Fish New York's Thousand Islands

Clayton, N.Y.

Some call this area of the St. Lawrence River the most beautiful place on the planet. Most of the tourism in the area revolves around the water, from boat and lighthouse tours to the Antique Boat Museum. But when anglers hit the water, smallmouth are the main attraction.

Ranked No. 11 on Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list, this 50-mile stretch of river not only holds scads of bass, but big ones to boot. Prepare for the average smallie to weigh three pounds, with plenty in the 5-pound range being caught in a day of fishing.

There are approximately 1,864 islands to fish, and all of them have potential to offer the biggest bass of your life. 

And when the big cruise boats full of onlookers pass by, prepare to get bit. The wave action has a tendency to get the fish feeding. Remember to smile, as more than one tourist will likely want to take your picture.

For more information, visit iloveny.com.

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