Fishing Guides and Camps Offer Assistance to Ensure a Successful Outing
There is a way to find fish without having to do any of the legwork. Outfitters take care of all the particulars; the only thing you need to do is show up and pay a fee for their service. Western New York boasts several different outfitters, giving you a pretty good chance at catching fish without having to seek out a spot on public state land.
Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters (of Williamsville) is one such company that offers fishing trips and tips on where and how to catch the big ones. Owned by St. Bonaventure and Syracuse Law School graduate Vince Tobia, CCO was started in 1999 after Tobia decided to pull out of the law game. He, along with a few others, lead guided tours of creeks and streams all over Western New York. Check out CCO on the web at cttarauguscreekoutfitters.com.
John Sanders, a local writer, has two published books about fishing, and is working on the fourth edition of his popular “Western New York Sander's Fishing Guide.” For over 20 years his books have focused on fishing over 500 bodies of water in Central and Western New York. His works include fishing in the Great Lakes, the Niagara River and small remote streams and bass ponds. His books provide thousands of fishermen and women accurate information on conditions, available species, maps, access sites, launch sites, recommended techniques and more. “I often get mistaken for a guide, but I am a writer,” Sanders told The Summer Local.
There are plenty of guides that can be searched out on the internet, or just by asking the right person at sporting goods stores. A website dedicated to Western New York gives some great information on fishing in this area: allwny.com/fishing assures that there are endless opportunities for fishing in Western New York. “All four seasons offer unique sportfishing activities. The region has been blessed with many brooks, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and extensive access to the region surrounding Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. They offer a wide variety of fish species to pursue from both boat and shore ...” Several guides and charters are listed on the website as well.
LAKE LANE HUNTING & FISHING GETAWAY
Not all fishing adventures have to be guided tours or boating trips. Lake Lane Hunting and Fishing Getaway in Olean, NY is a fishing camp that offers great public fishing in stocked trout ponds along with large bass, bluegill and bullhead ponds and creeks. Established in 2008 by Sean and Hannah Maurer, Lake Lane Getaway is a fishing preserve open to the public and no fishing license is needed. The Maurers originally purchased the property for their own personal use, and when asked how they came about starting the Lake Lane Getaway, Hannah replied, “It was really weird. We live on the property and it has what we want - two huge ponds with lots of trout up to 7lbs. Trout does really good here. We figured how easily it was handicap accessible, and you can drive right to the ponds, so we decided to let the public in. We started with fishing, then bird hunts … it is an up-and-coming all-season getaway.”
The Maurers offer memberships to the getaway resort, and cabins will be constructed in the future. (Two of the cabins are almost finished.) Presently, they offer primitive camping with an available port-a-potty and sink. The getaway has a bait shop with fresh live bait, rental poles and tackle. They also host an annual sportsman show combined with an adult and free youth fishing tournament, with cash prizes and lots of vendors on-site. This year the tournament is being held June 2-3. Charlie Love, who is affiliated with Bass Pro, will be present, and the U.S. Outdoorsmen Central website is giving away hunts and gear. Every year Bass Masters has a tournament there. “We stock a lot of fish,” Said Hannah. “We just had a Dad and Daughters day event here and the Boy and Girl Scouts come here too. Some of them have never fished, and they walk in the door with a worried look on their face. We reassure them we are there to help them catch fish. We also have a student from Bass Masters who works here, Zachary LaVenture from Eldred, Pa., and we also do birthday parties.”
Lake Lane is open all year round by appointment for fishing. The price does not include keeping the fish however. There is an additional cost per pound depending on species and size. The Maurers recommend barbless hooks because if the fish bleeds it can't be returned to the pond, therefore purchase is required. They also boast their property as a great place for picnics with available tables and grills. Every month they have tournaments for members, which is included with your membership. More information can be found at lakelanefishingandhuntinggetaway.com or by calling 716-373-2080.
The Maurers boast about their freshwater certified fish. “You will not find healthier fish anywhere! If you enjoy eating fish, then you want to take one home from our ponds.”
Fishing outfitters and guides have found a way to make their passion their jobs, and they love it. This area is full of great fishing, and finding someone to guide you to them or finding them on your own is bound to be a positive experience. As the Maurers from Lake Lane say, “Fishing is not always about the catch, but the quality time spent that will create memories to last a lifetime.”