Where: Lower Niagara River, in front of Fort Niagara and the big sandbar at the mouth of the river leading into Lake Ontario
When: Late October through the end of November
Why: This is not fishing--it's abuse of the resource. You will catch a mixed bag of 60 to 100 fish. The baitfish pile up just off the current edge. Alewives and emerald shiners get flushed down the current and create a buffet for all the sportfish.
How: If you're going to pick one bait to catch all species, swim a 5-inch grub off the bottom. Lakers and smallies hug the bottom; browns and steelhead will be higher in the water column. Use a ¼-ounce jighead with 20-pound braid connected to a 15-pound Seaguar fluoro leader.
Quick Tip: A lot of people fish grubs too fast. You have to fish these baits super slow. Be patient and you will get hammered by something.