1000 Islands Fishing and Hunting Guide — 2011
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Lake Ontario Fishing

Lake Ontario:

It is little wonder why the Eastern Lake Ontario Basin is considered by many anglers to be among the finest freshwater fisheries in the world. It is hard to imagine another place with as many trophy-sized fish of so many different species. Preservation of the lake’s pristine ecology has allowed populations of salmon, trout, steelhead and walleye to thrive and grow to amazing sizes. The standing state records for lake trout, Chinook, Coho and Atlantic salmon all have been set in Eastern Lake Ontario. Many experts have predicted that the next world record for walleye, whose populations has exploded in recent years, will be taken where Eastern Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River.

With virtually every type of freshwater fish and an endless array of hot spots, this area provides opportunities throughout the year for spectacular fishing. The many experienced guides and charter captains of Jefferson County make landing a monster a real possibility for anyone from the novice to the seasoned angler.

April is the traditional beginning of the warm water season when many species move inshore. There is excellent brown and lake trout action, with catches weighing upwards of 15 pounds.

May and early June are prime time for fishing trophy walleye and steelhead as they make their inland runs. Enormous walleyes can be found in Black River Bay and giant steelheads below the Black River Dam. In Henderson Harbor, hit the mouths of North and South Sandy Creeks.

During the summer, the region offers some of the best deep-water fishing for salmon and trout in North America. In June and July, you can enjoy the hardy fight of small and largemouth black bass. Running from the end of summer (around Labor Day) through late November, the tributaries up and down the lakeshore are abundant with salmon – King, Coho and Atlantic. If your timing is right, you can reel in a 40 pounder.

With the onset of colder weather, fishing for steelhead remains very good close to shore. Throughout the winter you’ll find unbeatable ice fishing for northern pike, walleyes and tasty yellow perch in the many bays and marshes.