Regional Reports-East

St. Lawrence River

Spring brings lots of excitement for trout, but some folks will argue that bullheads taste better. In April, the bullheads make their spawning run and can be found in just about any of the marshy tributaries that feed warmer spring runoff into the St. Lawrence River. Drive Route 12 along the River from Alexandria Bay to Cape Vincent after dark and you will see the glow of lanterns at every inlet or creek that feeds the river. Night-fishing from shore at these hot spots is best but not mandatory. A classic bullhead haunt is French Creek in Clayton, but there is also Mud Bay in Cape Vincent on Lake Ontario. A stop in the 1,000 Island Bait Store on Route 12 in Alexandria Bay can get you started on the right foot. Night crawlers and leeches are the preferred bait for these brown-skinned catfish. Contact: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 6, Pottsdam (315-785-2261; www.dec.state.ny.us); 1,000 Island Bait Store (315-482-9903).