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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.
Irish Hammer Sport Fishing
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.