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I am planning on taking a trip up to St Lawrence on June 23th & 24th. I am contemplating hiring a guide for one day, but to be honest I don't want to troll for muskie, i want to cast. I have nothing against trolling and know how effective it can be just isn't my cup of tea. Does anyone have any suggestions on a guide or where to fish maybe. Not asking for secret spots just general info. I also understand that June isn't the best month for skies but was invited on a trip so its not my choice. Any info will help...thanks guys in advance
100 island bait store might be able to steer you to a casting guide of early season spots. http://tibait.com/
Hello MI50 Dude. I have made quite a few trips to the St L, some of which were for bass and some for musky. Like you I dont like to troll. For casting I reccommend staying away from the Thousand Island region. I like the upper river around Messina better for casting. tHERE is a picture in the photo section of a 47 that was caught by member Steve Immordino casting a jerkbait. Moments earliar I lost a bigger fish casting a bucktail. We also have caught other medium size fish, 36 to 42 inches casting. If you dont have good conditions casting is out and you will have to troll to have any chance. The river is super enormous and you have to rule out a lot of water because you can only cover very little casting. Rocky points and inside turns of weedbeds, which wont be up yet in june worked the best for us. Not a great place for casting, water is to clear. If you get 2 to 3 days of dark rainy weather in a row the fish do move to areas where casting can work. If it is bright and sunny fuggetaboutit. Gary
May 11, 2004
I've been researching guides in Quebec the past few weeks. My thorn in the a$$ (I mean wife) are taking a trip to Lac Du Cerf - about 3 hours north of Montreal in July. The two guides I was able to find on the lake - who also guide on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers were Marc Thorpe (http://www.marcthorpeguiding.com) and Mike Lazarus 514-824-6875 (don't think he has a web site). Both said they cast and troll - and were also very helpful in giving me some tips on Du Cerf. Marc's webisite has some very impressive pics. Unfortunately, they were already booked throughout July. I'm sure they would have other contacts if June is filled up.