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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.
Classic Charters, Tom GIllette
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.