13,000+ acres of great fishing

World class angling for smallmouth and muskellunge. Exciting places on shore include the Chautauqua Institution, Midway Amusement Park, Bemus Point Ferry and the Cheese House. Or take a ride on the Summer Wind!

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A premier couples & mixed team bass fishing tournament series, now in their eighth and biggest season yet! The Better Half Tour first visited Chautauqua Lake in 2017 with the now infamous “Weekend Getaway” – and the current “Record Breaker Bonus” was set here in 2018.

By request of our anglers, 2019 brings TWO tournament events to Chautauqua Lake! Launching from Long Point State Park, these catch & release bass fishing tournaments are the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to fish with that special person!

Catch-Photo-Release - Better Half Tour

2019 Smallie Smash

2018 Chautauqua Lake Weekend Getaway
Put Your Arms Around A Bass

September 7, 2019 (8:00a-3:00p)

Long Point State Park

$75 Tournament Entry Fee
$10 BIG Bass (optional)

2019 Smallie Smash Entry


Smallie Smash ~ 9-7-19



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2019 Weekend Getaway

Our 3rd Annual Weekend Getaway!

July 27, 2019 (8:00a-3:00p)

Long Point State Park

$75 Tournament Entry Fee
$10 BIG Bass (optional)

2019 Weekend Getaway Entry

Weekend Getaway ~ 7-27-19

We’re your landing net for fishing on beautiful Chautauqua Lake, New York. Swimming in Chautauqua’s waters you’ll discover world class fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye muskellunge, and more.

Whether your planning a day sitting by the shore panfishing, looking to book a  guided adventure, or preparing for a tournament, Chautauqua Lake Fishing is here to be your one-stop online resource.

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Anglers talking about the Better Half Tour

“Thank you for a great tournament. This was my first tournament and I enjoyed it very much, despite the rain.” ~ Laura L. 9/2018

“What a great way to share some fun with your spouse in the great outdoors and meet some really nice people!” – April Zart

“You two have made it possible for many to make memories on the Lake…Thanks for doing such a great job.” ~ Sandy G. 9/2018

“My dad & I had such a good time the first time in your circuit, definitely doing it again next year!” ~ Ashley W. 9/2018

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