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Best Places to Fish near Lake Ontario

The main reason people stay with us at Lake Ontario Motel is the convenient fishing locations. We are not only a short drive from the great lake, but we have other smaller freshwater fishing opportunities.

Before you arrive at our motel, you may want to read up on our best fishing advice for the area. We aim to make your fishing trip an absolute success!

New York Fishing License

If you take you land a big haul without having a license, you can get in major trouble with the state government. That's why you need a fishing license!

Buying a New York Fishing License when you stay at the Lake Ontario Motel and Inn is easy! We sell them at our motel. All you need to do is ask, and we take care of the rest!

License Prices (Residents / Non Residents)

  • Freshwater Annual Fishing License: $25 / $50
  • Freshwater Annual Fishing License (70+): $5 / $50
  • 7-Day Freshwater Fishing License: $12 / $28
  • 1-Day Freshwater Fishing License: $5 / $10

You can also buy a license online! Follow this link for more info:

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Lake Ontario Fishing Charters

Obviously, Lake Ontario is the main reason you are visiting upstate New York. It is one of the Great Lakes and has the most potential for catching a truckload of fish. While you can fish on the shore of this massive lake, you are doing yourself a disservice by not taking a charter to the deeper waters.

Thankfully, Olcott has no shortage of captains you can hire for a day on the water. Here are some of the most highly-rated:

Salmonboy Sportfishing

Address: 5829 Ontario St, Olcott
Phone: 716-200-3614

Salmon is the name of the game on this charter! The captain has a ton of experience and will help you find something amazing.

1st Choice Charters

Address: 444 Harper Dr, LewistonPhone: 716-940-2845
They call it 1st Choice for a reason! This charter is renowned for its accessibility and excellent fishing experiences.
Thrillseeker Sportfishing Charters
Address: Newfane

Captain Vince will take you on a thrilling excursion to catch the fish of your dreams. This family-owned business has been in operation for over 30 years. Call in to reserve an appointment.
Daze Off ChartersAddress: 5818 Main St, Olcott
Phone: 734-368-2301

While the name of the charter is daze off, you'll have to be laser-focused if you want to have a great fishing experience. This charter is one of our personal favorites.
Bob Cinelli Sportfishing
Address: Olcott
Phone: 716-860-9774

Captain Cinelli is an excellent sailor, and will treat you to a proper New York sailing experience. Bob doesn't have a website, so you'll need to call to set up a reservation.
Not finding the charter you want? Click this button for more options!

Upstate New York Fishing Spots

You don't have to visit Lake Ontario for some great fishing! Check out these hidden gems.

Burt Dam & Fisherman's Park

This stop is a short drive from the Lake Ontario Motel, and is one our favorite mainland fishing spots. People come here in the fall because the salmon are biting more often.

Oak Orchard

While this fishing spot is 35 minutes away from our inn, it still is a favorite among fishing enthusiasts. Makes for a great ice fishing spot if you want to try something new.

Eighteen Mile Creek

This creek runs straight through Olcott from Lake Ontario. People love fishing here because there are usually great spots to fish no matter how many people are around.

If you are looking for more mainland fishing opportunities, check out the Western New York Fishing Hotline.
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From spring to fall, you'll see countless fishing tournaments starting up. People from all over come to test their skills and luck to get the best fish.

In the fall, Salmon Run is one of the most popular, but if you would rather arrive earlier in the fishing season, you can still enroll in one of the competitions. Click on the link below for more information!
You'll largely find the following fish here:

Chinook Salmon
Brown Trout
Lake Trout
Atlantic Salmon
Largemouth Bass

This isn't all you'll find in the Lake Ontario depths. You'll have to explore the lake yourself to find any surprises in the water.
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How can Lake Ontario Motel and Inn can help with your fishing trips?

As mentioned before, Lake Ontario Motel and Inn is the perfect place to stay for a fishing trip. We offer the following to our guests:
  • Boat parking
  • Freezer Space
  • Fishing licenses

We are also conveniently located, allowing you to fish wherever you want! What are you waiting for? Book with us today!