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Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek New York
Cattaraugus Creek, called the Cat, is one of the best
steelhead streams on Lake Erie. It is known for its fall
fishng and produces the largest steelhead run is what is
known as Steelhead Alley.
In September steelhead begin to enter the river as the
water cools and October and November are the prime
months. The fishing can last into December and January
but normally the water ices up fast and the fishing activity
is limited until spring.
The spawning season is at its peak in March and April
but the river can be heavily stained providing low
visibility. In fact the river can become muddy anytime
from heavy rain. Its clay banks allow the river to become
muddy easily and quickly.
The South Carraraugus Creek and its tributary Mansfield
Creek receive stocked brown trout. Wild rainbows
reproduce in Mansfield Creek in good numbers. Spring
run, a tributary of Mansfield Creek has some wild brown
trout. There is quite a bit of public fishing water on these
Even when the river below the dam is muddy, the other
areas of Carraraugus Creek can provide an alternative
The season dictates just about everything.
The steelhead are at their prime spawning time in March
and April. The quality of the fishing depends on the water
Brown and rainbow trout fishing can be good upstream.
Fall is the prime time for fly fishing Cattaraugus Creek for
the steelhead with October and November being the best
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The preferred water temperature for the steelhead
should be between 40 and 55 degrees. (Click Here to
|Type of Stream
Brown Trout (stocked and wild)
Rainbow Trout (stocked and wild)
Coho Salmon (limited numbers)
Chinook Salmon (limited numbers)
Western New York
April 1 through October?
Trout: Mid-Oct. - March, catch and
Depends on the area, Fair to Good
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