A brightly colored up Male Coho Salmon, ready to eat an angler. They get That BIG up here! 😉 I took the picture and my client ended up submitting it in a magazine photo contest and won first prize!
He kept the BMW and all I got was this picture. Dam!
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.
Most King and Coho Salmon are in the Holes or Spawning. Increased #’s of Steelhead and Brown Trout running and holding in the Salmon River.
We continue to see some fresh King and Coho Salmon entering and running the Salmon River.
A few in Transition. A few holding in the mid. day resting spots. Some in the pools. Some on that special rock. Some dead from spawning – P-U! 😉
Its a fun time of year, walk anywhere along the river and the odds are good you’ll hit some.
Throw some Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix and all is SWELL!
Latest on our Steelhead and Brown Trout!
Nice Push of Steelhead just entered the Salmon River. With many more to come, now thru Dec. Noticing MORE Steelhead thru out the River, top to bottom, eating eggs. Your Steelhead season is starting right on schedule. Ye-Haa!
The Capt’s on Lake Ontario were reporting decent #’s of Steelhead this summer. Better than the last 2 summers. Should see mostly 6 to 10 lb. Steelhead in the river this season. From the big stocking they did a few years back. Fingers crossed! 🙂
Trophy Salmon River Steelhead Await You! (8 to 12 lb. average size)
Steelhead Open Dates:
Oct. 25-27, 30-31.
Nov. 2, 6, 14-16, 27-29.
Dec. 1, 4-5, 8, 13-15, 19-22, 25-29.
We currently have some Steelhead and Brown trout in Transition (Running the River). Some holding in the mid. day resting spots. Some are Holding in their Prime Fall Habitats. And some sitting behind the Spawning Salmon eating their eggs.
These areas 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?
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.
End of Oct. you will find Steelhead scattered about with most anglers still targeting Salmon. Leaving most of the Steelhead for yourself. Speeding bullet runs, tail walks and somersaults await you.
In Nov. we will see more Steelhead enter the river. Nov. is the busiest angler Mo.. Temps. aren’t to cold yet and its also when the steelhead fight the hardest.
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 (Feb. 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.
“Kids” Salmon River NY Fishing Test.
(Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don’t feel tooooooo… bad if your not, I got them ALL wrong. 🙂
What do we call a 1 year old Salmon?
What do we call a 1 year old Steelhead?
When I say, “special rock”. What type of rock am I referring too?
What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, when ALL you reeeelly wanted was a fishing report?
No foul language, please! 😉
Gravel, where they will spawn
Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report Guide – Randy Jones with over 35 years guiding experience 😉
Local Salmon River Fishing News Updates.
The Salmon River Hatchery started collecting Salmon eggs recently. They met their quota, all is good!
2017 Salmon Run: Why has it been so good this fall in Upstate NY?
Complete 2016 Lake Ontario annual report http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html. This is an in-depth report that summarizes biological data collected from Lake Ontario during 2016. The executive summary is also attached. The 2017 annual report should be done by the spring of 2018.
Randy Jones the Yankee Angler.
35+years of Pro. Fishing Guide Experience.
Author and Publisher-Salmon River NY Fishing Report.
Photo Collage – One day in the Fall fishing for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout.
Jeff Pierce hit a “Rare” Grand Slam on the day this Steelhead photo was taken.
(Grand Slam = All by yourself in a single day. You land a Brown Trout, Steelhead, Coho Salmon and King Salmon.)
Not easy to do, but FUN to try!
Sorry, your WORLD RECORD TROPHY Suckers don’t count. 😉
Jeff also would have had a new Salmon River line class record for this 22 pd. Coho Salmon he landed. But didn’t have his I.G.F.A. hand book with him to know it qualified.
There is no HO like a Coho 😉
Another small 😉 21 lb. Coho Salmon landed by Jeff on this day. (average 8 to 12 lb’s.)
I think I need a Bigger Net!! 😉
Today was one of those Magical Days we all wish and fish for. BIG RUN of Coho Salmon and King Salmon, with a few Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.
Check out the Below – BIG RUN Video. Its exactly what happened for us on this AMAZING Salmon River fishing day!
What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead? This might help plan your Salmon River fishing trip.
Test your Steelhead and Brown Trout Salmon River Fly Fishing Knowledge.
What is an Oregon Cheese Egg Fly?
Answer – You roll a piece of Oregon cheese into a ball. And place it on a hook and wing it out there. If you don’t catch a Steelhead or Brown Trout on it, then you can always eat the cheese! 😉
Actually, its called an Oregon Cheese (color) Glow Bug fly. It’s a type of fly that imitates a reel egg that the Steelhead and Brown Trout like. One of the BEST flies for’m!
This Tip comes with a Money Back Guarantee! – So you owe me! 😉 The VERY BEST color glow bug fly for Steelhead and Brown Trout day in and day out. Is a cream colored glow bug on the Salmon River.
A local fly fishing sports shop has about 40 sign’s out front stating that they DO NOT clean fish! So almost everyday they have an angler (who doesn’t see there 40 sign’s that say they DO NOT clean fish) walk into there shop and ask them if they clean fish. They usually say… Why, is your fish dirty?
Funniest Fly Story I’ve Ever Heard!
John likes to tie his own flies. He tied up a fly and laid it on his kitchen counter. His wife walk’s into the kitchen and sees it on the counter. The only thing was, she didn’t know it was a fly. It looked so reeeel that she thought it was a bug on here kitchen counter. She ran and got a fly swatter and hammered the piss out’a that fly. The moral of the story – John said that his fly was wife approved. That if she thought is was reeel, then the fish would also. Next time John went steelhead fishing he caught a bunch of Steelhead on that fly! I laughed and said I’d never heard of such a thing and would share the story with all of you. Thanks John!
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.
😉 CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video. 😉
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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.
Fishing Report Testimonial:
Randy, You Rock!! Your writings resonate with so many. The humor, the professional P.O.V. and experience you share is invaluable. Hope to secure a spot with you soon. Jim
Thanks for your many kind and generous words Jim! Randy
Looking for a place to Stay in Pulaski NY?
Pulaski Condo Lodging Avaiable from Sept 15 thru Nov. 15. for Anglers.
Fully Furnished, 200 yards from the Ball Park, sleeps 4.
Phone – Laurdon Heights 315-450-4800.
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Guest Fishing Testimonial.
Randy: Just wanted to let you know that we all had a good time Fishing. And being Guided by you off the drift boat. We learned a lot too. Went back to where we fished yesterday and hooked a lot of fish! I hooked a bunch of kings (over 10) and I landed two steelhead. One of which was 30 inches and perfectly silver! Thanks for all your help! Steve Saliga
Steve’s Steelhead is as bright fresh as they get. Now you know why we call them Silver Bullets. Congrats Steve!
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.
Randy Jones is a full-time professional Spin and Fly fishing guide with over 35 years of experience.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone #315-963-2065 – Booking Form on here.
$275 for 1 angler – Spin or Fly Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers – Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
All Spin fishing equipment – All Orvis fly fishing equipment – All tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass’s and Chest Waders.
Check out my Oct. 6 Blog, for more Good stuff! By Randy Jones.