|Fishing the mighty St.
Lawrence River is a must when planning your next vacation, fishing
trip, or when you are searching for some real fishing thrills and
excitement. A fishing charter with an Alexandria Bay guides
association member will insure that you are getting a professional,
Coast Guard licensed guide with years of experience guiding and
hosting anglers from all corners of the world fishing for Northern
Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye or Muskellunge
Our association provides fun-filled personalized fishing trips, for
the individual, novice or experienced fisherman. Groups, families and
junior anglers are all welcome. The guides are professionals who know
from experience where to go at different times, and what the best
methods are. They fish the same area day-in and day-out, so they know
what works best under all conditions. They can help you improve your
fishing skills and knowledge of the river. The 1000 islands can be an
overwhelming sight of islands, shoals and under water rock piles with
depths with no apparent pattern that can be puzzling to the average
angler. A guide can provide a wealth of information in a days outing.
The season starts the first Saturday in May, beginning with Northern
Pike, and Walleye, followed by Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge opening
the 3rd Saturday of June. Note: This differs in Canadian waters, Bass
season does not open until the 4th Saturday in June in their waters.
Also note that Muskie fishing is the best in the fall, October,
November, and into December. The method generally used is to troll
with downriggers. For many fishermen the hours spent in search of the
elusive Muskie has little or no appeal. You must invest a lot of time
and have plenty of patience. It’s called Muskie Madness. However, the
reward can be great. Many catches in the 50 + inch range have been
taken in the last couple of seasons.
Our boats are equipped with up to date
electronics, fishing gear and tackle. We also supply the bait and ice.
Each boat can accommodate up to six passengers. Arrangements can be
made for a fleet of 15 + guide boats for large groups or parties. We
can accommodate groups of 100 or more people including the Traditional
The Traditional Shore dinner dates back to the late 1800’s when
oarsmen, now know as guides would row passengers in their skiffs to
and from fishing grounds. Stopping midday at an island they would cook
a noonday meal of the morning’s catch. The menu consists of bacon
lettuce tomato sandwich appetizers, tossed salad with Thousand Island
dressing, fresh pan fried fish, salt potatoes, guide’s famous French
toast for dessert accompanied with guides coffee.
To make the most out of your trip, you’ll need to bring along
appropriate clothing for the time of year, non-slip shoes, rain gear,
hat, sunglasses, sunblock, camera & film, lunch and beverages of
choice, and a cooler to take your catch home. Note: Children under 12
years of age must wear a U.S.C.G. approved PDF, while underway. Check
with your guide for availability.
You’ll also need fishing licenses. Besides N.Y. licenses, Canadian
fishing licenses are highly recommended as over half of the fishing is
in Canadian waters. Canadian licenses can be obtained by going to
www.tibait.com. N.Y. state
non-resident one day license is $15.00, a seven day is $25.00.
Canadian one day license is $17.00 -$18.00 depending on currency
exchange. Children under 16 years of age do not need a N.Y. State
license. Children under 18 years of age do not need a Canadian
license, if accompanied by an adult who has a valid Canadian license.
Any fish caught are part of the catch and possession limit of the
adult who holds the license. As an option, non-residents under 18
years may purchase a license and any fish caught apply to the catch
and possession of that license.