At the Confluence of Chautauqua and Major League Fishing

A moment of calm before the competition. Photo provided by Major League Fishing.

On Monday, August 27, 2012, twenty-four professional bass anglers took to the waters of Chautauqua Lake in western New York for six days of intense bass fishing during Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2013 General Tire Summit Cup. Produced by the Outdoor Channel, the event features seven episodes which premiered on Thursday, January 3, 2013 and will continue to run for the next few weeks capping off with a Championship Round on NBC, February 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET.

In addition to the competition, Major League Fishing participants have been sharing their experiences in visiting western New York . One article in particular explains how the 2013 tournament came to be held here. League officials were searching for an appropriate venue located in western New York. They knew a little about Chautauqua Lake’s reputation as a bass fishery, but it was a relatively unknown lake, and only a few of the professional anglers had ever fished it before, an advantage in increasing the competitive challange. Once the lake was chosen, officials started to look for an outdoor studio site and set their eyes on Chautauqua Institution, a National Historic District and world-renown center for lifelong learning. One look and a bond was formed. Read the article and see how Chautauqua Institution and Major League Fishing came together over a week of filming.

For more information on fishing in Chautauqua County on several lakes and waterways, including Lake Erie, contact the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau at 716-357-4569 or visit the website at www.tourchautauqua.com/fishing.aspx. Information on fishing regulations can be found in the NYDEC Fishing Guide online.

For ideas on what to see and do and where to stay, shop and dine while you are here, request a 2013 Visitors Guide. It comes with a detailed map of Chautauqua County.

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