Fishing

Fishing

Fishing in the 1000 Islands offers the outdoors enthusiast a wide variety of species, habitats, and techniques. Popular species that can be caught in the St. Lawrence R. are: northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskellunge, walleye, perch, carp, catfish, crappie, rock bass, and sunfish. Fishing with live or artificial bait while drifting, trolling, casting or still fishing from shore, will allow the avid or novice angler the opportunity to experience some of the best fishing in North America. Fish are caught from water 0 to 70 feet deep and the most diverse habitat imaginable.


Fishing supplies, tackle, bait, and licenses are all available at local stores and resorts as well as information on local fishing guides, boat ramps, and docking facilities.

Opening dates for fishing seasons:  Pike & Walleye: First Saturday in May
Muskie: Third Saturday in June
Bass: Last Saturday in June

Spring Fishing:

Pike will be shallow through out May and June, mostly along shorelines and flats with last year’s leftover weeds. Some pike will be found along the shallow, rocky shorelines as well. Days with over 30 fish are common at this time of year. Walleye will be found along the channel edges and around the many rocky humps in the river. Muskie season open the third Saturday in June. They can be found in the shallow bays and on sand flats where they are feeding on bass and perch.

Summer Fishing:

Many of the pike will have moved to the deeper water along the channel edges and the deep rocky shorelines of the islands. There will still be some fish shallow in the heavy weeds. The pike will be active and will attack a fast moving bait.
Bass season opens the last Saturday in June and most of the bass will be shallow. As the summer continues the smallmouth will move deeper around rocky bottoms, while the largemouth will stay shallow near weeds. A wide variety of both hard and soft artificial baits will work. Match your bait to the conditions you are fishing.

Fall Fishing:

Fishing in September, October and November can be some of the best of the entire year. The largemouth bass will move to points on the islands where they can find a mix of weeds, rock, and nearby deep water.
Smallmouth bass will be around the many deeper shoals and in the deep eddies behind points and islands.
The pike that spent the summer in the shallow will move out into bays with new weed growth. The deep-water pike will continue to patrol the rocky shorelines and will feed aggressively.
This is the time of year to look for the giant muskies of the St. Lawrence River. The later in the year and the worse the weather, the better the chances are for catching your trophy. Trolling the channel edges with giant baits is the way to go.
Bring your tackle and catch these species from shore, your boat, or hire a professional local fishing guide who will supply the boat and tackle for your outing in the islands.

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FISH FACTS

Northern Pike grow big and mean in the Thousand Islands. A number of fish from 15 to 20 pounds are caught each year in the St. Lawrence.