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Lake Ontario Fishing Charters

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Lake Ontario: 58 fishing charters available

Reel Mania Sportfishing Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (21)
Wilson
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trips from $500

Fishlander Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (98)
Sodus Point
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trips from $450

Red Dog Fishing Charters

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (49)
Chaumont
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trips from $450

LATER ON Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (22)
Oswego
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trips from $600

716 SPORTFISHING

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (23)
Burt
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trips from $570

Locked with Lorensen

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (15)
Richland
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Boston Angler

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (85)
Wolcott
trips from $600

Over The Rail Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (6)
Pulaski
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trips from $550

SunMoon Adventures LLC

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (67)
Mexico
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trips from $400

Screwy Louie's Fishing Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (44)
Sterling
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trips from $550

Lake Ontario fishing charters allow you to explore the American or Canadian side of the smallest of the Great Lakes. What makes Lake Ontario extra special is the fact that the four remaining Great Lakes flow through it before emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, the lake harbors diverse wildlife and very big fish.

First and foremost, Lake Ontario is a fantastic Salmon fishery. From spring to early fall, take advantage of the incredible Chinook Salmon run. Alongside these kings, you could also hook into Coho and Atlantic Salmon.

And it’s not just about Salmon fishing, either. The lake is a fantastic Trout fishery and you could go home with delicious Brown Trout or Lake Trout. You can also add Steelhead to that list in the winter. Year-round targets include Walleye and Northern Pike, whereas Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass keep anglers busy in the summer months.

When it comes to choosing a trip, it’s really up to you. If you’re fishing Lake Ontario during the Salmon runs, don’t skip out on a full day trip to really experience the fishery. If you’re just starting out, or introducing the family to fishing, a half day trip can put you on Trout, Pike, and Perch.

If you’re fishing the American side of the lake, Pulaski and Oswego are excellent starting points. They’ll also give you easy access to the Salmon and Oswego Rivers. On the Canadian side, head out on an urban angling adventure in Toronto or head towards the border and fish in Niagara County.

Rules & Regulations

Depending on which side of the border you’re fishing, you’ll need to buy a New York State fishing license or an Ontario fishing license. Lake Ontario and its surrounding tributaries are subject to strict regulations. Heading out with a reputable guide is recommended if you’re new to the area.

Lake Ontario
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January

Happy New Year everybody! Lake Ontario is quiet, but those willing to brave the cold can ice fish for Trout and Walleye in the tributaries and shallower waters. 

February

Lake Ontario isn't quite ready yet, but if the weather conditions allow for it, you can still ice fish for Pike and Walleye in the tributaries. Look out for opportunities to jig for Trout in the smaller creeks and streams, too. 

March

Things are starting to heat up on Lake Ontario. Catch the tail-end of Pike fishing season or go after winter Steelhead in the surrounding rivers. 

April

April is prime Brown Trout time! These fish are delicious and can reach up to 20+ pounds! Weather depending, you should also be on the lookout for the first of the Coho and Chinook Salmon in the lake's western basin.

May

The lake's western basin should be holding nearshore Coho and Chinook Salmon. Get your hands on them before they move into deeper, offshore waters. The Lake and Brown Trout bite is still hot.

June

The Salmon are still congregating nearshore – but not for long. They'll head into colder offshore waters soon so get your hands on them while you can. Lake and Brown Trout, summer Steelhead, and Walleye also make great targets.

July

As the waters warm up, the Salmon head into deeper and colder waters. Head out on an offshore trip and troll for your limits. Don't have that much time to spare? Hook tasty Brown Trout nearshore. 

August

Salmon are staging in the southeast corner, preparing to head to the Salmon River. Head there for your pre-spawn catch. Or if you haven’t had enough of the lake, target Lake Trout instead.

September

All New York’s ports are great for Salmon fishing. The wild fish are heading to the tributaries. Check out the southeast corner of Mexico Bay or make your way into the Salmon and Oswego Rivers.

October

It's all about hooking those spawning Salmon. Typically, peak season occurs now, with Chinooks coming through first and Coho a little bit later. The tributaries are at their busiest so get there early. 

November

This is your last chance to hook into spawning Chinook and Coho Salmon. Don't worry though, the Washington Steelhead are still to come for those who aren't ready to wrap up the season yet. 

December

December Steelhead keeps anglers in the tributaries busy. You can also count of year-round targets like Walleye to keep you busy. Get yourself an early Christmas present and go fishing!

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Chaumont is a great fishery. Captain Dave took us all over the channel to give us an opportunity for a monster.
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Chaumont is a great fishery. Captain Dave took us all over the channel to give us an opportunity for a monster.
Justin  Q.
Justin Q. Rome, NY
There is a large variety of fish here. Tall to the locals about specific places and bate/lures for the fish you want to catch.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There is a large variety of fish here. Tall to the locals about specific places and bate/lures for the fish you want to catch.
Scott  M.
Scott M. Waverly, NY
I would recommend anyone that love to fish. Please get to OSwego and enjoy this amazing experience!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend anyone that love to fish. Please get to OSwego and enjoy this amazing experience!
Michael  C.  S.
Michael C. S. Rochester, New York
Book with Captain Jim and Jerry! Oh! and bring a cooler for all the fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Jim and Jerry! Oh! and bring a cooler for all the fish!
Frank  P.
Frank P. Buffalo, NY
Be prepared for the weather, the Captain is great with instruction if you listen and the fish are biting you will catch fish. I listened learned and had a great experience despite the weather,
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for the weather, the Captain is great with instruction if you listen and the fish are biting you will catch fish. I listened learned and had a great experience despite the weather,
Cindy  G.
Cindy G. Rockville, Connecticut
The King Salmon were biting, so 11 of our 12 fish were those, but our 11-year-old also caught a nice Lake Trout.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The King Salmon were biting, so 11 of our 12 fish were those, but our 11-year-old also caught a nice Lake Trout.
Jodi  P.
Jodi P. Lockport, NY
Olcott is a small friendly town. Walk around, enjoy the sun, and speak with the locals..... if you want to get a feel for current fishing conditions. I spoke with a few guys at The Time Out Bar & Grill and Big Fatties. Everyone was friendly and had good things to say about Captain Kurt (Stalker Charters). We caught a bunch of fish and had a great time. We were in shorts & t-shirts the entire time. Weather was perfect. Not a bad idea to bring a hoodie or long pants just in case.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Olcott is a small friendly town. Walk around, enjoy the sun, and speak with the locals..... if you want to get a feel for current fishing conditions. I spoke with a few guys at The Time Out Bar & Grill and Big Fatties. Everyone was friendly and had good things to say about Captain Kurt (Stalker Charters). We caught a bunch of fish and had a great time. We were in shorts & t-shirts the entire time. Weather was perfect. Not a bad idea to bring a hoodie or long pants just in case.
Rich  L.
Rich L. Cedar Park, TX
To be patient while fishing because every day is definitely different. It may have some periods of waiting for a bite, but the Captain and 1st mate will never stop searching for a great spot.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
To be patient while fishing because every day is definitely different. It may have some periods of waiting for a bite, but the Captain and 1st mate will never stop searching for a great spot.
Chakerie  M.
Chakerie M. Brooklyn, NY
The fishing at Olcott has been very good. The salmon have been staying in the Olcott area and are hitting with some consistency. Last summer and so far in 2019, fishing has been the best it has been in years. First time fishermen will be surprised at how strong the salmon are and the tremendous, drag-screaming runs by these fish.
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The fishing at Olcott has been very good. The salmon have been staying in the Olcott area and are hitting with some consistency. Last summer and so far in 2019, fishing has been the best it has been in years. First time fishermen will be surprised at how strong the salmon are and the tremendous, drag-screaming runs by these fish.
Dave  M.
Dave M. Grove City, PA
Pick an experanced Captian like Captian Anthony Ellis who has the right equiptment and knowhow to put you on the fish and ask his advice if you are not sure what to do He will be a big help.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Pick an experanced Captian like Captian Anthony Ellis who has the right equiptment and knowhow to put you on the fish and ask his advice if you are not sure what to do He will be a big help.
George  F.
George F. Lockport, NY
Yes! No one can guarantee that the weather will cooperate, but the diverse fishery is first class.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes! No one can guarantee that the weather will cooperate, but the diverse fishery is first class.
John  C.
John C. Latham, NY
The spring is for trout and maybe a stray Salmon here or there if you go to Oswego you will catch a fish. The Fall season is for Salmon both seasons are an incredible time.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The spring is for trout and maybe a stray Salmon here or there if you go to Oswego you will catch a fish. The Fall season is for Salmon both seasons are an incredible time.
Richard  C.
Richard C. Medford, NY
Dress for weather...Trust your guide Our guide Paul he knows how to catch fish!!
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Dress for weather...Trust your guide Our guide Paul he knows how to catch fish!!
Michele  G.
Michele G. Northfield, OH
Book a drift boat trip and learn the techniques of fishing for those big fish. Also, you get a first hand view of the river.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a drift boat trip and learn the techniques of fishing for those big fish. Also, you get a first hand view of the river.
Paul  P.
Paul P. Albany, NY
Do some research on the weather the water temperature. If you are booking this kind of tour make sure you ask your captain questions. They will prepare you.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do some research on the weather the water temperature. If you are booking this kind of tour make sure you ask your captain questions. They will prepare you.
Terri  F.
Terri F. Scranton, PA
It was a lot of fun and the salmon were biting. Kings were all around and the big ones were biting too.
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It was a lot of fun and the salmon were biting. Kings were all around and the big ones were biting too.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Alpharetta, GA
We had some rough waters. The Capt did say a few trips were cancelled during the week leading up to ours. We still had a great time!
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We had some rough waters. The Capt did say a few trips were cancelled during the week leading up to ours. We still had a great time!
Michael  A.
Michael A. Warwick, NY
Just come prepared for the weather just in case, but over all you don't need to bring anything for the boat it is all there for you, just bring yourself and food and drink.
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Just come prepared for the weather just in case, but over all you don't need to bring anything for the boat it is all there for you, just bring yourself and food and drink.
Timothy  F.
Timothy F. Newfoundland, PA
Sunscreen, plenty of refreshments to keep hydrated and make sure to take the appropriate measures if you get seasick. Also make sure you get your fishing license before you get onto the boat
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Sunscreen, plenty of refreshments to keep hydrated and make sure to take the appropriate measures if you get seasick. Also make sure you get your fishing license before you get onto the boat
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FishingBooker Member Tully, New York
The Kings are stocked at this point in the lake greatly improving the catch. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced Captain.
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The Kings are stocked at this point in the lake greatly improving the catch. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced Captain.
Sheila  S.
Sheila S. United States

Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Choosing the captain Lorensen is the best choice, he has rich fishing experience and excellent equipment. He can guarantee that you get the maximum probability of catch fish.We asked whether there is a heater and the captain prepared enough gas to keep us warm.
Guanboyu  R.
Guanboyu R. Syracuse, New York
Dreams Come True – Drift Boat
Dreams Come True – Drift Boat
Fishing charter in Pulaski
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
The heating device on the ship is very good. Can make us very comfortable fishing. Although we didn't catch any fish, we had a happy day enjoying the beautiful scenery.My English is not very good, but he still patiently explained to me。He is a very good person, and many people along the way greet him.He has been trying different baits, and it has produced results. I believe that the harvest will be better if the weather is better. He is definitely a trustworthy partner
Guanboyu  R.
Guanboyu R. Syracuse, New York
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Our captain from Locked with Lorensen was our best experience. Our captain very friendly and help the clients and explaining every little details. His very professional captan and has a lot of knowledge from finishing. Highly recommend to everyone Locked with Lorensen any time Thank you captain the amazing unforgettable day .
Tamas  D.
Tamas D. Brooklyn, New York
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Honestly the best guide service I have been on. Ryan went out of his way to get us on fish and even thoughit was a difficult day with the weather. He tried his hardest to help me get my first salmon on a fly rod out of the salmon river. Would definitely recommend and would go again!
Emily  B.
Emily B. North East, PA
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
We had a great experience with Ryan. He is knowledgeable, friendly and a great teacher. In our one day with him, we learned more and had more success than in our all of our other days on the river over the course of several years. Highly, highly recommended!
Kyle  G.
Kyle G. Brewster, NY
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Ryan was an incredible guide! He was super flexible and had the best personality that really made the day wonderful. Ryan gave us the option of shore fishing, drift boat fishing, or both. He taught my fiancé and I so much and was super informative! Though I believe that fishing charters are pretty pricey (Captain Ryan included), I also believe he was worth it! If I had to do it all over again, I'd book with him again hands down!
Brandi  C.
Brandi C. Hoboken, NJ
Lake Run Fly & Guide
Lake Run Fly & Guide
Fishing charter in Oswego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Where do I start? I had to rearrange this trip because of a change in travel plans and Capt. Stephen worked with me the entire time. He was very knowledgeable and very patient. I lost 4 fish and was feeling discouraged but Capt. Stephen helped me to adjust my technique and I went on to catch my limit, including an 18lb King Salmon. I can't wait to book my next trip!
Curtis  H.
Curtis H. Wilmington, DE
Lake Run Fly & Guide
Lake Run Fly & Guide
Fishing charter in Oswego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
spectacular day..great experience Steve is truly a great guide.. terrific experience caught our limit and released others will return for more for sure
Jim  S.
Jim S. Bennington, Vermont
Dreams Come True – Wading
Dreams Come True – Wading
Fishing charter in Pulaski
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Scheduled a wading trip but since the Salmon run was a little slow Rick changed us to a drift boat trip. We had a great experience and learned a bunch of new things about the river. We fished ourselves the following day in a spot that Rick put us on and it was very active with fish to say the least. We had a great time!!!!
Edward  A.
Edward A. Holland, PA
Angler's Edge Outdoors LLC
Angler's Edge Outdoors LLC
Fishing charter in Lewiston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Took half day trip as part of my birthday celebration. Hooked into a beautiful King salmon but lost him, however, just having him on the line was amazing! Caught two more small mouth bass which became dinner for the evening. Joe is a great captain, so personable and knowledgeable about fishing the local waters. His boat is very comfortable and well equipped for a memorable fishing experience. Highly recommended!
Mary  J.  L.
Mary J. L. Punta Gorda, FL
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Ryan knows how to catch those hard to boat king salmon. It was a nice fun day. I'm ready to go again
Frank  O.
Frank O. Trenton, NJ
Boston Angler
Boston Angler
Fishing charter in Wolcott
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
We’ll go out again with Captain Mike, probably this spring and summer(2022).
Kevin  B.
Kevin B. Milton, Pennsylvania
Boston Angler
Boston Angler
Fishing charter in Wolcott
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
Party of 3 had a great time. Weather turned out great and had a smooth trip. Got a big haul and looking forward to a future trip with Captain Chuck.
John  S.
John S. Columbia, SC
Down and Tight Sportfishing
Down and Tight Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Mexico
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
What a great day out fishing we had with captain Mike ,we went out on 24 September we had the boat to ourself for 6 hours. The boat was at sunrise marina i would definately go back and fish with captain Mike again. He was a very nice person and lokked after us very well.
Siarhei  K.
Siarhei K. Branford, CT
Healy Outdoors
Healy Outdoors
Fishing charter in Altmar
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4 reviews
Thank you for being such a great and helpful guide, pointing out exactly where and how to catch such large king salmon. Your knowledge of the waters where we fished was exceptional. Again, thank you for all you did, making this a great fishing trip. I look forward to future trips with you!
Cristina  P.
Cristina P. Hauppauge, NY
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Richland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Ryan is a good guy - he knows where the fish are and provided a great, once in a lifetime experience for us. Knows the area, types of fish, their behaviors/migration, and bait to use. I'd fish all week with Lorensen. HIghly recommend, just book and hook, you'll enjoy yourself.
Justin  K.
Justin K. East Windsor, CT
Popeye Charters
Popeye Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Absolutely recommend to anyone! Werner is a great guy and very knowledgeable. We had an awesome day to end the season. All six of us caught a fish and some. Best catch of the day was a 22lb king salmon. We will be repeating our trip with Werner every year! One of the greatest experiences of our lives!
Bryan  P.
Bryan P. Fabius, New York
Boston Angler
Boston Angler
Fishing charter in Wolcott
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
Had a great time with captain chuck caught lots of fish. I will definitely be back
Bill  H.
Bill H. Marienville, PA
Niagara River Guide Service
Niagara River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lewiston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Great day on the water, lots of fish caught and the captain was helpful and fun!
Raymond  S.
Raymond S. Girard, OH
The Dreams Come True Charters
The Dreams Come True Charters
Fishing charter in Mexico
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
It was a great trip and a fun day caught some fish and mist a few had a wonderful time
Ernest  W.
Ernest W. Scotchtown, NY

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Ontario

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Lake Ontario costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $494, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $608. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Lake Ontario is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Reel Mania Sportfishing Charters, Fishlander Charters, and Red Dog Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Ontario. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Ontario.

Fishlander Charters and Red Dog Fishing Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Ontario.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake Ontario 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 Lake Ontario.

The most popular fish species you can target are Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Lake fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Happy New Year everybody! Lake Ontario is quiet, but those willing to brave the cold can ice fish for Trout and Walleye in the tributaries and shallower waters.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake Ontario.