Anyone thinking about boating wants to know that the water is very low for the time of year so watch the shoals and typically there will be debris around such as logs from spring runnoff. The Chaumont NYS launch is not looking good for large boats at this point. No dock makes it more difficult. The water is very cold and you do not want to end up in it so wear your life vest at all times and take it slow.
The bait shop was very busy this past Saturday with the decent weather. Good reports came in about perch, crappies, and bullheads. Seemed like fish were biting everywhere in the shallows! Spring has sprung and the fish know it.
Dont forget…Bass may not even be targeted until the 3rd Sat in June. They will be spawning soon and if off thier beds for just a few seconds….the gobies eat all the eggs. Catch and release bass fishing is only allowed inland…not Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River. Same goes for Pike and Walleye until it opens. Large numbers of both have been seen spawning right now.
Our Walleye Population is doing very well and will be a great opener on the 1st Saturday in May! Pike numbers are down but steady with most being caught in the spring.
High numbers of Carp provide oppurtunities for bow fishing in the shallows and put up one hell of a fight on heavy tackle. High numbers of carp can be harmful to other fish trying to spawn…so kill a few for the good of the fishery! They make good garden fertilizer and Catfish bait. Which by the way, we also have awesome catfishing in the Chaumont River…peak is usually mid May thru late June in the shallows.
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We will be open at 7am normally this spring, earlier if need be…….the hours on our homepage are not editable….call me if you need bait earlier!
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