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Fishing in Monroe County 

The Greater Rochester region features some of the finest fishing in the nation.

Rochester and Monroe County hug the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario, one of the five great lakes and one of the best fresh-water fishing destinations in the country. In addition to Lake Ontario, anglers will find top-notch fishing in the Great Lake’s many tributaries in the area, including the Genesee River, Irondequoit Bay and Sandy Creek.  The historic Erie Canal also offers opportunities for fishing, both on the water and canal side. 

Salmon, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye, pike, largemouth and small mouth bass perch and panfish are some of the many varieties you will find here.

Greater Rochester is home to world-class fishing over multiple seasons. Whether you drop a line from a local pier, or head out onto the waters on a boat, the next great catch is waiting for you in Rochester and Monroe County.

Planning a Fishing Trip

Get on the water with a Rochester area charter boat captain, rent a boat or bring your own. You can also fish from the shore from a number of access points alongside different waterways throughout Greater Rochester. 

Find updated information on boat launches, fishing reports, bait and tackle shops, charter captains, fishing derbies, license information, boat launch sites and more from  Fishing Monroe County and explore more Lake Ontario fishing locations with Lake Ontario Fishing.

Whether you are fishing for the first time, or are an experienced angler, you will find everything you need for your next fishing trip in Rochester, NY. Looking for additional outdoor activities? Check out our guides on hiking, biking, and getting on the water in Rochester and Monroe County.