Saturday, October 17, 2015

St.Lawrence river muskie.

You can  drift the deep water shoals of Clayton using a heavy fishing rig baitcasting tackle spooled with 30-pound test line or stronger and a wire leader,muskie can bite through regular fishing line. If you can find them at the local bait store a 6 to 10 inch sucker hook through the mouth is a great musky killer. Fishermen use a 1/2 ounce sinker placed about 3 feet above the hook to let the sucker swim around. Using a fish finder find the shoals that are next to deep water the muskies lay along the rock shoals and feed on bait fish like a sucker. Trolling a large sucker  bait is also good for muskie anglers because you can cover more water and increase the chances  of a strike from a muskie. Remember muskies take a long time to grow so its important to handle the quickly and release the muskie back into the river as soon as possible.
While you are visiting Clayton New York take the time to visit the Antique Boat Museum its the world's largest fresh water boat museum. People have been there many times and the boats are absolutely pristine. Remember to practice catch and release when fishing for the St.Lawrence river muskie.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Canadian government

Canadian government has ordered Montreal not to dump 2 billion gallons (7.57 billion liters) of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River as part of a plan to rebuild a riverside expressway.
Federal infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel said Wednesday that an independent review would be carried out after many Montrealers called for the federal government to step in, just a week ahead of national elections. Conservative Prime Minister’s government had known about what the city had wanted to do for some time but didn’t intervene until now.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York also got involved, asking U.S. environmental regulators to work with Canada to stop it. The EPA said it has no regulatory authority in Canada.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lake Berryessa

bass bite stays good. Drop shot natural colored Robo worms and Senkos. Be ready to run and gun till you find a pod of fish. Remember, there are three species of bass on tap for you - spots, smallmouth and largemouth. Because each of them prefers a slightly different depth, look for bottom breaks, ridges and submerged structure as well as shallow water with some wind or current that will be pushing baitfish in. Low light is your friend so try to get on the water by 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

St. Lawrence

“What makes the area so productive for largemouth is the number of shallow bays located along the 1000 Islands Parkway and around the islands between the inner channels and the shipping lanes. According to a study by the fish biologists for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources the water, food and habitat in the St. Lawrence are almost perfect for a healthy largemouth population.
“Largemouth bass favor shallow, warmer bodies of water with a lot of weed beds to hide in and wait for prey. This area also has submerged wood, rocks and man-made cover that provide ideal largemouth habitat.”
If further proof is needed that the largemouth bass population has exploded in the area to compliment the smallmouth fishery, it can be found by the number of bass tournaments being held.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wellesley Island State Park

Wellesley Island State Park Improvements At Wellesley Island State Park, in Fineview, Jefferson County, State Parks completed a $2 million project to replace the bathhouse at the park’s popular swimming beach. The new facility includes improved bathrooms, changing areas, a concession area and an adjoining open-air covered pavilion. To complement this completed project, the park’s campground recreation and games area will be relocated to the new facility in the Spring of 2016, instead of its current location in a barn away from the beach and across a park road. - See more at:

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Walleye bite has turned on recently. Try bucktail jigs tipped with night crawlers. Bass are in transition, moving from the shallow to the deep water. Northerns are anywhere from four to 20 feet. Perch continue to be hard to find.

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 20 opener of bass season

 June 20, marks the opener of bass season and from the St. Lawrence River to the Hudson River anglers will be out in force after either smallmouth or largemouth bass. Casting swim baits, spinner baits, bucktails and top water baits produced best. A lot of catfish are being caught.
Walleye: Several walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawlers on flat banks in 18-to-20 feet of water. Bluegill are still biting crickets. Pier fishing was slow. Look for some near the rock reefs out in deeper water. Bass action has been very good, with grubs, worms and crawdad imitations working well.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fishing for muskellunge

Musky fishing regulation changes are in effect on New York waters for the season opener June 20 for the St. Lawrence River, Great Lakes and tributaries, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded anglers.
“Fishing for muskellunge, northern pike, walleye and channel catfish is expected to be outstanding across the state this year,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
Changes affecting the North Country include:
 For the St. Lawrence Seaway, opening date remains the same: third Saturday in June (June 20, 2015). Minimum size has been increased to 54 inches on Lake Ontario and the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers to make it consistent with Lake Erie; throughout the rest of the state, minimum is increased to 40 inches.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Water Levels

US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, in conjunction with Environment Canada, publish records on water levels along the St. Lawrence. The levels for April for Kingston, ON are measured above a particular reference point. Those levels are certainly lower than last year but are well above the minimum. The mean for April this year is 244.72 ft., while the minimum 243.67 ft. was set in 1965. The highest April reading was set in 1973 at 248.16 ft. Thus this year’s April level is just over a foot above the minimum and 3.5 feet below the maximum, but it is only one foot below the long term mean. The forecast is that the level in May will be a foot higher.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oneida Lake

Walleye Opener: Good weather marked the opening of the walleye and pike season on Oneida Lake last weekend. Eager anglers were out in force and some nice fish were taken. Fishing in the creeks and canals was slower than expected causing some discussion and varying opinions among anglers. But fishing in the shallow areas of the lake was very good and those anglers who moved and found the active fish were rewarded with some nice fish on their stringers.

Friday, May 1, 2015

northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge

Special trophy black bass season opens Saturday on Lake Erie along with other freshwater sportfishing in the state, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.
Anglers can catch and keep one 20-inch or longer black bass every day from Saturday through June 20.Black bass “catch and release season” is also underway in many areas around the state, according to the DEC.Meanwhile, fishing season for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge also opens Saturday statewide.The agency reminded muskellunge anglers that opening day for muskellunge was moved up to May 30 and the minimum size limit was increased to 40 inches on all waters except the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, where the minimize size limit increased to 54 inches.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stocking of trout streams

The annual stocking of trout streams in St. Lawrence County is about to get underway as the traditional spring trout and salmon season starts on April 1.
The earliest stocking in the county is usually in the Oswegatchie River in Piercefield in March, and the schedule shows 1,750 eight- to nine-inch brook trout due to go in this month. In May, the Oswegatchie is due to get 3,500 brown trout introduced in Clifton and Fine.
The stockings are done by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and local volunteers.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Lawrence River anglers

Beginning April 1, St. Lawrence River anglers will have to catch a muskie that’s at least 54 inches long if they want to keep it.
That’s one of many changes to fishing regulations announced recently by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The new regulations establish a special trout daily creel limit of five fish with no more than two fish longer than 12 inches, for some waters in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence counties, as well as for Little River and Oswegatchie Rivers in St. Lawrence County.