The Fishcap Report, August 15 - August 22


Fishcap News: August 15 - 22

Waddington, population 972, did it. Last week's tournament broke the Bassmaster Elite Series all-time attendance record.

A total of 34,100 people turned out for the Aug. 8-11 Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River, breaking the record for the second time in the 2013 Elite Series season.

The previous four-day record of 33,650 was set at this season’s opener, the March 14-17 Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues in Orange, Texas. That March record exceeded the previous Elite Series attendance mark of 17,920 set in 2011 in Alabama.

“Elite Series attendance is an excellent measure of how the sport of bass fishing continues to grow,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “B.A.S.S. and its sponsors work to promote each event going in. But of course we would not be breaking attendance records if the local hosts weren’t going all-out to create the level of interest we’ve been seeing this year.”

(We have a couple of splendid pictures of last weekend's crowds at the bottom of the page.)


This week's fishing forecast...

St. Lawrence River

Fishing below the Robert Moses power dam is good to excellent. Smallmouth bass are in 18-30 feet of water at the front of depth changes. Drop shot and tube baits are working in natural colors like green pumpkin. An occasional walleye is also being caught mixed in with the smallmouth bass.

Black Lake

Black lake bass are active with largemouth bass found in the weeds and smallmouth on points and humps. Largemouth biting on jig and pig and plastic worms. The smallmouth can be taken with drop shots and tubes. Try top water baits early in the morning and in the evening.

For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to St. Lawrence County anglers Fred Morrill and Chris Flint,

For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to

This week's pictures: the crowds at the Bassmaster Elite tournament.






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