St. Lawrence County on New York’s Northern Border spans from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to the St. Lawrence River, offering fishing opportunities for everyone. Hundreds of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams offer peaceful surroundings, a variety of species, strong fish populations, and good public access. Tournaments are held throughout the year for all ages and abilities, including several ice fishing derbies. Professional anglers have claimed the St. Lawrence River as one of the top fresh water fisheries, with the Bassmaster Elite Series hosting the top pros annually in Waddington, NY. The FLW is also booked for a tournament on the St. Lawrence River In 2019.
St. Lawrence is truly a “county for all seasons” and a “county for all anglers.” The diversity of species and experiences keeps anglers coming back every year. Whether they are downrigging for muskies in Massena, ice fishing for yellow perch and northern pike at Chippewa Bay, jigging for walleyes on the Raquette River reservoirs, canoeing for smallmouth bass on the Grasse River, fly fishing for brown trout on the St. Regis River, small boating for lake trout on Trout Lake and rainbows on Star Lake, trolling for trophy brook trout on Cranberry Lake, jigging for black crappies and casting for largemouth bass on Black Lake, hiking the wilderness for native brook trout swims, or casting that 12 foot pole to fight with the mighty carp, the stories of fishing last generations. A list of water bodies and species finders can be found on the counties site devoted to fishing; www.fishcap.net
St. Lawrence River: The majestic St. Lawrence River forms a portion of the north-western boundary of the County, State, and the U.S., and the scenery alone makes any outing a memorable experience. The river is more than 700 miles and is the largest west-east river in North America. This powerful flow offers first-rate angling for muskies, walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead and carp along its entire length. It is also has crappies, pumkinseeds, rock bass, catfish, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, eels, suckers, drum, and others. Launch a boar at Schermerhorn Landing, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Waddington or Massena.
Black Lake: Black Lake has a 20 mile length and 60 miles of shoreline, located in the township of Hammond. While there are depths of 30 feet, the average is only 8. A fisheries biologist once referred to the lake as a “fish factory.” Indeed, this water does hold incredible populations of game fish and panfish. A number of national publications have rated Black Lake among the ten best bass waters in the country. The lake’s outstanding ice fishing also contribute to its fine reputation.
This Lake is know for its largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, black crappie, yellow perch, bluegills and bullhead, and even muskie.
Cranberry Lake: Cranberry Lake, located in the Adirondack wilderness offers good fishing for brook trout and smallmouth bass. In the late 1800s’ the lake earned a reputation for quality brook trout fishing, and that reputation stands today as anglers catch a number of brookies weighing over four pounds every year. Since 1981, the DEC has been stocking over 20,000 brook trout annually. The best fishing occurs in the spring at the mouth of the various creeks and brooks that flow into the lake. Smallmouth bass can be caught throughout the summer by working points and rocky areas. Wind blown shorelines can be especially productive. Successful techniques include drifting live minnows or crayfish, trolling minnow plugs, or casting in-line spinners, small crankbaits or tipped jigs. The Oswegatchie River at the lakes outlet is a popular trout water because of good access and high numbers of fish.
Last modified: March 22, 2019