The Top Inland Trout Streams in Cattaraugus County


This is designed as a guide to anglers in locating the higher quality stocked and unstocked trout streams in western NY. It is not intended as a list of all the wild trout streams, nor all the streams where trout are stocked. Lists of all stocked streams are available from this office. Stocked streams usually receive yearling trout averaging eight inches.

Map and Guide for Steelhead Fishing in Cattaraugus Creek


Cattaraugus Creek offers over 34 miles of steelhead angling opportunities from Lake Erie to the Springville Dam. A portion of the stream and its lower tributaries are on Seneca Nation of Indian Lands, so if you plan to fish there, you will need a license for the Reservation.

Guide to Steelhead Fishing in Western NY


Streams in Western New York

Western New York has a number of streams that offer high duality lake-run steelhead fishing from November through March. Streams included in Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties are; the Lower Niagara River, Cattaraugus Creek, Eighteen Mile Creek and it's South Branch, Silver Creek, Walnut Creek, Canadaway Creek and Chautauqua Creek.

Fishing Guide to Small Lakes in Cattaraugus County


In Cattaraugus County, anglers have access to five small lakes that provide good angling for trout in the spring and bass and panfish in the summer.

Quaker and Red House Lakes are located in Allegany State Park, and stocked each year as well.  Fishing license is required in the park. 

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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