Salmon River Fishing Report for Steelhead from this Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide in Pulaski NY.
Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.
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The Steelhead Fishing of your Dreams…. ….We’ll Mak’m Reeeeeeeeeeeeel.
With the Salmon River water level drop, its Prime Time Steelhead!
Over the last 4 weeks, Im noticing Steelhead in ALL the normal places for the current water temp. and water level for the day. We have Steelhead Top to Bottom of the Salmon River, offering you plenty of opportunity. Seeing numerous jumps, tail walks and speeding bullet runs from our Steelhead of late! Ye-Haa!
We continue to have Steelhead entering into the Salmon River on a daily basis.
These steelhead will continue to transition up the river until they have found a spot that satisfies all of their primary needs.
1) Qaulity Current Break, to conserve energy while holding.
2) Source of food
3) Safety from predators
With the current water level @ 335cfs and Water temp. @ 41-42 degrees, we have steelhead spread out. Many have started to transition into their Winter Habitat’s. Some are still in their Fall Habitats. The one thing all these locations share is they are all effected by Current Breaks. Which provide the fish with a Prime Holding location that covers all of their survival instincts. These Prime Holding locations change according to the water temp. and water level. So when the fish change, so should you for best results.
As usual, Perfect Presentation, Rigging and Habitat for this water flow and water temp. are crucial for success.
Jim gets a Exhilarating GRAND SLAM on the Salmon River!
Jim displays a electric bright fresh steelhead. He also landed King Salmon, Coho Salmon and a Brown Trout.
Jim says – The credit for my experience is all yours Randy. Fish On!
Today’s Salmon River NY Steelhead Tip’s.
If your fishing the Salmon River anytime soon, bring a thermometer with you to check the water temp. Above 43 degrees, look for most Steelhead to be in their Fall Holding locations. Water temp. below 43 degrees, look for most to be in their Winter Habitats.
2 years ago when the water temp. hovered around 43 degrees for an approx. 1 month period. It put 1/2 the Steelhead in their Fall Habitats and the other 1/2 in their Winter habitats. I’ve experienced where a 1 degree drop in the water temp., starts this Transition.
Then look for a current break that is effecting your spot. Could be a seem (where the fast water meets the slow water), that will hold Chrome in a hole. Or a shallow spot that creates your current break, causing the fish to sit below it. This change in water speed can be as simple as where the water goes from fast to slow in a pool.
Another option is to fish where they rest temporarily while running the river. Like Prime pockets in the rapids. Many times these are over looked by the wade angler, providing you with incredible Steelhead fishing action.
Or fish where they stop to rest mid-day, while running the river.
Another great fishing option would be to fish over and below any gravel areas where their could be Brown Trout spawning and dropping eggs for your steelhead to eat. A great steelhead fishing location can often be below the gravel where their is a hole, where the steelhead will hold.
Where is the #1 Best Steelhead Spot to Fish? It’s anywhere I’m not. 😉
The above areas to steelhead fish are covered more thoroughly towards the bottom of this Blog in my EXPERT and ADVANCED Tutorial Video’s @ Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Steelhead and Brown Trout?
Randy Jones the Yankee Angler.
35+years of Pro. Fishing Guide Experience.
Author and Publisher-Salmon River NY Fishing Report.
Whats the difference between a fresh Steelhead and one that’s been in the river for over 2 weeks? Its the color.
Dime bright silver would be a steelhead that has just entered the river or has just made it to your spot recently. If the color is more of a silver grey, then its been in the river for at least 2 weeks or more.
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Enjoy my Salmon River Fishing Report Humor, Fun Fishing Stories and “Expert Fish Fighting Article.” For Steelhead fishing in Pulaski NY.
Jud and his girlfriend Theresa had a few Steelhead fishing goals for today.
1. An introduction to the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
2. Have some fishing fun.
3. Stay warm on the drift boat.
4. Learn the basics of fishing for Steelhead. This was Theresa’s first time ever fishing in her entire life!
5. Catch some fish.
Did we succeeded on all of the above goals?
Theresa with a (lake effect) snow covered hat and a great smile, while fishing the Salmon River.
Theresa’s first question was, Randy, how will I know when I get a Steelhead on? Jud and myself both said in unison, you’ll know.
Shortly there after she was tight to her first fish – Steelhead EVER!
She yelled WOW! – Oh SH-T! – What is happening! – What do I do! As the drag started to scream The Fisherman’s National Anthem. And her Steelhead made an Incredible, Heart Stopping, Adrenaline Rush, Bullet Run!
She did a great job of fighting the fish, BUT did she land it?
WOW! A 16 lb. Salmon River Steelhead!
Jud mumbles under his breath, beginner’s luck. Today’s tally – We hit Steelhead in 1 out of 3 spots, playing with 5. Another memorable day of many.
“On the Salmon River, Where memories are made.”
Expert Fish Fighting Techniques for Steelhead. These may surprise you!
The first thing I did upon hooking up was to immediately get even or below the Steelhead. This tires the Steelhead out sooner by knocking it off balance, and causing it to work harder to stay upright. It also vastly cuts down on the length of the fight. So its better for you and the fish!
I see 90% of the angler’s on the Salmon River never really load their rod properly, when fighting a Steelhead. Most angler’s only pull back 1/4 to 1/2 way back. In this photo I am about 1/2 of the way back with the rod. Before I stop pulling back, the rod is pointed directly behind me. With the rod horizontal and next to my ear. The butt (very bottom) of the rod is pointed at the far bank. It’s hammer time!
This is an example on how many Steelhead are lost with the rod tip up. Notice the splash? Miss Steelhead did not like it when I pulled her head out of the water. Many fish are lost-broken off at this point.
When fighting your Steelhead. Try holding your rod upside down with rod tip in the water or just above it. (Example – next pic.)
The fish will normally, slowly and quietly come in without much fuss. By keeping it’s head under the water the fish feel’s much more comfortable and tends not to freak out. This at times can also be used as a stalling tactic. You will notice some of the more experienced Salmon River anglers inverting their fishing rod shortly after the hook up. This greatly increases the odds for your Steelhead to remain in the hole-pool and not speed off down river. It also helps by controlling the fish’s attitude by keeping your Steelhead from thrashing around and breaking off.
The funniest thing about this fish picture and the above photo was as I was playing the Steelhead.
Anytime I had my rod tip up, I lost total control over the fish. It pretty much went anywhere it wanted to. This Steelhead had a VERY negative reaction to me pulling its head out of the water. It also took much longer to tire it out. But, as soon as I put the tip low (down and dirty) or in the water. The Steelhead came straight in at me, with in reason. While keeping its head sub-surface. This lower rod position combined with standing below your Steelhead. Will put approx. 3 times more pressure on the fish when it is within 60 feet or so. Tiring it out sooner and gaining much more control over your fish.
If you listen to your Steelhead, it will pretty much tell you at what angle to hold your rod. When the fish is on the other side of the river, I always hold my tip high. If I held it low then the full amount of the rivers current, would put an awful lot of additional pressure on my line and leader – tippet as it bow’s. Many times resulting in breaking the fish off. If my Steelhead is approx. from the middle of the river towards me. Then I always hold my rod tip just off the surface of the water down low or IN the water. (Providing I don’t have any real fast currents or snags.)
In Closing: When Reeling in the Fish with your Rod Tip Up. There are 2 things wrong with this sentence.
#1. I will always hold my rod upside down with the tip in the water when bringing in a steelhead. Fish don’t breath air and with your tip up. The fish feel’s as if your trying to pull it’s head out of the water. (which you are.) This creates a havoc, wrecking ball of nerves that many times ends with Fish Off. I breathe air. So if you put my head under the water you can be assured I would not be happy. (Same with the fish.) By holding your rod upside down with the rod tip in the water or just above it. The fish will normally slowly and quietly (within reason) come in without much fuss.
#2 Whenever targeting large species of fish the rod becomes a flexible lever. We never reel the fish in; we PULL the fish in. The reel is only used to recover slack line. Pull with rod tip low, reel-down. Now combine #1 with #2 and by George, you’ve got it!
Nice lil 6lb Female Steelhead along with my Elmer Fud Hat. Whirrs that cwazy wabbit!
Thanks for stopping in, Salmon River Fishing Report Guide Randy Jones.
Complementary Steelhead stalling tactic tip’s:
80% of the time these Steelhead fish fighting techniques and stalling tactics will help. So don’t blame me if you hit the 20%!
Throwing your Salmon River Steelhead Slack:
We all love to see the somersaults, jumps, tail walks and torpedo runs the Steelhead make. But, 50% of the time that show ends with no curtain call or encore performance of a landed fish. I prefer, after hooking-up. If the steelhead decides to show its colors and race down stream where I can’t follow. To throw it slack. (Pull line fast off the fly reel or open your spinning bail A.S.A.P.)
If hook set is good, the Steelhead won’t throw it and the fish will normally quite down. The action your Steelhead takes is due to the pressure it feel’s. So by releasing the pressure on your Steelhead, it no longer feel’s threatened and will tend to stop on a dime. This allows you to regroup and take control. Throwing it slack is also a great way to stop it’s screaming run downstream into snags or deep water. (where you can’t go) Or at least slow your Steelhead down so you can catch up.
Another effect that throwing it slack has is from where you are standing. Your line (down stream) will form a bow in the water’s current back to the fish. The Steelhead will feel the pressure of the current against your bow’d line. And feel as if it is being pulled down river. This normally results in your Steelhead slowly swimming back up the River. To where you had initially hooked it up. (These “happy fish” really do not want to leave that prime lye where you had hooked it up.) Then simply reel up your slack line and you’ll be surprised, when at times, your Steelhead will be back. Almost at your feet.
Walking the dog.
Here’s another technique that has worked for me. If I’m working a piece of fast, deep water that is not easily waded. Upon hooking-up, I immediately lighten up and only bend the tip of the rod slightly. Remember what I said earlier about pressure? With only a slight bend in the rod tip, the fish feels little to no pressure and maintains its position in the river. I then slowly move to a safer area and believe it or not, normally it will follow. Once I’m in a safe position, I give it to’em. It’s Miller Time!
I hope you found my Article entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – This knowledge will definitely help put YOU into the 10% of the anglers that catch 90% of the fish, Here on the Salmon River. Best Fish’s, Salmon River Fishing Report Guide Randy Jones.
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Fly Fishing for Steelhead and Coho Salmon on the Salmon River.
One memorable day recently was shared with Derick and Sally from Aspen, Colorado. Derrick’s passion is fly fishing the incredible waters that the West has to offer. Mostly trout measured in inch’s. Sally has wet a line on several occasions, but never for Salmon or steelhead. Derick had one of the best acrobatic Steelhead on in a while. It was 100 Yds into that orange stringy stuff (backing) in a blink of an eye. Low in the hole, before it decided to do a little dance for us all. Jumps, somersaults, 15-ft. tail walks, topped the show before giving us an encore performance with some more torpedo runs.
I don’t think I have ever seen a smile that big!
Sally was the only woman in the pool when the tip of the rod started pulsating up and down. As if attached to a ball bouncing down the street. Sally yelled, “I think I’ve got one?” All the men in the pool politely reeled up and watched. As I think they all knew this could be one of the better shows of the day. Every guy in the pool gave out a cheer of encouragement.
Finally at her feet laid a handsome 15 lb. Male Coho Salmon, bright with spawning colors.
Trophy Salmon River Fishing Report Steelhead of a fishing life-time Testimonial.
I will remember this day for the rest of my life. It started out crisp and clear in the morning. As we started our Steelhead Fishing Trip down the Salmon River. My companions were Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones of Yankee Angler and my best friend Jim Ciantar.
We stopped at a couple of holes to fish but with little success, and I mean little. The second place we stopped Jim and I teamed up to take six fish ranging from 3-6 inches long. We all got a pretty good chuckle out of that. However it gave Randy an opportunity to work on our techniques. The proper cast and drift is crucial when fishing the Salmon River.
Randy is one of the finest teachers I have come across. He has an uncommon blend of humor, patience and knowledge which is rare. He explained his tactics and why he uses them. Steelhead location and why they are there. Also seasonal changes regarding Steelhead location, all invaluable fishing information.
The third spot we hit was awesome! Which by the way, Randy was rushing to because he knew some Steelhead were there. Within a couple of minutes after dropping the Drift Boat anchor. I hooked up with a real burner Steelhead, but lost him. The Fishing had been slow up to that point. But Jim and I managed to hook up five more Steelhead in the next couple of hours. We worked the hole from both sides in and out of the Drift Boat. All the while Randy was coaching us on how to properly fish the hole and where the Steelhead lay up.
Before we left that hole I managed to hook and land this 17.5 pound beautiful male steelhead. (Who will spend the rest of his days on my wall) It has taken me nine years and a lot of time and money to get that fish. My first good steelhead. Truly a fish of a lifetime. Jim also hooked a nice silver bullet Steelhead about 12 pounds but lost him at the net.
I have been fishing for a long time, for many different species from marlin to pan fish. In those years I have had some really great days. This certainly was one of the best. The combination of beautiful weather, great people, cooperative fish on a scenic river, well that is pretty hard to beat.
For those of you just getting started in salmon and steelhead fishing, do yourself a favor. Hire a Guide. It does not have to take nine years like it took me. I highly recommend Randy, he is a true professional and a real good guy. Ron and Jim
Ron, Congrats again on your Trophy Steelhead of a fishing life-time! Thanks for your many kind and generous words! My head almost didn’t fit thru the front door after that one. Best Fish’s, Randy
Salmon River NY Fishing News.
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Enjoy a fast forward fun drift boat fishing trip video down the Salmon River NY. Covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Fall and Winter Salmon and Steelhead fishing seasons.
What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead? This might help plan your Salmon River fishing trip.
Fishing Steelhead (avg. 8 to 12 lbs.) – (Nov. thru April.)
Our Steelhead are without a doubt. One of the hardest fighting and most acrobatic fish that swims in the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Torpedo – Silver Bullet runs and changing direction in a blink of an eye. While taking your line 100 to 200 feet out in seconds. This well surely jump start your fishing heart! Tarpon jumps, like a rocket ship 3-4 feet in the air. Somersaulting like a jugglers baton back to earths atmosphere before splash down. Sounding like a cinder block with water spraying 20 feet in all directions. Steelhead Tail Walks across the pool for 40 to 60 feet, will live in your Salmon River memory forever!
Fishing Brown Trout. (avg. 3-5 lbs.)
You can catch these Brown Trout anytime while fishing for Steelhead. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure our Brown Trout by the pound and not by the inch. While they are not as numerous as Salmon or Steelhead.
These are an optional Trophy of a Fishing life time!
Steelhead Open Dates.
More Steelhead, less bank anglers and drift boats in Dec. = More opportunity for you. 🙂
Dec. 14-15, 19-22, 25-29.
When is the BEST time to fish for Steelhead?
Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday).
There really isn’t any BEST for Steelhead, its all angler personal preference.
In Nov. we start to see more Steelhead and more anglers. It’s the busiest angler Mo.. Temps. aren’t to cold yet and its also when the steelhead fight the hardest. With speeding bullet runs, tail walks and somersaults.
In Dec. we start to see even more Steelhead and less anglers. Most folks are doing business and family holiday stuff. And its a lil colder = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.
The middle of the Winter can be magical with only the most die hard steelhead anglers out. During these colder Mo’s. = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.
Spring Steelhead (Mar. and April) it starts to warm and we see a few more anglers out. But not as many as Nov. The Steelhead’s appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the river to lake Ontario. Sight fishing is an optional treat.
(Salmon River NY fishing report).
Salmon River Brown Trout and Steelhead Fishing Seasons:
October 15 – November
Brown Trout. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound and not by the inch. They have entered the river to spawn and will weight from 3-10 pounds. While they are not as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional Trophy of a Fishing life time.
October 20 – May 1
Steelhead 8-15 lbs. The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River. They’ll take most of your line out in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics that will live in your memory forever.
Winter Steelhead Fishing.
This is one of my favorite fishing times of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead continue to come into the river from the lake. A winter Drift Boat trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the river and experience it’s beauty.
The end of February, March and April are great Steelhead Fishing days as new Fish move into and out of the river on a daily basis. As the river temperatures rise, so does the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows.
We can Spin or Fly Fish for Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat..
I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.
Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Steelhead and Brown Trout? Enjoy my Expert YouTube Fishing Tutorial Video’s for your Guaranteed BEST fishing opportunities.
3 Basic fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Steelhead.
1. When the Steelhead are running the Salmon River. Fish there “Temporary Transitional Resting Spots” as they make there way up the Salmon River. Otherwise, you are fishing to Steelhead that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly. Tutorial Video on Temporary Transitional Resting Spots.
2. Once the Steelhead stop running the Salmon River to hold during the middle of the day. – (From approx. 9:30am. to 5:30pm.) Fish these “Prime Transitional Holding Spots”.
Tutorial Video on Prime Transitional Holding Spots.
3. Once the Steelhead have stopped running the Salmon River. And have found a spot that satisfies all their survival instincts. Fish these “Prime Holding Spots” – (Pools). Normally, the most fish and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Tutorial Video on Prime Holding Spots – Pools.
4 Advanced fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Steelhead.
Tutorial Video on EXPERT Fish Locating Habitat. – (These are areas I look for on the Salmon River when guiding folks like yourself.)
4. Find a spot that is a combination of all 1 thru 3. (Or, a spot that has all 3 in close proximity. So you can jump around according to what the Steelhead are telling you to do.)
5. Combine 1 thru 4 and find a spot above a looong stretch of rapids. The fish get tired after running these Salmon River rapids and will hold here for an extended period of time.
6. Include 1 thru 5 and make sure that your spot has 98% of the Steelhead in a transitional stage. Move into it. (Funnel or Pinch point in the river.)
7. My #1 Spot! Combine 1 thru 6 and pick a spot that compresses and or concentrates them. On a dime, like a sardine can, trash can lid or the size of a Volkswagen beetle or bus. This cuts down on all the guess work. And it allows to to present your offering to all the Steelhead on every drift.
8. The VERY BEST place to Steelhead fish? Is anywhere I’m not! yukyuk
By utilizing the above. You will have the most Steelhead in front of you for the greatest period of time. In a concentrated area offering you the greatest opportunity to present your offering to ALL of them. Fish ON and ON and ON! Now you know what “This Salmon River Guide” look’s for normally.
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Thumbs up from this Fishing Guide with a Very Happy Salmon River Steelhead Guest.
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams…… ………… we’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
The Salmon River, where Memories are Made!
Join me for a guided drift boat fishing trip on the World Renowned Salmon River in Pulaski NY for hard fighting Salmon or Steelhead during the splendor of our Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. Enjoy learning Advanced fishing techniques and Exact fish habitats. I always enjoy sharing my wealth of knowledge with all my guest’s.
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