Fishing the Great Lakes of New York
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Fishing the Great Lakes of New York

Fishing the Great Lakes of New York

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A Guide to Lakes Erie and Ontario, Their Tributaries, and the Thousand Islands

Spider Rybaak


Fishing the Great Lakes of New York has a wealth of access options and fishing instruction to shorten your time for finding and catching fish. It’s comprehensive yet easy (and fun!) to read.”

–Doug Stange, Editor-In-Chief, In-Fisherman

“Spider Rybaak always combines an eminently readable style chock full of detailed info about the outdoor world. If you want to know anything about fishing New York’s Great Lakes and the rivers that run in and out of them, plus historical and environmental aspects, you’ll find it here. Fishing the Great Lakes of New York is a must-have guide to a huge and vibrant freshwater fishery.”

–Capt. Gary P. Joyce,  Freelance outdoors editor and columnist

“Whether you are a seasoned veteran, a weekend angler or a novice who doesn’t have a clue what your next step should be, Fishing the Great Lakes of New York is one book that you should have.  Spider Rybaak weaves his unique insight and angling know-how masterfully – sharing important fishing information in a style that only Spider can lay claim to. These truly are ‘great lakes’ for fishing, and Rybaak gives them the attention they deserve.”

–Bill Hilts, Jr., Outdoors columnist, Niagara Gazette

“Anyone who enjoys fishing Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and any of the big water tributaries should pick up a copy of Fishing the Great Lakes of New York.  In addition to access information and angling tips, the book provides information on guides, captains, bait shops, county tourism offices, state parks and agencies.  Covering a total of 63 rivers and streams, this is by far the best book ever written on this watershed.”

–Dick Nelson, Outdoors editor and columnist, Columbia-Greene Media


Lakes Erie and Ontario, their tributaries, and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River together create the magical flow of New York’s north shore and the greatest freshwater fishery on the planet.

The region boasts fish as impressive as they are numerous.  Thirty-pound Chinook salmon, smallmouths over five pounds, 20-something-pound northern pike, 30-inch walleyes, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout stretching over three feet long, four-foot muskies and trophy landlocked Atlantic salmon are all available in sufficient quantities to make the chances of catching one a reasonable goal on every fishing trip—if you know where, when and how, which is the purpose of this book.

Longtime local angling authority Spider Rybaak details everything the local or visiting angler needs to know, from access points, best fishing seasons, tackle tips, target-tailored  fishing strategies,  and much more, for well over 100 specific spots in this unparalleled freshwater fishing paradise.

Spider Rybaak writes on angling and the outdoors for the Oswego County Tourism Bureau, lectures frequently on fishing in the area and is the author of Fishing Western New York and Fishing Eastern New York.  Spider is the 2013 recipient of the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association’s “Pass It On” Award, given to an individual dedicated to passing on our outdoor heritage.   He lives in Canastota, NY.


$16.95 paperback

224 pages

ISBN:  978-1-58080-176-8

B&W photos and maps