Meet the Captain

Lake Erie & Lake Ontario Fishing Charter CaptainCome join me, Captain Randy Lingenfelter, for a safe, fun, fishing charter in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. I specialize in King Salmon, Steelhead & Bass Fishing on the Lower Niagara River, Salmon and Trout fishing on Lake Ontario, and Walleye and Bass fishing on Lake Erie. I offer full and half day fishing charters for Walleye, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Yellow Perch. The Bass and Walleye fishing on Lake Erie, launching out of Buffalo New York is world class. I have something great to offer all of my clients and new friends who come to enjoy the great fishing here in Western New York.


I am a full-time United States Coast Guard approved, licensed, Master Charter Captain, I am fully insured and my fishing equipment is top of the line. I run a luxury 21′ Lund fishing machine powered with a 225 HP Mercury and 4-stroke 15hp Mercury kicker motor equipped with Cannon down riggers and rod holders (depending on fish species), New State of the art Minn Kota Trolling Motor, NEW Lowrance sonar electronics and VHF marine radio.

We carry Coast Guard approved life preservers and other items to assure your complete safety and enjoyment while fishing. We fish the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie for whatever fish species preference you prefer.

We have several locations throughout Western New York that we launch from. Please come join me and let’s make some fishing memories together. Whether you are planning to fish with family, friends, neighbors or co-workers, I promise to make your fishing experience most memorable and will try hard to assure that you will remember the trip and keep coming back. .

If you’ve never fished the Niagara River, you are in for giant surprise and big fish. The fast moving water flowing from Lake Erie over Niagara Falls and into Lake Ontario generates large amounts of oxygen, creating optimized habitat in the Lower Niagara River for fish to thrive at all times of the year. The Niagara Bar, where the Lower Niagara river reaches Lake Ontario, is known around the country for multiple species of fish as they congregate there at specific times of the year. During these hot fishing periods, you are in for incredible, drag-screaming, fish-catching good times! I provide you with safe, quality access to this great fishery 12 months of the year. We fish both the American and the Canadian sides of the Niagara River. One important thing to remember, you will need a fishing license for New York and if you would like to fish the Canadian side of the Niagara River, you must also have a Canadian fishing license.

There are plenty of site’s to see along the Niagara River. To name just a few Fort Niagara State Park, Niagara on the Lake. Come enjoy great scenery and great fishing with 1st Choice Fishing Charters. Please join me!