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Fishing in Thousand Islands

Visiting this famous archipelago on the Canada–US border is an adventure in itself, but fishing the Thousand Islands is a complete experience. Made up of 1,864 islands on the St. Lawrence River, emerging from Lake Ontario, the region is home to some great freshwater fishing. Spend a day here surrounded by stunning nature and beautiful calm waters, and recharge your batteries.

Lake Ontario is a rich freshwater haven with limitless options to explore. Famous for its populations of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Musky, it’s a dream location for any avid angler. Perch, Trout, Walleye, and Salmon all call these waters their home, so you can reel in some trophy freshwater species while relaxing in the untouched nature the area is known for.

With a wide variety of trips on offer, you’re sure to find something that interests you. You can go on a morning or afternoon half day trip, targeting any specific species you have in mind. Full day trips give you more flexibility as you can cover more ground, and maximize your chances of reeling in a big one. A multiday trip can be a whole vacation filled with fun activities!

Depending on the area you’re visiting, you can fish in one of the bays of Lake Ontario, like Henderson and Chaumont Bay, or head up the St. Lawrence River for some more action. No matter where you go, the fishing is productive, and the natural views are amazing, so you’re sure to have a great time.

Rules & Regulations

As you’ll be fishing close to the border, depending on the side you’re on and where you want to go, you’ll need the appropriate fishing license. Buy a New York state fishing license for fishing in the US, as well as an Ontario fishing license if you plan on visiting the Canadian side.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Seasons

With the coming of the New Year, everyone is taking a break and spending time with their families. Guides are preparing for the beginning of the fishing season.

Since Lake Ontario is not ready for prime fishing yet, you can head out to some tributaries and have a relaxing day.

With warmer temperatures approaching, you can go out on the lake and spend the day fishing for some nice Trout.

In April, the weather gets really nice, so you can hit the lake in search of some Brown and Rainbow Trout.

This is when the fishing season really kicks off, so find a charter in the area and have a fun adventure. You can target Trout, Bass, Pike, and Walleye.

With the beginning of summer, the weather is nice, and the fishing is even better. Hit the fishing grounds and reel in some Pike, Bass, Walleye, and Trout.

Lake Ontario is brimming with life, and a variety of freshwater species are biting now. Look for some Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, as well as Pike and Trout.

In August, the Salmon bite is hot, while Trout is always a great species to target. Enjoy the nice weather and productive fishing.

This is a great time to head out in search of some nice Salmon specimens. The weather is still good, and you can have a great time cruising the waters of Lake Ontario.

With the fall in full swing, trolling for Steelhead is a great experience. Salmon and Trout can be found in the tributaries, so hit up St. Lawrence River for a good time.

The Steelhead bite is hotter than ever, so this is your chance to land a trophy Rainbow. When it comes to Salmon, head out to the tributaries and reel in some Coho and Silver.

With the holiday season approaching, head out to the nearby areas and hit up the tributaries for some big fish among lots of snow.

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Top Targeted Species in Thousand Islands

Pike (Northern)

Pike (Northern)

Walleye

Walleye

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Lake Trout

Lake Trout

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Brown Trout

Brown Trout

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)