Great Time

Captain Randy and Rob took my friend and I out for an amazing morning of chinook, Coho, and Steelhead fishing. We limited out in an hour and a half on the water. These guys are true professionals with a great skill set. I recommend 1st Choice Fishing Charters to anyone looking for a great experience of fishing on Lake Ontario. We will be back. Thanks again, guys.

Chad Swain


Captain Randy and Rob of 1st Choice Fishing Charters took me out this morning salmon fishing on Lake Ontario and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. From the knowledge of the town to the boat and fishing experience itself was a 5 star rating. Make sure to check them out and book a trip if you are in the Niagara area. I definitely plan to come back! check them out Captain Randy

Zach Graham

My boyfriend I went out

My boyfriend I went out with Captain Randy last week and had an amazing time! I caught two steelheads and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and time on the water with the Captain! Can’t wait to come back and fish the spring with you!!

Richele Nelson


Just wanted to say how much I appreciate the fact we were given a phone call before leaving Pittsburgh to let us know that the water conditions for fishing were not worthy of going out. I appreciate the honesty and not letting us drive all the way up there just to take our money and have a horrible experience! We are definitely re-booking for a spring trip in their newer bigger boat. Clearly this is why they are our 1st Choice Charter! Thanks and cant wait for spring now!!

Curtis Tvrdovsky

Caught some big fish!

Had a great time fishing and Captain Randy was a joy to hang out with. Definitely recommend!!

Manuel Nieves

Great time!

We had such a great time and can’t say enough about the experience. Randy and Rob were so knowledgeable, helpful and just fun to talk to. Exceeded our expectations. We can’t wait to go out again someday!

Amanda Scott

Great Day Fishing Lake Ontario

My three boys booked a Lake Ontario charter with Captain Randy and Rob as a gift for Fathers Day. We launched out of Wilson Harbor around 7AM. Slow going to start but Captain Randy decided to head out To deeper water. These guys really know where to find the fish! Started to get hits and lost 3 or 4 do to our inexperience but Randy and Rob straighten us out and we ended up catching 8 Steelhead and Salmon. We had a ball! Randy and Rob never stop moving and they are a blast ! Thanks to Captain Randy and Rob ! We will definitely be coming back!

Dave Brooks

Great Day In The lower Niagara River

What a great experience, Randy we had an incredible day. Randy is a very knowledgeable captain and he takes you to the best action on the water. Tank you so much Randy!!!!

Scott Cooper

Awesome Day of Salmon

Captain Randy and his Deckhand were great. He knew exactly what time we needed to get off the dock and exactly where to go. We got on fish within the first hour and never got off of them. We hit our limit for the day and had a great time. They were very clear on how to catch the fish and we had a high success rate in landing them. We will definitely be booking Captain Randy in the future again!!

nick jasinski

I am a nurse that

I am a nurse that traveled to NYC to work and wanted to see Niagara Falls and go fishing. The waters were a little rough the day we went and we were given the option to reschedule. We went even though it was rough. We caught our limit and had a great time. We had great conversation and walked away with excellent fish. We had a fantastic time fishing with you!! Thank you!!!

Alisa Johnston

If you’re on the fence, hop over for an experience you will not forget!

Our family has been looking for a new fishing experience. This fit the bill! It was our very first charter, but Captain Randy and his first mate made us and our 8 year old son feel so welcome and relaxed. They are great with kids! …then the fish started biting! Needless to say, We will forever know the difference between our usual catches and landing a 20 lb. King Salmon! Amazing! Our son will be talking about this for years to come. The boat was cleaned often and plenty of open fresh air.

Michelle Barker


I messaged Randy on Thursday before we headed to Niagara falls for the weekend to try to book a trip. I received a phone call shortly after explaining what the trip would consist of and that he had an opening for the upcoming weekend! I surprised my husband by booking the trip for our honeymoon which Randy knew! We initially booked for Sunday evening but when an opening came available for a earlier time Randy called us up and offered the opening to us! From the moment we stepped on the boat on Lake Ontario it was a great experience! We went an hour with out much activity. But once the rain cleared and the sun started shining we had hits! A couple got away from us but Bob and Randy put everything they could to get us a King Salmon! My husband was so happy with the trip he cannot stop talking about it!! We didn’t even make it back to our hotel room before the words I wanna do it again came out of his mouth! We will never forget this amazing trip thanks to Randy and Bob at 1st Choice Fishing Charters!

Jessica Sustad

Family memories

Though charters aren’t inexpensive, the memories you make doing this with Captain Randy are priceless and forever cherished! I took my son, for the second year in a row, as a birthday gift, and this is something he will forever remember. Thank you Randy!

Nicole Price

Truely an awesome day fishing with 1st Choice Charters

We all had a blast catching steelhead trout and salmon with 1st Choice Charters on Sept 21, 2019. Captain Randy and First Mate Rob were on top of everything. We were just one shy of our limit! We can’t wait to do it again next year!


Awesome time

As a father, one of the joys of life is spending time with his children. Randy delivered an experience my boys and I will never forget. Thank you.

Greg W

OUTSTANDING Day on Lake Ontario!!!

We took our three boys fishing with Captain Randy and Bob and it far exceeded our expectations! Captain Randy made our day on Lake Ontario unforgettable. We will definitely be going back. His knowledge, expertise, and equipment was outstanding. Best of all, he is very easy to be around and was GREAT with my boys. Yes, we caught fish but it was the experience that made it a great day. We brought home a lot of salmon and will be heading back when we get the chance. It was clear he was going to do everything he could to get fish on our lines. He was genuinely excited when my boys caught fish!!! The boys “doubled up” once and almost had a fish on all three lines once! I highly recommend going fishing with Captain Randy.

Chris and Angie Adams

We just returned from our

We just returned from our Fishing trip with “1st Choice Charters “ on the Missing Link. We had a Great time and were thrilled with our “catch”. Randy and Rob were wonderful! Both were kind, fun, helpful and extremely hard working. We were very impressed with their knowledge and expertise. What terrific, hard working men! Thank you once again for making our first (but not last) Lake Ontario fishing trip so memorable and fun. We will definitely recommend 1st Choice Charters to others and look forward to future trips with you.

Rich & Sharon Johnson

Amazing trip!!

My wife booked a fishing trip for me and 5 of my friends in June. We had a fantastic time with Capt Randy and his 1st mate from 1st Choice fishing Charters. They were very personable and their expertise shined throughout the entire excursion. We all caught several fish and they were cleaned deboned for us! I would highly recommend Randy and look forward to chartering with him again on my next outing.

Terrance Gray

Great Day on Lake Ontario

We booked a charter with Capt. Randy aboard the Missing Link to fish on Lake Ontario for King Salmon in late June. Our family of four, including our 8 and 11-year-olds, had a great time. We boated

King Salmon
Salmon on Lake Ontario
Salmon in the first hour with the largest weighing 17 pounds and around 28” long. The boat and tackle were clean and in good working order. Capt. Randy and 1st Mate Rob put us on the fish, were attentive, and great with the kids. We had a great time, will recommend this trip and hope to be back again.

The Duke Family

Experience of a lifetime

We will remember this trip for the rest of our life! 1st Choice Fishing Charters really should be your first choice! You guys were awesome on leading us to some huge king salmon. Couldn’t of asked for a better experience. Already planning our trip for next year! Thanks again guys!!


Youngstown King Salmon Trip

We arrived in Youngstown with 9 people from Maine. Some had fished for Kings before-most had not. Made reservations with 1st Choice Fishing Charters back in mid-winter. Captain Randy was ready for us at 6 AM. Two beautiful boats with all equipment we would possibly need.
He put us on the fish immediately and action was practically non-stop until
everyone in the party had their limit.
We all had a great time. Thank you
Capt. Randy & 1st Mate Kyle- 1st Choice – 1st Class Will return

Richard Hopkins

Great times fishing 1st Choice Charters

On our trip to Niagara Falls, we were lucky enough to find that Captain Randy had an opening for early spring Salmon fishing. The three of us went out for a full day and it was a great time catching Kings and Lake Trout the entire time. I appreciated that we were able to move the date to a better weather day, rather than go out and get skunked. The first mate Rob is the best I have ever seen on a charter. He worked the entire time adjusting 8 poles depth and lures to maximize our luck. Randy is a great, friendly, and knowledgeable captain. We will definitely repeat.

Mark Roth

Fishing Finatics

We went out with Captain Randy with 1st Choice Fishing for my birthday in December to do some steelheadfishing and it was amazing! The weather was cold but he knew exactly where to take us and what to throw so we were able to get our limit! We had such a wonderful time with him we ended up going back out a second time in the same week for some Walleye. We highly recommend using 1st Choice Fishing Charterswith Captain Randy! We’ll be back up when the weather gets warmer to do some King Salmon fishing! Thank you Captain Randy!

Sharon & Chad Kisner

Monster bass!

We told Captain Randy we wanted to catch giant Smallmouth bass and we did. We had such a great time, Captain Randy of 1st Choice Fishing Charters Is a wonderful guy and treats you like you have been friends for years. I would recommend this to anyone, thanks so much for an awesome time! See you again soon!

Jimmy Walsh

Birthday fun for my son!

I took my son and father out with Captain Randy of 1st Choice Fishing Charters to celebrate my sons 9th Birthday. My son, Tyler, told me it was his best present ever. We all caught fish, and Tyler caught the biggest one! It was a blast. Captain Randy was very knowledgeable and just a great guy! Highly recommend!!

Nicole Price

Amazing Captain

Captain Randy is amazing. This was our 2nd time finishing with him. Captain Randy goes above and beyond. Doesn’t matter the weather, he makes it enjoyable. 1st year cold and this time raining and cold, however we laughed and caught Salmon!! We will be back!!! You deserve 100 stars!! Thank You for the great time. Go 1st Choice Fishing Charters!!!

Chrissy Russo

Awesome experience

Can not tell you how much we all enjoyed the day !!! What a great day Captain Randy and First mate Rob went above and beyond! We had three King Salmon on at one time , they made sure we not only had fun but went home with more fish then four of us can eat. They took their time with some of us that were less experienced and even in the crappy weather they stood in the rain fighting for us to catch .. I would not ever hesitate in a second to recommend them or go out with them again !! Thank you is all I can say .. we are enjoying our dinner tonight

Tess Rutch

Captain Randy and Rob have fishing down to a science!

1st choice Charters

My family and I just returned from a full day of fishing on Lake Ontario with Captain Randy of 1st Choice Charters and 1st mate Rob and they did not disappoint. They know fishing and they are working hard the entire trip to get you the fish you so badly want. In fact, I think they wanted it more than us. His new boat is fully equipped with the technology you need to have a successful day on the water. Had 9 lines going most of the trip so you are guaranteed to bring home some fish. Even when the fish are not biting Captain Randy was constantly assuring us to be patient and the fish will come. And believe me they did. They both offered great instruction to the less experienced family members. Was very professional yet very personable. Guaranteed to have a great experience. Can’t go wrong will Captain Randy and 1st Choice Charters. Will definitely have some great family memories and some amazing photos and fishing stories.

Patti Buechele

Great Day On The Lake

Hats Off to 1st Choice Fishing Charters for a Great Day on the Lake Ontario. We caught fish all day and boated a few hogs! The Boat was comfortable & my kids and I had an excellent time. Highly recommend the Ontario trip if you like catching big salmon. Thanks Capt!

Fred S

Las Vegas resident wins BIG on Lake Erie

I made the trip from Las Vegas to Buffalo to visit my dad for a belated father’s day. My dad set up a charter with Randy at 1st Choice Fishing Charters to lead us to the action!! And Captain Randy delivered!! My line was in the water maybe 5 minutes before the bass started hitting. Randy was a gracious host and knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend 1st Choice Fishing Charters!

Michelle Tillman

Best Charter experience ever

We had a great time fishing and talking with Captain Randy. If you are looking to have a memorable day on the water I highly recommend Captain Randy of 1st Choice Fishing Charters. He will get you on the fish and make sure that you have an enjoyable day. Not only did we catch fish but we had an all around enjoyable experience and plan to come back up to fish Salmon on his 33′ Chris Craft in Lake Ontario. Call 716.940.2845

Ian Black

Just in Time

A big thank you to Captain Randy for stepping in on his DAY OFF when our charter captain became ill. Not only did he take us out Salmon fishing but we had a good day on the Lower Niagara River including a 25 lb king. We will booking to come back again!

Eugene Taylor

Niagara River Salmon Fishing

Great Father-Son Day

Bass 2017 Niagara River

This is our second year my brother and I took my father fishing with Captain Randy at 1st Choice Fishing! We are already talking about our third weekend plans with him. We have had other charters in the past and there really is no competition to our experiences with Randy. He is an awesome Captain and really enjoys taking people out and showing them a good time. Not to mention all of the fish we were pulling in! Way to go 1st Choice Fishing Charters, see you next year!

Thanks for the great trip!

Thank You Guys it was a Great Pleasure having you aboard.

Russ Sullivan

Fantastic adventure

I took my stepson and 2 future sons-in-law out with Captain Randy on a beautiful Saturday morning on the Lower Niagara River. When we got there, the boat was ready to roll and we hit the open water and began our journey. Captain Randy certainly knows his stuff. The boat was well equipped and he was not only knowledgeable, he was entertaining as well. He made all of us feel right at home, even though we were not expert fishermen. Everyone who was casting lines caught multiple fish, some of them pretty good sized. It was a great bonding experience and one that we all agreed we will be doing again. I highly recommend this charter experience. We had such a great time that we made sure to take care of Captain Randy when we were done. I hope he went and had a nice dinner on u because he deserved it! Two thumbs up for sure!!!!

Tom Scanlon

Great fishing!

1st Choice Charters
Niagara River Bass fishing

Captain Randy really knows where to find the fish! It was a fun experience with pure dedication to finding good fighting fish I highly recommend 1st Choice Fishing Charters if you want a fun fishing day with an experienced captain and want to catch fish!

Call them today 716-940-2845

Thank You Guys so much it was my pleasure having you on my boat.

Mary Loney

Fun Day of Fishing

Captain Randy made sure we had a fun day fishing in Lake Erie. He is a great guide and was very personable. He took good care of my Dad, sis & I and made sure we each caught some fish. I would definitely use his services again.

Linda Hejmanowski

Great day with Capt.Randy

Good Days on the water can only mean 1 thing. Great People and Good Fishing
Great Days on the water can only mean 1 thing. Great People and Good Fishing

Out on 1st Choice Charters on 9/12 with Capt.Randy. He is the consummate professional, working hard all day to get us fish and his personality added greatly to the experience. My son, David is a very experienced bass fisherman, and he and Randy talked “reel” fishing all day. No pun intended. It really adds great value for your money to have a Captain with the years of experience Randy has. DON’T GO ANY FURTHER, DON’T SHOP AROUND, book NOW with Capt.Randy and 1st Choice Charter.YOU WON’T REGRET IT. WE WILL BE BACK!

David Wilson

Fishing with Captain Randy was GREAT!

Captain Randy with 1stChoice Fishing Charters was patient, knowledgeable and funny. Perfect for our family fishing trip. We had a great day “catching” and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. Highly recommend him and if back in area will be a repeat charter.

Lynn Sliz

Chelsea Nicole

Captain Randy of 1st Choice Fishing Charters

1st Choice fishing Charters
Lake Ontario and Niagara river Bass Fishing

was once again an amazing captain. He’s so helpful and funny and personable and really cares about your fishing experience. We’ve gone fishing with him three times so far and it’s great. Really great way for my dad me and my brother to bond.

Leana Esoteric

LeannaCaption Randy of 1st Choice Fishing Charters in Lewiston, New York was extremely friendly and very flexible when we contacted him on such short notice to see if he could take us out on the waters during the few days we were there. He went above and beyond to ensure we have a wonderful experience. He even went as far as to wake up at the crack of dawn to take the boat out and test the waters before we got there as it had been storming the

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Lake Ontario

night before. We caught us some king salmon with his super fancy, top-of-the-line fishing equipment and he filet the fish for us right there at boat launch! We appreciated his genuine love for the environment as he went out of his way to pick up trash found on the lake. 1st Choice Fishing Charters comes highly recommended! It was our first time freshwater fishing and it certainly won’t be our last.

1st Choice Fishing

I did not know what to expect coming from Alabama to fish with Captain Randy at 1st Choice Fishing Charters but boy am I glad I did! He was professional and extremely friendly. He gave his best effort to put me on fish all day. If you want a great guide call Captain Randy you will not be sorry!

Pete Penry

As an avid Lower-Niagara fisherman,

As an avid Lower-Niagara fisherman, I have always wanted to use a charter for a different experience than my usual shore fishing efforts. After a careful selection process, we chose Captain Randy as our charter. Randy’s professionalism and overall dedication to his craft surpassed any expectations we had. He answered all of my questions knowledgeably, and when we started pulling monster lake trout into the boat….it was evident that Captain Randy was a true professional who knew exactly how to put us on fish in questionable weather conditions no less. My Dad and Brother would unequivocally agree with Me that both fishing trips we’ve taken aboard 1st Choice Charters have generated profound memories that will last a lifetime. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a true five-star fishing experience in Western New York!

Zachary Brink

Chrissy Russo

Capt Randy made our whole visit to Niagara Falls so worth it. No matter the temperature outside, his charter was amazing. Thanks!!! Next time we will be coming with our children.

Chrissy Russo

Aaron Temple

My father-in-law, Dave, and I usually take one out of state fishing trip a year in New York. The last two years we have made the journey to the Niagara River to fish with Captain Randy Lingenfelter of 1st Choice Fishing Charters, and we have not been disappointed! By 8:15 Dave hooked up on a monster salmon! After chasing her up and down the river for 15 to 20 minutes we had her in the boat. It turned out to be a 30 lbs. Salmon! We never went more than 2 drifts without a fish for the next 4 hours! Needless to say we will be returning next year for the annual salmon run!

Aaron Temple