The Fishcap Report, July 4 - 11


Fishcap News, July 4 - 11

To start, a note from local anglers: The water remains high on almost all lakes and rivers in the area. Take care, since high water can hide normally visible hazards.

Keep your eyes open out there on the St. Lawrence River: you just might be sharing the water with out-of-town professional bass anglers.

The pros have been on the river scouting for bass and bass habitat in preparation for the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament to be held in Waddington August 8 – 11. The 100 Elite anglers have only through this weekend to test the waters; they are prohibited from fishing in official tournament waters 30 days out from the start of the event.

(We have an example, in pictures, at the bottom of this report.)


This week's fishing forecast...

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing has been excellent. Best places are Stony Point wall, Stony Island, Calf Island spit and Galloo Island. Michigan Stingers spoons in black-silver, blue-silver and orange-chartreuse are best colors in 30-80 feet of water.

Bass fishing is hot and cold. Crabs and minnows are good baits in 3-15 feet of water off little Galloo Island, Stony Island, Herrick Shoal in Chaumont Bay and Horse Island.

Big catfish reported off the Chaumont Bay bridge; use hot dogs, prepared catfish bait, or chicken livers to get 20-pounders plus, day or night.

Lake Bonaparte, Red Lake, Six Town Pond (Adams)

Good bass catches reported, all easily fished from small boat.

St. Lawrence River

Fishing is excellent on the river right now.

Between Clayton and Alex Bay, anglers have reported jumbo perch – up to 14 inches long – which have packed on the pounds by gobbling up gobies. In same area, pike are found at about 15 feet. With warmer weather, pike more readily caught on cloudy days.

Smallmouth bass can be caught on just about anything you throw at them, in depths of one to 30 feet. This seems to be a broad display of information but they are still spawning so fish are spread throughout the water column. Feeding varies depending on the stage of the fish and the area that you are in.

Smallmouth bass on the river from Morristown to Massena are still shallow but beginning to move to their normal summer haunts; use soft plastics and spinner baits. Wherever your location, it’s best to start shallow and throw spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, flukes and see if you get a response. If nothing happens pull out to a little deeper water and switch to a tube bait or drop shot rig. If the fish have spawned and left the shallow area they will be out on the deeper edge of the water near the spawning flat. Be patient as the fish are tired from the spawn but will eat.

St. Lawrence River largemouth bass are in or near weed beds, and seem to like jig and pig, spinner baits and plastic worms. Soft plastics colors working best include watermelon, green pumpkin, and colors that mimic gobies and other food sources. Some fishermen are bringing in five bass limits totaling over 20 pounds.

Walleyes still active nearer Massena. 

Black Lake

Northern pike are active at Black Lake and are striking at anything that is moving, especially spinner baits, stick baits, and soft jerk baits.

Black Lake bass are not where you found them last year. The high water has given bass new  hiding places. Search them out, and remember the 15-inch limit. Black Lake bass are attracted to black and blue jig and pig and soft plastics, including big plastic worms and stick type worms.

Raquette River

Try for big catfish on the river between Massena and Raymondville, after dark or at dawn or dusk.

For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to: Capt. Bob Dick, Moby Dick Charters, Henderson Harbor;; St. Lawrence County bass angler Fred Morrill; angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner; St. Lawrence County bass angler Chris Flint, ; St. Lawrence River Walleye Association,

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

(This week's pictures: Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley of Ohio polished up his boat at the Waddington village launch Tuesday evening; the license plate says it all.)














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