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Spring Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Chautauqua Lake
Tiff Rader is an avid fisherwoman. When we learned she had done very well fishing for smallmouth bass on Chautauqua Lake in New York, we immediately reached out to her to get the fishing report. To say, it is a great report is an understatement.
Tiff and her crew also rented a pontoon boat from one of our New York listings, We Wan Chu Cottages. While she couldn't speak to their accommodations, she did give us a review of the boat she rented.
Here is our discussion with Tiff...
GFN: When did you visit We Wan Chu Cottages?
We rented the 25 ft fisherman pontoon, though we didn't stay at We Wan Chu. We had our rental for May 23-25.
I see that you caught some impressive smallmouth bass. How would you describe the overall smallmouth fishing during your stay?
It was absolutely amazing fishing on Chautauqua Lake. You could actually sight fish from many spots. We were limited because of the pontoon, we did venture to the south basin, but we primarily stayed in the north basin. I'm sure the lake changes with the seasons, but for us that's what worked. We caught ALOT of smallies and not a one was a dink. They were all nice.
This lake also has muskie, walleye, and largemouth? How was the fishing for any of those species?
We weren't fishing for anything other than smallies and largemouth, a couple of the guys in our group caught largemouths, lost count of the perch our group caught, quite a few rock bass, there was a garfish caught. No Muskie or walleye caught. Most of the biggest fish caught were caught on the smallest of bait.
Where did you stay? And how would you describe the accommodations?
We booked a cabin at Echo pond, I believe you can find it on FB under cabin on echo pond, or airnb, which is where I found it. It is possibly my favorite place on earth and we caught over 40 largemouth out of the pond on the property.
We Wan Chu is our listing for Chautauqua Lake. Since you rented one of their boats, how did you find their customer service?
I was happy with the customer service, we will be back. Pete (owner) took the guesswork out of finding fish on a lake we had never fished. And all of the staff was friendly.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best how likely you are to recommend boat rentals with We Wan Chu to a fishing friend? And why?
10. Price and quality of boat, in my opinion, cannot be beat.
Thank you so much Tiff for the great report. I think this is going to make a lot of us think about a trip to Chautauqua Lake.
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