Chautauqua Lake 5/12/18-5/13/18

Joined: February 1st, 2009, 2:04 am

May 15th, 2018, 12:37 am #1

We booked a trip to Chautauqua a few months back for this past weekend.  6 of us in 3 boats made the trip.  I was hoping it would be on fire, as the temps there were in the 70's all week leading up to it.  Then the cold front came through Thursday night sending the temps into the 30's.  Our first day on the water was a down pour all day with temps near 50.  Chase and I ended up with 15 fish with the biggest being a largemouth around 3 3/4 lbs.  The rest were smallies with no big ones.  All came on topwater.  We only fished until about 3:30 hoping for a better day Sunday.  Gary and his partner boated around 30 smallies the first day with a couple near 5 lbs. Jason and Dennis caught mostly largies on plastics.  The 2nd day wasn't much better numbers wise, but the quality for us was  little better.  The topwater bite still held up.  The rain stopped but the temps stayed in the high 40's.  Water temp both days was 55.  I did get a 5.3 lb smallie on day 2, which was the highlight of the trip.  I'm thinking about  making a  1 day trip back here in 2 weeks when I'm on vacation.  It's about a 2 1/2 drive, which I think will be worth it.  
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"Gone fishin', be back for deer season!"
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Joined: July 23rd, 2006, 3:45 pm

May 15th, 2018, 3:16 am #2

Great day Jim.  We're still in Northern Michigan.  I'm sorry the weather sucked.  The weather up here is normally horrible, but not this week.  We've had highs around 70 and lows around 50.  Water temperatures running 55 to 60 degrees.   You guys caught some toads.  They are fat! 
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Joined: September 2nd, 2009, 8:20 pm

May 21st, 2018, 2:29 am #3

Sorry they weren't biting quite as well as you hoped.  Still sounds like it would be a fun trip.  It's only about a 7 hour drive for me but I've driven over it about every year of my life on our way to the Catskill Mountains in eastern New York.  We often stop in Jamestown for gas or food and went to the scenic overlook of the lake last time we went by there.  I've wanted to fish there every time we cross it on the big bridge.  
2016 Big Fish
Largemouth: 21.5" 6.46 lbs. Secret Lake Mar. 26


Smallmouth: 22" 5lb 4oz Kalamazoo River


Pike: 31" Paw Paw Lake
Muskie: 
Walleye: 
Brown Trout: 20", Delaware River, July 30
 
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