Guiding expert and novice smallmouth fishermen alike on Lake Erie and the Niagara River since 1978!!
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Join me for the small mouth bass trip of a life time in 2013. You will ride and fish out of my 2013 Lund 2075, powered by a 250 Mercury Verado Pro.
Casey Hines with 2 5lb plus Lake Erie smallmouth bass!!
Maddie Heavern with a 5lb Lake Erie smallmouth bass
I look forward to fishing with you in the spring of 2013. There is nothing like Lake Erie smallmouth bass and walleye fishing here in Western New York!! I run the premier guide service on the Eastern end of Lake Erie simply because I have been doing it longer then anyone else. Book early for a prime date for the best early small mouth bass fishing anywhere.
*Trophy Season Rates
(May through June 10th)
$ 450.00 minimum, for up to 3 people.
Regular Season Rates
$375 (includes $25 fuel surcharge) -1 or 2,
$450.00 -3, $550.00 - 4 $650.00 for 5
A $100.00 deposit is required to hold your date.
Email me for information and trip availability
2010 Nominee to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Check out my Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Tactics on the Video Page!!
Fishing Charter Captain/Fishing Guide Jim Hanley's experience has been acquired from 56 years of fishing and 35 years guiding on Lake Erie near Buffalo New York. Jim was the first ever to put his sign out for smallmouth guiding in 1978 and has not stopped since. The Buffalo, New York end of Lake Erie boasts the best deep water smallmouth bass, walleye and musky fishing anywhere in North America. You can expect to find smallmouth bass in massive numbers as well as trophy sizes, too. Early season creel limits are on smallmouth bass over 20 inches and all season limits require that a musky must be 54 inches in length. This should give you an idea of the outstanding growth rate for Lake Erie bass and musky off Buffalo, New York. Walleye fishing is the best anywhere and we catch them with the rod and reel in your hand. Our Lake Erie walleye are caught with spinning rods and light bait casting tackle, no handing off a rod and reel combination big enough to bring in a shark. The limit for walleye in New York for 2012 was extended to 6 walleye a day. That is one more then the 2011 creel limit of 5. It is expected to be a banner year for walleye fishing in New York this season!!
I am a full time Fishing Charter Captain and guide on Lake Erie. I make my living by fishing, speaking at seminars about fishing and shooting video about fishing on Lake Erie. I don't fish with you in the morning and then go to another job in the afternoon, or take you fishing just on weekends. I am on Lake Erie everyday, weather permitting, from Late April to the end of November.
"Lake Erie's smallmouth bass fishing is fantastic and when you fish with Guide, Jim Hanley, its even better than that! Jim knows Erie like an otter knows water. Believe me!"
Bill Dance, Host of Bill Dance Outdoors
"Lake Erie off Buffalo, New York is, by far, the most incredible trophy smallmouth bass fishing in the world right now, but knowing where to fish is another story. Hands Down- Captain Jim Hanley knows these waters better than anyone! Trust Me!!!"
The Eastern end of Lake Erie, near Buffalo New York, is the best smallmouth bass fishery anywhere in the Country and my friend Jim Hanley is the man to take you to the big ones!!!
Davy Hite, 1999 Bass Master Classic Champ and 2001-02 BASS Angler of the Year
" I have fished with Jim since 1985 both as my guide and now as my buddy. I highly recommend you spend a day with him on Lake Erie"
Boston Red Socks, NY Yankee's and Tampa Bay Devil Rays
World Series Champ, MLB Hall of Famer and 2 time Golden Glove Recipient
Johnny Morris and Bob Rich Jr.
"Fishing with Captain Jim on Lake Erie is a great experience, but its not just about the fishing; Its about laughter, fun and love of life."
Robert Rich Jr. CEO Rich Products
I named Captain Jim Hanley "Mr. Smallmouth"
Johnny Morris, CEO Bass Pro Shops
"I'm Hank Parker and I have known Jim Hanley for a long time, more years than I choose to recall. Jim is a great fisherman and an extremely knowledgeable guide. Jim always does his homework. He knows what's going on, the lake and the best pattern and lure to catch fish on. More importantly, he is a great guy to spend the day with."
Jim and Red Skins QB John Beck Jim and Sabre Robyn Regehr
Walleye fishing was amazing in 2012 and is expected to be even better in 2013. The DEC, in anticipation of another great season, raised the limit on walleye to 6, one more then in 2012. We fish for walleye in the old school tradition of bottom bouncing, not trolling with downriggers and planner boards. You hold the rod, feel the bite and reel your walleye in...its a lot more fun then having to pull in 300 feet of line. If you remember days of fishing with your Dad and the excitement of feeling that gentle pull of your line and setting the hook, then this is perfect for you. Book your date for 2013 now.
Guests on my TV Series over the years included: Ted Nugent, Irelene Mandrell, Hank Parker, Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance, Al Lindner, Dick Armey, Joe Thomas, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Jerry Ostrowski, Don Beebe, Jerry Butler, Tony Cline Jr, Tony Cline Sr, Ruben Brown, Todd Collins, Rob Ray, Robyn Regehr, Rhett Warner, Mark Davis, Jeff Fenholt, Charlie Reed, Kevin Van Dam, Guido Hibdon, Dion Hibdon, Basil Bacon, Davy Hite, Jay Yellas, Denny Brauer, Ron Shuffield, Dave Lefebre, Larry Nixon and many more.....
Guiding - Fishing Charters on Lake Erie, Buffalo New York where you will find the best smallmouth bass, walleye and musky fishing in the world!!!
Cathy Clark with a 21 inch Lake Erie small mouth. She caught 2 more at 21 and 2 more at 20 inches on October 17, 2012. Her husband, Frank caught another 21 incher that day
Alex Ray with a big Lake Erie walleye caught near Buffalo New York.
Lets go fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake Erie near Buffalo New York. Give me a call and book a day.