This week's fishing forecast...
The run of salmon into the Salmon River has begun; not many fish but worth it. Early fish appear to be wild rather than hatchery-produced. Fish will be biting during their first five days in the river, then spawning instinct takes over and they aren’t interested in food. Some brown trout also in with the salmon.
St. Lawrence River
The St. Lawrence River continues to produce five pound smallmouth bass. The fish are in a summer pattern and the big ones are usually deep. Use baits that will get down to the fish - tubes with heavy sinkers, drop shot, or deep diving crank baits. Keep your rid tip low, the smallmouth bass are strong and love to jump.
Walleyes in the St. Lawrence have dropped back down to 27 feet or deeper. Use running crank baits/deep divers or bottom bouncers, and medium running plugs behind. In the 1000 Islands area of the river, walleyes have moved on to the humps in deep water.
Black lake bass are active with largemouth bass found in the weeds and smallmouth on points and humps. The largemouth are biting on jig and pig and plastic worms. The smallmouth can be taken with drop shots and tubes. Try running a frog over the matted weeds and be prepared for an explosive strike around breaks in the weed cover.
For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner; St. Lawrence County anglers Fred Morrill and Al Russell; Fat Nancy’s in Pulaski; Gander Mountain in Watertown.
For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to www.fishcap.net.
This week's picture: Carpe Diem! Vincent Dominy of Potsdam seized 11-year-old Seirra Cummings' 23-pound, 13-ounce common carp for a quick photo, after the Potsdam girl caught the fish at Wheathouse Bay during day two of the 2013 St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament. Like all carp caught during the tournament, this one was released back into the river. More than 120 kids ages 11-18 participated in this year’s tournament, hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday, February 14, 2016, Watertown, NY