Sunday, April 20, 2014

St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s

The St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s Opening Day Walleye Derby is a two-person team event, and the winning team will be determined by the total weight of its four largest fish. Eligible fish include three walleyes between 18-23 inches and one walleye more than 23 inches.
Derby organizers ask that fish over 23 inches be kept alive so that they might be released after being weighed in. Non-releasable fish will be subject to an 8-ounce penalty.
Interested anglers can register ($50 per two-person team) at JC River Run Bar & Grill in Waddington on Friday, May 3 from 6-7:30 p.m.
On-site registration ($10 penalty fee) will also be available prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Too, participants who are not members of SLRWA will be assessed a $5 re-stocking fee. The derby is a 100 percent payback affair (minus $200).
The Waddington Boat Launch at Whitaker Park will serve as the starting point for all participants, and the launch will also serve as the weigh-in station. Fishing boundaries extend from the Ogdensburg International Bridge to the top side of Robert Moses Dam in Massena. Fishing hours are from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Weigh-ins will be conducted at the boat launch from noon until 3 p.m., and awards will be presented at the nearby JC River Run Bar and Grill at 3 p.m.
In addition to cash prizes for the winners, numerous door prizes will be awarded.
In efforts to raise funds for its walleye stocking program and to promote St. Lawrence River walleye fishing, the St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its eighth annual SLVSC Walleye Derby on opening day. The event is an open-boundary one, and fishing hours extend from midnight until 4 p.m. Winning fish will be determined by weight.
Interested anglers can register ($20) in Ogdensburg at Hosmer’s Marina, Myer’s Pub, Vinn’s Tavern, and Fish’er Chips and in Lisbon at Sandy’s Bait and Tackle. Eligibility requires that all anglers in the boat be registered for the derby, and the minimum length for eligible walleyes is 21 inches. Weigh-ins will be held on the waterfront at Hosmer’s Marina from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The waterfront weigh-in site allows anglers who wish to do so to release their catch.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

How to visit and enjoy Niagara Falls on the Niagara River

How to visit and enjoy Niagara Falls on the Niagara River
 Niagara Falls is a amazing place to visit and  view! You  well be amazed at the beauty and power of Niagara falls.
 You can either get a tour pass with a shuttle ride to Niagra or if you know where your going just park in there lots on Goat island and go from there. There are shuttle rides you can take to save on some of the walking. One thing you will learn  is to take water and snacks because it will take most of the day to visit Niagara Fall and Horseshoe Falls
The snack stands are expensive and the bugs are out in force so you need to take some treats with you. In downtown Niagara you can stop at the many tour offices before you get to the falls if you want to buy discount tickets and shuttles back and forth to Niagara Falls.
Cave of the Winds is great you take a elevator down to the bottom of the falls. They give you a poncho to wear and sandals you will get wet from the spray. Once there you walk to the bottom of the falls and the wind and power from the falls is amazing you have to go there for the thrill and you will get soaked from the water.
 They also offer the Maid of the Mist boat cruise which will take you to the whirlpools and bottom of Niagra falls.
The water flow on the American side of the falls is much less in strength because of Goat Island,  whereas Horseshoe Falls has no obstruction to divert it. The view of Niagara and Horseshoe falls is breathtaking. Be prepared to get soaked and keep your cameras covered.
 Whirlpool Rapids is down river a bit and you can take a power boat ride through the rapids its great fun.  At the bottom of Niagara falls, the water travels 15 miles over many gorges and whirl pools to enjoy.
The guides will tell you of the great history of Niagara falls and how they were formed.

Lake of the Isles on the St. Lawrence River

You can fish for bass in the Lake of the Isles on the  St. Lawrence River   St. Lawrence River has outstanding bass fishing for residents and bass fishinermen.When you visit this part of New York make sure you fish the Lake of the Isles. The Lake of the Isles in upstate New York is one of the largest inland bay fishing spots on the St. Lawrence River. This lake area is
 unique in the area because of its limited excess to the St. Lawrence River.
  There are large beds of lily pads and weed banks  with very clear water that offers fine bass fishing. The area is also out of the strong winds that blow up the waves and make it tough to fish for bass,  the shoreline areas are full of down trees and tree limbs,this creates great conditions for spawning and catching largemouth bass. There are smallmouth bass,bluegill,northern pike,pan fish and yellow perch all in this area.  Lake of the Isles holds large populations of these game fish., and it has a great reputation for its largemouth bass population. Many trophy size bass have been taken in the Lake of the Isles including the St. Lawrence River largemouth bass record. Lake of the Isles brings in pro fishermen and new fisherman from the Thousand Islands region after the season starts around June 21st.

 Many anglers  also like the  Lake of the Isles for its excellent year round fishing for pike and all types of pan fish. To get to the area for recreational fishing you can boat  from De Wolf Point State Park or Alexandria Bay New York. It can be reached by boating around Wesley island and heading south east up the river. If you not familiar with the area just ask someone at the boat docks and they will give you directions. If you decide to visit the area to fish you should try to fish on the weekdays as the weekend tend to bring out the party boats and it makes the bass to finicky with all the boat traffic.