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Fishermen enjoy Steelhead fishing in Cattaraugus Creek in Gowanda

The Enchanted Mountains offers anglers plenty of fishing opportunities.  You will eagerly await the opening of trout season in the spring or wait for the warm days of summer to cast your line in a quiet, peaceful stream and watch the clouds float along. For the hardier sportsperson, try ice fishing on our lakes during one of those sunny, brilliant wintry days.

Stream and Creek Fishing:

One of our most popular is Cattaraugus Creek, which borders our county on the north, and has been listed in the top 10 Steelhead Fishing sites by fishing magazines.  Other creeks that offer great trout fishing include Clear Creek, Ischua Creek, and Mansfield Creek.

Map and Guide for Steelhead Fishing in Cattaraugus Creek.
Or read more about this topic with the Guide to Steelhead Fishing in WNY.
The Top Inland Trout Streams in Cattaraugus County

Lake Fishing:

Fishing in the lakes of Cattaraugus County can offer year round fun.  We have Case Lake, Harwood Lake, New Albion Lake, Lime Lake, Quaker Lake, and Red House Lake. 

Read one fisherman's experience on Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park.
Fishing Guide for Small Lakes in Cattaraugus County


Our lakes, streams and creeks (over 62 sites!) are stocked with fish raised at the Randolph Fish Hatchery, a division of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.   

Find the Hatchery's Stocking Schedule on NYS Dept of Conservation's site 


Fishing Licenses:

Information on NYS Fishing Licenses
Information on Seneca Nation of Indians Fishing Licenses

Note: If you are fishing on a Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation you need a SNI Fishing license but you do not need a NYS Fishing License on a SNI Reservation.

Find other Special Fishing Regulations for Cattaraugus County, including size, daily limits and methods. 

Don't have a fishing license?

There are two places to take the family fishing without a license and you pay admission.

More to read about Fishing:

Flickr Group photos

Red Rose - Self PortraitA tilt-shift autumnThomas Kelly Bridge at Allegany State Parkcovered bridge at Allegany State Park

Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2015It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

View the visitor's guide online


request that the Enchanted Mountains guide

be snail mailed to you for FREE!

NYAGT Geocaching Trails

New York's Amish Trail - Immerse yourself in a simpler way of life

Zoar Valley MUA has the TALLEST Basswood tree in the world!

According to the DEC, a 128 foot tall basswood within Zoar Valley has been reported to be the tallest basswood in the world.

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