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fishing two girlsNiagara USA offers world class fishing opportunities throughout the year and boasts a long list of freshwater fish available year-round.

Niagara USA is home to one of the most diverse and spectacular freshwater sport fisheries on the planet. The Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are all within casting distance for salmon, trout, bass, walleye, muskellunge and so much more. You can fish for many of the species year-round. Take your fishing adventure to Niagara, you’re sure to satisfy the urge to enjoy the great outdoors.

Sport fishing opportunities in Niagara are endless. Whether it's to chase a winning fish in one of the many derbies and tournaments, held in Niagara Falls throughout the year, or simply a chance to have your family enjoy some great fishing for a wide variety of species in a scenic setting. Fishing in Niagara has something for everyone.

Salmon, trout, bass, walleye, muskellunge...the list is a long one and trophy class potential for everyone of these types of fish. Surrounded by the waters of the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the Erie Canal, Niagara County sports year-round opportunities that can be reeled in by the novice and veteran anglers alike. Professional charters are available to meet your every need in the Niagara River or out of the ports of Youngstown, Wilson, and Olcott.

If you're land bound, there is great shore fishing in the Niagara Gorge, Burt Dam, and the lower portion of 18 Mile Creek. Pick up a copy of the Greater Niagara Hot Spot Fishing Map to help plan your adventure.

A weekly fishing report is currently recorded at (877) FALLS-US.

Falls Region:

The area above Niagara Falls, which includes the upper Niagara River, is also a respectable fish mecca. This shallower water body focuses on warm water fish like bass and muskellunge. Reel in that fish of a lifetime or soak in some of nature's splendor. Niagara is also an excellent area for birding, recognized internationally as an Important Bird Area. A Niagara River Greenway Corridor is currently being developed from Buffalo to Youngstown.

River Region:

The Niagara River, carrying the water from the upper four Great Lakes, exudes power. It's also the lifeblood for a host of fish species that call Niagara their home - including salmon, trout, bass, muskie, walleye and more. Fishing activities below Niagara Falls exist 365 days a year, with some of the best trout fishing in the world taking place during the late fall, winter and early spring. Lewiston and Youngstown are both excellent spots for charter activity or for people to haul their own boats. These quaint historic villages are perfect getaways to fish or frolic on the local waters and relax in town.

Lake Region:

Lake Ontario offers up one of the finest trout and salmon fisheries on the Great Lakes. Wilson and Olcott are two ports that have gained excellent reputations in the world of fishing. Winning LOC Derby fish came from famous the Niagara Bar throughout the last decade. Last year, all three Grand Prize catches came from Niagara USA - the first time that's ever been accomplished! In 2004, Olcott produced a new state record steelhead - a 31 pound, three ounce fish that shattered the previous record by more than four pounds! Off the mouth of the Niagara River on the Niagara Bar and to the east, spring and summer salmon fishing is as good as it gets. Lets not forget the excellent tributary fishing in places like 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam each Fall. Great fishing, great access and great fun for the whole family!

Canal Region:

The Erie Canal is a blossoming recreational waterway that's underrated by many. While it's most noted for boating and its historic value, fishing can be very good for warm water fish species like pike, bass, carp and panfish. It's also a great venue to paddle a canoe or kayak - from Middleport to North Tonawanda and all points in between. Ride a bike or take a hike along the Towpath, too.




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