Walleyes are a native species to NY waters and are widely scattered across the state. Some of the best walleye fishing hot spots in NY are Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Oneida Lake, Black Lake, Niagara River, Susquehanna River, Delaware River, Oswego River, Seneca River, Black River, Genesee River, Erie Canal, and the Chemung River.
At one time the Chemung River once held the claim to the states record walleye of 15-pound, 3 ounces. This awesome walleye was caught in the early 1950s and held the state record for more than 40 years. Stories of larger walleyes are told and in time it may well produce another record breaking fish.
A few of the Finger Lakes have walleyes, but the populations are not very significant. Most of the states man made reservoirs also contain walleyes and the current state record walleye was caught from the Kinzua Reservoir 05/22/94. It was caught by John D. Fluder on a Mr. Twister and weighed in at 16 lb.7oz.
The state has also been stocking Tiger Muskellunge in the Chemung River for several years now, and it is possible that some of these may be over 20 pounds by now. The state of NY has also stocked American Shad fry in an attempt to restore these fish to these waters.
The Chemung River is a warm water habitat, but has many small feeder streams that are stocked or support native populations of trout. When fishing on the Chemung River some of the fish species you may encounter include Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Rock Bass, White Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Bullheads, Bowfin, White Suckers, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Carp, Tiger Muskellunge, Hybrid Striped Bass, American Shad