Thousand Island Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016
St. Lawrence River: Ice was safe but sloppy at last report, but may have frozen over and offered better footing in some areas. Not hearing much on the fishing aside from northern pike and some perch.
Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina reports the ice is a solid 8-10 inches and has frozen on top so it’s not sloppy. Anglers were picking up crappie, a few bluegill, northern pike and the occasional walleye, and the panfish bite should continue after the closure of the pike and walleye seasons March 15. That said, expect an early end to the hard-water season; Chapman says the ice is about the thinnest he’s seen for early March, when then is usually 20 inches or more.
Chaumont Bay: Ice was safe and solid on top, with about 12 inches reported near Johnson and 8 inches out near Herrick at last check. Walleye were being found in the 15- to 30-foot mud flat range and were not very aggressive. Perch were up on and near Johnson Shoal. Looking ahead, the second annual T.I. Fishery and Chaumont Hardware Derby is set for March 5, with divisions for pike, pickerel, walleye and perch.