Upper Niagara River

Buffalo, New York

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The outlet of Lake Erie, this stream starts out at a brisk pace in Buffalo, steadily accelerates to rapids, and ends up diving over Niagara Falls—all in the span of about 16 miles. Muskie anglers have always considered the upper river one of the best bets in the entire Great Lakes region for catching a trophy. Twenty-five-pounders are plentiful, and going for a 40-pounder is a realistic goal. Fish for them by drifting large minnows up to 18 inches long, casting large jerkbaits and bucktail spinners, or trolling huge plugs. Northerns average 5 pounds and love ambushing spinnerbaits and buzzbaits worked in marinas and weedy shelves along the bank. Pikeasaurus enthusiasts nail numerous fish in the 10- to 15-pound class by drifting alewives or shiners on bottom or suspending them below bobbers and fishing tight to weed edges. Smallmouths aren’t as plentiful or as big as their Lake Erie cousins, but there are enough trophies to make fishing for them worthwhile.

Upper Niagara River Professional Review and Guide

"The outlet of Lake Erie, this stream starts out at a brisk pace in Buffalo, steadily accelerates to rapids, and ends up diving over Niagara Falls—all in the span of about 16 miles.

Muskie anglers have always considered the upper river one of the best bets in the entire Great Lakes region for catching a trophy. Twenty-five-pounders are plentiful, and going for a 40-pounder is a realistic goal. Fish for them by drifting large minnows up to 18 inches long, casting large jerkbaits and bucktail spinners, or trolling huge plugs. Northerns average 5 pounds and love ambushing spinnerbaits and buzzbaits worked in marinas and weedy shelves along the bank. Pikeasaurus enthusiasts nail numerous fish in the 10- to 15-pound class by drifting alewives or shiners on bottom or suspending them below bobbers and fishing tight to weed edges. Smallmouths aren’t as plentiful or as big as their Lake Erie cousins, but there are enough trophies to make fishing for them worthwhile."

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

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5/24/2015
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Grass, bottles and debris covered the norther portion of the trail. It was really bad do not use the to tonawanda portion if your rollerblading or biking.



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May 2018