Fishing and Hunting

Spring guided fishing trips in New York are paused as part of the state’s Covid-19 precautions. Please contact guides and charter captains directly for rescheduling. Summer and fall trips are unaffected.

The St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are famous for bass, northern pike and muskellunge and 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.

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.

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

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Clayton, NY
1000 Islands Fishing Charters

1000 Islands Fishing Charters

P.O. Box 69
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-2381
[email protected]
http://www.1000-islands.com

The most experienced and innovative charter service in the 1000 Islands. North American Fishing Club approved. Fishing the St. Lawrence River in N.Y. and Ontario. The only U.S.C.G. Inspected and Certified charter fishing boat in the 1000 Islands, thereby legally certified to carry more than the 6 anglers other boats are limited to. We welcome groups up to 12. Guided trips include July and August half-day mixed party trips for $65 each and 4, 6, & 7 1/2 hours. Private Party Charters are available all season. Visit our website for complete information on all of our trips and other offerings.

Operation Season: May - October


Signman Charters

1000 Islands-Sign Man Charters

720 State St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-3041
Toll Free: 888-686-3041
[email protected]
http://www.1000islandsfishing.com

In operation since 1980. Captain Clarke has spent his entire life fishing “the river.” Fishing for northern pike, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass and muskellunge (muskie).

Operating from the first Saturday in May through mid-December.

Operation Season: May - December


classic charters

Classic Charters

1101 State St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 585-704-2672
Toll Free: 800-716-2672
[email protected]
http://www.1000islandssportfishing.com

Offering sport fishing on the St. Lawrence River on a 27′ Penn Yan with full dinette and the latest electronics. Shore dinners available. Fishing for up to 6 people. Specializing in corporate charters, no group is too big or small. USCG Licensed.


Classic Island Cruises

Classic Island Cruises

French Bay Marina
530 Theresa St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-955-9166
[email protected]
http://www.classicislandcruises.com

Fish aboard a 26-foot, 1953 Chris Craft with an oak keel, mahogany planks and beautiful teak decks.

Operation Season: April - November


Clayton Guides Association

St. Lawrence River
1101 State St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 585-704-2672
Toll Free: 800-716-2672
[email protected]
http://www.1000islands-clayton.com

For two centuries Clayton has been the center of 1000 Islands fishing action. Lurking in the crystal clear waters of the St. Lawrence are any number of game fish both large and small, sure to thrill the angler of every ability. Eight member guides.

Operation Season: April - December


Dean Meckes Charters

36191 Reese Rd
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-405-1706
[email protected]
http://www.deanmeckes.com

Fishing the St. Lawrence River from Alexandria Bay to Cape Vincent and eastern Lake Ontario, including Chaumont Bay, out of my fully rigged Ranger Z-20 bass boat equipped with the latest technology electronics. I supply quality equipment and the hottest fish catching baits as well as live bait. Being a successful tournament angler helps me keep abreast of the latest fish catching techniques and productive areas. Accomplished tournament angler in both FLW & BASS circuits.


Ferguson Fishing Charters

PO Box 118
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-3100
http://www.fergusonfishingcharters.com

Over 30 years in fishing charter business. Fully equipped 1951 28-foot Chris Craft. Specializing in corporate outings with famous guide’s shore dinner. Clients come back year after year. 315-286-7479


grindstone island

Grindstone Island Hunting Guide Service

10841 Northshore Rd.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-2642
[email protected]

Enjoy a 2, 3 or 4 day hunt on one of the largest islands in the Thousand Islands, accessible only by boat. Package includes: Transportation by boat to and from Grindstone Island, overnights in a camp along the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River, meals and the hunt. Optional: Incorporate a muskie fishing trip in with your stay! Packages start @ $375/day.


Little Buck’s Charters

35767 Rt. 12
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-783-4690
[email protected]
www.littlebuckscharters.com

Experience a half-day or full-day charter. We offer fishing, water taxi, sunset cruises, wine & cheese tours and family trips. We are pet friendly.

We fish for bass, perch, walleye and pike.

 

Operation Season: May - September


St. Lawrence Charters/More Strikes For Your Buck

214 State St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-1216 May-Nov
[email protected]
http://www.thousandislandsfishingcharters.com

30 plus years as licensed fishing charter captain on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. We don’t boast to be the biggest and best, but we will give you more strikes for your buck!  Drift fishing. Daily and half day rates are available

(315) 686-1216 Apr-Nov; (863) 692-9117 Dec-Apr.


st lawrence river outfitters

St. Lawrence River Outfitters

413 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-212-4458; 315-956-1444
[email protected]
http://www.stlawrenceriveroutfitters.com

We are 4th & 5th-generation waterfowlers born in Jefferson County, New York. Together we have a combined 60+ years of hunting experience extending from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the back water ponds, swamps, marshes, islands and shoals of the mighty St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. We offer guided hunts for Canada Goose, spring Snow Goose, puddle ducks,divers, 2 man layout boat, sea ducks, late season Finger Lake hunts, spring turkey and ice fishing trips. Members of Ducks Unlimited, Waterfowl USA and Delta Waterfowl.