Platform Opening

LEWISTON — NYPA fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority’s Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will open for the season on Monday, June 22 weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available.


The fishing piers near the Upper Mountain Fire Company at the Lewiston Reservoir and at the water intakes along the upper Niagara River will also open for the season June 22.


All are open daily from dawn to dusk and are admission free.  Users should maintain adequate social distancing and follow New York State recommendations regarding use of masks.


At the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, parking is available near the pier and at the top of the hill next to the road that provides access to the pier.


For information on the fishing pier, call (716) 286-6662.

Winter Fishing in 2020

226The trout fishing is still continuing to impress. The shore guys are still catching Steelhead and Brown Trout down and around Art Park using pink and chartreuse egg sacs, #4 spinners and jigs. The boat guys are doing better up in Devils Hole for Steelhead also using pink sacs , live bait or Kwikfish , depending on the water clarity. The boats have also been doing well out on the Niagara Bar fishing for trout  when the winds are cooperating.  I have also heard of trout being caught up at Burt Dam and Oak Orchard, but check water levels at Oak, I have heard they fluctuate quite a bit. We still do not have ice on Lake Erie and the ground is not frozen so we can expect to contend with muddy waters here and there. We have had some pretty mild weather and the fishing has been pretty impressive, so get out there and enjoy!!

Winter Fishing

I know the weather has been quite cold and the water clarity will continue to give us fits till we freeze more , but the fishing has been amazing!!! The shore guys at Art Park have been doing well.  The Lake Trout have not only been in great abundance but also great  in size. They are catching some hogs!! Laker season is not until January 1st , so release them unharmed. Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing has been pretty amazing also  in the Lower Niagara. Guys have been having luck with #4 spinners , egg sacs and beads. Colors are starting to change from Chartreuse to Pinks, but both are still working especially in murky water. 18 Mile Creek has been a little slow but I have had guys doing well at Oak Orchard with the Browns. Dont let this great winter fishing extravaganza pass you by. Get out and enjoy!!!

Trout fishing

The Trout fishing in the Lower Niagara has been on fire!! Shore guys are catching Steelhead and some Browns on sacs, beads and spinners at Artpark and Devils Hole. Boat guys are using Chartreuse sacs and Kwikfish.  The Lake Trout are in the river in abundance, they are out of season until January 1st , so release them unharmed. Colors for sacs and beads are primarily  chartreuse but orange beads are working too, guys are having the best luck with 10mm beads. Fort Niagara is holding Browns right now. The guys have been using glow spoons and beads.  I know its been unseasonably cold but the fishing is so amazing!!! Get out there and enjoy it!

Fall fishing

Walleye and Bass fishing is still continuing to impress in the Lower river and on the bar. Around Fort Niagara Launch is a good hot spot for the Smallmouth. Joe Davis State Park , also doing well for quite a few species of fish. The Platform is still closed due to the high water, hoping its open in time for Salmon, I will keep updating on this. The Salmon are out on the bar , getting ready to move in. Should be soon. Had some guys hit the piers yesterday to try for some early Salmon, no word yet. Its a beautiful day today , so get out and enjoy the great fishing going on!!