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Lake Ontario Fishing Guides

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Fishing in Pulaski

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Pulaski

Morning/Afternoon Trip (6 Hrs)

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $400
Fishing in Buffalo

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Buffalo

Full Day Fishing Charter

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19 ft 1 - 3 People From $575
Fishing in Whitby

Lake Fishing Trip in Whitby

Lake Ontario Salmon Special

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27 ft 1 - 8 People From $1,000
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Fishing in Lewiston

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Lewiston

Niagara River Fishing Charters

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22 ft 1 - 4 People From $425
Fishing in Oswego

Lake Fishing Trip in Oswego

Trophy Trout And Salmon Trolling

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $650

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Other Trips in Lake Ontario

Fishing in Oswego
Fishing in Oswego
Fishing in Oswego
trip description for Trophy Trout and Salmon Trolling in Oswego

If you've been searching for some action on the water of the Great Lakes, look no further. Captain Jim has 32 years of experience on Lake Ontario chasing Salmon and Trout, and he knows how to get you on a big one! He targets King (Chinook) Salmon, Coho Salmon, and various species of Trout. Make sure you bring your A-game, because these fish love to put up a fight and will give you a run for your money. Captain Jim will take you out on his 31' Baha Cruiser, a perfect boat for fishing the Great Lakes. His two 350-HP Volvo Penta engines will take you anywhere the fish might be on the lake, and with his GPS and fishfinder, you're bound to get some huge bites! With an air conditioned cabin, restroom, bed, and kitchen, you're sure to stay comfortable for your entire trip. When it comes to tackle, Jim will supply you with the latest equipment from Shimano, Ugly Stik, and Shakespeare. Once you bag your fish for the day, Jim will fillet them up for you so you can take them home to enjoy with friends and family. All you need to bring along with you is any food or drinks your party may want while on the water and a valid fishing license and you'll be ready to reel in the record setters! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Oswego

Trophy Trout And Salmon Trolling

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $650
Fishing in Whitby
Fishing in Whitby
Fishing in Whitby
trip description for Lake Ontario Salmon Special in Whitby

Launch out onto Lake Ontario to hook into freshwater monsters with Robert! Lake Ontario is an absolutely sweet spot for Salmon fishing. In recent years they have even been beating out British Columbia in terms of Salmon productivity! For this trip you will be targeting giant Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and the show stopper: humungous King Salmon. These giant anadromous fish don't mess around either oftentimes fighting so hard, full-grown men need to pass off the rod! With over 6 years of experience guiding these waters, Robert knows how to adjust to any conditions and bite patterns to get you on these behemoths. After he's got you hooked up, you will be fighting these fish on heavy Okuma and Shimano fishing tackle, 20-30 pound rated rods, using big Rapala baits. Even with all this top-rated gear, Robert has a rod broken every year fighting these puppies! On top of the trophy appeal these fish offer, they are also delicious to eat! And Robert will clean and fillet all your catches for you at the end of your adventure! Since Robert provides all the gear you could possibly need for an incredible day out on the water, all you need to bring is your sun protection, cooler for your catch, and any snacks and beverages you want for the day. Robert will take care of the rest! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Whitby

Lake Ontario Salmon Special

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27 ft 1 - 8 People From $1,000
Fishing in Pulaski
Fishing in Pulaski
Fishing in Pulaski
trip description for Morning/Afternoon Trip (6 hrs) in Pulaski

Come on a multispecies adventure targeting trophy Pike, Bass, and Bowfin. These trips often have a ton of action with many different species being caught. Most people have heard of the morning bite and that's what you'll be fishing on these trips. The fish have rested and the fish love to feed first thing in the morning. Especially before the sun makes its mid-day peak. Meeting times and places can be coordinated in the days leading up to your trip. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Pulaski

Morning/Afternoon Trip (6 Hrs)

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $400

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Lake Ontario

What are the best fishing trips in Lake Ontario?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Lake Ontario with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 5 trips in Lake Ontario, and the most popular trips in the area are Morning/Afternoon Trip (6 hrs) guided by Ryan, Full Day Fishing Charter guided by Matthew, and Niagara River Fishing Charters guided by Joseph.

Our guides in Lake Ontario are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3233 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Lake Ontario? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Lake Ontario.

What types of fishing trips are common in Lake Ontario?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Lake Ontario as well as river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Lake Ontario are: 1. brown trout, 2. lake trout, 3. chinook salmon, and 4. rainbow trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Lake Ontario are light tackle fishing, trolling, and jigging but bottom fishing and cut bait fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Lake Ontario fishing trip cost?

in Lake Ontario prices can range anywhere from about $485 to $1,560, but the average price for a half day trip in Lake Ontario is $625. The average price for a full day trip in Lake Ontario is $1,032.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Lake Ontario?

The most popular season for fishing in Lake Ontario is spring, and most anglers book their trips 119 days in advance.

Do I need a Lake Ontario fishing license and what are the bag limits in Lake Ontario?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Lake Ontario, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Lake Ontario. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Lake Ontario.

Lake Ontario Fishing Overview

Lake Ontario might be the smallest of the great lakes, but it is certainly still great. Still in the top 15 largest lakes in the world by size, Lake Ontario is home to tons of game fish that are perfect for a trip. While you are fishing for most of the species in this lake, a few key things to keep in mind are bait, water temperature, and the depth of your lures. Many guides use downriggers to help them lower their baits to reach the fish, but you can also use divers or weights.

Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Fishing

Due to the size of the lake and the amount of water to cover, many anglers choose to troll the lake in the warmer months in search of trout and salmon. Both of these fish species can reach mammoth sizes and landing one is no easy task. These fish have been known to straighten hooks and break lines, which is part of the draw of targeting these powerful fish. Salmon are well known for their delicious meat but lake trout are also a quality fish to eat.

Lake Ontario Pike and Musky Fishing

These vicious predatory fish can truly crush baits and make your heart race. Pike are more common and can be caught on a variety of tackle. On the other hand, the elusive musky has earned a reputation as “the fish of 10,000 casts” because of its difficulty to catch.

Pike will range from shallow cover to being suspended in deep water. With such a wide variety of environments, the tackle used to target pike will vary just as much. Lures, spoons, and live bait are all great options for success.

Musky grow huge but are a surprisingly fickle and picky eater. Musky have been known to follow a lure all the way back to the boat on to turn and swim away. Because of this anglers targeting musky have developed a technique of dragging their bait in a circle before pulling it out of the water to recast just in case a musky decides to strike. If you want a challenge like no other take a trip to Lake Ontario and target musky.

Lake Ontario Bass and Walleye

Smallmouth bass are common throughout the lake and are a popular game fish for the area eating everything from artificial lures to soft plastics and live bait. Largemouth can be found in Lake Ontario but not in open water which makes them very uncommon. Walleye can be targeted in a variety of ways with casting or trolling being the most popular. Walleye are also widely regarded as one of the best freshwater fish to eat and the anglers in the area celebrate the opportunity to keep a few for dinner.

Lake Ontario Weather and Tides

Due to the size of the lake, conditions in the center of the lake can be substantially different from the shore. Our licensed and insured guides know these waters like the back of their hand and watch the weather reports diligently, and will make sure you make it back safely to shore with some awesome pictures and a ton of fish.

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