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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-Sign Man Charters
For over 40 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 their 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.