Tuesday, January 8, 2019

St. Lawrence River

Thousand Islands region of New York. The St. Lawrence River is a smallmouth factory, and this particular stretch of the famed waterway quite literally lives up to its name.
For generations, the Thousand Islands region has played summer retreat from some of the country’s wealthiest and most prominent families. For those who know the region, they may recognize the names Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. These two massive homes were built on islands and today are tourist attractions. I would love to be fishing for smallmouth bass and take in these sites on the same trip.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby

The article also took note of Ontario’s licence-free Family Fishing weekend from Feb. 16-18 in 2019 and the summer’s Family Fishing Week from June 29 until July 7. It also mentioned the long-running Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby on Feb. 16. The article gave a shout out the Fence Depot, where it said you can purchase ice fishing gear.
Cornwall also has two free boat launches on the St. Lawrence River for boaters.
“You can’t go wrong in Cornwall,” said the article.
Author of the article, Carolyn Albee said in an email, “Cornwall is a great destination for those who want to experience all that Ontario fishing has to offer: river angling in the St. Lawrence, ice fishing on nearby Hoople Creek, or shore fishing in ponds and lakes. With such a variety of options, plus adorable inns, free boat launches, and plenty of supply stores, Cornwall is the perfect home base for a fishing trip, whether for a weekend or a week.”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

fishing tips

Areas where weedlines bend with the bottom contour or follow a shallow point or inside turn are places that predators use to pin baitfish up and start a feeding frenzy. Pay attention to those spots where a relatively straight weedline makes a sharp turn in or out and hit them hard with jigs, spinnerbaits or weed-resistant offerings. If the wind is blowing into a pocket formed by those turns, all the better. The movement of the wind-driven water will wash baitfish and other food items into the area, and predators will follow suit, so target those spaces along a weedline which are receiving the full force of the summer breeze.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Westminster Park

Westminster Park is located on the easterly end of Wells Island-being the island on the westerly end of which the Methodist or Thousand Island Park is located. The new park embraces about 500 acres. It lies directly opposite Alexandria Bay on this side and opposite Rockport on the Canadian side. The St. Lawrence at this point is between three and four miles wide. Nowhere are the islands of the river more numerous and nowhere is the scenery more attractive than in this vicinity. Westminster Park affords a variety of sites for cottages, so that all tastes may be suited. The lower peninsula is high and bluffy, affording views in all directions. Facing Rockport is a gradually sloping beech (sic) from which a fine outlook is gained, and the shore is very accessible for rowboats or fishing craft.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

jig and minnow

The jig and minnow bite has slowed down, with more walleye anglers using slip sinker rigs with live bait. Chubs, nightcrawlers and leeches have all been working for some anglers, so take your pick or try all three. Jigs and plastics or a jig with either a nightcrawler or a leech are other options, so anglers don’t have to put the jigs away, something will bite on jigs all summer long.
Jigs and plastics can be especially effective when anglers are fishing in the cabbage weed beds. Anglers are able to give the jigs a bit of a snap to break them through the weeds, which can sometimes produce a reflex bite from the fish.
Walleyes often share the same weed beds with northern pike, bass and even muskies at different times, so anglers don’t know who will be home until they fish through the area.
All species of gamefish are highly mobile when they are hunting for food and will move up and down the weedline as they follow the schools of baitfish.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

record walleye caught

We’re also waiting on official confirmation of a new state record walleye caught this past week on the St. Lawrence River. Brian Hartman of Alexander Bay reeled in an 18.2-pound walleye that stretched 32 inches and had a girth of 21 inches. The previous record was 16 pounds, 8 ounces.
Lake Ontario and tributaries
The Chinook salmon started to turn on between the Niagara Bar and Wilson last weekend, just in time for the start of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby that kicks off Friday and runs through May 20. Capt. Bob Songin of Reel Excitement Charters running out of Wilson reports good action on kings, Coho salmon and lake trout in 70 to 100 feet of water. Get your spoons or spin doctors and flies down 55 to 65 feet of water with your riggers and divers. Green and gold were hot colors, but it all depends on the day. Tributaries were producing a mixed bag as well earlier in the week. It looks like it’s the end of the trout fishing as the stream waters continue to warm, but they are quickly being replaced by active bass and the occasional northern pike.