Musky Fishing at Thousand Islands in New York

by Kristin Jennifer
Musky catches in the St. Lawrence River can reach up to 69 pounds.

Musky catches in the St. Lawrence River can reach up to 69 pounds.

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The Thousand Islands area in New York comprises nearly 2,000 small islands in the Saint Lawrence River. This area is home to the muskellunge, or musky, fish. The fish is a long type of pike fish, known to be elusive and difficult to catch. Musky fishing season begins on the third Saturday of June. Game fishers can hire musky fishing charter boats with guides.

Classic Charters

Captain Tom Gillette runs the Karen Ann from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on musky hunts. Tours around the islands can be arranged as well as personalized fishing tours. Per person rates and group rates are available. A Canadian fishing license is required to sail with Classic Charters, but Captain Gillette will help you obtain one for a small fee. Classic Charters provides all bait and tackle required for the hunt. Lunch is provided on boat upon request.

In Pursuit Fishing Charters

In Pursuit Fishing Charters offers full day musky hunts in October, November and December with Captain Rick. A New York and Canadian Fishing License are required. Large groups can be accommodated with arrangement of a fleet of guide boats. A deposit is required for a reservation.

Seaway Charters

Seaway Charters offers musky fishing from June to December. Only a New York fishing license is required for fishing with Captain Matt Heath. Full and half day charters are available. Full day charters include a shore lunch cooked by the captain. A deposit is required for a reservation.

Shore Lunch

Thousand Island anglers often enjoy a lunch tradition known as "shore lunch." The lunch comprises onion sandwiches, salad with Thousand Islands dressing, grilled catch-of-the-day, pan-broiled potatoes and french toast for dessert. Charter captains will prepare this lunch for game fishers upon request. The cost of a shore lunch is included in some charter packages and an additional cost in others. Fishers who prefer to maximize fishing time should let their captain know they prefer an on-boat picnic instead.

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