A few months ago I decided I wanted to plan a trip to the St. Lawrence River. I thought it would be a great place to take my girlfriend, brother, his girlfriend, and parents for a nice relaxing trip. I haven't been to the Alexandria Bay/Clayton region fishing since 2009 so I really didn't know the water at all.
I have to pass Lake Ontario on my way to the 1000 Islands so I just had to make a quick pit stop in route. We only fished the Golden Crescent for 3-3.5 hours but we did plenty of damage. The water temperatures were in the low to mid-70's and we caught most of our fish relatively shallow on tube jigs or goby imitations.
While we certainly hammered them, we still didn't catch any picture worthy fish (4+ lbs). We took the girls for a short ride and did a little swimming. The water temperatures were a little chilly (68 deg.) but it was refreshing on a ninety degree summer day. After our swim, we drove into Clayton and had a nice lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants. After that we were all pretty exhausted so we went home and napped before dinner.
On Sunday, my father and I woke up at sunrise with a new game plan: fishing shallow transition areas. What I mean by that is this: areas where smallmouth would be leaving their bedding bays and heading to deeper water. It could be a point outside of a bay or a decent drop off leaving a spawning bay. On the water experience helps you pinpoint these areas quickly even though I have never really fished this section of the St. Lawrence. Once you find a key area, you can replicate it down the river. Replicate it we did catching giant bass after giant bass. Tube jigs and the chartreuse fluke were our key weapons. We even mixed in a few largemouth.
What a morning! By 8:00 am we had boated so many fish over 4 lbs we decided to head back to the townhouse and make breakfast. The rest of the day was filled with more swimming with the girls and less fishing. We utilized the dock at the Alexandria Bay Price Chopper which was convenient to grab drinks in the 90+ degree heat.
We also took a tour of Boldt Castle which was a very unique experience. My brother and I even hooked up for a double right in front of one of the cruise ships heading down the river. He got the better of me though with a 4 pound brown fish while mine was lucky if it touched the scale at 1.5 lbs.
My brother had to head home on Sunday night so we said good bye to them. I took my mother, father, and girlfriend into Lake of the Isles. What a neat place. On the way in you literally have the Canadian shoreline on your right and the American shoreline on your left.