Great Smallmouth Fishing below Niagara Falls

My wife and I have been to Niagara Falls a few times before.   They are one of the 7 Wonders of the World and you’ll understand why when you see them.

Located on the New York/Canada border near Lewiston, New York, the Lower Niagara River brings more to those who enjoy the outdoors.  The Niagara River offers great smallmouth fishing below the falls.  I need to clarify one thing though, there’s more to catch than smallmouths.  The river is home to a variety of salmon and trout, walleye, stripers, smelt, sturgeon and many other freshwater fish.  It’s just a matter of what time of year that you’re there.

I was there earlier this month.  Bill Hilts, Jr.  Director, Outdoor Promotions – Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation helped set up a trip for me and Roger Wright to fish with one of the best fishing guides in the area, Captain Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters.

When Captain Cambell told us we’d be fishing for smallmouth bass, we were excited.   We used Strike King Perfect Plastics,  Dream Shot worms or Strike King Coffee Tubes.   The Dream Shot worms were rigged drop shot style with the worm on a small octapus hook about 18 inches above a tungstun drop shot weight.

We were able to record a whole Illinois Outdoors TV show with Captain Campbell in one morning.  We caught quite a few quality smallies.  All were released.   We fished from the boat ramp in Art Park which is just below the Barton Hill Hotel where we stayed.  Nice place by the way and really convenient being so close to the boat ramp.

We fished from there, down river to Lake Ontario, all on the U.S. side of the river.

I’m adding a handful of photos to the gallery of this post so you can see some of the nice fish that we caught.

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