Niagara River Charters
The navigable section of the Niagara River below the falls, between the whirlpool and Lake Ontario. When fishing in the Niagara River, you should strongly consider a Canadian fishing license to freely roam the full river. Come enjoy the scenic beauty of the river's gorge in the mighty Niagara River drift. It can be a little intimidating and tricky navigating between the hydroelectric tailraces, fast currents and rocks, so your first trip should be with a knowledgeable guide to help ensure your success and safety in rod bending action.
Chinook Salmon come up the Niagara River on their annual spawning runs beginning in September through October. The Kings of all Fresh Water Game Fish.
We fish by drifting skein, egg sacks and Kwikfish on light tackle for the fight of a Lifetime!
15 to 25 pound King Salmon are found in and around the "Devil's Hole" where most of action takes place.
A typical day is landing 5 to 9 Kings with 10 to 15 hook ups a day common. We'll show you how to catch these screaming drag burning Salmon but the hard part is getting these brawlers into the boat. Between their size and the Niagara River's strong current, you'll have your hands full trying to land them! Once you tangle with these Big Boys, you'll be the one hooked. With some fish surpassing 20 pounds, your arms will be tired at days end, aching to come back for more!
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About end of October to well into April the Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout start to show up to stuff themselves on Salmon eggs and the plentiful bait fish.
These acrobatic leapers that rivals the Best Trout Fishing anywhere in the World! While some trout remain throughout the Niagara River all winter long but most drop back to the river's mouth/Niagara Bar.
Runs of Steelies come up the river all winter long and hang around mainly in the upper stretches of the Niagara River. Limit catches are the norm most days. Just dress warm in layers while giving this trip a try, you won't be disappointed. NY DEC's description.
River Gorge Boat Launch
Local Area Lodging
Portage House Motel, Lewiston (716) 754-8295
Riverside Motel, Lewiston (716) 754-4101
Barton Hill Hotel & Spa, Lewiston (716) 754-9070
The mouth of the Niagara River in Lake Ontario. The Best Year Round, Multi-Species Fishery in New York and quite possibly the World. An extremely high oxygen content due to the falls and rapids, which draws large amounts of bait fish and in turn, great numbers of all types of gamefish. This is a great fishery to bring kids or any one who just wants to catch lots of fish.
All kinds of fish with many different techniques used to take "hands on" fishing by drifting live bait, kwikfish, a drop shot rig, casting jigs or spoons on light tackle. NY DEC's description.
Salmon and Trout Fishing At The Bar
A staging area for the salmon, steelhead and trout on spawning runs, or to recuperate and put on the feed bag. From mid September and until the water warms above their liking, of about 55 to 60 degrees in spring.
Winter Walleye Fishing
While it's not a numbers Walleye fishery like Lake Erie, but its a fragile, quality fishery. You won't catch a bunch of Walleyes, but there's a good chance it will be a Trophy Walleye of a Lifetime. 10 to 14 pounds that are caught fairly regularly. (December to March)
Summer Bar Bass Fishing
Summer Smallmouth Bass fishing on the bar rivals anywhere for numbers of these feisty fighters. 50-75 fish days on 1-2 pound Smallies are common with a few 3 and 4+ pounders mixed in.