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Fish the Golden Crescent This Season

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2018-04-04 15:46:00

Along the northeastern shores Lake Ontario in New York State’s Jefferson County, between Cape Vincent and Sackets Harbor, there lies a quiet and quaint little area known as the “Golden Crescent,” with the lake’s Chaumont Bay at its heart. Though the area seems small and unassuming, this bay boats the distinction of being the largest freshwater bay in the world. It’s big enough to hold all kinds of hidden treasures for those who take the time to visit, but the bay’s biggest claim to fame is its excellent fishing.

Oh, the fishing. Ask any angler in upstate New York where to find the best fishing in the state, and—if they’re generous enough to share the secret—they’ll likely name Lake Ontario at the top of the list, and more specifically, the waters of the Golden Crescent area. That’s because these waters are home to some of the best fishing not only in New York State, but in the entire northeast.

That has a lot to do with the lay of the land—or, in this case, the lay of the bay. Chaumont Bay’s unique geography, with varying water depths, weedy bottoms, rocky shores and shoals provide the prime places for the best catches: bass, perch, pike, salmon, lake trout, pickerel and bullhead are all more than likely to make the menu after a day of fishing in the waters of the Chaumont Bay.

So bring your boat and set off from one of the many local launches, or pick one up to rent when you get here—there are plenty of marinas in town, thanks to the area’s reputation for stellar sailing and boating as well. If you’re looking for an even more serious excursion, book yourself a fishing charter  and spend the day angling away with the experts who will show you exactly where to cast a line to attract the best bites. It doesn’t matter how you do it—just don’t miss the opportunity to fish the Golden Crescent.

posted at: 2018-04-04 15:46:00, last updated: 2021-04-06 14:07:27

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