Things To Bring
A valid New York State fishing license is mandatory for anyone 16 years old or older.
When fishing in the Niagara River for Salmon, Trout & Steelhead, I highly recommend getting a Canadian (Ontario) fishing license as well as your NY fishing license. It opens up a lot more area to fish and on some days it is much better over on the Canadian side of the river. You don't want to watch them pounding them on the Canadian side and not be able to go catch them too!
Get a Canadian Fishing Licenses online,
or by calling 1-800-667-1940 (usually takes 3-4 weeks)
Note: Bring your Passport, Enhanced Drivers License or a Nexis Card if you want to fish Canadian Waters as it's currently required.
In Your Personal Packing
Bring a camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, dress in layers for the predicted weather, but remember that it is slightly cooler on the water. Always a good idea to have some rain gear, (wind and splashing) a small cooler with drinks and snacks for the day. Maybe another larger cooler for your catch on the way home too. Motion sickness medication if needed, taken before on the boat!
If you have a favorite, or lucky rod & reel bring it along too, although I supply all needed tackle. But let me know if you're bringing more than a couple so I can take a few off the boat to make room as I usually have between 14-18 rods on-board most of the time.
Supplied Gear & Service
We fish out of a fully rigged 2014 Skeeter MX2025. All bait and top quality tackle (Fenwick Rods with ABU Garcia Reels filled Berkley Line) is provided as well as fish cleaning for Walleye, Salmon & Trout. Trophy Smallmouth Bass trips are Catch & Release while with the Yellow Perch you can clean them, or we come in early to allow for their cleaning time as we catch 50-150 depending on the day. Assistance and instruction are always included. After that lot depends on the weather.
Fish GalleryNY DEC's renditions
Catch, Photo and Release?
I promote a CPR policy (Catch, Photo & Release!) on all my Trophy Smallmouth Bass trips to insure the future of this great fishery. The same goes for the Steelhead & Trout too, unlike Salmon they don't die after spawning so they can live up to 10+ years. Releasing these monsters to sustain and improve this upcoming fishery so everyone has a chance to catch one of these True Trophies! More food for thought.