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July 2003

Black River


What a great area the “Golden Crescent”! With the month of June upon us, it is time to get geared up for summer.  Fishing, canoeing, sailing, four-wheeling, kayaking, backpacking, bicycling or just visiting this unique area can be a real treat. Henderson Harbor, Chaumont Bay and Dexter on the Black River have a great fishing atmosphere, while Sackets Harbor has extraordinary history.  Very few places can offer such a great place to sail as Henderson Bay, Black River Bay and Chaumont Bay. Sailors love this area as it has great versatility and picturesque scenery.

Also, stop and enjoy the outstanding state parks in the Golden Crescent.

Southwick’s Beach State Park is four miles south of Henderson; Wescott’s Beach State Park is between Henderson and Sackets Harbor and Long Point State Park is out on Point Peninsula in Chaumont Bay. All have great facilities. June marks the start of bass season. There are so many places in the Golden Crescent to fish bass it’s hard to mention them all. Some of the local favorites are Drowned Island, mouth of Stony Creek, Clark’s Point, Sawyer’s Bay, Ray’s Bay, High Rocks, Stony Island, Galloo Island, Hardscrabble, Grenadier Island, Chaumont River, Herrick and Johnson Shoals, Guffins Bay, Cherry Island, Black River, Horse Island and Henderson Bay just to mention a few. Usually minnows, crabs, worms, leeches, crankbaits and jigs work best. Don’t forget to sign up for the Henderson Harbor Classic Bass Derby on June 21st and 22nd. Entry fee is only $10.00 and paying out 10 prize places and also there is a youth division, paying 3 places.

Usually in June, the walleye are found in deeper water than in May. Depths of 30-60 feet seem to be more productive using stickbaits like Thundersticks, Rapalas, Bombers, Reef Runners and Bagley’s or similar baits. Some of the better places to fish them are Grenadier Island, lakeside of Point Peninsula, entrance to Chaumont Bay, off the foot of Stony and Galloo Islands, Black River Bay and Cherry Island.

Many lake trout caught this month can be in the 15-24 pound class. Fishing off Stony Creek, Stony Point and south of Galloo Island is best in 120-170 feet of water. Cowbells in blue-silver, chartreuse-silver, chartreuse-red and any glo’s are favorites. You can match up Peanuts, Spin and Glo’s, Flat Fish and KwikFish behind the bells and fish close to bottom for best results. Perch fishing is steady this time of year in Chaumont Bay around Herrick Shoal, Johnson Shoal and Cherry Island. Also, Black River Bay, Association Island, Campbell’s Shoal and the sailboat mooring area in Henderson Harbor can be really hot at times. Worms, leeches, jigs and perch minnows work the best. Don’t forget to get kids involved in this fishing, as it is fun and relaxing for kids of all ages.

Salmon fishing starts later this month in the shipping lanes and south of Galloo Island.  Spoons are most productive this time of year that are similar to NK-28’s.  Running speeds from about 3.0 to 3.7m.p.h. work best.  Best colors are black-silver, silver-glo-green; black-orange-white; silver-orange; silver-blue and of course the local favorite the silver banana (chartreuse-green-orange with silver back).  You will catch browns and steelhead using same lures for kings, except next size down from the 28’s or similar.

Call now and make arrangements for that fishing trip with a golden crescent charter guide captains:  Arden Greene of Greene Connection; Lew Wescott of Salmo; Ron Stein of ‘Cr’ Charters; Bob Dick of Moby Dick Charters; Bill Saiff III of Saiff Fishing Charters; Dave Gardner of LAKE EFFECT CHARTERS; Scott Lennox of Pole Position and John Delorme of Jon-Boy Charters. These captains will work extra hard to make your trip exciting, comfortable and safe. When you are in the Chaumont area and you need food and refreshments for that fishing, camping or boating excursion, stop and see Bill Wiseman at Dick’s Neighborhood Market. They have a deli, bakery, groceries, propane, gas and are your NYS lottery agent. While you are in the Chaumont Bay area, stop and see Bret and Sharon Turner at Little “T’s” Resort. They offer a motel, RV hookups, efficiency cottages, playground, a marina, gas, bait and tackle. They also rent small boats with motors for easy access to great fishing. They have plenty of free parking.

While you are still in the area, go to Three Mile Bay and stop in at Little Debby’s Country Inn, and see Debby and the Walker Boys. They offer daily specials with home cooked meals and “homemade” desserts. They also serve buffalo tenderloin steaks and burgers. Thursday is Italian night; Friday is fish fry and Saturday is steak. Her hours are 7am-till and she is open 7 days a week – located at Route 12E and Empie Rd.

Remember to contact the local Chaumont-Three Mile Bay Chamber Of Commerce and have them send out information on any upcoming events in the area to help in planning your trip to our area.

Stop in at B&J Bait Shop in Dexter next to the launch and see Judy Kirch. She has tackle, live bait, crafts, rods and reels and the coffee pot is always on. She will also have the information on where and what they are getting the walleye, steelhead or catfish on. While you are fishing in the area and if you want to get that trophy or special fish mounted, give Charles’ Taxidermy a call or drop your fish off at B&J Bait in Dexter or Henchen’s in Henderson Harbor.  They are a drop off/ pick up point. Taxidermist Charlie Rawson does a fantastic job with years of experience and will also do reproductions if you release that special fish.

When passing the four corners of Route 3 and Sackets Harbor, stop at the Nu Pier Restaurant and see Chrissy, Bob and her staff. You can have a sandwich or a meal. Whatever you order, you will get a heaping plate of food. Make sure you save room for their delicious homemade desserts.

While at the Route 3 – Sackets Harbor corners, stop and see new owners Sandy and Rob Delong of the Trading Post Convenient Store & Motel. They offer gas, groceries, subs, cheeseburgers and many other much needed items. Have some of their fresh fudge and cheese curd.

If you need information on any upcoming events and don’t forget those derbies, please contact the Henderson Harbor Chamber Of Commerce and have them get that information in the mail to you. It will help in planning that trip to our area. You can reach them at 1-888-938-5568.

Remember to stop at Henchen’s Marina & Fishing Camp and see Bob and Diane Gamble and make arrangements for lodging with all the conveniences. They offer all your fishing needs and furnished cabins with air conditioning and cable TV, groceries, beer, fishing licenses, tackle, bait, gas and diesel. They have an ATM machine and Diane has many new items in her gift shop. She offers lamps, puzzles, note cards, dolls, stuffed animals and much more. You must stop in and see it all for yourself. They are also your LOC derby weigh-in site. While in the Henderson Harbor area, The Charter House Inn offers comfortable accommodations on the water with superb dining. Steaks, fresh seafood and sautéed specialties and on the weekends they serve breakfast. Your hostess, Marylou Edmonds, also offers an excellent catering service for special occasions. If you are looking for deep water docking with fine dining and spacious rooms, stop and see Hal & Carolyn Horton at Westview Lodge & Marina in Henderson Harbor. They have great hospitality in the heart of the harbor. Sporting a whole new look is Ryan’s Lookout –a family dining restaurant offering Italian-American cuisine.  They offer steaks, pasta and fish, and will be open 7 days a week from 4pm-10pm. They are located on scenic Route 3 near Henderson Harbor (formerly Verrilli’s). Stop and say “Hi” to Jasper and Marylou and enjoy their great hospitality and quality food and scenic view. While you are in the Henderson area, be sure to stop at the Cherry Tree Inn on Route 3 and Route 178. They offer sandwiches and excellent lunch and dinner specials along with breakfast, which is their specialty. All are offered with great hospitality from the families of Jack & Deb Warner and Ron & Colleen Stein.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Henderson Harbor, give John Delorme a call at Captain’s Cove Motel. John has much to offer with waterfront units, sun-decks on the water, and dockage. He also has vacation rentals and smoked fish.

While in Henderson, stop at Alexander’s Corners General Store.  They are located on Route 3 two miles south of the Henderson Harbor at Rhodes Greenhouses in the big green building. They have a deli, a full line of groceries, beverages, beer and cigarettes. They sell hunting and fishing licenses, worms and propane. A tourist information center is open in the summer months. They also offer hard and soft ice cream. They are open 7 days a week from 6am-9pm. Stop and say HI to Gary & Jolene Rhodes.

While you are on Route 3 and feeling hungry, stop in at Cooper’s Landing Family Restaurant. Owners Sue & Harvey Grimshaw and Mark & Sue Sugden offer daily specials while specializing in American, Italian and seafood. They are open 7 days a week.

For all you boaters looking for a place to dock your boat for the summer, give Jeff Cohen a call at Lake Ontario Mariner’s Marina in Henderson Harbor. Jeff offers inside or outside dockage for $500 and up and is a full service marina. He will also store your boat for the winter.

O.D. Greene has two locations to serve all your building or repairing needs.

One is in Sackets Harbor, and the other in Adams. Whatever you might be looking for, be sure to check with the staff at either location as they are very helpful and pleasant and willing to assist you in every way possible. This is a good time to make plans for the Henderson Harbor Smallmouth Bass Derby on June 21st and 22nd. Make you plans now to come to the harbor and enjoy this great weekend of bass fishing.

The In-Fisherman April issue, which is known as the journal of freshwater fishing, came up with criteria for if you were going to buy a home near great fishing, where would it be? Number one was greater Portland, Oregon; number two was the Golden Crescent of New York. Henderson Harbor, Black River, Chaumont Bay, Three Mile Bay, Sackets Harbor and Lake Ontario with all its’ islands has all the structure to make this the perfect fishery. Not only is there a fishing atmosphere in places like Henderson Harbor, there is extraordinary history in places such as Sackets Harbor. The houses, churches and commercial buildings represent nearly two centuries of cultural and economic history. Give the advertisers in this area a call or stop and see them as they can inform you of many of the other quality resources in this area. If you are looking to advertise YOUR business, give me a call toll-free at 1-888-232-2827.

Well, let’s get out and enjoy this great area, the Golden Crescent and remember to introduce a kid to the great outdoors!  Capt. Bob Dick

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