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Heading up to Thousand Islands in mid September and looking for a little advise on the fishing, as well as recommendations on guides and places to rent a boat. Thanks in advance for any help. Oh, is putine any good? I might take a day trip into Canada, ey?

 

 

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Dean Meckes is a good guy. He'll guide you on either. I had a fun day on the TI with him earlier this summer.

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Dean's a hammer on the river and Ontario for sure.  The river can be tough because you can basically fish from 3 to 50 ft deep all year round and catch smallmouth.  There are usually fish on just about every shoal you find.  Drop shot and tubes fished on the bottom or you can throw jerkbaits and spinnerbaits in 8 to 15 ft in heavy current and grass.  Covering water is key.

 

Black lake is fishing very tough right now.  It's my absolute favorite lake up there (35 mins from my parents place).  I was there last sunday and could only manage 9 bass.  The grass is really messed up and has been all year.  If you can find any clean milfoil in 5 to 8ft you should get some bites.  The islands in the main part of the lake are always a good start too.

 

And yes.....poutine is delicious.

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Thanks guys. Good insights. It's a couple vacation/fishing trip, and the wife is strictly no fish no pay, so I'm feeling the pressure... :)

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For her sake (IE your sake) look into the Canadian side.  Take her to Ganonoque (like Cape Cod without the kitchy tourism and Heroin) and Kingston Ontario (it's like Boston after a good long hot shower and no "Southie Rules" attitude).  Gorgeous places and incredibly nice people.  Cheap too...

Alexandria Bay and Clayton are nice, but kind of rugged compared to the Canadian side.  A-Bay reminds me of some mythical town that the mob built in 1950 that hasn't really changed.

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Had a great time, and the area is stunning. Wife loved it, so mission accomplished. Fishing was not great, but I figured a few things out. Caught smalllies, pike and LMBs. Now I need technique names for drop shotting night crawlers and using live gobies as swim jig trailers... :)

 

I have to commercial fish hard for the next few weeks, then I'm off to El Salto and Mazatlan.

 

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As a kayak fisherman are there any places on Black Lake that I can put in at other than the main boat launch?

 

Thanks, 

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