Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing much now with ice conditions rapidly deteriorating. Black Lake: If safe ice still exists, crappie may be an option. Chaumont Bay: Ice conditions were changing rapidly and safe ice may no longer be an option. The second annual ice fishing derby sponsored by Chaumont Hardware earlier this month led to some fine catches, topped by…

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…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: The cold spell didn’t arrive in time to save the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association derby, which was canceled due to poor ice conditions. Things have improved since then, but use caution if you go. Reports of late have been OK for perch, but finding keeper-sized fish is sometimes a challenge. And pike always seem to be…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Anglers were pounding the perch at last check, notably on Eel Bay. Lake of the Isles has yielded perch, pike and crappie. Goose Northern pike are usually in the mix as well, sometimes when you’re targeting panfish. Expect a break off or two. Black Lake: Crappie and bluegill remained an option, with walleye and northern pike also…

THousand Island Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

St. Lawrence River: A few spots for ice anglers. Not a lot of reports to go on at this point. Some anglers have reported pike. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina in Hammond reports hard-water anglers finally were able to get on the lake earlier this month, about three weeks later than normal. Most of the action…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: The big news from the big river is big fish – namely muskies. Several 50-inch plus fish have been landed, including a 58-inch Leviathan that weighed an estimated 60 pounds. Perch fishing was also solid for anglers using fathead minnows, and the walleye bite was good as well. Black Lake: Won’t hear much on the lake fishing…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – October 16th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: This is the time of year when muskie fishing typically heats up, and we’ve already had a report of a 50-incher boated and several other fish landed. Pike fishing has been solid of late, too. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina in Hammond reports fishing has been heating up for bluegill and crappie and…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Fishing has been good, for smallmouth bass using tubes and live bait (crayfish and minnows); for walleye in low-light conditions; and for northern pike in the weeds. Black Lake: Most of the focus has switched from the water to the woods, with the Northern Zone bear season and the archery deer season now open. Categories: Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing a lot of late, but some walleye trollers were finding success at sundown and after dark, as well as early in the morning. Things should improve now that the weather has cooled. Black Lake: Bass and bluegill action held up well during the heat wave, and cooler temperatures can only help. Richard at Chapman’s Marina…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Pike and perch action has been decent of late. Not hearing much on bass and walleye. Black Lake: It’s a great time of the year to fish for smallmouths; remember the 15-inch size minimum on the lake. You’ll also likely encounter a pike while targeting bass. Chapman's Black Lake Categories: Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Bass have headed into deeper water but fishing remained solid. Pike were also being caught with some regularity, as were perch when you locate them. Black Lake: Bass fishing remained solid for both smallmouth and largemouth, and evening top-water fishing is always a great option. Chances are you’ll encounter a pike or two while fishing for bass…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Northern pike and bass fishing has been good, notably in Eel Bay. Bass might be deeper but also might be enticed to the surface with top-water lures. Black Lake: Bass, bass and more bass. It’s a great time to fish top-water lures for smallmouths, especially in the evening. Categories: Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Plenty of pike were being caught of late, especially in Eel Bay. Bass are being found in deeper water now. Perch action has been spotty. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop in Hammond reports bass action has been good, notably top-water action in the evenings. Pike are around but he’s hearing more bass stories than northern…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing much on the heels of the heavy rains. But fishing should pick up as things calm down. Black Lake: A lot of the fishing attention has now turned to bass with the regular season now open. Remember, if you plan on keeping any fish, there’s a 15-inch size minimum on this lake. Categories: Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Bass anglers may find some fish still on their beds when the regular season opens June 20. Perch action has been hit-and-miss. Black Lake: The focus has shifted from crappie to bluegill, as well as walleye and northern pike. Bass anglers – a lot of incidental catches were reported despite a ban on catch-and-release angling – will…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Perch action was good, notably in Eel Bay. Bullhead fishing has slowed by the walleye bite was picking up at last check. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Marina in Hammond reports northern pike fishing has been excellent, and crappie fishing has been the best in 10 years. Bluegill action will heat up soon as the crappie fishing…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – May 15th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Perch action was solid at Kring's Point and Eel Bay, and bullhead fishing continued to be good throughout the river, especially in the tributaries.  Black Lake: Walleye season is open, but we haven’t heard much from those anglers. Bullhead and crappie have been offering the best action of late. Categories: Thousand Islands

Thousand Island Fishing Report – April 30th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Still in that in-between mode between ice and open water seasons, but perch fishing has been good. Bullhead action should be forthcoming, however. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina reports crappie fishing has been picking up, with bullhead action looming and walleye season just around the corner. The lake is open and the fishing…