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Fishing in Buffalo, NY is one of those unique experiences you just have to treat yourself to at least once in your life. Freshwater anglers visit the second-biggest city in New York state with the same idea – premier fishing. And when you’ve got Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Upper Niagara River to explore, you know things are about to get epic.

These bodies of water are famous for their abundance of fish, so there’s plenty for you to do. Going after Salmon, Trout, and Muskellunge is what the Niagara River is all about. Chinook and Coho Salmon are all the rage here, too, as well as Rainbow and Lake Trout.

Lake Erie boasts a superb Walleye bite along with Perch, Steelhead, and Smallmouth Bass. Travel a little further to Lake Ontario, and you’ll find Trout, Bass, Walleye, and big Salmon all there for the taking. Depending on what you’d like to catch, you can choose the body of water that suits you, or your guide can help you decide.

Buffalo has access to warm- and cold-water fisheries, so there will always be something good for you to target. Local fishing charters offer different trip options, where you can choose the location, preferred catch, and length of the trip. Seasoned fishermen come to test their skills and land a trophy, novices join to learn something new, and families are in for a good time and a delicious fish dinner.

Most charter boats move out of Port of Buffalo Small Boat Harbor. This is where you’ll find a skilled guide to take you out for an exciting day of fishing in Buffalo, NY.

Rules & Regulations

Before you hit the water, remember to buy a New York fishing license in accordance with your residence, age, and how long you want to fish. Leave everything else in your guide’s capable hands.

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January

Ice fishing and Lake Erie pair well, and you can expect a fair amount of Perch. Northern Pike and Brown Trout are biting on Lake Ontario – there’s a lot of good fishing battles to be had, so bundle up and head out.

February

It’s still very chilly outside, but you can go ice fishing for Perch and Walleye on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and there’s plenty of Lake Trout to hook on the Niagara River. There’s also some good Pike action you can enjoy.

March

As the temperatures rise, the ice is slowly melting, but the waters are still cold and you’ll have to go to deeper parts of the lakes to find a solid bite. Steelhead and Trout are the most frequent catches this month, as well as some Musky and Pike.

April

The Niagara River produces a good number of Lake and Brown Trout, as well as Steelhead. You can find a decent amount of Perch on Lake Ontario, not to mention Chinook and Coho Salmon. There’s more and more Walleye swimming around in Lake Erie, too.

May

This is one of the top months to target Salmon and Trout out of Buffalo. Fishing for Walleye, Bass, and Trout is usually good on the Upper Niagara River, and Lake Erie Walleye are becoming more active in the shallow waters.

June

The Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament is this month, and you can catch a lot of good-sized Walleye and Smallmouth Bass all around the city waters. The Muskellunge season is open and Salmon action is fantastic!

July

Summer is the best time to target just about anything. Going after Chinook Salmon never disappoints on Lake Ontario, and there’s plenty of Trout in the Niagara River. Bass and Walleye fishing on Lake Erie is as good as ever.

August

Bass and Walleye are biting left and right on Lake Erie, and it’s the same on the Niagara River. Salmon fishing is good on Lake Ontario, and it will only get better as the fall approaches. Trout are also abundant and ready to gulp down your bait.

September

Both on the Upper Niagara River and Lake Erie, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass start to hide around rocks and vegetation as the weather cools down, so cast your line in these areas. King and Coho Salmon are active, as well as Pike, Musky, and Walleye. 

October

Perch and Walleye are still going strong on Lake Erie, and the Niagara River is teeming with Coho and Chinook Salmon. Steelhead and Salmon are also popular catches on Lake Ontario, and let’s not forget about Brown Trout.

November

Rainbow Trout are the main act on Lake Erie, along with some Jumbo Perch. The Musky season usually closes by the end of the month, but you can still catch plenty of Lake and Brown Trout when fishing Lake Ontario.

December

With the holiday season comes cold weather and excellent ice fishing conditions on Lake Erie. On the Niagara River, you can expect Bass, Trout, and Steelhead, while King Salmon rule Lake Ontario. If you’re a winter person, you’ll have a blast fishing in Buffalo, NY.

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A Half-Day With Captain Barry
Kevin R. fished with Schultz Sportfishing Charter on September 17, 2020
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The fishing is plenteous and exciting. However, prepare for swift currents, a tremendous undertow, and do not take the river and lakes lightly.
Fishing with Paul
Natalie T. fished with Niagara River Guide Service on August 18, 2020
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Be prepared to deal with the mighty waves of Lake Erie
August fishing trip
Barbara K. fished with Schultz Sportfishing Charter on August 2, 2018
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Barry is well versed and knowledgeable, friendly and helpful

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Buffalo

According to customer reviews, Mark Lorenc Charters LLC, Niagara River Guide Service, and Just Fish Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Buffalo, New York. Full list of top fishing charters in Buffalo.

Mark Lorenc Charters LLC and Niagara River Guide Service received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Buffalo.

The best way to experience fishing in Buffalo is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Buffalo, New York.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Buffalo are:

The Niagara River produces a good number of Lake and Brown Trout, as well as Steelhead. You can find a decent amount of Perch on Lake Ontario, not to mention Chinook and Coho Salmon. There’s more and more Walleye swimming around in Lake Erie, too. Check availability for local fishing charters in Buffalo.

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