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Lake Ontario Fishing Charters

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Lake Ontario: 81 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(37 reviews)
Oswego
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Wilson
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Pulaski
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Burt
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
Pulaski
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(90 reviews)
Mexico
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(111 reviews)
Sodus Point
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(96 reviews)
Wolcott
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(62 reviews)
Chaumont
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Pulaski
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trips from $600

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Ontario

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Ontario are: Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Ontario

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Ontario fishing trip is $529, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $629 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Lake Ontario that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Lake Ontario are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Lake Ontario are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Lake Ontario are:

Many fishing charters in Lake Ontario provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Lake Ontario are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Lake Ontario?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Lake Ontario are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $419
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $600
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $545
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $650
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $800
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $700

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
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25560 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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.
Very good
4.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Yes! No one can guarantee that the weather will cooperate, but the diverse fishery is first class.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes! No one can guarantee that the weather will cooperate, but the diverse fishery is first class.
John  C.
John C. Latham, NY
Dress for weather...Trust your guide Our guide Paul he knows how to catch fish!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
FishingBooker Member
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Healy Outdoors
Healy Outdoors
Fishing charter in Altmar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Awesome day on the water. Captain Rob was very knowledgeable and got us on the fish.
James  W.
James W. Seymour, Connecticut
King David Guide Service
King David Guide Service
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
David is best guide I have used on the Salmon River. Bite was tough but still got into the Steelies thanks to David's hustle and hard work. Got them on plug and float rig. Quality equipment too. David is an elite guide.
Dominic  M.
Dominic M. Wayne, Pennsylvania
King David Guide Service
King David Guide Service
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Dave is super easy and pleasant to deal with It went nice and smooth Unfortunately we weren’t lucky to get any bites but one but Dave made it up to us by bringing some venison From his hunting trip We will definitely try it again with Dave
Tatyana  K.
Tatyana K. Juarez, Quintana Roo
Dreams Come True – Drift Boat
Dreams Come True – Drift Boat
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
My father and I had nothing but a great experience with cap. Pecci. This is definitely a trip you want to make if you’re new to fishing for salmon especially in the WNY area. Highly recommend.
Ramon  N.
Ramon N. Youngstown, OH
Rochester Sport Fishing
Rochester Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Rochester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We did a half day in the morning. It was a fantastic time. We were just one short of hitting our limit. He was great with my 8 year old and helped him land 3 large salmon. He gear worked great and had us going the entire time. I would recommend him any time.
Barry  C.
Barry C. Horseheads, NY
Healy Outdoors
Healy Outdoors
Fishing charter in Altmar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Rob was incredibly experienced and knowledgeable; has been fishing and guiding on the salmon river for 40 years. Loved the trip!
Paul  H.
Paul H. Hillsboro Beach, FL
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Ryan was a great teacher. He explained everything clearly and worked to make sure we understood and had the skills necessary to hook and land giant salmon. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who wants to learn this fishery.
Gregory  M.
Gregory M. Stamford, Connecticut
Grateful Adventures
Grateful Adventures
Fishing charter in Altmar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Marcus. None of us fished for salmon before. He was a great guide. He showed us what to do and worked with us until we were comfortable on our own. He continued to coach us throughout the day. He definitely had us on the fish. It was crazy! I didn't want to leave. I definitely recommended using Marcus.
Brian  D.
Brian D. Albany, NY
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Best charter guide out on the salmon river! Definitely makes dreams happen and puts every last stitch effort into doing what he can to get you onto the fish. Definitely would recommend locked with lorenson.
Emily  B.
Emily B. North East, PA
Locked with Lorensen
Locked with Lorensen
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great day with Ryan, can't thank him enough for putting up with our jokes and helping us get some slammer salmon.
Sarah  V.  A.
Sarah V. A. Forest City, PA
Niagara Falls Fishing (NRGS)
Niagara Falls Fishing (NRGS)
Fishing charter in Niagara Falls
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Captain Ted was Terrific. Knowledgeable and gracious. We will be back for sure.
Justin  M.
Justin M. Syracuse, New York
Rochester Sport Fishing
Rochester Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Rochester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
My son and I flew in from Arizona after we booked a trip with Captain Kip. Hard fishing but Captain Kip worked his butt off and got us on the fish to make the trip worth it for all. After a 35 minute battle between cousins trading off and a 30 pound king they finally landed it to the end the day. Memories of a lifetime for those kids and proud father‘s and we would definitely do it again.
Joe  M.
Joe M. Tucson, AZ
Redemption Charters
Redemption Charters
Fishing charter in Olcott
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
We had a fabulous trip with Anthony. Such a nice guy and accommodating to us older folk. Had a really good day from what I hear for this time of year. Brought home some nice salmon and steelhead. Would definitely go out with Anthony again. Very personable. Thanks Anthony for a wonderful trip and a beautiful day on the water
Becky  K.
Becky K. Phenix City, AL
Redemption Charters
Redemption Charters
Fishing charter in Olcott
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(43 reviews)
Had a good time. The fish did not cooperate. Only caught one but a nice 28inch 9lb steelhead. Booked another trip for April hoping to land some nice kings.
Richard  W.
Richard W. Hollsopple, PA
Reel Adventures Sport Fishing
Reel Adventures Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Burt
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(46 reviews)
Great day on the lake with Captain Tom . We have booked another trip with Tom next July
Scott  D.
Scott D. Washington, PA
LATER ON Charters
LATER ON Charters
Fishing charter in Oswego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Jim worked hard to get us on the fish on a slow fishing day for all the boats that were out. My son caught his first salmon. A nice king that made for a great day on the water.
Daniel  E.
Daniel E. Liverpool, New York
Niagara River Guide Service
Niagara River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lewiston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Captain John said that we would catch a lot of small mouth bass. He took me to different places he knew would produce and I had a great time.
Gerry  D.
Gerry D. Nashua, NH
Upstate Guide Service – St. Lawrence River
Upstate Guide Service – St. Lawrence River
Fishing charter in Alexandria Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Great day. Great guide. Great with my grandchildren. I have been fishing for 40 years and I learned some things today. Do yourself a favor and save (&75), book directly with him at Upstate guide service.
Andrew  S.
Andrew S. Penn Yan, NY
LATER ON Charters
LATER ON Charters
Fishing charter in Oswego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(38 reviews)
The trip was awesome I will highly recommend lateron anytime. Well worth it and I am now a repeat costumer can’t wait till this spring and get back on that boat
Brandin  B.
Brandin B. Port Leyden, NY
Over The Rail Sportfishing
Over The Rail Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Pulaski
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Man what a day out of the boat. 4 men 4 fish 5 smiles. Was a awesome experience for my boy and long time fishing buddies. Already talking about planning a trip with Justin for next year. Definitely recommended. Will learn a lot about the fishery they have here in New York. As we're from Maine, love our bookies and Salmon. So this was an awesome experience all around for us. Thanks again Justin
Barry  M.
Barry M. Greene, ME