The Fishcap Report, Week of September 19 - 26


This week's fishing forecast...

St. Lawrence River

In Thousand Islands area, muskie fishing starting to pick up; fish become more active as water cools. Reports of 48 and 50 inch muskies being caught (and released). 12 to 15 inch Believers or Cisco Kid are favorite lures. Remember, big baits equal big fish.

For walleye, try early morning or right after sundown at Fishers Landing, Carleton Island, in front of Alexandria Bay hospital, using Dixie spinners with worms or reef runners, purple buck tails, “jig fish” in green.

Black River

Steelhead being caught off the wall in Dexter, on worms. Go for salmon by trolling flat fish and reef runners with green being most effective color. Note: in Black River, all fish fall under regulations for salmon (e.g., no treble hook, etc.). Check with the DEC for further information ( ).

Black Lake

Crappie fishing picking up as huge schools of bait fish move into shallow waters along the shore line. Lots of smallmouth and largemouth bass taken with deep diving crank baits such as Rapala DT 20.

For this week’s fishing report, thanks to angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner.

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

This week's picture: Visiting angler Dan Small of Wisconsin pulled in (and released) a 39-inch tiger muskie on a fly rod last weekend from the St. Regis River at Brasher Falls. Small manages a suite of outdoor media outlets back home. The tiger muskie is a rarity in St. Lawrence River tributaries, according to local anglers: a cross between a muskie and northern pike, the fish are primarily stocked in Central New York lakes. (Photo courtesy


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