The Buffalo area is one of the premier freshwater spots in America, and anglers from all over come to fish the waters of two of the Great Lakes, Chautauqua Lake and the Niagara River. With all three waterways in the area, you can fish here 12 months out of the year. And there are plenty of fish in these waters for all anglers to catch. In Lake Erie alone, over 2,000,000 fish are hooked every year. Because of this fertile fishery, Buffalo is a spot where, if you are a freshwater fisherman, you must come check it out at least once in your lifetime. There are many Buffalo Fishing Charters from numerous spots on both lakes and the river, with experienced local captains ready to take you for a day of fun and lots of fish.
The Niagara River has two spots the lower Niagara and the upper Niagara. Each has its variety of fish. The upper river flows into Lake Erie. Lake Erie is a warm water fishery with many fish making it home. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Muskies and Northern Pike can be found here. The lower river flows into Lake Ontario and is known to have Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, and Large and Smallmouth Bass. Buffalo Fishing Charters and Niagara Falls Charters can bring you to both sides of the river, depending on what types of fish you are looking to target.
Chautauqua Lake is a fishing destination known for world-class Muskellunge (Muskie) and incredible Bass fishing. Chautauqua Lake also has a large number of Walleye, Panfish, Perch, Crappie and Catfish. There are Chautauqua Lake Fishing Charters that can take you to where the fish are and have you bringing home a tasty dinner.
Lake Erie has lots of fish. It is known as “The Smallmouth Bass Capital of the World” because of the population and size of this fierce fighter. But Smallmouth Bass is not even the fish for which most anglers come to this part of the country. That is Walleye. There are tens of millions of these fish in the lake. Every year, the bite seems to get better and better with giant-sized walleye, which is not uncommon. Many of the Buffalo Fishing Charters specialize in Walleye or Smallmouth Bass fishing. Check with them to find the best charter to meet your needs.
The other Great Lake, Lake Ontario, is a totally different fishery. Here you will find significant numbers of trout and salmon. The fishing for trout and salmon is some of the best in New York State. You can find Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Steelhead (also known as Rainbow Trout), as well as Chinook (King ) and Coho (Silver) Salmon. You will also find Walleye here, just not in the same number as Lake Erie.
Buffalo is an excellent place for fishing year-round. Because of its location and the Niagara River, cold and warm fisheries host many of the most sought-after freshwater fish. Most fishing charters offer 4-hour, six-hour and eight-hour trips depending on how long you want to be out on the water, where you want to fish, and what fish you want to catch. These charters are for all anglers, no matter their experience. Novices will have a blast fishing these waters pulling in their first of what will probably be many fish to come. Anglers with experience will be able to target larger fish that will give you a battle with reel-screaming action. Many of the Buffalo Fishing Charters have multiple locations on both Great Lakes and some on the Niagara River too. They can customize your trip to meet all of your needs.