The St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are famous for bass, northern pike and muskellunge as well as brown trout and salmon. Guided fishing trips are a tradition in these waters. Novice anglers, or those just wishing to boost their chance of success, hire these experts to take them out onto the water for a successful day. Spring guided fishing trips in New York are paused as part of the state’s Covid-19 precautions but summer trips are unaffected. Contact guides and charter captains directly for rescheduling.

In 2019, Bassmaster Magazine named the St. Lawrence River the top bass fishing destination in the nation.

The 1000 Islands includes the eastern edge of Lake Ontario and is known for trophy-sized catches of salmon, trout, walleye and bass.

And don’t forget about muskies! These monsters top out at more than 60 inches long and are to be pursued only by the most experienced of anglers or with a guide.

Inland waters, including the Black River and Indian River Lakes on the New York side of the 1000 Islands as well as the Rideau Canal in Ontario, are popular spots and hold many of the same species as the bigger bodies of water. They are popular during spring and fall for tributary-style action.

Some bait stores are open this spring and able to equip you with the tackle – and knowledge – for a successful personal outing this season. Look for bait stores that sell gasoline and propane to be open despite limitations on various business types. Fishing from the shoreline or your own boat can provide some much-needed relief and relaxation from what’s going on in the world today.

Fishing in the 1000 Islands requires a license from New York state or the province of Ontario.

Search for guides and charter captains below based on their home port.

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1000 Islands Excursions

1000 Islands Seaway Charters

1000 Islands Smallmouth Adventures

1000 Islands-Sign Man Charters

A-Bay Fishing Charters

Alexandria Bay Fishing Guides Association

Alexandria Bay Village Docks & Launch Ramps

Anchor Marina

Angel Rock Waterfront Cottages & Vacation Homes


Alexandria Bay, NY

Details about Aqua-Mania

Bassin Bob Fishing Charters

Bayside Marina

Bill & Jack’s Marina & Cottages

Bill Saiff’s West View Lodge and Marina

Blue Heron Marine Ltd.

Blue Rock Charters

Boathouse Marine

Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina

Brockville Municipal Harbour

Brown’s Marina Ltd.

Canoe Point State Park (boat access only)

Cape Vincent Marina

Cape Vincent Waterfront Park

Carnegie Bay Marina

Cedar Point State Park & Marina

Chalk’s Marina & Boat Sales

Clark’s Marina

Classic Charters

Classic Island Cruises

Clayton Guides Association

Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina

Clayton Marina Sales & Service, Inc.

CR Charters

Henderson Harbor, NY

Details about CR Charters

Crescent Yacht Club

Dan Spencer’s Fishing Charters

Dean Meckes Charters

Edgewood Resort Conference Center & Marina

Ewing Charters

Henderson Harbor, NY

Details about Ewing Charters

Eyez on Em Fishing Charters

Ferguson Fishing Charters

First Strike Charters

Fish & Trips

Alexandria Bay, NY

Details about Fish & Trips

Fish Reaper Charters

Flora MacDonald Confederation Basin

French Bay Marina

French Creek Marina & Campground

FUN-2-FISH CHARTERS fishing and hunting guide

Gananoque Municipal Marina

Gone Fishin Charter Fleet

Guided Bass Trips

Harbor’s End Marina

Harmer’s Housekeeping Cottages

Henchen Marina & Fishing Camp

Henderson Harbor Guides Association

Henderson Harbor Marina Inc.

Hidden Harbor Campground & Marina

Hook’d For Life Fishing Adventures

Houseboat Holidays

How Sweet It Is Charters

Hucks Marine & Resort

Hutchinson’s Boat Works

International Fishing Charters

Islander Marina and Lodge

JP’s Marine and Storage LLC

Keewaydin State Park & Marina

Kitto’s Marina & Cottages

Lakeline Lodge & Marina

Ledges Resort & Marina

Little Buck’s Charters

Lori-J Charters

Loyalist Cove Marina

Madison Barracks Marina

Martin’s Marina, Inc.

Mary Street Dock, French Creek Bay

McCrea’s Fishing Charters

Meyers Marine

Milky Way Fishing Charters

Moby Dick Charters

Navy Point Marine

New York Fishing Adventures

New York State DEC Research Station & Aquarium

NNY Catfish Hunter Charters

Northern Marine, Inc.

O’Briens Marine

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Peck’s Marina

Precision Marine

R.J. Marine

Riverbay Adventure Inn

Riveredge Resort Hotel

Riverside Drive Dock, Clayton

Ron Ditch & Sons Charters

Ruddy’s Fishing Camp/Ron Ditch and Sons

Saiff’s Fishing Charters

Sandra S. Lawn Harbour/Prescott Marina

Seaway Slips Waterfront Cottage & Boat Rentals

Shady Lady Sport Fishing Charters

Shangri-La Campground & Marina

Snug Harbor Bar Restaurant and Marina

Spencer’s Riverfront Cottages

Spicer Marine Basin

Sportsmans Hideaway Campground & Marina

St. Lawrence Charters/More Strikes For Your Buck

St. Lawrence Restoration

St. Lawrence River Fishing Charters/Guide Service

Sun Outdoors Association Island

Sunken Treasure Fishing Charters

Swan Bay Estates & Marina Ltd

T I Pier 225 Marina

Tall Ships Landing Marina

The Island Lure/1000 Islands Fishing Charters

Thousand Islands Club & Horizon Marina

Thousand Islands Marina and Cottages

Thousand Islands State Parks Region

Trident Yacht Club

Trophy Angler Charters

Village Dock, Cape Vincent

Village Quay Marina

Wagoner’s Sales & Service

Wellesley Island State Park

Wellesley Island Yacht Club