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What was once known as The City of Lights has been welcoming quite a number of local and international tourists in the past couple of decades. And it’s not just because of their delectable wings or even the metropolitan city’s proximity to the majestic Niagara Falls. What actually draws a lot of visitors to the city is the recent boom in the cultural scene and the development of outdoor recreational hubs along the shores of the Great Lakes; not to mention the rolling hills, cavernous ravines, and towering forests at the city’s borders.

Buffalo, NY: An Angler’s Gateway to the Great Lakes

Because Buffalo is perfectly located where an angler can easily access Lake Erie, Niagara River, and Lake Ontario, it’s no wonder the city attracts thousands of sportfishing enthusiasts from all over every year. At the city’s western edge alone, anglers can charter a fishing boat to get to either the Niagara River or Lake Erie. These bodies of water are known to support a huge population of some of the most favorite targets, such as perch, steelhead, smallmouth bass, trout, walleye, and salmon.

A few minutes’ drive northward lies Lake Ontario—another Great Lake that is teeming with a wide array of fish species that an angler would love to catch. Some favorite quarries here include Chinook, Coho, and Atlantic salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellowperch, rainbow, brown, and lake trout, panfish, and the ever-elusive muskellunge.

Aside from these huge bodies of water, a fishing enthusiast wouldn’t have to go too far to experience high-quality fishing here because one can easily find inland ponds, streams, rivers, and creeks just within the city limits. Buffalo River, for instance, is one of the biggest tributaries of Lake Erie that stretches from the western to the eastern part of the city. This river is great for inshore fishing to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, and steelhead trout. 

The best thing about Buffalo fishing is that one can do so any time of the year—yes, even in the middle of winter! In fact, ice fishing is quite a fad here among local anglers.

Fish species
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Steelhead Trout
Steelhead Trout fish

Habitat: Coastal, rivers

Weight: 2 - 35 Pounds

Length: 12" - 46"

Walleye fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 12" - 42"

Coho Salmon 
Coho Salmon  fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Onshore, Nearshore

Weight: 8 - 12 Pounds

Length: 24" - 43"

American Yellow Perch
American Yellow Perch fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 1" - 10"

Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Muskellunge fish

Habitat: Weedy Edges, Rocky Shoals, Shallow Waters

Weight: 15 - 70 Pounds

Length: 24" - 72"

Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, River, Lake

Weight: 10 - 50 Pounds

Length: 30" - 59"

Top 3 Fun Activities in the City of Lights

1. The Buffalo Wing Trail

Yes, a trip to Buffalo wouldn’t be complete without trying out those world-famous chicken wings where it originally came from. This time, however, the preparation goes well beyond the traditional deep-fried fried wings soaked in hot sauce and butter as there are so many unique variants available now in each of the thirteen pubs along the Buffalo Wing Trail. So if you’re up for some Blue Cheese Wings, South Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck Wings, Double Dipped Wings, Sicilian Wings, and, yes, even some Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings, this should be on the top of your itinerary.


2. City Club Crawl

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the city that invented the best beer grub is also known for its nightlife. Yes, you’ll definitely enjoy your night out with so many watering holes scattered around the city to choose from that will certainly fit your every mood—from the old school taverns where you can have a relaxing night with your friends to the modern nightclubs where you can dance the night away.


3. Escape Room Games

It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s a great way to bond with your family or friends. There are a lot of escape room game centers in the city—you can either choose one or you can try them all out. Some of the most popular include the Lock & Key Escape Room, the 5 Wits Buffalo, the 3600 Escape, and the Enigma Escape Rooms. If you haven’t tried this before, then you’re in for a real treat!  

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Bottom Fishing
Bottom Fishing