This river originates at the northeastern end of Lake Ontario and it flows for 700 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. In the 1000 Islands area, it is home to a variety of warm water fish species such as smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie, perch, bluegill, rock bass, catfish and more.
Fish the Bays
There are so many bays to fish along the river. Early in the year, you can catch everything in the bays. As the summer pattern sets in, most anglers are going to do better with largemouth bass and northern pike in the bays, however, you may also catch smallmouth bass, some walleye, muskie and a variety of panfish too.
Fish the Current Breaks
Some parts of the river will have some decent current. The current will definitely help position bait fish and game fish. Anglers can fish these current breaks for everything that swims in the river. Smallmouth bass and walleye love the current areas, but muskie, northern pike, largemouth bass and a variety of panfish will be in some of these areas too.
Fish the Islands
There are so many islands to fish and you have rocks, weeds, shallower water, deep water and current breaks that can hold fish. Every island is different, but most of them will hold fish throughout the season.
Fish the Points
Target the points on the main river shorelines or off of the islands. They both will hold fish. Current and wind can play a factor depending on where you are on the river. Anglers can catch just about anything around the points.
Fish the Rocks
The rocky areas are going to hold more smallmouth bass usually, but you can also catch walleye, pike, largemouth bass, muskie and a variety of panfish around the rocky areas too.
Fish the Weeds
The weeds hold fish from spring through fall. Early in the year, the new green weeds may hold just about every species of fish. As the summer patterns set in, the shallower weeds in the bays will hold more largemouth bass and northern pike while the deeper weed lines could hold bass, pike, walleye, muskie and panfish.