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St. Lawrence River

St. Lawrence County, NY


The St. Lawrence River holds large populations of various species of fish and has numerous access points.

Walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskies, northern pike, carp, and panfish have good populations in the St. Lawrence River.  All of the rivers bays will hold northern pike and panfish.

The best spots include Chippewa Point, American Island, Ogdensburg Bridge Shoals, Ogden Island, Croil Islands, and Long Sault Islands. Anglers are recommended to use bucktail jigs, drift spinner and worm rigs, or troll minnow plugs for the walleye.

There are some of the world's largest muskies in the St. Lawrence River. For the monster fish, troll deep-diving plugs at Halfway and Cedar islands, upriver from American Island, at the Ogdensburg Sandbar, at the Ogdensburg Bridge, at Coles Creek Campground, and near oil taks and Town Beach at Massena.

Public access to the river is very easy because of the launches and camgrounds. They are located in Morristown, Coles Creek, Ogdensburg, Jaques Cartier State Park, Schermerhorn Landing, and Massena. 

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