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Buffalo Niagara is an angler’s paradise. The region has some of the best smallmouth bass, musky, king salmon, steelhead, walleye and lake trout fishing in the world. In fact, fantastic fishing can be found only minutes from downtown Buffalo’s many hotels. Within a short drive from the city, anglers can fish Lakes Erie and Ontario, the mighty Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake and numerous trout streams.

How good is the fishing? Lake Erie has been called the smallmouth bass capital of the world and Buffalo Harbor is one of the best kept secrets in the world of musky fishing. Lake Erie is also an excellent walleye fishery. Trophy fish are routinely taken here.

The Niagara River is divided by Niagara Falls into two distinct fishing areas. The upper section, as it flows out of Lake Erie, is a great warm water fishery. It’s home to smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskies and northern pike. The lower Niagara River, which empties into Lake Ontario, is home to salmon, steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. The state record lake trout came from the Lower Niagara - a 39 pound monster caught in 1994.

Lake Ontario is one of the finest fisheries in the Great Lakes. It has a tremendous salmon population, with many weighing in at over 40 pounds. Steelhead roam the open waters, along with brown and lake trout.

Get hooked on Buffalo Niagara fishing, with an adventurous day on the water with one of the area’s many fishing captains. Take advantage of their local knowledge and expertise and come home with a trophy fish! 

Click on the purple squares on the map below for a detailed map of those specific fishing hot spots. For a free copy of the Greater Niagara Hot Spot Fishing map, please call 1-800-BUFFALO.

Erie Niagara fishing map

Download a print-friendly map here. 

More Information on Fishing in Buffalo Niagara

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1st Choice Fishing Charters

  • 444 Harper Drive
  • Lewiston, NY 14092
  • Phone: (716) 940-2845
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Captain Randy Lingenfelter and the Niagara region have something great to offer all his clients that come to visit or live in Western New York -- Bass fishing at its best in the lower Niagara River,…more

Alibi Sportfishing Charters

  • P.O. Box 655
  • Brocton, NY 14716
  • Phone: (716) 680-2375
  • Visit Website

Alibi Sportfishing Charters is a full service fishing charter available for full or half day trips on Eastern Lake Erie or Western Lake Ontario. We offer groups of 1-4 anglers a quality Great Lakes…more

Ameri-Can Fishing Charters

  • 8645 Hennepin Avenue
  • Niagara Falls, NY 14304
  • Phone: (716) 418-4738
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You'll drift fish the swift local waters aboard a Lund Pro V 1900 Tournament Edition with a very quiet 2008 BF 150hp Honda four stroke. Fishing for King Salmon, Steelhead, Rainbow, Brown and Lake…more

Angling Adventures with Schultz Sportfishing

  • 3673 Ewings Road
  • Lockport, NY 14094
  • Phone: (716) 433-5848
  • Visit Website

Angling Adventures with Schultz Sportfishing Charter & Guide Service offers year round Trophy Smallmouth Bass, King Salmon, Steelhead, Walleye, Lake Trout & Brown Trout charters on Lake Erie, Lake…more

Braun's Outdoors

  • Various Dock Locations
  • Buffalo, NY 14223
  • Phone: (716) 837-5649
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Fish for trophy smallmouth bass with Captain Tim Braun on Lakes Erie and Ontario and the mighty Niagara River in Buffalo, NY. Over 25 years of experience catching smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and…more

Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters

Come experience fly fishing for steelhead and brown trout on Cattaraugus Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie located in Western New York. The steelhead section on the "Catt" is approximately 34 miles…more

Cinelli's Niagara River Guides

  • 2809 Love Road
  • Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Phone: (716) 773-7910
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If you're looking for world class fishing, world class entertainment, and the family experience of a lifetime, look no further! Joe Cinelli's Niagara River Guides can make it all happen for you.

Draper Sportfishing

  • 3302 Love Road
  • Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Phone: (716) 479-2634
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Drift fish the mighty Niagara River below the Falls and Lake Ontario's famous Niagara bar for trophy King Salmon, Steelhead, Browns, and Lake Trout. Or try Lake Erie for some world class Smallmouth…more

Dream Makers Charters

  • 102 Bogardus Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14206
  • Phone: (716)894-3297

Niagara is an angler's paradise, with some of the best smallmouth bass, musky, king salmon, steelhead, walleye and lake trout fishing in the world.

Eerie Eyes Sport Fishing Charters

  • Ports of Dunkirk, NY & Barcelona, NY
  • Dunkirk/Barcelona, NY 14048
  • Phone: (716) 257-9216
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Exciting Lake Erie charter fishing out of beautiful Barcelona and Dunkirk Harbors in Western New York. On Eerie Eyes Charters you'll have the opportunity to actually fish, participating from the…more

First Class Bass Charters

Come join bass fishing guide Terry Jones for a day of great bass fishing action. With over 30 years of fishing experience in western New York and nearly 20 years as a bass fishing guide, Terry has…more

Fishgrappler Charters

  • 110 Wrexham Court North
  • Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • Phone: (716) 440-2250
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Come and fish the wonderful waters of the mighty Niagara River and Lake Erie. This area is well-known for its Magnificent fishing. There are multiple species of fish to be caught and this may be the…more

GR8 Lakes Fishing Adventures

Book an adventure with Capt. Tom Marks, who has lived his entire life (over 50 yrs) on Lake Erie. The NY Director of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council for 6 years, President of the Lake Erie…more

Jim Hanley's Charters

  • 1111 Furhmann Blvd.
  • Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Phone: (716) 316-3567
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Fishing Charter Captain Jim Hanley has been running guide trips on Lake Erie for 35 successful years. He has averaged 30 to 50 bass a day over that time span and continues to do so to this day. In…more

Lucky Seven Charters

  • 3684 Heathwood Drive
  • Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Phone: (716) 648-9071

Charter Captain: Buffalo Niagara is an angler's paradise, with some of the best smallmouth bass, musky, king salmon, steelhead, walleye and lake trout fishing in the world.

Mostly Muskies Charters

  • 268 Harrison Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14223
  • Phone: (716) 833-6739
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Captain Larry D. Jones has been musky hunting the Niagara River and Lake Erie for more then 20 years. Every year many trophy 'lunge, from 48 to 53 inches, are caught & released. Fall of 1998 saw two…more

Niagara River Guides Fishing Charters

Niagara River Guide Service, located in Niagara Falls, New York provides top notch fishing charters on the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Our clients have landed many trophy catches for…more

Phil's Sportfishing Guide Service

  • 4100 Faber Lane
  • Clarence, NY 14031
  • Phone: (716) 432-1276

Sportfishing the Niagara River is unsurpassed. The rich waters that flow over the falls are a key draw for bait, Salmon, Bass and Steelhead. These fish are drawn by the swift Niagara River waters…more

River Master Fishing Charters

  • 2110 Harvey Road
  • Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Phone: (716) 774-8589
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Fishing the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for Salmon, Trout, Bass, Walleye and Musky. Our Niagara River Guides fish 12 months a year to provide year round charter fishing opportunities on…more

River Wild Sport Fishing

  • 2855 Bedell Road
  • Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Phone: (716) 774-8820

Captain Scot Endres

Riverside Sportfishing

  • 160 S. Water Street
  • Lewiston, NY 14092
  • Phone: (716) 754-4101
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Enjoy charter fishing for King Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout on the Lower Niagara River. Riverside Sportfishing drifts along the seven-mile stretch of the Lower Niagara River from the…more

Rusty Hook Charters

  • 1515 Fuhrmann Boulevard
  • Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Phone: (716) 825-0333

Captain Fred Langdon

Sam I Am Charters

  • 195 E. Prospect Avenue
  • Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Phone: (716)465-6100
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Electric motoring along or drift fishing for smallmouth Bass is always exciting. You never know what will bite next - Bass, Walleye, Big Catfish, or some Perch.

Sassafras Fishing Charters

  • Charter Fishing out of Dunkirk
  • Dunkirk, NY 14048
  • Phone: (716)896-6186
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Captain Lance Ehrhardt is a U.S.C.G. master licensed captain with an active membership in the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, National Association Charter Boat Operators and a member of…more

Sly Fox Charters

  • 103 Rochelle Park
  • Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • Phone: (716)836-7899

Captain Pat Fox


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