This week's fishing forecast...
Brown trout are showing up in the trench and in the deep water off Stony Point wall. Most are fishing in 100 to 150 feet of water with downriggers down anywhere from 60 feet to close to bottom. Best colors have been blue, black, orange or green spoons with silver backs. Michigan Stingers and Northern Kings are best baits.
St. Lawrence River
Find walleye in tributaries including the Oswegatchie, Grasse and Raquette rivers, in the shallows of bays. Use shallow and medium diving crankbaits.
Also in tributaries find bass; some believe that's due to a shift in the thermocline.
The St. Lawrence is producing five pound smallmouth bass and 20 pound limits of smallmouth bass from Chippewa Bay to Massena. Smallmouth bass can be taken on spinnerbaits, topwater baits, and soft plastics, especially tubes and senko style baits. Try top water baits early in the morning or in the evening.
St. Lawrence River largemouth bass are in weed beds. They like jig and pig and big plastic worms.
Soft plastics colors working best include watermelon, green pumpkin, and colors that mimic gobies and other food sources.
Good for large and smallmouth; most popular baits are senkos or other salt-impregnated worm.
Crappie fishing is up. Bass are burrowing deeper into the weeds as they seek the cooler weed shaded water.
For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to: Capt. Bob Dick, Moby Dick Charters, Henderson Harbor; www.mobydickcharters.com; St. Lawrence County bass angler Fred Morrill; angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner; Joe Russell, Hilltop Hunting and Fishing, Morley.
For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to www.fishcap.net.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Watertown, NY