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A series of videos promoting fishing across northern New York are now on YouTube, on the Go Fish NY channel. The series was produced by WPBS-TV in Watertown and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, through a New York State/I Love New York regional marketing grant. Five short videos weave family and friend experiences into stories that promote fishing in the seven major watersheds across the top of New York State, and connect to the related website. 

Don’t miss the video entitled “Family,” shot on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. 


St. Lawrence Smallmouth Ties State Record

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A smallmouth bass caught on Aug. 28, 2016 in the St. Lawrence River has tied a state record. 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the 8-pound, 4-ounce bass, measuring 21½ inches long and with a girth of 20 3/4 inches, was caught by Red Hook, NY resident Patrick Hildenbrand during a fishing tournament in Cape Vincent organized by the New York Bass Federation.

According to the Federation, the fish was released back into the river after being weighed and measured.

Hildenbrand’s catch tied the state record for a smallmouth bass caught from Lake Erie in 1995. The full list of state freshwater fishing records can be found at



The Bassmaster Elite Series will return to one of its most popular venues in history — Waddington, N.Y. — on July 20-23, 2017.

Elite Series tournaments at Waddington in 2013 and 2015 drew the largest crowds in Elite Series history, with attendance exceeding 30,000 both years to the St. Lawrence River village, which has a permanent population of 996.

Read all about it here 



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Tanner Smith of Waddington, a first-time participant in the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament, was named Grand Champion of the 2016 event. Read about it here







The 2016 St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament takes place August 11 to 13 and is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 18. The young anglers fish a roughly 30-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena, and vie for cash awards and prizes.

The entry fee remains the same as last year: $100 per angler if registered by July 1; after that date, registration is $125. Contestants register to fish individually and may also register as part of a two- to four-person team. Parents or guardians can sign up to fish, too.

Registration covers participation in all tournament-related events during the three days, including a pre-tournament fishing school sponsored by Mort Backus & Sons. All carp caught during the tournament are returned live to the St. Lawrence River.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce began the Junior Carp event in 2003 and since then local Carp Anglers Group (CAG) members have been integral volunteers with the tournament. In 2015 CAG officially partnered with the Chamber to manage the event and promote it to their members and beyond. 

For more information and to download a registration form, go to the county Chamber’s website:, call the Chamber at 315-386-4000, or email Chamber Events Manager Jo Ann Roberts at For more information about CAG, visit

Sponsors and volunteers are needed for the event, too; for more information email Roberts at the Chamber or contact CAG President Giordano at, 315-323-4632.

















CANTON — A new state-funded campaign promoting fishing across Northern New York will make its local debut at the St. Lawrence County Chamber’s Home, Garden and Business Show — The Really Big Show — Friday and Saturday at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena, Potsdam.  is a campaign designed to increase awareness of the outstanding fishing opportunities in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oswego, Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and Warren counties. Developed with a MarketNY grant awarded in 2013 to the North Country Regional Council by Empire State Development, the regional grant also includes funds for the promotion of other shared tourism assets: motorcycling, boat cruising and paddling. Grant monies, administered through the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, were released in January for use in 2015.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber is the lead partner on the fishing campaign, which is being managed by Chamber Executive Director Brooke Rouse and SUNY Canton business intern Joseph Goliber, with input from regional guides, lodging and bait shop owners. Local designer Valisha Arnold of Clever Toad Designs created the new GoFISHNY brand. 

“It is exciting to work with our regional tourism partners to elevate awareness for fishing in the North Country. Together, we are able to leverage the strong Adirondacks and 1000 Islands brands to help people connect, geographically, with the countless lakes, rivers and streams that are home to diverse fish species in and around those two regions,” Rouse said.

Building Upon FISHCAP

For St. Lawrence County, will continue to leverage the local FISHCAP fishing brand.

The website — currently being updated from a site created by 1000 Islands and Adirondack regional tourism partners — will send visitors to and its details on local fishing as well as other recreation and business resources for visitors.  A Facebook page also keeps fans updated. 

Although the focused FISHCAP campaign has ended, its success in getting St. Lawrence County on the map as a fishing destination continues to benefit communities in the County.

“We are proud of the brand that was built under former Chamber director Pat McKeown, recognize its strength in the consumer market and will continue to associate the brand with our fishing promotion efforts,” Rouse said.

Fishing Packages Key

The effort includes the creation and promotion of fishing packages, and Goliber has worked with several guides, as well as lodging partners to help compile packages that would appeal to a variety of visitors. “Research indicates an overwhelming interest in all-inclusive “fish, eat and stay” opportunities,” he said. “They are the best way we can show off our tourism appeal while increasing the economic benefit for the area.”

County businesses are encouraged to get in touch with Goliber at the Chamber to be included in the events calendar, business and package listings, or for assistance in creating tourism packages. Call 315-386-4000 or email Joseph at .

Area anglers are also encouraged to send their fishing photos this season to .






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