We are very humbled and thankful to have such positive press all the way on the other side of the country. We had an amazing time with Bill Ryan and Bob Berman. Two more dedicated anglers and gentlemen would be hard to find. We had a great few days on the water and some monster smallies. Below are some pics from the trip and you can CLICK HERE for the actual article in the Napa Valley Register. We look forward to helping you hunt down that 8.6 pounder next trip.
My son and I did a two-day trip with Dean. The first day we targeted smallmouths as we wanted to learn how to get them in deep water. Dean did not disappoint – he put us
on smallies all day and we had some great action. The second day we focused on largemouths and we had a great day with them as well. Dean not only puts you on fish but he also is a teacher. He taught us what structure to look for and how to best use the techniques he applies when fishing the St. Lawrence. We certainly learned a lot and are already looking forward to another trip next year!
Shout out to local bassmaster Meckes
James Overstreet and I are off the water, after the short boat ride back to Morristown. Driving back to Waddington beats the heck out of boating back today. It’s an unpleasant combo of white caps and boat wakes.
Jonathon VanDam caught a fish just before we left that was amazingly like the other 4-pounders already in his livewell. He needs a Hail Mary, provided Palaniuk gets back on time.
I’d heard about our boat driver the last two days, Dean Meckes, long before I met him. Meckes is “the man” around here, according to Mark Zona, Dave Precht and Overstreet. It was an education just hanging out in a boat with Meckes this week. Need to get back here soon, when not in tournament mode.
Meckes, 52, has been guiding and tourament fishing these waters for the past 25 years.
“A good smallmouth bag used to be 13 pounds,” he said. “Now you don’t feel safe with 23 pounds.”
It’s rare when an invasive species, like the goby, is a good thing, but they’ve been like human growth hormone for smallmouth bass in the St. Lawrence River.
“The smallmouth bass population just exploded,” Meckes said. “4-pounders became common, then 5s, then 6s.”
If you want proof, check out www.deanmeckes.com
The title of the linked page below couldn’t be more accurate… Great day on the water with great people. Many thanks to everyone who made this outing possible.
We’ve spent a lot of time on the water bass fishing, but we’ve never had a day fishing like we had with Dean Meckes on Lake Ontario.
The day started early and Dean was there waiting for us at the dock. Dean has a welcoming personality and instantly made us feel at home on his boat. We didn’t have any bites at first, but within 30 minutes Dean moved us and we were soon reeling in some of the largest smallmouth bass we have ever seen. Each fish was bigger than the last, making that next fish the biggest smallmouth we’ve ever caught.
We can’t wait to get out on the water with not only our new favorite fishing guide, but someone we now consider a friend.
Thanks for everything Dean and we’ll see you soon!
John and Al
Great opening day of Walleye on Lake Ontario. Dean Meckes and crew boated 20 Walleyes. Four giants over 6lbs and one weighing in at 7.5lbs. Awesome way to start the Walleye season…
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The 1000 Islands have been a long time famous summertime getaway for both anglers and vacationers alike. With over 1800 scenic islands and incredibly clear water, the region not only makes for one of the best smallmouth factories in the world but also one of the most picturesque fisheries to be found anywhere. This is one of the most beautiful smallmouth bass fishing venues in the world. This fishery is very diverse and the smallmouth bass are in very specific locations, based on season, weather and water temperature. There is never a dull moment fishing the 1000 Islands Region, you could be fishing within view of both Boldt Castle and Singer Castle as passing freighters navigate the islands on their way to and from their far away destinations.
The smallmouth bass population of the St. Lawrence, 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario have undergone an amazing metamorphosis over the past few years. The introduction of invasive species the round goby has served as a forage, like no other, for the growth of smallmouth bass. In recent years the average weight of smallmouth bass has increased substantially. It is not uncommon to catch multiple 4lb fish any given day on the water on the St. Lawrence, 1000 Islands or Lake Ontario. Smallmouth bass upwards and over 6lbs are not surprising anymore either. The 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario have turned into the perfect storm for smallmouth bass fishing. The area offers the perfect combination of cover, consistent forage and a healthy population of fish.
Drop Dean a line and he would be happy to get you on the water to experience first hand what the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario have to offer the smallmouth bass angler or any other species that swims the waters of the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario. Click Here to contact Dean and book a 1000 Islands or Lake Ontario fishing guide trip unequaled by anyone in the region.