Lower Niagara River

Buffalo, New York

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Flowing from Niagara Falls to its mouth on Lake Ontario, a distance of about 12 miles, this stretch of river is half raging rapids slicing through a spectacular gorge and half mild-mannered stream guided by steep, wooded slopes. Each spring schools of lake trout ranging from 5 to 20 pounds ascend the river to spawn. They are taken mostly by trolling Kwikfish and Flatfish. Steelhead up to 15 pounds are present in rapids year-round, especially from fall through spring. During cold weather they like egg sacs, skein, and worms bounced along bottom. When the water starts warming up, they’ll take in-line spinners, crankbaits, and streamers. Fall sends massive runs of chinook salmon up to 40 pounds and coho salmon up to 20 pounds into the river. Fish for them with egg sacs or gobs of fresh skein treated with Pro-Cure. Lake-run, football-size brown trout run about the same time salmon do and hit egg sacs and worms.

Lower Niagara River Professional Review and Guide

"Flowing from Niagara Falls to its mouth on Lake Ontario, a distance of about 12 miles, this stretch of river is half raging rapids slicing through a spectacular gorge and half mild-mannered stream guided by steep, wooded slopes.

Each spring schools of lake trout ranging from 5 to 20 pounds ascend the river to spawn. They are taken mostly by trolling Kwikfish and Flatfish. Steelhead up to 15 pounds are present in rapids year-round, especially from fall through spring. During cold weather they like egg sacs, skein, and worms bounced along bottom. When the water starts warming up, they’ll take in-line spinners, crankbaits, and streamers. Fall sends massive runs of chinook salmon up to 40 pounds and coho salmon up to 20 pounds into the river. Fish for them with egg sacs or gobs of fresh skein treated with Pro-Cure. Lake-run, football-size brown trout run about the same time salmon do and hit egg sacs and worms."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Buffalo
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Niagara River

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May 2018