Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Niagara River

A sure sign of spring besides warmer temperatures is the annual spawning of Lake Erie’s world famous smallmouth bass. Late April throughout June the Buffalo Outer Harbor located right outside of Buffalo NY is home to some of the biggest smallmouth bass. They come into the shallows of Lake Erie, and The Niagara River to feed and spawn.

Smallmouth Bass are native to Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario along with The Niagara River. They can be plentiful, and put up an excellent fight. Guiding for these species is a lot of fun. Days when Lake Erie is calm, we can go out to the depths, and target them on bolder piles. The Niagara River in the spring, and late summer are unmatched for smallmouth bass fishing. Using soft plastics, drop shots, and dragging live bait gets the heart pounding either way. Our smallmouth bass average around three to five pounds, with a lot of fish in the two to two and half pound range.

Half Day Trip

from $300

A four hour adventure.

Full Day Trip

from $350

A six and a half hour adventure.



  • Patrick
    “I have gone out with Pete on several occasions! From steelhead and lake trout in the lower Niagara river, to smallmouth bass in the Upper. He’s an incredible fisherman with an abundance of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to get out there and experience this incredible fishery for the first time, or just hone in on your skills, Pete should be you first call!!”
    Long time client
  • Jack
    “Captain Goretti took me out for my first time ever fishing the Niagara River where I was not too sure what to expect. Within 5 minutes of being on the water I was already learning new techniques of fishing. From there on, captain Goretti helped me catch my first lake trout and a great bunch of steelhead. It was an unforgettable day of learning and catching fish in a surreal environment.”
    Lower Niagara River Steelhead Fishing 12/2022
  • Jeffrey Bass
    “Peter is one of the most down to earth experienced charter captains I've chartered with. He was extremely helpful and offered great advice. He'll go the extra mile to make sure you're catching fish, although we were nailing them ten minutes in! I highly recommend "One More Drift" whether you're fishing for bass on the upper or trout on the lower. Peter is your man!”
    Jeffrey Bass
    Trip 08/2022
  • Brady
    “Captain Goretti offered us a exciting and rememberable experience while fishing the Niagara River. His dedication and focus is what made the fishing seem so enjoyable and satisfying. He has great knowledge about the sport of fishing and always is a helping hand when you are going out with him for a trip! Highly recommend this charter to anyone who enjoys fishing.”
    Steelhead Trip 12/2022 Lower Niagara River