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For two centuries, Clayton has been the center of 1000 Islands fishing action. Years ago, the local fishing guides plied the waters off Clayton carrying the wealthy and famous on their annual fishing excursions. It was a formal affair, with the guides dressed in suits and ties, rowing similarly clad passengers out to the fishing grounds in beautiful wooden St. Lawrence skiffs. Now the local fishing guides have powerboats equipped with the latest in fishing tackle, electronic equipment and safety gear to ensure passengers’ safety and comfort.
One thing remains the same, however. Still lurking in the crystal clear waters of the St. Lawrence are any number of gamefish, sure to thrill the angler of every ability. Northern pike, walleye, bass, perch, panfish and the elusive trophy muskellunge continue to challenge fishermen from all over the country and attract professional fishing tournaments year after year.
The fishing action continues throughout the year with a popular ice fishing season for Northern Pike and Perch during the winter. Cars, trucks and small fires dot the ice in the larger bays as fishermen brave the brisk weather in search of fresh pike, caught through the ice. The annual ice fishing derby, held the first weekend of February, attracts many anglers.
Fishing maps are available, along with plenty of bait, tackle and advice, at local bait shops for those anglers who would rather fish on their own. Launch your boat and venture out to discover your own “hot spot” or bring along a folding chair and a rod and fish right from shore along the Clayton waterfront. Many an amazing catch has been landed right here from shore! For your convenience, fishing licenses are available at many locations throughout Clayton.
We are widely recognized as the region’s most experienced and innovative sport fishing charter service. Offerings include private full day private party charters and both half day private charters and half day mixed party fishing trips at $60 pp. We also offer an array of fishing trip packages including one or two days of guided fishing with tackle & live bait included, comfortable river view accommodations and daily lunches.
For over 30 years, Capt. Rich Clarke and his wife Georgeen have owned and operated one of the most successful fishing charters in the 1000 Islands. They are dedicated to your satisfaction, just come fishing and leave the rest to them. Sign Man Charters offers you a full line of packages which include fishing, tackle, bait, shore dinners, meals, accommodations, fish cleaning and packing. They can even customize your package to satisfy your individual expectations. Full day, half day and evening fishing trips are available as well as river tours of the islands.
You’ll fish aboard our custom fishing boat, a Classic 28 ft. Seabird powered by twin inboards. Complete with roomy fishing deck, live wells, fully enclosed sit down cabin, dinette, refrigerator and head. Professionally equipped with Radar, Global Positioning System and Sonar, VHF Radio and cell phone. From Berkley Rods to Shimano Reels and Cannon Down Riggers all tackle is modern and in top notch condition. Their boat is United States Coast Guard inspected and safe for passengers of all ages. Families with children are welcome.
Waterfront cottages – furnished. Packages available with boat and motor rental. Fishing Guide available. Dockage and launch ramp. Marina w/ gas and convenience store. Store is open 7am to 7pm Daily.
Fish aboard the Woodbutcher II. Over 30 Years Experience. 1000 Islands Fishing Paradise – Captain Russ Finhout, your guide for Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye & Muskellunge Fishing. Shore dinners available. Capt. Russ, your guide & chef. Other package trips available.
Fish the 1000 Islands Region aboard the Karen Ann, a 27′ Penn Yan, equipped with all the latest in Lowrance electronics, sonar, GPS, Global Mapping, VHF radio, and cellular phone for your security and convenience. All the latest Shimano tackle and bait provided.
A full day charter leaves the dock at 8:00 am and returns at 4:00 pm. Most of our fishing is done in Canadian waters, so a Canadian fishing license is recommended. We can obtain your license (at a small additional expense) and have it on board when you arrive.
Your day aboard the Karen Ann may include catching a mighty Northern Pike, a lunker of a Bass, or it may even include a personalized tour of the Thousand Islands. We will custom tailor your day’s activities to whatever you prefer, whether it be fishing or cruising the majestic St. Lawrence River and exploring the islands and some of the most magnificent sights you’ve ever imagined.
Fish aboard Ferg’s 1951 ChrisCraft 27′ Hardtop, the last of the wooden classics, fully equipped with all modern day amenities. Clients remark about the comfort and roominess of the wooden boat, and how it brings back memories of the old days. Full day, half day and group packages available.
Classic Island Cruises offers personalized tours of the 1000 Islands as can only been seen from the decks of a truly iconic antique boat. Accompanied by a taste of the Islands, you will be visually stimulated while enjoying the region’s finest wines, meats and cheeses.
You’ll cruise the waterways in a relaxing setting for a morning, afternoon or evening with an in depth history of the seaway’s most storied passages. **If desired, you may stop at local island shops along the way or just enjoy cruising past the island sunsets on the open waters of 40 acres.**
The Muskie is a 26 foot, 1953 Chris Craft with oak keel, mahogany planks and a beautiful teak deck. She is the third of her kind in the Garnsey family to carry the same name. Her spacious desks and ride, that only a wooden boat can provide, were noted in the Thousand Islands Sun as the period’s most popular fishing boat and pleasure craft.
Recently Retired from his 26 year career with the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service, Captain Garnsey is the third generation river Captain with a wealth of knowledge of the islands from the days of bootleggers.
Capt. Corbett welcomes you aboard the fishing vessel Irish Hammer. Many say that the fishing opportunities along the eastern basin of Lake Ontario and the scenic upper St. Lawrence River are the best in the northeast. Capt. Corbett encourages you to spend a day fishing with him and judge for yourself.
Capt. Paul Corbett was born and raised on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego, NY. With trophy fishing waters steps from his front door, his passion for fishing took hold early.
Staying close to the waters he knows so well, Capt. Corbett calls the Thousand Islands home. This locale provides Capt. Corbett and his clients access to a world class fishery throughout the eastern basin of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. Whether your desires are to chase trout and salmon on Lake Ontario or bass, pike, or the elusive muskie on the St. Lawrence River, Capt. Corbett has the knowledge to provide you with an exceptional service.
Safety comes first aboard the Irish Hammer. The Irish Hammer is a 2013 Hewescraft Ocean Pro. At 24 feet in length it provides anglers with ample room to safely enjoy their fishing experience. State of the art electronics and safety gear ensure a safe and pleasant day on the water. Once aboard the vessel, you will observe that Capt. Corbett takes pride in his vessel and gear. Capt. Corbett is a USCG licensed captain with Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification. In addition, the Irish Hammer is USCG inspected annually.
Fishing packages can be built around clients schedules. Multiple boats are available for corporate or group events. Give Capt. Corbett a call to discuss the opportunities.
T. I. Bait Store specializes in hunting and fishing products and host a convenience store. Open year round. NYS and Canadian fishing licenses.
Formerly known as Millens Bay Marina,Thousand Islands Marina at Millens Bay is in the heart of the beautiful Thousand Islands Area. Located on the St Lawrence River north of Cape Vincent, NY and across from Carleton Island. It is a short 10 mile drive from Clayton It is situated on 1.8 scenic acres with nearly 500 feet of water frontage on peaceful secluded Millens Bay. Cottages have excellent views of the River and Carleton Island. Prettiest sunsets you will ever see! . Have a picnic in our wonderful large, elevated, covered pavilion with great views.
Services include: Seasonal and daily slip rental; boat launch; 24 hour gas for your boat; 6 cottages available for seasonal or weekly rentals; a duplex available for seasonal or weekly rentals; houseboats available for seasonal or weekly rentals (houseboats stay at the Marina); Marina convenience store, live bait and expert fishing information.
Town Supervisor: Justin A. Taylor
Town Clerk: Kathy LaClair
Tax Assessor: Denise Trudell