St. Lawrence River
Smallmouth action was generally good throughout the river, with 25-30 feet a good starting depth. Crayfish patterns, plastics and drop-shot rigs should produce fish. Pike were deeper, given the warm water temps. Minnows, or better yet, suckers, should do the trick.
Richard at Chapman’s Sports (315-324-5265) in Hammond reports bluegill action continues to impress, and it usually doesn’t take long to catch a limit. Some largemouths of good size have been taken recently, and smallmouth fishing was good, too. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a northern pike while pursuing bass. Not hearing much on the walleye front, likely because of warm water temps. The locals are starting to get after the resident Canada goose population during the early season.