Fishing in Cattaraugus County the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York

Fishing Events

Kids Fishing Clinic with Gowanda Fire Department 2023

Fish caught on Cattaraugus Creek
Sat, 05/06/2023 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. is partnering with the NYS DEC and clubs to introduce future generations of all ages to the sport of fishing, by providing a hands-on clinic, where upon completion the adults and kids will have gained enough knowledge to safely get started fishing the waterways.
The clinic will be a hands-on/interactive catch and release event:
  • All ages, Adult accompaniment required for all youth participants
  • Open to anyone that wants to learn how to fish
  • Dress accordingly for the weather, as classroom type stations will be outdoors at the fire hall and also on the Cattaraugus Creek
  • Must follow CDC guidance in place at the time for Covid-19
  • Fishing poles and tackle available to borrow. Bait provided.
  • DEC designated FREE FISHING EVENT. No fishing license needed by participants of any age during event hours only. All other Freshwater Fishing regulations still apply.
  • Lunch provided
  • The adults and kids will learn the basics from the ground floor up including:
    • The necessary gear including rods, reels, line, casting, knots, baits, etc.
    • The fish and their behaviors
    • Techniques used when first starting out
    • The locations and timing when to have the best success
    • Beginner fly fishing 
    • Fly Fishing Station
  • Pre-registration online is required as seating is limited to 100
    • Register by clicking the link below
    • For more info, email us at gowandafirerescue [at] gmail [dot] com (gowandafirerescue [at] gmail [dot] com)
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Cattaraugus County Sportsman Rendezvous 2023

2019 Sportsmen's Rendezvous at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Fri, 08/11/2023 - 10:00am - Sun, 08/13/2023 - 3:00pm

Celebrating over 40 years, the Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Sportsmen's Show  features conservation displays, archery, black powder, trapping, fishing, guns, taxidermy dealers, big buck club display and live seminars.

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Gowanda's Trout Fishing Derby 2023

Man fly fishing in the creek
Sat, 10/14/2023 - 7:00am - Sun, 10/15/2023 - 6:00pm

Gowanda's Fire Department is hosting a Trout Fishing Derby October 14-15, 2023! 

  • Saturday, October 14- 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, October 15- 7:00am-4:00pm

Fishing will take place within the Village of Gowanda boundaries of the Cattaragus Creek. 

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