St. Lawrence River named best place to fish in US

March 22, 2021
St. Lawrence River, Cornwall
St. Lawrence River, Cornwall

The St. Lawrence River is acclaimed as an anglers’ paradise with trophy fish of all types.

That standing has been confirmed yet again after recently being named the top place to fish in the USA by Abu Garcia, a leading name in fishing equipment and apparel.

The company recently ranked the top 100 places to fish in the United States with the help of a judges panel made up of professional anglers, industry personalities and everyday fishing enthusiasts and the mighty St. Lawrence took home top honours.

The ranking further cements the St. Lawrence River’s position as one of the world’s best destinations for freshwater fishing.

Canadian fishing legend Bob Izumi described it as a world-class fishery when he decided to host the 2019 Pan American Bass Championship in Cornwall. US professional angler Scott Martin, a participant in the Pan Am Bass Championship, was equally impressed.

“This river right here… it’s the best small-mouth (bass) fishing I have ever seen in my life,” he said in a video from the event.

Fish & Stay Packages

Make a weekend of it and fish the mighty St. Lawrence from Cornwall!

Relax after a day on the water with a stay in one of our safe and comfortable accommodations at a preferred rate! Best of all, they’re boat friendly and located just a few minutes away from the launches. Our accommodation partners have implemented enhanced cleaning standards to ensure the health and safety of visitors. 

The Fish & Stay Package starts at $149 per night and includes a $30 or $40 dinner voucher, a complimentary grab and go breakfast and a custom fishing lure!

Check out our Promotions page for full information and details on booking!

Fish on!

The City of Cornwall is the ideal doorstep to the mighty St. Lawrence, where anglers can expect big fights from bass, walleye, muskie, carp and countless other species.

Cornwall plays host to several big-name fishing tournaments each year, including the Renegade Bass Tour and the Franny Cup.

The river in the Cornwall region is essentially bisected by the R.H. Saunders Generating Station at the west end of Cornwall. The area below the power dam is known as Lake St. Francis while the area above the dam is Lake St. Lawrence, a headpond created for the dam during the massive Seaway and Hydro Project of the 1950s. You’ll find great fishing and a myriad of freshwater fish species to target both above and below the dam.

There are public boat launches both above and below the dam in Guindon Park and Lamoureux Park respectively, making it easy for anglers to get out on the water.

Some great shoreline fishing options also exist in the Cornwall region, so it’s a great starting point whether you’re in search of a fun fishing outing with the kids or on the hunt for a trophy fish.

Check out our Fishing Page for all you need to know about fishing in Cornwall!

Stay on the water

The hub of boating activity on the Cornwall waterfront is Marina 200, a first-class facility located immediately east of the Cornwall Civic Complex on the St. Lawrence River.

For more information on Marina 200, please click here.

Play it safe!

We all have a part to play in combating the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to wear masks, practice frequent hand washing and physical distancing, and stay home if not feeling well. For the latest guidelines and restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website.


Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Check out the Explore section of our website for other fun-filled activities to keep you busy. Better yet, consider extending your stay with a night at one of our great accommodations!

Got a question?

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Article by Kevin Lajoie

Photo by Lee Ladouceur