The Fishcap Report, Week of September 12 - 19



This week's fishing forecast:

St. Lawrence River

Near Alexandria Bay/Clayton, pike at depths of 20 to 30 feet starting to hit on bigger baits. Best are F18 Rapalas, big Mepps spinners with bucktails in either black or red, or big Daredevils in traditional red or white.

Throughout the river, perch bite starting to pick up after the summer doldrums; at 30 to 50 foot depths.

Salmon River

Spectacular fishing for king salmon, with some coho and brown trout. Best below Pineville. Use single egg sac or estaz flies for sparkle, to grab attention. Fish with small split shot ahead of flies on 8- to 10-pound test line, using leader that’s two pounds less.

Grasse River

Salmon are running up the river as far as Madrid, occasionally at mouth of St. Lawrence. Anglers seen at site of old dam in downtown Massena, going to for salmon.

Raquette River & Black Lake

Smallmouth bass in good numbers, on Raquette from Raymondville downstream to Akwasasne. In Black Lake, fish deeper sections with jigs tipped with minnows or worms.

For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to angler and Fishcap coordinator Don Meissner; Ed Reyes, Fat Nancy’s in Pulaski, and 1000 Islands Bait Shop.

For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to
This week's picture: Spc. Mark Miranda from Fort Drum brought in the muskie of the day – a 47-inch behemoth – during Saturday’s Muskie Challenge in Brasher Falls. It was the second year for the event that brings Fort Drum wounded warriors and battle buddies to Brasher for catch-and-release fishing on the St. Regis and Deer rivers.

This year’s event was coordinated by American Legion Post 514 in Winthrop with assistance from Fishcap. Spc. Miranda and his fish are seen with Long Lake angler Mike Small, who in 2012 caught a record-setting muskie fly fishing on the St. Regis.



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