What’s biting in Buffalo? Between the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake and Lakes Erie and Ontario, you’re likely to find small mouth bass, musky, king salmon, steelhead, walleye and lake trout on your hook. In fact, Lake Erie is often referred to as the “Smallmouth Bass Capital of the World” and the Buffalo Harbor is home to the hungry musky. Trophy fish are routinely caught throughout the region.

The Niagara River is divided into two distinct fishing areas by Niagara Falls. The upper section, flowing out of Lake Erie, is a great warm water fishery that’s home to smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskies and northern pike. The lower part, emptying into Lake Ontario, is home to salmon, steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass and walleye.

How big do the fish get? In 1994 a state-record-holding 39lb. lake trout was caught in the Lower Niagara River. Imagine finding that on the end of your line! And on Lake Ontario it’s not unusual to reel in a 40lb. salmon.

The listings and links below will hook you up with charters, fishing sites, put ins and supplies.  Check out an online map of hot spots here.


Fishing in Buffalo

Brookdog Fishing knows all the best spots


Fishing Spots

1st Choice Fishing Charters

444 Harper Drive
Lewiston, NY 14092

(716) 940-2845

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Angler’s Edge Outdoors

Ransomville, NY 14131

(716) 791-1085

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Angler’s Obsession Charters

6971 Sandpiper Court
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

(716) 696-0280

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Brookdog Fishing Company

53 Elmwood Park W
Tonawanda, NY 14150

(716) 704-5144

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Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters

266 Troy Del Way
Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 479-2327

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Cinelli’s Niagara Fishing Guides

2809 Love Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

(716) 479-2812

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Crazy Tails Sportfishing

Port of Buffalo Small Boat Harbor
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 725-9680

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Draper Sportfishing

3302 Love Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

(716) 479-2634

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Eerie Eyes Sport Fishing Charters

2 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048

(716) 257-9216

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End of the Line Charters

Buffalo Harbor
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 907-1929

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First Class Bass Charters

70 Huetter Avenue
Tonawanda, NY 14207


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Fishgrappler Charters

110 Wrexham Court North
Tonawanda, NY 14150

(716) 440-2250

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