 2006.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 19, 2016, 07:47 PM
WOW is all I can say. I would like to see a copy of them survey results. I find it hard to believe.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: eddiew_29 on Feb 19, 2016, 08:03 PM
WOW is all I can say. I would like to see a copy of them survey results. I find it hard to believe. Agreed. Very hard to believe. Go to a slot limit. Or shut down the stink biscuit facorty at prendergast and make it a walleye hatchery
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Rob W on Feb 19, 2016, 08:51 PM
spent the day (8.5 hours) on the lake today, North of midway, >40 FOW

conditions: horrible dragging.  12-18 inches of snow, lots of drifts on walk out to fish.  Ice had 1-2 inches clear at bottom with 8+ inches white on top of it.  No slush while walking.  Once we drilled holes, lots of water on top, had to bring in snow for foot rests as to not sit in 4 or 5 inches of water.  Walking back to truck, still no slush, but snow melting fast and packing down.  Very wet, and still a hard drag

fishing:  quite a bit slower than usual for us.  Would be solid action for 10 - 20 minute then the school moves on and nothing for next 10-20 until next school moved back in.  Caught quite a few perch over the day , and ended with ~ 30 keepers. Was using white round head jig with minnow, or a rapala jigging rap for best action

hope for better next weekend.  Tight lines everyone!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 19, 2016, 10:46 PM

This came out today from the DEC.  It's a proposed change to the regs. 

Description: Remove the special regulation for Walleye, 18 inch minimum size limit and 3 fish/day, from Chautauqua Lake. Walleye regulations on Chautauqua Lake will be covered by statewide regulations.

Rationale: The Walleye population in Chautauqua Lake has increased to the point that the special regulation is no longer necessary. Survey results have indicated a moderate to high abundance of Walleye since 2006.

If there is an abundance of walleye in Chautauqua as the DEC says then why aren't there an abundance of 14-16"
fish being caught.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 20, 2016, 10:48 AM
The numbers are gaining for sure but not to what they are saying. Hit 5 last night all 12-16". Not a single eye marked this am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FrankM on Feb 20, 2016, 12:56 PM
I would like to try for some perch tomorrow.  Any reports on ice conditions in the perch areas would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: hunterdeneugene on Feb 20, 2016, 02:57 PM
The numbers are gaining for sure but not to what they are saying. Hit 5 last night all 12-16". Not a single eye marked this am.

that's because I'm not with you.  you are sure to get your limit then....me?  Skunked.  I'm ready for our crappie spot.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: rudder on Feb 20, 2016, 04:01 PM
Anyone out today? Getting warm and I would like to get out Sunday if possible.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: ice junkies on Feb 20, 2016, 08:08 PM
Ice was solid 6" on deep water north of long point today, however there's 3"-4" of standing water on top wear tall rubber boots.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 20, 2016, 10:49 PM
I would like to try for some perch tomorrow.  Any reports on ice conditions in the perch areas would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Go to the New York Fishing Reports and conditions section and look at the Chautauqua thread, hopefully you'll find what you want there if anyone posted.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 22, 2016, 09:12 PM
Anyone have any info on where to get Bait tomorrow morning? Headed to long point from buffalo and didn't get bait tonight
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 22, 2016, 09:43 PM
Hogans Hut on Rt 394 west side of chautauqua lake has bait. They are right off the I-86 at the route 394 exit.  If you're coming from buffalo you could also try Colville's- route 5 in Hamburg. There's also Dave's bait and tackle- route 5 in Derby. Not sure of their hours. I think Dave's opens at 7. If your going early Hogans might be open by the time you get there.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 22, 2016, 10:46 PM
Awesome I'll give hogans hut a try. Thank you
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Feb 23, 2016, 01:44 PM
Cabelas also has minnows for future reference if u needed a spot around the area. Went to long pt today and had probably my best day. Around 35 keeper perch and 3 crappie!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: bulldawger on Feb 23, 2016, 02:35 PM
Awesome I'll give hogans hut a try. Thank you

better call first...all he had for bait today were fat heads...no spikes or waxys...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 23, 2016, 05:54 PM
Yep I went and just fatheads, got some anyway as I didn't wanna keep driving for bait. Got a bunch of perch out of long point on them, whole and heads
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: trouts on Feb 23, 2016, 08:00 PM
Dont pay $7 for a scoop of minnows. The perch are the same size and eat anything throughout the lake. You could put a piece of lunchmeat turkey and catch the same 6-9 inch perch same as a shiner. Have done it before. It doesn't matter where you are or what you use. The lake has been ruined by these perch. Keep as many as you can please. Throw them in the garden/trash or give them to an amish.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Pikeplower32 on Feb 23, 2016, 08:33 PM
Had a good evening at long point. Caught a lot of perch. Only kept 7 of them and they were all over 11 inches (and I measured them!) I had fatheads but the perch preferred perch eyes. Also caught a dandy walleye right before dark. Fished 30-33 fow. Ice was 6 inches and the surface was very slick. Please remember to clean up your trash!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 23, 2016, 08:56 PM
True. Can catch the perch there practically with bare hooks. I tried up sizing to a 2" pimple and the dinks still hit it!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Bbrown24 on Feb 25, 2016, 07:49 AM
Dont pay $7 for a scoop of minnows. The perch are the same size and eat anything throughout the lake. You could put a piece of lunchmeat turkey and catch the same 6-9 inch perch same as a shiner. Have done it before. It doesn't matter where you are or what you use. The lake has been ruined by these perch. Keep as many as you can please. Throw them in the garden/trash or give them to an amish.

What has caused the perch to ruin the lake? Because there are so many of them? What could we as fisherman do to help?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mikey ice fish on Feb 25, 2016, 10:11 AM
What has caused the perch to ruin the lake? Because there are so many of them? What could we as fisherman do to help?
  Chautauqua is far from ruined. This year i've caught bigger perch than i've ever seen come out of this lake. Yes there are 11'' and 12'' perch in Chautauqua. I'ts definatly makeing a comeback.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 25, 2016, 11:13 AM
now if we can get rid of those silver bass/white perch!i used to fish there a lot at night in open water and used to be able to catch my share of eyes with 2 dozen worms and it got so bad I had to bring 8 to10 dozen!!!!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: waltman on Feb 25, 2016, 11:25 AM
anyword how the ice held up in mayville and how the shore ice is ?    with all the rain and warm temps
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: AON09 on Feb 25, 2016, 11:27 AM
I'm hoping to make the trip down Sunday, also curious how the ice is holding up, thank you!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: H20chrome on Feb 25, 2016, 11:39 AM
there was a HUGE white perch die off 2-3 years ago in the spring, i'm talking thousands of dead fish and it was weird only white perch were the ones that died. i was in bemus bay and saw them in other parts of the lake also. anyone know what caused this maybe dec? or just water temp? im glad those are goners tho thinned out alot of them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Feb 25, 2016, 12:58 PM
there was some type of virus a few summers ago that killed off a lot of carp.  They were washing up on the shoreline at the cottage in Bellevue bay.  It was so bad the dump had a big trench dug for people to come drop them and then they buried them. They smelled horrible.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Feb 25, 2016, 05:06 PM
I'm hoping to make the trip down Sunday, also curious how the ice is holding up, thank you!

I wouldn't count on it. Took a ride around this am and didn't find one place I'd feel comfortable walking on. Every where their was a previous hole or pressure crack was open water. Some spots as large as a pickup truck. Moral of the story "The fat lady is hitting the high notes.

Just my observation and opinion.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 26, 2016, 10:34 PM
I wouldn't count on it. Took a ride around this am and didn't find one place I'd feel comfortable walking on. Every where their was a previous hole or pressure crack was open water. Some spots as large as a pickup truck. Moral of the story "The fat lady is hitting the high notes.

What a lot of you people don't realize is the weather conditions that we had this week have made very dangerous spots out there on the lake.  After last weekend and through Tuesdays the ice was melting and the water was running down old holes and pressure cracks wearing away at the ice.  Those holes on Tuesday were large enough for a person to fall completely through, see previous posts for the week.  Then Wednesday and Thursday night we had temps in teens that skimmed over these bad spots but not good enough to hold a man.  That is what Game Hog refers to. Then to make things worst Friday snow covered all these spots.    I have ice fished for over 50 years and have my shares of fall-ins, so I know what I am talking about.  Avoid the areas with the reported bad spots and if you must go as I am, use a spud ahead of every step.

Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: wnyicepro on Feb 27, 2016, 09:38 AM
Wish I could get out but don't feel like taking the family out if not 100% safe....so, now I'm getting the boat ready
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: C-Bisket on Feb 27, 2016, 05:35 PM
                                                   "Perch Question for the Chautauqua Lake Regulars" !!!



Have the Perch in the lake, made it to point now, where they run 9" - 10" on a somewhat regular basis? ... a brief honest comment will do just fine - thanks in advance !!

Note: this question is prompted by the unusually high amount of 10"+Perch, being posted on the "Conditions Thread" this year.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 27, 2016, 05:53 PM
All times I've been out this year, mostly long point have been majority 8s with some 9s and very rare 10 .
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Frankie Bags on Feb 27, 2016, 09:47 PM
I was out late this evening fishing in 7 FOW and caught a half dozen perch that measured a tad under and over 10". I wasn't targeting them and once the sun went down they quit messing with my tip downs and deadstick. I measured 6 inches of ice in the south end of the lake.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fishfry95 on Feb 27, 2016, 10:23 PM
Last sunday i went home with 30 perch between 9 and 10 inches. But alot if 7 inchers inbetween.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 28, 2016, 06:06 AM
                                                   "Perch Question for the Chautauqua Lake Regulars" !!!



Have the Perch in the lake, made it to point now, where they run 9" - 10" on a somewhat regular basis? ... a brief honest comment will do just fine - thanks in advance !!

Note: this question is prompted by the unusually high amount of 10"+Perch, being posted on the "Conditions Thread" this year.


Makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 28, 2016, 03:52 PM
Heard there's still guys fishing I'm surprised but that's good lol
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 28, 2016, 06:33 PM
I have fished Chautauqua for years and here is my perch report without stretching the truth.   As an example: this past Sat. I brought home 22 perch and caught 100-150, the bite was a little slow.   The 22 were (4) 10"-10-1/2", (8) 9"-9-3/4", (10) 8"-8-3/4".  I measured them prior to cleaning after reading "c-biskets" post.  I keep nothing under 8", got measuring marks on the tubes in my hut.  I have been on this lake enough to know the last few years, this is what you catch.  I  have caught an occasional 11" and 12" perch on other days this year but only an occasional.  Someone who reports bringing home a large quantity of 10"-11" perch, I really don't know how.  I know my reports to be true and accurate.  Have a good day of fishing.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Feb 28, 2016, 07:07 PM
Is there any chance that Bell Tower will be fishable next weekend. I see the weather is going to get cold again mid week. I want to fish Friday and Sunday but here to make the 2 hr drive if i cant fish.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dtrain on Feb 28, 2016, 07:08 PM
Ran into a guy in the maple springs area. Looked a lot like the ole doctari????? Showed me a pail of slobs. One was huge. Looked like Erie perch me....
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 28, 2016, 10:44 PM
Ran into a guy in the maple springs area. Looked a lot like the ole doctari????? Showed me a pail of slobs. One was huge. Looked like Erie perch me....

Were you lucky enough to catch any slobs in that area?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 28, 2016, 11:14 PM
I'd like to be out there once more but im thinking I'll wait and next time will be in the boat
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Feb 29, 2016, 12:43 AM
Whatever happened to Doctari? I remember he had some great posts.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 07:56 AM
Been lurkin'  :)

Ice has been pretty good this year off Maple Springs this year, although I think I heard the fat lady warming up yesterday.

We have been doing very well on yellow perch in 42 FOW - a "new" spot for me, closer walk than off the creek. 

Whopper-doodles is what we have been on.  Many 10's and 11's this year.  But DTrain yesterday caught the "unicorn", a 12 1/4" monster.

Ice was 8", but not super quality out there yesterday.  Winds kicked us off the lake by 2:15PM.  Shore was going to pot, and fast. 

Lots of perch, but if you didn't get right to the bottom, your day was filled with 6" pesky pukes...  Bottom?  Whopper-doodles on!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Feb 29, 2016, 08:46 AM
Whatever happened to Doctari? I remember he had some great posts.
Rumor is hes ALIVE and doing WELL. GREAT to see Doc and Dtrain. It's been a few years since we met up and hammered on some Chautauqua perch. Got enough piggies to possibly head back up next weekend. STELLAR 12+ incher :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: icedogger17 on Feb 29, 2016, 08:53 AM
How many guys get into the perch after ice out? This is my first year with a boat that's reasonable to pull down and am wondering if there usually in the same areas or what?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 29, 2016, 09:05 AM
Whatever happened to Doctari? I remember he had some great posts.

Been busy writing a documentary about himself.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Feb 29, 2016, 09:51 AM
Does anyone have an ice report for the lake?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Feb 29, 2016, 09:52 AM
Does anyone have an ice report for the lake?
look up 4 posts above yours
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 10:04 AM
WOW is all I can say. I would like to see a copy of them survey results. I find it hard to believe.
This past fall the DEC found YOY walleye in their trawl nets.  First time since 1998 that YOY walleye have been detected, and apparently they found a LOT of them.

This means population levels are at the point that is supporting natural reproduction.  This then triggers the limit changes.

Thanks

Rich Davenport - aka doctariAFC (or doctariAFC2, now)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 10:10 AM
What has caused the perch to ruin the lake? Because there are so many of them? What could we as fisherman do to help?
The perch haven't "ruined" the lake.  If you know where to fish, you can catch quite a decent number of sizable fish.

As best as can be surmised, the collapse of the walleye fishery back in the late 1990's/ early 2000's was the cause for perch to start growing larger/ getting to larger sizes.  Large walleye prey upon large perch.  When the large walleye numbers plummeted, and recruitment was stifled by white perch (invasive that is well known to chow down on walleye eggs), the larger perch were effectively free to breed, and breed they have.  Now, when you look at the lake's populations, the white perch is down significantly - most likely due to the yellow perch feasting on white perch eggs.

Yes, there are a lot of YP that are tiny in the lake, but they are not stunted.  Over time, what the smaller predators do not eat, more large perch will be seen (DEC trawl surveys are pulling some eye-popping perch, especially over the past three years).  This will fluctuate as walleye grow in size, and there are many walleye in the lake again, thanks to stocking, and yellow perch munching on white perch eggs.

But to say the lake is "ruined" kinda seems like you haven't been fishing that lake for any good number of years (as an example I have been fishing that lake for 44 years now)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 10:12 AM
Been busy writing a documentary about himself.
Been a while Hijinks, how ya been?

Too busy with deer management issues to write my autobiography  ;)

Oh, the mandatory antler restriction thingy that has been being pushed upon the NY Hunters?  That is now dead for at least the next 5 years. 

You're welcome  ;)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 10:22 AM
Rumor is hes ALIVE and doing WELL. GREAT to see Doc and Dtrain. It's been a few years since we met up and hammered on some Chautauqua perch. Got enough piggies to possibly head back up next weekend. STELLAR 12+ incher :bow: :bow:

Great to see you again, too DBalm.  Hoping the ice holds for one more shot - lookin like Sunday for me, as I have the Federation Banquet on Saturday...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mikey ice fish on Feb 29, 2016, 11:15 AM
Doc, Thanks again for getting me and my father out sat! Tell Dane nice Fish! See you at the AFC meeting tues.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 12:30 PM
Doc, Thanks again for getting me and my father out sat! Tell Dane nice Fish! See you at the AFC meeting tues.

No probemo Mikey!  Glad you got into some good ones Saturday.  See ya Tuesday, and perhaps with a little luck, we may get out one more time on them pigs...  So long as the ice doesn't honeycomb too badly...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 29, 2016, 02:21 PM
How's the ice?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: upcreeknoyoars on Feb 29, 2016, 03:11 PM
How's the ice?

How to Spot a Sociopath:  Always starving for attention, Untruthfulness and insincerity, Lack of remorse, guilt, or shame, Superficial charm, Lack of insight, complete disregard for rules, lie constantly, Never learn from punishments, Simple lack of conscious, Egocentricity, Lack of impulse control, Great boasting, Inability to resist temptation, Knows what they're doing is wrong, but simply doesn't care,  Always in need of stimulation.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 03:26 PM
How's the ice?
Yesterday we had over 8" under us in the AM.  By 2PM the surface was getting a little soft, and the shore was deteriorating rapidly.  Looked like the top couple inches was honeycombed pretty badly, but from there looked pretty good.  God only knows what happened between when we got off the ice and now.  I see on the Burtis cam the Chadakoin is opening up pretty good.  Not good.

If the ice didn't get beat up super bad (at least we had no rain) we may be ok for one more run this weekend, but I see some rain coming this week down there which could end it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Feb 29, 2016, 03:28 PM
How to Spot a Sociopath:  Always starving for attention, Untruthfulness and insincerity, Lack of remorse, guilt, or shame, Superficial charm, Lack of insight, complete disregard for rules, lie constantly, Never learn from punishments, Simple lack of conscious, Egocentricity, Lack of impulse control, Great boasting, Inability to resist temptation, Knows what they're doing is wrong, but simply doesn't care,  Always in need of stimulation.
Oh come on, cut Hijinks some slack....  Any user that has the ballz to use the Dynamite Kid as his avatar can't be all bad!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Chi on Feb 29, 2016, 03:41 PM
How to Spot a Sociopath:  Always starving for attention, Untruthfulness and insincerity, Lack of remorse, guilt, or shame, Superficial charm, Lack of insight, complete disregard for rules, lie constantly, Never learn from punishments, Simple lack of conscious, Egocentricity, Lack of impulse control, Great boasting, Inability to resist temptation, Knows what they're doing is wrong, but simply doesn't care,  Always in need of stimulation.

                That's exactly how Christian Michael Longo aka "shortstop" was described.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Feb 29, 2016, 03:51 PM
Yesterday we had over 8" under us in the AM.  By 2PM the surface was getting a little soft, and the shore was deteriorating rapidly.  Looked like the top couple inches was honeycombed pretty badly, but from there looked pretty good.  God only knows what happened between when we got off the ice and now.  I see on the Burtis cam the Chadakoin is opening up pretty good.  Not good.

If the ice didn't get beat up super bad (at least we had no rain) we may be ok for one more run this weekend, but I see some rain coming this week down there which could end it.

Thank you for your swift attention to this matter.  Please inform upcreekyours that in order to be respected on this site, you need more than 14 posts.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Feb 29, 2016, 05:07 PM
good to see ya Doc on here! what happened to grizzly garys  hunting and fishing?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Feb 29, 2016, 08:44 PM
The Doc is back and dropping some serious knowledge!   Probably also trying to build up enough posts to get on the reports/conditions page with this new account too!
Either way I'm glad to see him back.  The old lake is challenging for sure in terms of success in catching anything but small perch.  By no means ruined...Especially if you're willing to take advantage of the multiple species that live there.  Despite the dink perch and the hungry Amish it continues to be a productive fishery for those that put the time in and learn from every outing.
It's great to hear about young-of-the-year (aka yoy) in the DEC surveys but I would personally be fine with keeping the limit where it is or even moving to a 4 fish 15-24" slot.  I feel like the lake is close to a good balance in terms of the fish food chain right now. 
Not sure if anyone's seen these guys out there or maybe THEY are on here.  Their latest video is a good example of a typical day on the ice this year.

   
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: buck05 on Mar 01, 2016, 07:22 AM
That was a great video thanks for posting. Hoping to get one last weekend in.  Goodluck and be safe out there.        Mark
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: smj8322 on Mar 01, 2016, 12:40 PM
Just an FYI... Chautauqua is on page 5

https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2800.pdf
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: FrankM on Mar 01, 2016, 01:11 PM
Just an FYI... Chautauqua is on page 5

https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2800.pdf
Can't find it.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: fellinonce on Mar 01, 2016, 01:20 PM
That's for Lake Erie, in Chautauqua county
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 01, 2016, 03:50 PM
good to see ya Doc on here! what happened to grizzly garys  hunting and fishing?
Methinks they got hacked...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 01, 2016, 03:54 PM
All done. Radio show is gone too..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: jackie bushman on Mar 01, 2016, 04:11 PM
All done. Radio show is gone too..

Trav .. You can come fish with us ! We've got a spot for you .. !!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Mar 01, 2016, 07:49 PM
Jim shoot me a text had to get a new phone heard you guys had a blast sunday
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 02, 2016, 02:45 AM
Doctari nice to see you back!
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Hijinks on Mar 02, 2016, 05:51 AM
Having Doctari back in our iceshanty forum lives is like having a heat rash and jogging in thermals from 1973 on a humid 90 degree day.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 02, 2016, 06:00 AM
is ashville canals open would love to here from alocal pm me please with any info smith boys?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Mar 02, 2016, 06:13 AM
is ashville canals open would love to here from alocal pm me please with any info smith boys?
When I went by Sunday pm it was completely iced over so I would doubt it. Maybe one of the locals could tell you for sure tho
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Game Hog on Mar 02, 2016, 06:38 AM
Watching and waiting. Still covered as of this am.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 02, 2016, 07:00 AM
Thank you for your swift attention to this matter.  Please inform upcreekyours that in order to be respected on this site, you need more than 14 posts.
Will do, as soon as I hit 15 posts with this new account :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 02, 2016, 07:02 AM
All done. Radio show is gone too..
That's too bad.  he was fun to listen to when I was down in radio range..
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 02, 2016, 07:03 AM
Having Doctari back in our iceshanty forum lives is like having a heat rash and jogging in thermals from 1973 on a humid 90 degree day.
Awww...  You say the most uplifting things!  Hey, at least its memorable :)
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 02, 2016, 07:05 AM
Watching and waiting. Still covered as of this am.

Keep eyes on it.  DTrain is thinking of heading down Fri or Sat to see if Sunday will be a go...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Mar 02, 2016, 11:11 AM
Keep eyes on it.  DTrain is thinking of heading down Fri or Sat to see if Sunday will be a go...
If he doesn't make it down Friday I will be heading that way sat so I will keep you posted
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: doctariAFC2 on Mar 02, 2016, 01:05 PM
If he doesn't make it down Friday I will be heading that way sat so I will keep you posted
Thanks D!  Would love one more run at them pigs...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: 85champ on Mar 02, 2016, 06:32 PM
Heard at the bell tower shore ice is getting bad people were breaking threw very shallow water. Hope it locks up for the morning looking to make a last trip down
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Mar 02, 2016, 08:38 PM
d-balm, how've a been ? i met you many years ago at the case lake tournement. it was great meeting/talking to you. i hope all is going well.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 03, 2016, 06:19 AM
hey dbalm I see u r from franklinville is bob love still arond
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Mar 03, 2016, 08:56 AM
hey dbalm I see u r from franklinville is bob love still arond
YUP. Him and my father r good friends and my little bro golfs with him
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Mar 03, 2016, 09:12 AM
d-balm, how've a been ? i met you many years ago at the case lake tournement. it was great meeting/talking to you. i hope all is going well.
Im doing well. How about you? That nasty 4 letter word called WORK is getting in the way of my fishing ;D
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 03, 2016, 09:32 AM
how far of a walk of mld way to get eyes
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: d_balm24 on Mar 03, 2016, 09:38 AM
how far of a walk of mld way to get eyes
short walk. 33 FOW. Watch out for the creek
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: spindiver on Mar 03, 2016, 10:03 AM
how is walk and ice at dewitville creek
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Lilmike2684 on Mar 03, 2016, 10:44 AM
How's the ice around mayville mo son wants to get out with me for my last trip of the season he's 9
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: mikey ice fish on Mar 03, 2016, 01:47 PM
How's the ice around mayville mo son wants to get out with me for my last trip of the season he's 9
Not a good idea...
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Mar 03, 2016, 02:48 PM
Is there not any safe ice at all? BELL Tower?
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Mar 03, 2016, 04:37 PM
Dbaker call Hogan's Hut and ask them
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Mar 03, 2016, 04:49 PM
Don I did Skip was gone and the person on the phone said they didn't really know conditions
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: don519 on Mar 03, 2016, 05:43 PM
Lots of other good lakes to fish that have current ice conditions you can try if you can't get any good reports on Chautauqua if you had your location on your profile it would be easier to point some of the out
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Mar 03, 2016, 05:50 PM
Thanks Don i have it in there now. I am new to this site and this is myfirst year ice fishing so I am new to figuring out where to fish and when ice is unsafe. So any help is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Panamaniac on Mar 03, 2016, 07:01 PM
Not a good afternoon for the Maniac.  Drove from the bridge to prendergast on 394.  From the road it didn't look good.  BIG wet spots all over the south end.  Open water under the bridge and WAY out from Ball Creek in Hadley.  Bemus creek and the shore acres ditch had done the same thing on the other side of the bridge.  Saw a few guys out in Whitney that must have walked on from their own private property between 394.  I didn't want to piss them off because they may have yanked the board they must have had to get out there on me.  I went to the prendergast boat launch and it was impossible without a LONG plank, raft, or floating bridge. 
By this time it's 5pm.  Race back to the bridge and over to LP.  See another group of 6 or so across the lake in Wells.  Not sure where they got on but there were no tracks at the boat launch.  At least there was ice in the launch and around shore BUT it was not thick enough to hold me out to the good ice.  In hindsight maybe toward the point from the launch may have been better to try.  I went WELL over my muck boots pushing my luck around the launch and headed home a bit less than half wet.
The south end of the Lake from 17 looks very bad.  Open water up almost to the upper end of rock island and the yacht club.
I live and work close so no big loss in travel time/gas.
Its going to be 20s-30s the next too days which is poor-mediocre ice making weather
This weekend you MAY be able to get to the fishable ice that's left but it could well be sketchy at best or disaster at worst getting off shore.  I certainly wouldn't bring the wife and kids if they've never walked 12' of floating 2x4s tied together with bailing twine.
If you come out be careful and bring some safety equipment.
There's some good ice left out in the
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: Crappie_Rod on Mar 03, 2016, 07:45 PM
From this post the fat lady has sung loud and clear to me. THAT"S IT FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Sad to say will retire all my stuff Sat :'(
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: dbaker on Mar 03, 2016, 07:58 PM
It really sucks I wanted to get one more trip in. Definitely not the best season to take up ice fishing but if I enjoyed this much this year. It will be great when I get a good season. I am stuck on the fence weather to go to Bell Tower tomorrow or put my stuff away.
Title: Re: **Chautauqua Lake BS**
Post by: we3jeepers on Mar 03, 2016, 09:00 PM
good to see ya Doc on here! what happened to grizzly garys  hunting and fishing?