Salmon River Fishing Report for King Salmon and Coho Salmon from this Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide in Pulaski NY.
Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.
I hope you find my fishing report’s, articles, tips and videos entertainingly informative or mildly educational.
The Salmon and Steelhead Fishing of your Dreams…. ….We’ll Mak’m Reeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Fishing Report – Continued Normal #’s of King and Coho Salmon have entered the Salmon River this last week.
At the mouth of the Salmon River for this last week. We have had a “normal” # of King Salmon and Coho Salmon enter during both low-light periods for Mid. Sept. Slow, Ok, Decent, Good to Reeeeeal Good #’s! The first 1 to 3 hours have been the best. Once the sun hits the water (approx. 9:30am.) it has turned into a trickle of Salmon running the Salmon River, which is normal. You’ll find some Salmon in their middle of the day Resting-Holding spots as well as the Pools. Evening time, the King and Coho Salmon run continues.
This movement of King and Coho Salmon is how 95% of the following days will work. The other 5% would be a low-light, rainy day. Where you can get a larger push-run of Salmon lasting all day. Or, a major run (2,000 to 3,000 Salmon) in a day.
As usual for Mid. Sept. we are seeing more Salmon staging in Lake Ontario closer to the mouth of the Salmon River and More Salmon moving into the Estuary of the Salmon River. All getting ready to Run the River!
Sept 10 – 11 – Lower Salmon River Fishing Report. Good to Reeeeel Good #’s of King and Coho Salmon. On Fire! Good AM. and PM Runs! Ye-Haa!
Sept 13-14-15 – Lower Salmon River Fishing Report. – Slow, Ok, Decent, Good. Back to Normal Mid. Sept. #s of approx. 25 – 50 to 75 King and Coho Salmon entering the Salmon River each day, during Both low-light periods. With a few Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.
MY FAVORITE! – For GREAT Salmon River Fishing Reports and Lake Ontario – https://www.facebook.com/SteelHead101?ref=profile
Good luck if your coming up! Randy Jones – Salmon River Guide.
SALMON RIVER FISHING REPORTS
This last week’s EXCITING King and Coho Salmon Daily Facebook Fishing Reports for the Salmon River.
HOT OFF the PRESS! Sept. 9 – 10 Update. – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1923440034405699&id=479488402134210
HOT OFF the PRESS! Sept. 11 Update – Best run of King and Coho Salmon so far this season! – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1924885530927816&id=479488402134210
ON FIRE! – Sept. 11-12 Update.
Mix of King Salmon and Coho Salmon continue to enter, run and spread out on the Salmon River in pretty good numbers! Some spots on fire! Some spots ok with some spots fishing slow in-between pushes of Salmon.
We’re not talking about Huge numbers or a Major Run. But enough to give all anglers opportunity. Starting this weekend, there will be fresh Salmon and older Salmon top to bottom of the Salmon River.
Look for Salmon movement during both low-light periods. These 2 low-light periods have produced the most consistent Salmon Action and Hook-ups.
Once the run has ended mid. morning.
1. Try any of the major pools on the Salmon River. This is where they will hold for an extended period of time. Many Salmon will hold in these pools until approx. Oct. 1, when you will see a mass exodus to the gravel.
2. Walk around and you will find some holding mid. day in some of the pockets, smaller runs and smaller pools.
Sept. 11 – Lower Salmon River Fishing Reports from different sources. Ball Park area on fire! Good steady push of kings and cohos today from the Rt. 3 bridge up to the 2a bridge. A moderate run of Chinooks and Coho came in the lower river this morning until around 9am and then tapered off to a trickle. Good push this am.
Estuary is loaded!!!! Lake is loaded!!!! River is filling up!
“Highlights” for Sept. 12. – Lower Salmon River Fishing Report. – Some Lucky anglers who were in the right place at the right time with some experience had 20-30 hook-ups. Numerous COMPLAINTS about NOT being unable to land these fresh running Salmon! Even 12lb. mono wasn’t holding them! Good amount of coho and kings going through the ball park right now. Same as yesterday, steady fish all morning…easy limits, was done by 8:30am. 2nd straight day of steady fish moving threw the whole lower end of the River with a few gaps in the run.
Salmon River Fishing Report HUMOR.
The way you Salmon fish? You’d probably have more luck catching a Salmon while reading this. 😉 har har.
Lake Ontario and Salmon River Fishing Report NEWS and HIGHLIGHTS.
Article Highlight – Salmon River update. – Tom Burke with Cold Steel Sportfishing reports that since the beginning of September south and east winds have brought cooler water nearshore in the lake. The Salmon River has had salmon enter in small numbers. Initial runs in the river met high water temperatures leading to fish mortality. As we entered this week, a cool front made water temperatures bearable and additional fish have entered the Salmon River in small numbers. Tuesday was the best day yet this week. Many salmon are still not that dark and continue to stage in front of the river in 10-70 feet of water. As weather and winds calm down and things warm up this week, lake fishing should still be strong. River fishermen should see small groups of salmon continue. Its looking like more traditional timing on the bigger runs, usually the week of Sept. 20 through mid-October according to Burke. Credit – https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/13/the-fishing-beat-sept-12/
Sept. 10 – 2018 NY King and Coho Salmon Run: Big action still a week or so away on Lake Ontario tributaries – https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2018/09/2018_salmon_run_big_runs_still_a_week_or_so_away_on_most_lake_ontario_tributarie.html
According to the charter captains, the salmon fishing on Lake Ontario is the best it’s been in 30 years. Bigger fish, in the 25 to 30 pound range, are staging off of the tributaries right now in anticipation of their spawning runs. If you cannot get on the lake with a charter, the fishing in the tributaries like the Salmon River is shaping up to be phenomenal. Credit – http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2018/09/aint-no-time-for-the-summertime-blues/
DEC Invites Public to 22nd Annual Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House – Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/20d4757
Sept. 8, 2018 Salmon River King Salmon fishing report – https://www.yankeeangler.com/salmon-river-fishing-report-pulaski-ny/
Family Fishing Fun! While Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing.
Todays Video is on Prime Transitional Resting and Holding Current Break Areas that all Salmon and Steelhead use during the middle of the day while running up or down the Salmon River.
Typically, these areas are fished during the middle of the day once the Salmon and Steelhead are tired from running all morning and or don’t feel comfortable or safe to continue running the Salmon River. Usually once the days light hits the water, it causes the Salmon and Steelhead to think about holding for the remainder of the day. This stoppage of Salmon and Steelhead normally occurs around 9:30 approx., goes all day, and then they leave these areas to continue on there journey up the Salmon River around 5:30pm. If you not finding any fish in these Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area’s then your next strategy would be to fish the Prime Holding Locations (pools) where they will hold for an extended period of time.
Other areas to fish are covered more thoroughly towards the bottom of this Blog in. – Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout?
Day 1 Coho Salmon – Entertaining Salmon River fish story.
Saturday morning, it’s chilly but comfortable and I arrive at the Salmon River a half hour before dawn. Just me and every other Salmon angler within a 400 mile radius. But I found a spot I liked in a catch and release, fly fishing only area. I should note that, although I am by no means an expert (this being my second salmon outing), this isn’t the same as trout fishing. It would be nice to have the Salmon River all to myself of course, but this type of fishing is not really about relaxing in solitude. It is, to me, about heart pounding Salmon fun! It is to trout fishing what a roller coaster is to a drive in the country. And I picked the busiest weekend of the year to go on this Salmon River ride.
It wasn’t light for long before I hooked my first Salmon. Still a little dark out, I was unsure about chasing this Salmon through the water when she chose to head downstream. So I waited, hoped she would decide to come back and eventually I was rewarded. A female Coho Salmon. Small. In fact, it was the smallest salmon I saw all weekend on the Salmon River. By a wide margin. But that’s alright, the Coho Salmon run smaller than the King Salmon and, after all, I had only been fishing the Salmon River for twenty minutes. There would be more, certainly. Right? In the half dark with cold hands, holding perhaps the smallest Salmon in a five mile radius, and tangled in my fly line as I always seem to be during the fish release process, I did not bother to take a photo.
The rest of the morning and the afternoon saw more Salmon hooked, but no more landed. The fights were a blast, though, and I definitely learn a little bit more with each Salmon River battle. Plus, watching other anglers is a great way to see first hand what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to landing Really Large Salmon. And sometimes – often, in fact – a big fish heads downstream in big water, and you’re simply not going to see him again, no matter who you are or what you do. It’s a matter of physics.
So the first day is in the books. I didn’t drown. I landed a Salmon and fought a half dozen more. The weather was beautiful, the beer was cold, my back ached. The lights go out, but the Salmon River does not sleep. There be monsters in there, and I’ll try again tomorrow.
Credit – http://flyfishin.blogspot.com/2006/10/salmon-river-day-one-coho.html
Fisherman loses 4 front teeth while doing Battle with a MONSTER King Salmon while fishing on the Salmon River.
(Before and after his Dental Surgery)
He lost all four of his front teeth as a result of a King Salmon fishing related accident on the Salmon River.
When he was fishing the Salmon River the water level was way up. And had several heavy split shot sinkers on his line to get his bait down to the King Salmon.
He hooked a “HUMONGOUS” King salmon. As he reeled in the Salmon and got it close to the Salmon River shore. Rodriguez’s line snapped and the sinkers on the line flew at his face. Hitting him squarely in the mouth.
“It completely knocked me out!” he said in an interview. “I fell in the water and all I remember was this old guy dragging me to land. If it hadn’t been for that old guy, “I would have been dead that day!”
He tried to get used to having no front teeth, but suffered silently, said his wife, Tracy. He was reluctant to smile.
These Salmon are BIG Fish! – So don’t bring your lil and or old nets when fishing the Salmon River. 😉
Up here, if you Salmon fish here long enough, you will see anglers using a small or old net on the Salmon River. The netter usually takes 20 swipes at the Salmon before they get it into the net. And that’s ONLY if they don’t fall in the water while trying. – sound familiar? 😉
Then, the nets are soooo small and our Salmon River King Salmon are sooooo BIG. That normally they can only fit the head of the Salmon in the net.
Then, sometimes the Salmon will break the old mess netting and fall completely thru it back into the water. Losing it and then you get to listen to the angler LOUDLY curse out his fishing buddy. For ——– it all up! – Sorry, this site is rated PG 😉
Or, what I find even funnier. When they do finally scoop up that Salmon and are as proud as a peacock! Due to the weight of the Salmon, the net handle breaks in two. Losing it and then you get to listen to the angler LOUDLY curse out his fishing buddy. For ——– it all up!
Never a dull moment on this river!
(This Salmon River Fishing Guide was new once too and the above was written in fun. I use (linked) Cumming Nets for our Monster sized Salmon)
KIDS Salmon River – Salmon Corner.
hi my names anthony i live in rome ny and i go up to the salmon river almost every weekend your web site has helped me ALOT so i just wanted to say thanks and im 15 so i have school and my homework tonight was to write a poem and i did it on the salmon river and here it is i hope u like it.
The Altmar Salmon.
Many salmon go up to spawn
And many Anglers come along
with their poles and their gear
Some might even bring a beer.
As the salmon river Twists and Bends.
As the drift boats come and go
the fishermen will move back slow.
When a fish gets a hook
All the fishermen will take a look
as the real goes screaming by
in a fight not to Die.
Some of the salmon may touch the sky.
Soon the day will start to end
but another one will come again.
By Anthony Darcangelo
Nice one Anthony, I hope you get a good grade for that one. I liked it. You are a pretty good writer. Want a job writing for me? Thanks for adding a smile to a lot of Salmon River fisherman’s faces with your poem. Best Salmon Fish’s, Randy
Kids Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don’t feel tooooooo… bad if your not, I got it wrong too 🙂
1. How do Salmon climb a fish ladder without any hands or feet?
Answer: A fish ladder is actually like a small creek with water running thru it. The fish don’t know the difference, so they just swim up it. It’s just like the rapids in the Salmon River that the Salmon swim up.
2. 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! 😉
Answer: Salmon River Guide Randy Jones with over 35 years guiding experince 😉
Funny humorous “Kids” (educational) video on a life of a Salmon. (I must be a kid, cuz I liked it).
A parody of ” I will Survive” this educational video takes an inside look into the lives of salmon, their dangerous journies, emotional struggles, and ironically, their eventual deaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV30UZ9aF04
Heart Warming Holiday 16 pd. Steelhead Fly Fishing Report from the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.
For me, certain fishing days stand out among other’s on the Salmon River. Sometimes its the big fish, numbers of fish or the camaraderie we share. Today was different, it was not about numbers or size. But mostly about dad sharing his love for the great outdoors with his son.
By Mike Cavanaugh. (Mike works in DEC’s Division of Public Affairs and Education.)
Thomas looked a little puzzled as he picked the brightly wrapped package from under the tree It wasn’t heavy, it didn’t rattle or anything. In fact, it felt like an empty box. A cruel trick to play on a 12-year old boy. But the sudden appearance of cameras as he unwrapped it meant that this would be something special. He was even more perplexed, however. When the box contained only a single fishing fly and a note that said January 5th.
Salmon River Fly Fishing for Steelhead in January with a Drift Boat Guide?
The drive up to the Salmon River was filled with fishing questions. What kind of fish will we be after? What’s a steelhead? How will we get to the Salmon River in all the snow? What’s a drift boat? What if I get cold? Why are we going with a fishing guide, Dad?
The answer to the last fishing question really shed light on all the others. My experience with winter steelhead fishing was limited, to say the least. A Salmon River fly fishing guide would help us be safe and comfortable. And most of all, he’d share his knowledge on the river. After a quick dinner in Pulaski NY, we settled in.
I had met Randy Jones at an outdoor show the previous spring. While helping with the fly casting demonstrations near Randy’s booth.
After a few friendly exchanges about my fly fishing technique, or lack thereof. We started talking about Salmon River fly fishing for steelhead.
This guy seemed to have a compatible personality. The right approach to steelhead fishing and a good attitude about protection of the resource. And ethical behavior on the Salmon River. All important fishing considerations that I wanted to share with my son. More importantly, he really seemed to enjoy what he did, a quality I’ve found to be contagious. I had wanted to get Thomas out fishing during the winter run of steelhead on the Salmon River. But had never ventured into the cold and ice to try. A chat with Randy made up my mind.
That night, I dreamt of dancing steelhead and the excited smiles of a boy who is growing up too quickly. We hopped out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness. To find 4 inches of fresh snow and a temperature of about 20 degrees. Promptly at 6 AM, Randy, with his drift boat in tow, pulled up. We got Thomas outfitted with some 5 mm Neoprene waders, korkers (safety spikes for the slippery bottom.) And grabbed a bite to eat on our way to the drift boat launch in Altmar. Just downstream from the DEC’s Salmon River NY fish Hatchery.
Before launching the drift boat, Randy and I talked about my steelhead fly fishing objectives for the day.
I told Randy that this was Thomas’s fishing trip and, with that in mind. To devote most of his attention to making sure my son learned a bit of fly fishing technique. And how to be a courteous and ethical angler. While catching a steelhead was important, a good day on the water was the goal.
We steelhead fished for a while in the Salmon River fly fishing only area upstream of the Altmar bridge. My third cast-WHAM! A silver rocket steelhead took the fly and gave me the fight of my fishing life. For all of about 30 seconds. That is, ’til I got too aggressive and it broke the tippet. Oh well! Under our fishing guide’s tutelage, Thomas was doing much better. Getting the hang of fly casting to the right spot. Feeling the drift and cooperating with the handful of other fishing anglers in the pool. When all of sudden-BAM-Fish On! Thomas managed to hang on to it and after a 5 minute battle, landed a nice Salmon River 6 lb. steelhead.
After 45 minutes, Randy decided it was time to jump in the drift boat and move downstream a bit.
Riding in the big fishing drift boat was quite an experience for both of us on the Salmon River.
Randy steered us around some rocks; we bumped over others. The fresh snow, combined with the steam rising off the Salmon River. And the bright gray of January overcast made it a surreal picture. Other anglers shivered in their waders. As we drifted past and warmed our hands in the red glow of the propane heater on the drift boat. While drifting Randy spoke to Thomas about his experiences fishing the Salmon River and his love of fishing.
We drifted for a few minutes and landed at a fishing hole just upstream from the popular trestle pool. We got out of the drift boat and waded into the icy Salmon River water. There were a few other anglers and some real promising steelhead fly fishing water.
The promise was kept within a few fishing minutes. As Thomas hooked into a large and very energetic Salmon River steelhead.
I put down my fly rod, picked up the camera. And enjoyed watching my son get dragged around 100 yards of Salmon River real estate. With Randy running close behind! The big steelhead was netted and Thomas got a close look at a 16-pound silver beauty. High-fives all around, a picture or two from the proud dad. And the steelhead was released back into the Salmon River unharmed to hopefully brighten the day of another fishing angler.
As we drifted and fished for the rest of the day, we learned about the Salmon River. We visited with other fishing anglers, we talked about the steelhead we were seeing, we had a lot of laughs. And, oh, by the way, Thomas caught another steelhead or two. Randy felt bad that the “old man” hadn’t caught any steelhead, but I assured him it didn’t matter.
After all, that wasn’t the objective of the trip.
Just look at that smile!
Mail Bag – Client Salmon River Fishing Report and Best Steelhead Mo’s.
Randy we both look forward to fishing with you again soon, it paid off this morning with Ethan doing a great job and landing a really nice salmon at the exact Salmon River spot where you showed us and where you said we should fish on our own the next day. Thanks again for a great day, Rob Shaner
Hi Rob, Super! Please tell your son Ethan I said Congrats on his nice Salmon River Salmon!
Randy, Thank you for having us. We had a great time and the weather was superb !!! My Nephew and I are considering coming back again for steelhead, he is very committed and determined to land a big fat Steelhead…me too!
Prob. January or early Feb? What do u think and what is best time for Steelhead on the Salmon River? Thank u, Pete
HI Pete, Any of those Month’s are good, but Nov. and Dec. is also reeeel good and a lil warmer. Jan. and Feb. can get on the frozen, freezing cold, uncomfortable side. If you wanted Jan. or Feb. I’d recommend checking the weather first and then contact me. Those months I always have a lot of openings and booking me last minute is a great way to hand pick a nice day where you will be more comfortable. Also, less chance of me canceling the trip due to dangerous or very uncomfortable driving or Steelhead weather fishing conditions. Best, Randy
ALSO – Best… in my opinion, is personal preference. All months are good steelhead Mo’s on the Salmon River.
Nov. – Lil warmer than later Mo’s. More anglers Steelhead fishing, which sometimes means less opportunity. Some of the spots will have anglers or guides in them, so we move to the next Salmon River spot.
Also, this Mo. and into the latter part of Dec. is when the Steelhead fight the hardest and are the most visually stimulating to watch. Speeding bullet runs 100 feet or more, water spraying off their backs, tail walking dances across the pool for 20-60 feet, rocket ship jumps – 4 feet into the air (sometimes they do this 3-4 times), somersaulting 3-4 times back to earths atmosphere before splash down – (like a cinder block) with water spraying 20 feet in all directions.
And finally, hopefully you’ll still be on your feet and not on your back with all these silvery and fresh Steelhead antics.
End of Dec. and all Winter into the Spring, they all still fight hard, but due to the Salmon River water being colder, they can sometimes be a lil sluggish and not so many jumps and speeding bullet runs. Also its colder, so there are less anglers and guides working, which means more opportunity of optional areas to Steelhead fish on the Salmon River.
So you can see why I call Best, personal preference. The Steelhead are always here Nov. thru April. Best Steelhead Fish’s, Randy
Besides King and Coho Salmon. There are a Few Steelhead and Brown Trout in the Salmon River. Good time to try for a Grand Slam!
(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 Salmon River fishing to try!
Sorry, your WORLD RECORD TROPHY Suckers don’t count. 😉
More Salmon River Fishing Related Stuff.
Neat video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook. (Yup, I already know what your’a think’n, sorry, it’s illegal to fish there 😉 What’s interesting is that those fish are trying to get up the brook. The Hatchery put’s that gate across it so the fish will run up the Hatchery ladder that is next to it and into their tanks. Thats how they get all there fish, fish egg’s, etc.. every year to restock. Interesting! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QYIkgYiDAI
Amish Boat Launch at Pine Grove on the Salmon River. – https://www.facebook.com/THEREVVOLUTION/videos/1013812738701347/
Using a drone to catch a Monster Bass! EPIC!!! Could this be the next step in fishing on the Salmon River for Steelhead or Salmon? You would need a BIGGER Drone! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iba7kCnkFos
Will this years King and Coho Salmon Run be a Hero or a Zero on the Salmon River?
Lets take a look – by Salmon River Guide – Randy Jones.
A good indication for this years King and Coho Salmon Run on the Salmon River is to see how “most” of the Full-Time Charter Boat Capt’s. on Lake Ontario are doing this Summer.
GREAT Salmon River NEWS This Year!
From July 1 thru July 15 – My Capt. friends were all reporting: (with Picture proof on all)
This season has been one of the best continuous Brown Trout and Salmon bites I have ever seen!
Summer is here, and the lake is fishing phenomenally. It’s hard to believe but in a few short months the king and coho salmon of Lake Ontario will begin running our Salmon River once again.
That being said things are shaping up nicely and I expect to see another phenomenal year on the river.
Pretty much same story. Good numbers of kings coming over the rail daily. Well into double digits yet again
Crazy King Salmon Fishing! It is July and the Salmon bite is crazy good. It really can’t get any better.
Lake Ontario is giving up large numbers of plump brown trout and hard fighting chrome Chinooks in numbers we have not seen in a long time. While last year was nothing short of banner, this season is shaping up to be even better. The bite is Red Hot!
Salmon fishing has been nothing short of incredible!!
The trout and salmon fishing is off the chart on Lake Ontario.
Lake Ontario is paved with Salmon this season! In a few months the Salmon River will also be paved with Salmon.
2017 DEC Lake Ontario Stats:
Chinook and coho salmon: Anglers reported a banner year for Chinook and coho salmon on the lake. The fishing quality for Chinooks in 2017 was the highest recorded in 30 years, primarily due to excellent fishing during July and August in all the regions.
Fishing quality for coho salmon was also superb, with 2017 being among the best in the 33 years surveyed and the highest since 2010.
From the Salmon River in Pulaski NY: The DEC stats for Salmon landed in 2018 was up substantially from 2017.
The Fall 2017 chinook king salmon egg collections at the DEC’s Salmon River fish hatchery exceeded targets and survival of Chinook salmon there has been good to date.
In Closing: The above “should” be a reflection for this years Salmon River King and Coho Salmon Runs.
But – No one can 100% predict or guarantee numbers.
It won’t be a ZERO. So Lets all hope for a HERO! Ye-Haa!
P.S. – No one can predict exactly when the BIG RUN of Salmon will happen.
So please stop emailing and calling me about – Randy, when is the BIG RUN going to happen! – yuk yuk 😉
When will the BIG RUN of King and Coho Salmon happen this year on the Salmon River?
When fishing for King and Coho Salmon on the Salmon River. There isn’t a Guarantee for when the BIG RUN of Salmon well happen. When looking at the past 40 years, it only “suggest’s” what Monthly time period is normally, but not always, the most consistent year after year for the BIG RUN or Bulk of King and Coho Salmon to enter the Salmon River.
Early to mid. Sept. Salmon fishing “usually” means less anglers and normally less fish.
But last year we had a early BIG RUN mid. Sept. with the balance of Salmon entering thru the rest of Sept. into Oct.
Normally, Prime Time is the last week of Sept. and first week of Oct. for the BIG RUN to happen.
But 2 years ago, the Bulk of Salmon came in later and mid. Oct. was great on the Salmon River!
Normally, the 2nd and 3rd week of Oct. your targeting all the King and Coho Salmon that have already entered and settled into their primary Fall Habitats. Top to Bottom of the Salmon River, spread out.
So its tuff to forecast, but late Sept. and early Oct. is over all. Normally the best most consistent 2 weeks for the BIG RUN of King and Coho Salmon to happen on the Salmon River. Don’t be surprised if there are a couple other anglers fishing during these 2 weeks. 😉
What helps to cause a BIG RUN of King and Coho Salmon?
This might help plan your Salmon River fishing trip.
What’s the Forecast for this Salmon River Steelhead Season? I’m glad you asked! 😉
Last Spring there were more steelhead at the Altmar Hatchery than the last 5-6 years. They easily met their egg quota.
Last Salmon River Steelhead Season and Spring the Steelhead fishing was over-all pretty good, by most standards.
The DEC stats for Steelhead landed on the Salmon River in 2018 was up substantially from 2017.
We didnt see a bunch of dying steelhead daily, like we all did a few years ago. We saw very normal #’s of 1 or 2 per day on the Salmon River.
The DEC has been working hard for the last few years to try to correct the Vitamin B deficiency that the steelhead get from eating all those alewives in Lake Ontario.
Seems to be working!
We had a Very Large # of smaller Steelhead in the 5 to 8lb. range last Season. These will all be returning this year in the 10-12lb. range, with many larger! Ye-Haa!!
My Crystal Ball says it will be a Good Steelhead Season. Aren’t you glad you asked? 😉
Enjoy a Scenic drift boat trip down the Salmon River.
Fun and Fast – Covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Fall and Winter.
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Fishing King Salmon avg. 10-20 lbs. (Sept.-Oct.)
Our tackle busting King Salmon are known for Rod Breaking EXPLODING fishing excitement! King Salmon will amaze you with their freight train runs on the Salmon River. Its like your hooked to the back of a bus, that isn’t stopping! There is no Nookie like a Chinookie! 😉
Fishing Coho Salmon avg. 8-12 lbs. (Sept.-Oct.)
Trying to harness the raw power of a zippy 12lb Coho Salmon screaming at high speeds. In 20 different directions will keep you on your fishing toes (and hopefully not on your fishing back!)
There is no HO like a Coho! 😉
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!
Salmon River King and Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead Fishing Seasons.
Sept. – Oct.
King and Coho Salmon. Every Fall the Salmon River sees epic runs of King Salmon and Coho Salmon from September through October when anglers can try their hand at some of the Largest freshwater game fish in the world. Our King Salmon range up to 30 pounds, with many Salmon pushing past 20 pounds. Our Coho Salmon average 8 to 12 pounds, with many larger.
Nov. Best – but also Year Round.
Brown Trout. They have entered the Salmon River to spawn in Nov. and will weight from 3-5 lbs. with some reaching 10 pounds!
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 on the Salmon River.
This is one of my favorite fishing times of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead continue to come into the Salmon River from the lake. A Winter Drift Boat trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the Salmon 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 Salmon 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.
When is the BEST time to fish for Salmon River Steelhead?
Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday.
There really isn’t any BEST for Steelhead, as we always have them in the Salmon River from Oct. thru May. Its all angler personal preference.
I start guiding for them at the end of Oct. Which means Less Salmon River Anglers targeting Steelhead = more opportunity for you.
In Nov. we start to see more Steelhead and more Salmon River anglers. It’s the busiest angler Month. 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 Salmon River 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 Salmon River Steelhead anglers out. During these colder Mo’s. = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.
Spring Steelhead. (Feb., Mar. and April.) With higher Spring “Run-off” water levels, this brings in the balance of our Steelhead. It starts to warm and we see a few more anglers out, but not as many as November. The Steelhead’s appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the Salmon River to lake Ontario. Sight fishing is an optional treat.
Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Salmon, 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 Salmon and Steelhead.
1. When the Salmon and 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 Salmon or Steelhead that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly. Tutorial Video on Temporary Transitional Resting Spots.
2. Once the Steelhead or Salmon 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 Salmon or 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 Salmon and 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 Salmon or 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 Salmon or 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 and Salmon on every drift.
8. The VERY BEST place to Salmon or Steelhead fish? Is anywhere I’m not! yukyuk
By utilizing the above. You will have the most Steelhead or Salmon 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 Fishing Guide” look’s for normally.
BONUS Salmon River Steelhead and Salmon fishing report Pictures and Videos.
Check out all the Monster fish you will catch up here!
Fishing Report Testimonial:
Randy, Your fishing report’s 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 Jim! I hope other viewer’s feel the same. Best fish’s, Randy
Clint’s Salmon River Pulaski NY King Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Testimonial.
Randy, it was amazing how effective our group was. I did not see anyone even come close to the amount of King Salmon we handled and, in many cases, landed on the Salmon River. Thanks for your patience and consistent sharing of techniques. Bottom line; best guide, best location, best dates, best gear,—big King Salmon! See you next year if not before in Pulaski NY. Thanks! Clint Woods
Clint lands a beauty King Salmon of approx. 30 lb’s. Steelhead too! Congrats!
Thumbs up from this Fishing Guide with a Very Happy Salmon River Steelhead Guest.
The Steelhead and Salmon 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: [email protected] – 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.
Author Biography – Established in 1980.
Randy Jones is the Owner, Author and Publisher of YankeeAngler.com. A Salmon River Pulaski NY based Guide Service and Marketing Agency. Specializing in Expert Salmon and Steelhead fishing – Professional sales and marketing of his vastly successful fishing guide business and local fishery – SEO and Social Media.
Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass.
Covers, feature articles and guide profiles: Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers, N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting and Salmon River Success Magazines.
Many World Wide Internet Fishing Sites and News Feeds.
Paid featured guest speaker at numerous Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
(P.S. I don’t discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! – yukyuk)
Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114 – Phone: 315-963-2065.