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...
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.
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.
Northern pike are active at Black Lake and are striking at anything that is moving, especially spinner baits, stick baits, and soft jerk baits.
As always, for more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to www.fishcap.net.
Sunday, February 14, 2016, Watertown, NY