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Hooks and Antlers: New Anglers Guide for St. Lawrence County

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The revised edition of the St. Lawrence County Angler’s Guide has just been released.

Produced by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the 32-page Angler’s Guide teams with colorful photos, fishing destinations, and fishing information on those destinations, and the Chamber should be proud of the publication as it is arguably the best angler’s guide in New York state.

Fishing Variety

St. Lawrence County offers anglers an array of fishing opportunities, and Page 4 of the guide gives evidence of the angling variety by listing 25 fishing experiences available in county waters.

Those 25 experiences range from trolling along deep shoals for world-class muskellunge in the St. Lawrence River to canoeing to the headwaters of the Oswegatchie for wild brook trout.

Further evidence of the county’s fishing variety lies in the “Angler’s Dozen,” a listing of 12 popular species and waters that hold those species.

Sample species and waters in the “Angler’s Dozen” are largemouth bass at Black Lake, Lows Lake, Grass Lake, Yellow Lake and Tooley Pond, and rainbow trout at the St. Regis River, Plumb Brook, Star Lake, Trout Lake and Sylvia Lake. Any angler who caught all 12 species would certainly find himself in an elite angling group.

Angling Destinations

The “Angler’s Guide” contains detailed information on fishing destinations such as county lakes and ponds, small rivers, trout flows, St. Lawrence River, Raquette Reservoirs, Black Lake and Cranberry Lake.

The “Lakes and Ponds” section covers warm water possibilities such as tiger muskellunge at Horseshoe Lake and largemouth bass in the Wolf Lake State Forest, trout possibilities such as splake at Lake Ozonia and landlocked salmon at Star Lake. Brook trout possibilities include the numerous waters in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area and the Massawepie Area.

The “Small Rivers” section covers the Oswegatchie, Grasse, Raquette, St. Regis, Indian and Deer rivers where options exist for canoeists, wader, and shore anglers. Species possibilities range from catfish to crappies.

The “Trout Flows” section features the St. Regis River but also includes other larger flows such as the West Branch of the St. Regis River, the upper Oswegatchie River, and the upper Grasse River; the county’s smaller trout flows are Cold Brook, Little River, Trout Brook and Jordan River.

The two-page section on the St. Lawrence River presents where-to and how-to information for muskellunge, northern pike, walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish. The two-page section on Raquette River reservoirs provides insights into fishing the reservoirs at Carry Falls, Stark Falls, Blake Falls, Rainbow Falls, Five Falls and South Colton as well as the Higley and Colton flows.

The two-page section on Black Lake offers tips for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, black crappies, yellow perch, and blue gills on this highly rated water. The one-page section on Cranberry Lake presents the fine angling and camping options there.

Muskies, Fly Fishing, Ice Fishing

The St. Lawrence River offers world-class fishing for muskies and carp so the guide dedicates five pages to fishing for those species. Musky topics include St. Lawrence River hotspots, small river fishing, fly-fishing and releasing technique. Carp topics include angling ethics, tackle, bait and swims (fishing sites).

The “Fly-Fishing” section includes a fly-fishing hatch chart that details dates, common names, peak activity periods, waters, best imitations and fly sizes for 22 different hatches that occur over the course of the trout season. Ice fishing, too, receives mention in the guide as many county waters see an ice cover for four to five months of the year.

More Information

For more information, contact St. Lawrence County at 315-386-4000 or visit www.northcountryguide.com. St. Lawrence County fishing information is also available at the FISHCAP website, www.fishcap.net.

Outdoors Calendar

Monday: Trap and Skeet Shooting at Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club (Pray Road) at 5:30 p.m.

Monday: Trap Shooting at Moose River F&G Club (Davis Bridge Road) at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Free Children’s Fishing Classes at Wellesley Island State Park (482-2479).

July 12-13: Hunter Education Course at Stillwater Club North Branch in Russell (Pre-register after 6 p.m. at 386-4617).

July 21: Ogdensburg Sandbar Classic Fishing Derby at Hosmer’s Marina.

July 21: Trapper Education Course at Harrisville R&G Club (Pre-register at 644-4643).

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