Findley Lake is located in southwestern Chautauqua County in the Town of Mina. Fish habitat in Findley Lake is provided mainly by abundant beds of aquatic vegetation.
Elevation: 1,410 feet
Area: 292 acres
Shoreline Length: 5.5 miles
Max Depth: 37 feet
Mean Depth: 11 feet
Public access for launching of boats and canoes is provided at two sites at the north tip of the lake on Route 426/430, in the Village of Findley Lake. One launch is operated by the DEC and is for hand launching only with parking for 25 cars. The other is operated by the Findley Lake Association and is open to the public on weekdays only. The Findley Lake Association ramp is for trailered boats.
Findley Lake provides angling for a variety of sportfish and panfish. Anglers should note that the lake experiences oxygen depletion below depths of 13 - 15 feet from June-September, preventing fish from living below these depths.
Panfish: Findley Lake provides angling for several types of panfish. The most common are black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and pumpkinseed. Live baits such as worms and minnows produce well, as do jigs and small lures. Ice fishing is popular on Findley Lake, especially for panfish. In the spring, try using an 8 foot fly rod with a 3-4 weight line and poppers or wet flies for some fast action with sunfish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are found in good numbers in Findley Lake; their growth rate is average, reaching 12 inches by age 5. Bass anglers have success with spinner baits, surface plugs, plastic worms, crank baits as well as live crayfish and shiners. Largemouth bass prefer areas of dense vegetation, while smallmouth bass prefer more open areas, particularly those with rocky bottoms.
Tiger Muskellunge and Muskellunge: DEC stockings of tiger muskellunge, an hybrid cross between a female muskellunge and male northern pike, concluded in 2008. Because tiger muskies are a long-lived fish, anglers could still catch large tigers for years to come. Since 2009, the state has been annually stocking Findley Lake with advanced muskellunge fingerlings (8-9 inches). These fish are now showing up in angler catches. The DEC is planning a fisheries survey to evaluate the burgeoning musky population in the spring of 2015 or 2016.
Northern Pike and Walleye: Northern pike reproduce naturally in the lake and are found in moderate numbers. Most pike will be in the 18 - 25 inch range, although fish in the 30 - 35 inch range are taken occasionally. When fishing for muskies and pike, anglers do well with large live minnows and baitfish imitations in the 6 -10 inch range. Recently, the DEC has been stocking pond fingerling walleye (5,500) in Findley Lake every other year, to provide additional angling opportunity. DEC will also evaluate the walleye stockings during the fisheries survey planned for 2015 or 2016.
Statewide fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).