3. The Lake Ontario Bays in the 1000 Islands region
Referred to as the Golden Crescent...Henderson Bay, Black River Bay, and Chaumont Bay make up this legendary area for freshwater sport fishing. These bays are located at the northeastern corner of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River....and are famous for big smallmouth!! You will hear about Lake Erie's smallmouth fishing but the Golden Crescent of Lake Ontario is equally as productive. The bass here have gotten bigger in recent years possibly due to the increase in round gobies. These bays also provide the angler with protection from the rough water of the main lake. The numerous weedbeds and rock shoals often will hold the fish in fairly shallow water allowing for reaction baits like spinnerbaits and topwaters to be effective all season.
Most likely access point will be the state launching site in the town of Chaumont on Route 12E, the state launching site in Henderson Harbor on Route 3, or the public boat launch in the town of Sackets Harbor, also on Route 3.
Due to the size of both the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario Bays, our meeting location and access point will be determined based on where you are staying or driving from.......but most importantly on the weather for that day.
Black Lake will be our best choice if faced with adverse weather conditions.
2. The 1000 Islands section of the St. Lawrence Seaway
Famous summertime getaway with over 1800 scenic islands and incredibly clear water. This fishery is very diverse and the bass are in very specific locations. This is also one of the most beautiful bass fishing venues in the country. We could be fishing within view of both Boldt Castle and Singer Castle as passing freighters navigate the islands on their way to and from the ocean. Largemouth inhabit the shallower rock shoals and weedbeds commonly falling for topwaters and Senkos. Smallmouth go very deep in the clear water but are easy to locate because they group up in large numbers.
Our access point would most likely be at either Chippewa Bay or Alexandria Bay located along Route 12.
Bass Fishing Guide on Black Lake and 1000 Islands in New York
Captain Randy Yager
Call (407)744-1350 cell or (315)324-5033 cottage
Upstate New York has wonderful bass fishing. A popular national bass fishing magazine (FLW Outdoors January 2007) ranked New York as the number one bass fishing state in the nation!
Black Lake and the nearby St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands) are located in the northern part of New York State near the Canadian border. There is an official bass fishing season beginning the third Saturday of June each year. Intentionally catching and releasing bass prior to this is still prohibited.
Summer and fall in the 1000 Islands region is beautiful. It is also a very popular vacation destination with ample lodging and plenty of things to do. Different from the bigger charter boats....these are casting style trips accommodating 1 to 3 anglers in a safe 20' bass boat. If there are more than 3 anglers....an additional bass boat operated by another licensed guide can be arranged. Both artificial and live bait are used.
My guided trips are conducted on the following 3 waterways................