There are many good people behind the New York’s fantastic muskie fishing.
One of the places it started was on the venerable Governor’s Island near Clayton. Donated to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1971, the island has been the staging area for the muskellunge research for many years, and now those studies are paying off.
These studies have been instrumental in helping researchers and venerable groups such a Save the River to promote the value of catch-and-release fishing for muskies.
Since 1987, fishermen have caught and released more than 1,000 muskies on the St. Lawrence River system. The cover photo features angler Chad Lapa with his 58-inch-long, 25-inch-girth monster caught near Clayton in October 2017. That fish was the biggest muskie caught in the U.S. in 2017!
Catch-and-release anglers who want to learn more about the program are encouraged to look over the information included here.
*Muskie fishing in the state of New York opens on the last Saturday in May, but anglers need to be aware that the regulations state the muskie season specifically for the St. Lawrence River opens on the third Saturday of June.