Fish New York's Lake Erie

Buffalo, N.Y.

Sure, this city might be better known for its spicy chicken wings to the foodie crowd, and the Bills are why football fans visit this New York city, but the Great Lake that laps at the banks of this area contains a renowned smallmouth fishery.

Anglers can catch bronzebacks from the rock jetties just outside the marina harbors to 40 miles out in Lake Erie. Ranked No. 3 this year on Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list, there is little that will not work. Tubes, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and drop shot rigs are popular here.

If the wind is blowing and the waves get too big to navigate, no worries. Head to the protected banks near marina harbors and flip your favorite plastic. Largemouth live here, and they get surprisingly big. Icing on the cake: beer and wings to celebrate your day on the water, especially at Anchor Bar, the place where Buffalo wings were invented.

For more information, visit