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Fishing the Niagara River and Lake Ontario

Western New York is considered by many to be one of the top fisheries in not only the United States, but even the world!  The variety of species you can find is without comparison and includes salmon, trout, walleye, bass, and perch just to name a few.  Click on the links below for the most up-to-date information for all your fishing needs.  The area is host to many fishing expos and tournaments as well and you will find those links below.  Be sure to get your fishing license and have it handy.  Grab a pole and a friend and get fishing!

Fishing Resources and Information:

Outdoors Niagara Fishing information and report – Featuring up to the minute  reports, Niagara fishing tips, conditions, live lake web cam, and regular, updated forecasts.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association – LOTSA focuses on educating both recreational and professional fishermen and women. Their site offers information on upcoming seminars and events as well as links to numerous other information sites.

Niagara Frontier Bassmasters – Tournament bass fishing information for the entire Niagara region.

Niagara Musky Association – Focused on education, Conservation, Research & Camaraderie as well as providing the latest fishing tips and reports.

Southtowns Walleye Association – Dedicated to furthering the sport of fishing on all bodies of water, with a clear focus on community and the outdoors through our annual tournament, scholarships, club events and dedicated sponsors.

WNY Bassmasters -The purpose of WNY Bassmasters Team Trail is to stimulate public awareness of bass fishing, promote conservation, to improve our skills as bass anglers through fellowship and friendly exchange of techniques and ideas, and to encourage fishing and a love for this great resource.

Lake Ontario Fishing Information – Provides information of fishing all of Lake Ontario with several pages devoted to the Niagara Falls region including resources, tips, and planning guides.

Lake Ontario United Fishing Information – Loaded with information including classifieds, maps, events calendar and links useful local fishing information.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – State run web site providing information fishing rules and regulations as well as fishing information and tips.

Western Lake Ontario Fishing Guide – An all in one site for all your fishing, boating, weather and event needs for Western Lake Ontario and the surrounding areas.

Western NY Fishing Maps – Providing numerous maps of local fishing areas, launch and marina sites, charter information and so much more.

Fishing Guides:

Brookdog Fishing Company

Are you thinking about fishing the Buffalo/Niagara region? Great choice – we have some of the best angling opportunities in the country. We’re passionate about our waters and after seeing it for yourself, we’re confident you will be too. Offering year-round angling adventure.

Expos and Events

Niagara Fishing Expo – Held annually every January, the largest fishing show in New York State features over 170 exhibitors as well as seminars and speakers.

Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby – A family-oriented event held annually in August features fishing, fun and prizes for all ages.

Lake Ontario County Fishing Derbies – Offering multiple events and thousands of dollars in payouts.

Lake Ontario Pro Am Salmon Tournament – Professional and amateur fishing tournaments on Lake Ontario. Also provides links to other useful fishing sites.

Lake Ontario Fishing Tournaments – A one-day tournament in May as well as information on other tournaments and events.

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Niagara County Sheriff Marine Patrol:   716-438-3393

NYS Parks Police (Niagara Falls): 716-278-1777

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Office:  716-851-7000

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Fish and Game Violations:  844-332-3267

US Coast Guard Search and Rescue:  716-843-9500

US Coast Guard Station Niagara (Youngstown, NY):  716-745-3328