The St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands are ranked the 11th-best place to catch bass in the country, according to the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS).
BASS, organizer of dozens Bassmaster tournaments a year, has given the North Country venue the highest ranking it ever has. In 2013, the river was ranked #13, and in 2012, #53.
The new ranking follows the highly successful Elite Series tournament based out of Waddington last August. An all-time attendance record was set during that contest, and the anglers had praise for the fishing. Bassmasters said anglers might not hook the biggest bass they've ever seen, "But, expect to spend more time fighting bronzebacks than casting for them."
The Bassmasters Elite Series will be returning to the river next year.
In the meantime, bass fever has hit St. Lawrence County and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's Fishcap campaign, with plenty of regional tournaments this year.
• Aug. 16-17, Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce hosts New York State BASS Federation 2014 Team Club Championship
• Northern New York Bassmasters Trail contests in july and August at Black Lake, Cranberry Lake, Waddington and Ogdensburg
• Aug. 23-24, Northeast Team Bass contest in Massena
• Sept. 24-26, BASS Nation Eastern Divisional contest and extra attractions, Waddington, with 200 of the region's best bass anglers on hand.