The Fishcap Report, June 20 - 27


Fishcap News, Week of June 20

A thought on what's best for bass...

Local waters are colder than usual and various natural processes are behind schedule. In the St. Lawrence River and elsewhere, bass are still on spawning beds and thus in a vulnerable state. Bass season officially began last Saturday, June 15th. Anglers are urged to return bass they catch to the water as quickly as possible so the fish, especially smaller males, can go back to the business of protecting eggs.

This week's fishing forecast...

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing has been good. Best places have been on the west side of Galloo Island, head of Stony Island, Calf Island spit and in the "trench." Michigan stingers spoons have been best baits.

Bass fishing has been good for some - not so good for others. Some of the best spots have been around Stony Island, Galloo Island, Henderson Bay and Chaumont Bay. Minnows and crabs were best baits.

Thanks to Capt. Bob Dick, Moby Dick Charters, Henderson Harbor;

St. Lawrence River

Walleyes extremely and unusually deep at about 80 feet. Use five-ounce bottom bouncers with an extra three-ounce weight added. Drift or troll using various worm rigs.

Thanks to Don Meissner, Fishcap.

Raquette River

The river has been teeming with smallmouth bass. Fish are so active they have been attacking oversize baits, so try pike-size spoons.

Thanks to Jeff McDonald, Massena Bait & Tackle.

Black Lake

Best crappie fishing has passed but bigger crappies have formed large schools in deeper water than normally found. Look in 10 to 15 feet of water. Always offer bait above the depth the crappies are swimming, since they feed upwards.

As always, for more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley go to .

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