The Fishcap Report, Week of June 27


Fishcap News, June 27-July 3

An “American Idol” finalist, a chart-topping singer described as country music’s “Gen-Y family man,” and Central New York’s most popular country band will take the stage on consecutive days of the Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at the St. Lawrence River in Waddington this August.

Bucky Covington, a best-selling country singer and finalist in Season Five of Fox-TV’s “American Idol,” will perform on Friday, August 9, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Jason Michael Carroll, whose first album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, will perform on Saturday, August 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

And Chris Taylor and the Custom Taylor Band, last year voted Best Country Band by Syracuse New Times, will play on Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

All three concerts are free and take place in Whittaker Park in Waddington. They’re part of the Tastes and Talents of the North Country Festival that will run concurrently with the Bassmaster tournament happening August 8 to 11.

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

This week's fishing forecast...

Chaumont Bay

Bass fishing is excellent at Chaumont Bay. Bass are off their spawning beds, but largemouth and smallmouth can still be found in shallow water. Use spinner baits, soft plastics, and jig and pig.

Walleye fishing is slow, but there are some out there. Use Husky Jerks.

Henderson Harbor

Big brown trout being caught over 50 feet of water, suspended at about 20 – 25 feet. Use Michigan stingers.

Black Lake

With high water and cool weather, the bass at Black Lake are not buried as far into the weeds as normal and can be found in water that is relatively more open. Both largemouth and smallmouth can be taken on spinner baits. Black Lake bass seem to have a preference for soft plastics and jig and pig, and they seem to be especially attracted to black and blue.

As water recedes, fish will prefer cover: 8 feet for largemouth, 10 feet for smallmouth. Use senkos for largemouth. Try buzz baits at dawn and dusk.

Northern pike are active at Black Lake and are striking at anything that is moving especially spinner baits, stick baits, and soft jerk baits. Try red hooks if you are targeting northern pike.

St. Lawrence River

Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent right now. Bass can be found scattered from the shoreline out to around 20 feet of water. Productive baits include the drop shot rig with a small greenpumpkin darter; white spinnerbait with gold blades. Look for mild current with a rock and grass mix to catch numbers of fish. To catch some of the larger bass move to a little deeper water in the 20 foot range and drift with the drop shot rig.

St. Regis River

Near Malone - as high water recedes, trout activity will increase. Shift from mid-afternoon fishing to first hours of morning and last hours of evening. Baits and flies should become smaller and lighter in color, with size 16 or 18 dry flies preferred.

Salmon River

Near Pulaski – for first time in many years, smallmouth bass are present in big numbers. Use crayfish or shallow running crankbaits.

For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to: St. Lawrence County bass angler Fred Morrill; angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner; St. Lawrence County bass angler Chris Flint , http:\\ ; Hosmer’s Marina, Ogdensburg,

(Photo - Nate Kennedy (left) and Jim Tulip, members of the NNY Junior Bassmaster Club, enjoyed a great day on the water last weekend, weighing in over 18 pounds of bass from the St. Lawrence. Photo by Dave Shea, Sports Editor, Ogdensburg Journal,



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