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1000 islands/Lake Ontario

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1000 islands/Lake Ontario

Been reading lots of posts from last year. I'm looking to take a family fishing trip in mid August (no choice). Been looking at 1000 islands. Looks tough to fish with the boat traffic and current. And from the sound of it you really have to put your time in to have any success at all. Is this really the case?  I have no aspirations of catching trophy fish or 50 fish a day, but if its relatively easy to pick off some perch and smallies I think my boys and wife would enjoy it. Or anything else that's active that time of year. We have never been there. Should I pull the trigger and book a place or look elsewhere?

 

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Perch and SMB are not terribly difficult to find in the St. Lawrence River.  Unfortunately, neither are the shoals.  If you don't know the river, have a good map/GPS on hand.  

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It all depends on the detail you require, and the detail the gps provides.  The river bottom is VERY variable.  There are so many shoals and rock piles that most are not marked.  If you have the Navionics chip in your Lowrance, it should have the detail you need if the chip covers the river.  

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I agree if you have Navionics chip you should have no problems. The SLR is a great fishery although bass and northern population are somewhat down in numbers there are some nice sized fish. The walleye fishing can be spectacular but is mostly a night bite which makes it harder for newbie to the area. Mid August is a very good time to fish this area. If your going to fish at night simple fish during spots that look good during the day and mark waypoints or routes and return at night.


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I have a navionics chip and xi5 with pinpoint gps linked to the lowrance. I myself am a night walleye guy and my boat lights up like ebbets field. If you think I might have better luck with that and the navionics is good enough to avoid taking off the prop might be better to leave the smallies alone. Ive never heard of a spectacular walleye bite in August. The time to catch them is almost over in pa. If I can hook up to 3 or 4 a night that might be a plan...  

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