This week's Fishcap news
What will the 99 anglers competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series next week at Waddington find on the St. Lawrence River? Local professional bass angler Chris Flint spent time on the St. Lawrence River last weekend, and gives a preview.
“I can say most of my stops provided multiple fish of the same size, which to me means one thing and one thing only. These fish have moved into their summer hunting grounds and the bite is about to be phenomenal!
"At the end of our day and keeping track of our five best fish we had a weight of a little over 20 pounds. This is a pretty darn good day of fishing considering new spots and some new techniques and a north wind!
"So as the Elite Series anglers arrive what can we expect to see? I have been apprehensive in giving a prediction on weights because the weather is always a factor in determining what, where and how the fish will feed on the river. Right now they are right on track with a good late summer bite which means big heavy fish.
"I am predicting it will take 92 pounds of fish to win the four day event. What I am more interested to see is what the biggest fish will be each day. I know there are seven pound smallmouth bass out there and I would love to see one!”
The Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River takes place August 8-11, in Waddington. For a complete schedule visit www.northcountrybass.com.
This week's fishing forecast...
St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River smallmouth bass are found in their normal summer areas, often in deeper water with structure and current. Bass fishermen are bringing in five-pound smallmouth bass and 20-pound limits of smallmouth bass from Chippewa Bay to Massena.
Keep your rod tip low when landing big St. Lawrence River smallmouth bass to reduce their jumping capability. Smallies’ jumps can be spectacular, but often result in separating the fish from the hook.
St. Lawrence River largemouth bass are in weed beds. Soft plastics colors working best include watermelon, green pumpkin, purple, and colors that mimic gobies and other food sources.
Black River Bay
Smallmouths are turned on. Large numbers are being caught using 4-inch senkos, in watermelon with purple flakes. Best spots are rocky shoals, 10 to 15 feet of water.
Good fishing for smallmouths and walleye between Herrings and Deferiet. Best to drift with the current using old fashioned worm harness tipped with a Berkley Gulp Leech.
For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to www.fishcap.net.
This week's pictures: St. Lawrence County bass angler Chris Flint and his wife, Jennifer Flint, took to the St. Lawrence last weekend; in pictures, top-dancing smallmouth, Jen’s big catch, and Chris lands one. (Courtesy Chris Flint)
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY