Guide to the Best Fishing Spots in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Sean Bermingham

Published on July 14, 2021
Bird Island Pier, Buffalo NY

Summertime in Western New York is evanescent; here one moment, gone the next. Buffalonians love to cherish this time outdoors, and fishing is the pinnacle of the outdoor experience. Have we got you hooked yet? We’ve compiled a list of the best fishing spots in Buffalo and WNY – including info about species, locations, and of course, hidden gems.

Bird Island Pier

1170 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14223 // More Info

Located on the Niagara River, Bird Island Pier is home to several fish including: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Muskellunge, Perch, Pike, Steelhead Trout, and Walleye.

Access this extravagant pier by heading to Broderick Park, 136 acres of grandiose awaits you, full of history and wildlife such as birds, ducks, and an abundance of fish!


Red House Lake

2373 ASP US Route 1 Salamanca, NY 14779 // More Info

Nestled within Allegany State Park, and home to species such as: Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Brown Bullhead.

Float alongside the lakes grassy inlets in your canoe or kayak where you will be hooking bass left and right. In the depths of Red House, take your sinker a bit deeper where you will find Brown Bullhead. Prepare yourself for a big day full of trophies! Pro-tip: Ice fishing is also permitted on Red House Lake.

Hoyt Lake

199 Lincoln Parkway, NY 14222 // More Info

Fisherman’s glory resides on Hoyt Lake.

Centrally located in the WNY area right in one of Buffalo’s renowned Olmsted Parks, here you’ll find Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Perch, and Bluegill, and Monster Carp that will leave you in awe.

Access to this hidden gem can be achieved by venturing through Delaware Park, and bringing your own personal Canoe or Kayak equipped with fishing gear is recommended.


Amherst State Park

390 Mill Street Buffalo, NY 14221 // More Info

When it comes to fishing hot spots around Buffalo, Amherst State Park must certainly be included.

You will find several species that inhabit the creek including: Bass, Sunfish, Bullhead, and Pike (Warm Water) & Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon (Cold Water).

The Creek offers a culmination of solitude, tranquility, and beauty that you seldom come across in today’s world. Plus, the fishing opportunities are endless.

Tifft Nature Preserve

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard Buffalo, NY 14203 // More Info

The Tifft Nature Preserve is home to 264 Acres of restored habitat with five miles of trails and boardwalks. Located on the Outer Harbor, about five minutes from Buffalo, you will find some of the best fishing in the City! Lake Kirsty is home to an abundance of fish species such as: Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Bluegill, Perch.

This sanctuary is full of wildlife, and offers the perfect reprieve from a bustling city life to peace and tranquility outdoors. A serene trip to the Tifft Nature Preserve awaits you and your lucky lure!


Out on “The Big Water” with Brookdog Fishing Co.’s Charter Trips

53 Elmwood Park W, Tonawanda NY, 14150 // More Info

Experience Buffalo Niagara fishing like never before with Brookdog Fishing Company.

Brookdog offers unique Guided Fish experiences in any season where you will learn from the best, chasing species like Smallmouth Bass, Musky, Steelhead, Lake Run Brown Trout, Carp, and King Salmon. Years of experience and passion towards angling is what separates Brookdog from the rest. As they mention on their website, ‘as a rule – the bigger the water the bigger the fish.’ Charter boat fishing is the best way to experience Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and Lake Ontario, with boats specifically designed for the task. ‘If you want to cover water, see sights even locals rarely get to see, and have a chance at the fish of a lifetime – our charter fishing trips are the way to go.’ All experience levels are welcome.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Sean Bermingham</a>

Written by Sean Bermingham

Sean is a SUNY Fredonia graduate with his Bachelor's Degree in English. As a Buffalonian born and raised, Sean is an avid sports fan, writer, outdoors enthusiast, and lover of music. His hobbies include hiking with his yellow lab, spending time with family, and making an impact in our wonderful community.
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