The St. Lawrence River is one of many fisheries visited by the Bassmaster Elite Series that sports a viable largemouth and smallmouth fishery.
In very few places can you find an equally balanced largemouth and smallmouth success ration like you can here. So what makes the St. Lawrence River stand out above the rest?
Some anglers say the stronger current. That’s a fact. Others believe it’s because largemouth are rarely targeted, making that fish grow bigger than other like fisheries.
“I call it a dual fishery, one of those special places in the Northeast where you can put together a mixed bag and win a tournament.”
Yesterday, Michael Iaconelli explained that theory to me when posed the question.
Whether or not Ike has a mixed bag is unknown. What is known is the New Jersey pro has the unofficial lead according to BASSTrakk.
“If largemouth are in your wheelhouse then it’s one of the few places where you can really leverage that angling strength,” he explained.
“These largemouth aren’t pressured, and we are here at a great time for catching both.”
Further explained, that equates to the late spring. Surface water temperatures are in the low 70s, the water is higher than normal and the pool of anglers whose strength is catching largemouth will certainly hone in on them.
“For me, it will be smallmouth all the way,” he continued. “They are just more consistent.”