Fishing Guide to Lakes in Cattaraugus County

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In Cattaraugus County, anglers have access to lakes that provide good angling for Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Panfish, and some Northern Pike.

Cast Here   Catch This Season  Access 
Case Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Panfish   All year, Ice fishing     Shoreline, Electric motors only   
Crystal Lake Perch, Smallmouth Bass
Shoreline
Flavia Lake Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Bluegill 
Spring-Fall Shoreline
Harwood Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Panfish All year, Ice fishing  
Shoreline, Electric motors only   
Lime Lake Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye, Carp All year, Ice fishing Shoreline, Hand Launch
Linlyco Lake Largemouth Bass, BLuegill, Yellow Perch
Shoreline
Lucky Lake

Shoreline
New Albion Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Panfish
All year, Ice fishing Shoreline, Electric motors only  
Quaker Lake Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish   All year, Ice fishing Shoreline, Electric motors only  
Red House Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Panfish   All year, Ice fishing
Shoreline, Electric motors only  
Science Lake Trout Spring-Fall Shoreline
Stephens Lake     Shoreline
Swan Lake     Shoreline
Timber Lake     Shoreline

Fishing licenses are required.

The public has access to the shore of these lakes and and for any hand launches, it would consist of small boats and canoes. Gasoline motors are not allowed on these lakes, however electric motors are allowed.

Trout Fishing

Lakes are stocked each spring with yearling brook, brown and rainbow trout as well as two year old brown trout, raised at the Randolph and Caledonia fish hatcheries. Trout are usually stocked in late March or early April, depending on ice cover, and then again in May. In some years the lakes receive surplus brood stock fish that range from 15"-25". These fish are usually stocked in October. Trout anglers do well in the spring with baits such as nightcrawlers and salted minnows. Spinning lures work well and fly anglers also do well with wets, dries and streamers. The best trout angling in these lakes occurs in April, May and early June. After mid-June, the lakes warm past the 70 degree mark and trout head into deeper water. In most years, these lakes experience dissolved oxygen depletion in the colder waters, below 20 feet deep. Because of this, few trout are able to find water that is cold enough and well oxygenated enough to allow them to live through the summer. The trout that do make it through the summer, will provide some trout angling in the fall.

Bass and Panfish

Although anglers usually think of thse lakes as "trout lakes", they all provide good to excellent angling for bass and panfish. Largemouth bass are found in most of the lakes and in addition, Quaker Lake provides good action for smallmouth bass. Growth rates for these bass are good, usually reaching 12" by age four or five. Bass anglers will do well by working the edges of weed beds and along drop offs. Try using spinner baits, rubber worms and minnow or crayfish imitations. Panfish species in these lakes include yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie and brown bullhead. Growth rates on these fish are fair to good. Baits such as worms and salted minnows produce well, as do jigs and small lures. In the springtime when sunfish are on their beds, try using an 8 foot, 3-4 weight fly rod with surface poppers or wet flies for some fast action.

Catch and Release

Most lakes receive heavy fishing pressure. This, along with better technology and equipment, means anglers have the potential to negatively affect fish populations through overharvest. By voluntarily releasing some or all of the legal size bass you catch, you can help to ensure there will be quality gamefish for you to catch in the future. Even though few of the stocked trout survive through the summer months, you may still want to release some of the trout you catch as a way to keep catch rates high for yourself and other anglers. You are also encouraged to release some or most of the large panfish you catch. If you are looking for a panfish dinner, it's better for the fish population if you harvest more small ones that are quickly replaced in the lakes.

Visit NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for further questions.

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