I am married with 2 children and love what I do. I love fishing in general! I was brought up on the shores of Seneca Lake fishing since I was a young boy. We fished for everything from panfish to trout and everything in between. I learned a lot from my grandfather who was a guide for many many years. My father was also a great teacher as well as we loved fishing for bass and perch and I did this up until I was able to get out on Lake Ontario with my Uncle Donald of The Life of Riley. He took us fishing for salmon when I was around 11 or so and I caught my First King which was around 25 lbs, that was it I was hooked and would pester him anytime he was going out fishing. Then my dad bought a boat and we rigged it up to go ourselves when we could. We fished the ESLO derbies every time and I remember we went out of the Genesee river during the fall derby and my father let me pick the lures. I went for the J plugs and mine was as a Chartreuse with orange dot plug, that wasn’t in the water 5 minutes and it went screaming along the side of the Charlotte pier. I fought that fish for an hour while my dad weaves in and out of boat traffic and finally got it to the boat. We both looked at one another and said we need to get this to weigh in cause it was the last day, we ran up river to Pelicans Nest to weigh it in and I remember it was to heavy for me to lift and the guy that was there helped me get it in scale. That salmon weighed 39.9lbs and the leader at that time was 33.3lbs, I looked at dad all excited yelling we won we won but the guy turns to me and says that we are to late and the Derby had ended. I was sick to my stomach and my dad didn’t show it but he was upset as well. To this day my father hasn’t been back in the water to fish for anything on Ontario even with me. So as I got older I got my own boat at 22 and started fishing again on my own with friends and always had a blast. Then came marriage and the kids but at this time I pursued another path in Bass fishing.I bought a Ranger bass boat and started fishing local tournaments which I did ok in but I wanted more so I traded my Ranger in for a Skeeter with all the bells and whistles but this Boat made me feel like a winner so nothing stopped me especially Lake Ontario, the lake would be rolling 4 footers and I was running them like nothing.
Finally I joined ABA bass club and started to perform well finishing 2nd in NY overall and headed to Kentucky Lake for Nationals where I didnt to to well cause it was totally different style down there. The next year I fished ABA and qualified for Nationals again and we headed to Alabama on Lake Wheeler. Well same story different style and I just couldn’t figure the bass out, but it was fun to meet so many different anglers from all over. Then over the next few years I fished local clubs and ended up coming into my own and had the year of my life, I fished 23 Open tournaments finishing in top 5 if not winning in all of them, best season of my career but with that came all the haters. I vowed never to fall into their ways of treating people and just finished at a local championship tourney in 4th but during this tournament I was followed by a boat and watched every move I made until I finally had enough so I ran from one spot out into Lake Ontario over to Port Bay and waited to see if he followed me, well he did and when he rounded the corner he just about ran my boat over as well and that was the last bass tournament I ever did. I sold my bass boat for an aluminum boat and then moved up to another bigger boat and as I kept going bigger I praise my wife for putting up with me cause she knew how much I loved being out on Lake Ontario so I finally had the opportunity to buy my current boat which is a 1996 Tiara 2900 Open. This decision came at a cost though cause you just do t buy a boat like this for fun unless your wealthy or had plans like I did. I was always asked why I never went and took classes for my Captains license. I loved it so much why not make others happy by showing them what this Great Lake has to offer. I finished my classes this past Spring 2018 and here we are today where I invite you to come fishing with us out on Lake Ontario after some of the hardest fighting Freshwater fish we have to offer. It’s always a good time and a learning experience as well. My Gramps always told me that you may get older but you never stop learning and that’s the truth. We may not catch them every day but when we do it’s amazing. We fish several tourneys along the lake and keep expanding our range every season which runs from mid April til end of September. Come join us and let’s have some fun, fishing is the bonus.
Capt Thomas Riley
We offer you up to 4 person 4-6 hour fishing trip..
We offer you up to 4 person 8 hour fishing trip. Additional hours can be purchased (at Captains discretion)
A private trip for 2 - 4 guest. No outside anglers.
Semi private trip, we partner you up with 2 other anglers! This keeps your cost low and our boat full!
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Chinook Salmon or King Salmon as we call them are native to the North Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America, ranging from California to Alaska, as well as Asian rivers ranging from northern Japan to the Palyavaam Riverin the Arctic. Since the 1960s the Kings have been stocked in Lake Ontario. A large Chinook is a prized and sought-after catch for a sporting angler. The flesh of the salmon is also highly valued for its dietary nutritional content, which includes high levels of important omega-3 fatty acids and is one the the best eating fish that we have here in Ny.
The Chinook is blue-green or purple on the back and top of the head, with silvery sides and white ventral surfaces. It has black spots on its tail and the upper half of its body. Chinook have a Black gum line. Adult fish range in size from 24 to 36 in, they average 10 to 35lb the world record is 126 lb caught near Rivers Inlet, British Columbia, in the late 1970s, Ny State record is 47lbs 13oz caught in the Salmon River (tributary to Lake Ontario where we fish)
We usually target these fish late May/early June till late October
My personal favorite fish to catch, Steelhead or Rainbow Trout, Natives of the Pacific Coast, rainbow trout were introduced into New York waters in the 1870s. Like brown trout, rainbows are more tolerant of warm water than the native trout and are found throughout the State.
In New York, there are two types of rainbows. The first, simply called rainbow, is found mostly in medium to large streams or small to medium size lakes. The second, called steelhead, is only found in lakes Champlain, Ontario and Erie and their tributaries. Whether the fish is small or large, fishing for Steelhead is a popular pastime for many New York anglers. Not quite as wary as brown trout, rainbows often put up spectacular fights when hooked, frequently making a series of acrobatic jumps.
The world record Steelhead is 48lbs!! The NY state record is 31lb3oz caught right here in Lake Ontario!! We target these late in the summer
Lake trout are the largest of the chars; the record weighed almost 102 lb (netted) with a length of 50 inches, 15– to 27 pound fish are not uncommon. The average length is 24–36 inches. The largest caught on a rod and reel according to the IGFA was 72 pounds, caught in Great Bear Lake, Canada in 1995 with a length of 59 inches. Ny state record is a 41lb8oz fish caught out of Lake Erie. Lake trout inhabit cold, oxygen-rich waters, often living at depths of 66–197 ft. We Target them all year long as they are usually heavy and put up a hell of a fight
The brown trout has long been a popular game fish all over the world. Brought over from Europe in the 1880s, brown trout can be found in waters all across New York State. Its ability to tolerate warmer water than either of New York State's native trout has allowed this species to do well in waters otherwise not able to support trout.
Brown trout are primarily found in streams, but also live in ponds and lakes. As the name implies, brown trout are brown in color with black and often red spots on the sides. However, in large bodies of water, fish tend to be silvery with scattered black spots.
Fish more than ten pounds are fairly common.
The World record Brown Trout was 41lbs1oz caught in New Zealand the NY state record is 33lbs 2oz caught right here in Lake Ontario.
We target these beauties early spring when they are in close to shore, we will catch a few here and there throughout the year
These are the fish we target. It is not uncommon to catch other fish as well. We can not guarantee you will catch any fish unfortunately but we can guarantee you a great time!
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