The Fishcap Report, Week of May 23-30


Fishcap News, Week of May 23-30

The folks planning this summer’s Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in Waddington have designated Saturday, August 10 as Military Appreciation Day.

The "Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River" takes place August 8 – 11.

Military Appreciation Day will feature an American-Canadian Wounded Warrior Fishing Derby, special musical performances, and fireworks display.

Invitations are extended to all Warriors, Battle Buddies and their families from Fort Drum and surrounding states to attend the festival.

This week's fishing forecast...

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing has been good in many spots. Best spots have been off north and south Sandy Creeks, Southwick's Beach, Stony Creek and Sawyer's Bay. Michigan stingers in brass, chartreuse and glo-green have been good in 10-50 feet of water.

Many nice lake trout are being caught off the "finger" in 130 feet of water using cowbells and spin & glo's in glo-green colors.

Walleye has been slow as fishermen are working hard for them, but the ones being caught are nice trophies. Black River Bay and Chaumont Bay are best bets using deep diving stickbaits in blue or black.

Thanks to Capt. Bob Dick, Moby Dick Charters, Henderson Harbor;

Black Lake

Northern Pike: fishing has been above average for pike, check the warm bays where you can find old grass or new grass moving in. Soft plastic swim baits are catching numbers of fish. Although the pike are not huge there are plenty of numbers to be caught with an occasional bigger fish.

Black Crappie: the bite is still good on the lake but some of the big crappie have pushed out to the rocky points and islands. Check a little deeper water around big rocks. A tube jig and or minnow will still catch numbers of fish.

Thanks to St. Lawrence County angler Chris Flint. For full reports, photos and more information on baits and colors visit

Lake Bonaparte

Water Temp: 55-58 degrees (5/18)

Big bluegill have moved into spawn and can be found in the very back of the bays, any small pocket with wood or old grass will have numbers of fish.

Crappie are starting to move in ad this bite will improve in the next week or so, a few can be found mixed in with the bluegills. Concentrate on the rocky points to improve your chances at catching crappie.

Largemouth and smallmouth bite is slow but can be caught on Senkos, spinnerbaits and square bills. Look for the old grass to catch the largemouth. Check the rocky shoreline for the smallies and throw a jerkbait at them. The water is still a little chilly there so a slow cadence will probably be your best bet until the water warms up.

Again, thanks to St. Lawrence County angler Chris Flint. For full reports, photos and more information on baits and colors visit

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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