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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.
1000 Islands Excursions
1000 Islands Excursions is a family-owned boat tour company that takes pride in delivering one of a kind river experiences to groups of up to six people. Our collection of tours is designed to cater to diverse interests while providing you with lasting vacation memories. We offer a variety of options including land and sea eco-tours, winery excursions, event celebrations, sunset cruises, fishing excursions, and customized outings tailored just for you.
All our tours are provided by Captain Matt who has 30 years of experience navigating and exploring the St. Lawrence River.
Visit our website today to get more information about our Land & Sea Eco-tour, Yacht Rock Sunset Tour, Sangria Sunday Winery Tours, Fishing Charters, and our personalized custom tours.