Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie
Walk and wade lake Great Lakes tributaries, long floats on the boat on Lake Erie and the Niagara River targeting structure
Typical Fish Size
4lb average but fish in the 6lb class aren’t rare
Moving water – along current breaks and structure. They love rocks.
The Brookdog Perspective on Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Western New York
Discover smallmouth bass fishing in Buffalo! Google the top 10 places in the country to catch big smallmouth bass in big numbers. Go ahead – we’ll wait. Eastern Lake Erie was on every list, wasn’t it? The Lake Erie fishery is incredible for smallmouth bass fishing. It shouldn’t be a shock to you by now if you’re reading this section from top to bottom, these fish are native to the region and are widely available in warm water fisheries throughout the area.
We have a special place in our hearts for smallmouth bass. We’ve been pursuing them since we were kids. Smallmouth bass are beautiful, powerful fighters, voracious feeders (a nice way of saying they aren’t too difficult to catch), and prolific throughout the region. 5 pound fish are common in Western New York, and fish in the 7 pound class happen every year. When you hook one, they are all business with head-shakes, jumps, and dogged runs … and they never give up.
Like most fish, the temperament of the smallmouth bass changes with the seasons so the places and tactics we employ change throughout the year but they are reliable from late spring through the fall. Our favorite time to pursue them is during the late spring. View our article on spring fishing in Buffalo to learn more. This is when massive fish come out from the depths of the lake to make spawning runs up the tributaries. No fan of smallmouth bass can miss this regional phenomenon. Book a charter with us and find out just how great smallmouth bass fishing in Buffalo is – we’ll make sure you experience the best of smallmouth bass fishing in Buffalo Niagara.