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Where to ice fish in the north country

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LAKE ONTARIO, ST. LAWRENCE

RIVER BASIN

The two bodies of water offer unlimited ice fishing opportunities on bays and inlets that stretch from Thousand Islands to Massena.

Renowned for ice fishing opportunities in Thousand Islands are Henderson Harbor, Chaumont Bay, Eel Bay, Lake of Isles, Goose Bay and Chippewa Bay. As the big river turns east, proven hot spots are Wheathouse Bay in Ogdensburg, Brandy Brook and Coles Creek in the Waddington area, and Hawkins Point and any bays and inlets in the Massena area.

The river offers a wide range of species: northern pike, pickerel, walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, bluegills, sunfish, bullhead, muskie, the occasional trout and even rare catches of sturgeon, an endangered species.

Smaller rivers such as the Oswegatchie, Indian, Grasse, St. Regis and Raquette also offer endless stretches of waters, which will produce the same combination of gamefish and panfish.



PONDS, LAKES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Antwerp Pond (Antwerp) — northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch.



Black River Bay (multiple towns) — northern pike, yellow perch, walleye.



Butterfield Lake (Alexandria) — walleye, northern pike, yellow perch.



Chaumont/Guffin Bay (multiple towns) — northern Pike, yellow perch.



Clear Lake (Alexandria) — yellow perch, walleye, northern pike.



Colwell Pond (Ellisburg) — northern pike, yellow perch.



Crystal Lake (Theresa) — northern pike, walleye, yellow perch.



Grass Lake (Theresa) —northern pike, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge.



Henderson Bay (Henderson) — northern pike, yellow perch, brown trout, rainbow trout.



Hyde Lake (Theresa) — walleye, tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch.



Lake of Isles (Orleans) — northern pike, yellow perch, panfish.



Lake of the Woods (Theresa) — lake trout, whitefish, northern pike (no rainbow trout fishing allowed).



Lakeview Pond (Ellisburg) — yellow perch, northern pike, sunfish.



Millsite Lake (Theresa, Ellisburg) — yellow perch, cisco (no lake or rainbow trout fishing allowed).



Moon Lake (Theresa) — northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, tiger muskellunge.



Mud Lake (Alexandria) — northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, tiger muskellunge.



Muskellunge Lake (Theresa) — northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie.



Payne Lake (Antwerp) — walleye, yellow perch, northern crappie.



Pleasant Lake (Champion) — northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie.



Red Lake (Theresa) — walleye, northern pike, yellow perch.



Sixberry Lake (Theresa) —walleye (no lake or rainbow trout fishing allowed).



Sixtown Pond (Henderson) — walleye, northern pike, yellow perch.



Beaver Lake (Watson) — yellow perch, chain pickerel.



Brantingham Lake (Greig) — yellow perch, chain pickerel.



Chase Lake (Watson) — yellow perch, chain pickerel.



Francis Lake (Watson) — yellow perch.



PONDS, LAKES IN LEWIS COUNTY

Lake Bonaparte (Diana) — northern pike, walleye, brown trout, yellow perch, lake trout.



Soft Males Reservoir (Crogan/Orion) —tiger muskellunge.



Whitestone Marsh (Martinsburg) —tiger muskellunge.



PONDS, LAKES IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Black Lake (Morristown) — northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie, walleye.



Blake Falls Reservoir (Parishville) — walleye, yellow perch.



Carry Falls Reservoir (Colton) — walleye, yellow perch, tiger muskie.



Cedar Lake (Hermon) — yellow perch.



Greenfield Pond (Fine) — yellow perch.



Hickory Lake (Macomb) — yellow perch, northern pike.



Higley Falls Reservoir (Colton) —walleye, northern pike, yellow perch.



Horseshoe Lake (Piercefield) — tiger muskellunge, walleye.



Huckleberry (Edwards) — yellow perch.



Norwood Reservoir (Norwood/Orion) — walleye, yellow perch, black crappie.



Lake Ozonia (Hopkinton) — trout, landlocked salmon.



Piercefield Flow (Piercefield) — northern pike, walleye, yellow perch.



Pleasant Lake (Macomb) — northern pike, walleye, yellow perch.



Rainbow Falls Reservoir (Parishville) — walleye, yellow perch.



South Colton Reservoir (Colton/Orion) — walleye, yellow perch.



Stark Falls (Colton/Orion) — walleye yellow perch.



Stark Falls (Colton/Orion) — walleye, yellow perch.



Star Lake (Fine) — trout, lake trout.



Sterling Pond (Parishville) — walleye.



Trout Lake (Hermon) — brown trout, lake trout, walleye.



Yellow Lake (Rossie) — northern pike, yellow perch.



ADIRONDACK REGION

Like the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River basin, the Adirondack Region is the home to dozens of small rivers and ponds with access for ice fishermen.

The most popular destinations are Lake Champlain, Lake George, Brant Lake, Lake Bonaparte, Lake Clear, Lake Colby, Lake Eaton, Meacham Lake, Piseco Lake, Schroon Lake, Seventh Lake, Tupper Lake and Upper Chateaugay Lake.



NOTE: Regional fishing regulations might vary from water to water, and not all lakes are open to winter fishing.



SOURCES: Mike Seymour in his weekly Times column “Hooks and Antlers”; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce; the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.

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