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.
A nice Push of fresh dime bright silver missile Steelhead entered and ran the Salmon River during our last high water period in Dec. These newly arrived fresh Steelhead fought like a Nov. Steelhead. With speeding bullet runs, numerous somersaults, tail walks across the pool and traveling 10 feet thru the air before splash down. AMAZING! While the older Steelhead gave us the normal sluggish cold water temp. fight.
Current high water is bringing in even more fresh Steelhead – AS I TYPE THIS! If your fishing anytime soon, you will not only have older steelhead that have been entering the Salmon River since Sept. But also that last Dec. push, plus the ones that are running now. Ye-Haa!
The river is not loaded and you will have to work for each one. Some Steelhead anglers are finding the fishing slooow, while others are doing ok with some anglers doing Amazing!
Off the Drift Boat. – Some spot’s we are having to work for them. Making each steelhead all the more rewarding. While other spot’s it’s almost been to easy. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a truthful fishing report, if I didn’t add that some spots left us wanting…….
Today’s Salmon River Fishing Report Steelhead Tip. – The Pools are fishing best, along with their soft water seams.
Steelhead Opportunity’s Abound! – With the past Rain, above freezing temps. and Snow Run-off, causing higher water flows. Optional Local Creeks and Streams are with fresh runs of Steelhead.
Thanks for a fun 2019 and looking forwards to a Fish ON with YOU in 2020!
Best Holiday Fish’s, Randy Jones
Prime Spring Steelhead Open Dates. Mar. – 5, 17. April – 6-7, 23, 27-28, 30.
Salmon Open Dates. Oct. – 15, 20.
Steelhead Open Dates. Oct. – 28-30. Nov. – 2, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 23-24, 30. Dec. – 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18.
SALMON RIVER FISHING REPORTS
Fishing the Salmon River Steelhead Pools and Deep water Channels during the Winter TIPS.
Remember when I said – The Pools are fishing best, along with their soft water seams? Sounds simple enough, Right? The trick is knowing what PART of the Pools and seams are fishing the best with the current water level of 750cfs.
In general – When the water level drops to 335cfs, the bulk of Steelhead will move closer to the Head of the pool. The same is true when we get a higher water level from 1,500 to 3,000cfs. Which can move them to the Tail of the pool and concentrate them more on the seams.
(cfs = Cubic Feet per Second being released from the Dam. – Seams = where the fast water meets the slow water).
A simple Winter tip to get you started. – Fish where the water speed in the pool goes from fast to slow, then continue fishing down the pool in the slower current.
100% Guarantee! – 5 vastly important Current Breaks in a Pool you should remember during the Winter to Catch more Fish!
1. Seams – Throw a seam over any deep water and it will be hold’n some Chrome.
2. The deepest part of the Pool or what I call the hole within the hole. This is a magnet that always holds a lot of Silver Metal.
3. The Tail of the pool were the water moves slower. If the Tail has a hole in it, then keep THAT spot to yourself!
4. Any large boulders will hold Steelhead behind them.
**5. Where the water goes from fast to slow. This C.B. is often over looked by anglers.
THESE AREA’S ARE PRODUCING STEELHEAD DAILY on the Salmon River.
These basic Current Breaks have to be used by the fish or they will die. As an angler you are a hunter and looking to exploit your preys weakness’s. Knowing what C.B’s the Steelhead will use during different water levels will help you to achieve your ultimate goal of FISH ON and ON and ON again!
DEC announces – 20% Salmon Stocking Cuts for 2020.
The below Articles basically say – Due to more natural reproduction of Salmon, these will make up for some of the 20% reduction in stocking. The DEC says, wild salmon on average are 50% of the adult salmon population.
Thru much research and trawling Data on Lake Ontario for Bait conditions. They say the Bait supply and sizes in Lake Ontario are not doing great. If they stock the same #’s as usual, combined with more naturally reproduced Salmon you could possibly see a fish crash on Lake Ontario for lack of Bait.
Look who was in town to do a little Steelhead fishing with this guide on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY!
Even Santa takes a fishing break and fish’s for Steelhead on the Salmon River. (Santa released his steelhead as a Holiday gift to you, its nice to share, the gift that keeps on given!)
Santa was last seen chasing a Rocketing Silver Bullet Steelhead down the Salmon River. Bellowing, Ho-Ho-Ho, Tight Lines to All!
Santa’s brother Dave Claus displays a nice Holiday Steelhead while fishing in Pulaski NY with this fishing guide. Congrats!
Holiday 16 pd. Steelhead 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!
Prime Spring Steelhead Open Dates are Available for fishing the Salmon River.
Mar. – 5, 17. April – 6-7, 23, 27-28, 30.
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 fish, Float fish or Fly fish for Steelhead by using the Salmon River Drift Boat. With normal Spring higher water levels in the river, sometimes a drift boat is the only way to access some Prime spots.
Enjoy learning Advanced fishing techniques and Exact fish habitats. I always enjoy sharing my wealth of knowledge with all my guest’s. Especially if you are planning a return fishing trip on your own.
I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams……. …..well mak’m reeeeeeeel! Best fish’s, Randy Jones.
100% Spring Steelhead Guarantee! – March April Calendar of Events – Salmon River Fishing Report.
Fresh Steelhead Runs. – We always have fresh runs of steelhead into the Salmon River from Lake Ontario at this time of the year. Their biological clock is ticking and telling them its that time in there life to re-produce. Causing fresh steelhead to enter, run and spread out over the entire length of the Salmon River.
Pre-Spawning Steelhead. – Why is this important to you as a steelhead angler? – Steelhead Pairing up in the Salmon River Holes. – Almost every female steelhead in the Salmon River will have 1 to 5 males in very close proximity. Often at this time of the year where you are blind casting, you will tie into 1 steelhead. There will often be a second or a third in the exact same spot, as they find a mate and pair up.
So normally where there is one steelhead, there is often another one or two. So cover your water thoroughly to increase your odds.
This tip comes with a $ back guarantee! My guest’s and myself have all bought that T shirt. It happens more than you would think!
Did you Know? – By Catch and Releasing a female Steelhead back into the Salmon River pool, you can usually keep on catching the Males. If you keep the female or fight her way down stream. All those males have no reason to hang around any longer and they will leave, looking for another mate. This leaves you with no more steelhead to catch.
Just like reeeel life, that female is the bait and is the only reason those buck’s are hanging around.
It’s similar to “last call” at the bar. Once the last girl leaves, you know longer have any reason to hang around. – yukyuk
Steelhead Spreading out as the Entire Salmon River comes Alive with Pre-Spawn – Spawning and Post-Spawners (Drop Backs) – What’s interesting about the Salmon River at this time of year is the Steelhead will spread out over 100% of the Spring habitat’s. From the shallows, to the edges of the pools to the pools themselves. You’ll be able to find steelhead from the Top of the Salmon River to the Bottom. From one side of the river to the other, within reason.
Drop Back Steelhead – Drop backs are Spring Steelhead that have successfully spawned and are on their way back down the Salmon River to Lake Ontario. Feeding aggressively along the way. Drop back Steelhead will be in all the normal current break areas for the current water level and water temp.
Your Best fishing opportunity is normally all Spring thru the end of April. Maybe first – second week of May? In May, fish the lowest part of the Salmon River for your best Drop Back Steelhead fishing opportunities. (From the Papermill down thru the D.S.R.)
Mother nature will decide our Steelhead season ending with lower water flows and warmer water temp’s in the Salmon River.
Sending all the Steelhead back to Lake Ontario to return next year even BIGGER to the Salmon River! Ye-Haa!
Steelhead Fishing you success! Salmon River fishing report guide – Randy Jones.
Top Secret Guide Tip – You owe me – Fishing for Spring Steelhead Drop Backs.
After the Hatchery collects the eggs from the returning Steelhead in the Spring. Normally, approx. April 15 is when you will see 1,000’s of these steelhead leave the holding tanks at the Hatchery. And re-enter back into the River and turn into drop back Steelhead. Adding more Steelhead for your Spring fishing pleasure. Shhhh!
I hope you found my “Guide Tips” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Steelhead!
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.
BONUS Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead and Salmon Pictures and Videos.
Salmon River Trophy SPRING Steelhead Fishing Testimonial:
HELLO RANDY I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for an incredible day of steelhead fishing. I have fished with you twice and I have hooked a good number steelhead. I know people who have been fishing the Salmon River for five years and haven’t hooked that many Steelhead. As I was driving home I was laughing, the Salmon River was at 1200cfs. The weather was bad, and the Steelhead fishing had been slow for five days. Still I had the best fishing day of my life!
As a registered Maine guide and a person who has fished all over the world. I have never met anyone who works as hard to get fish as you do. Anyone who is thinking about fishing the “Salmon River.” Should book a Drift Boat Guide trip with you. If the dates aren’t available they should change there plans to get an open date. Its the closest you can get to a sure thing in Steelhead fishing. Thanks again! I’ll see you next March and hope the Salmon River is high and the weather is bad. Capt. William Griffin.
Capt. Bill lands a Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead of a Fishing Life-Time! HOLY COW’A BUNG’A!!
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: [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 Guide based Service and Marketing Agency. Specializing in Expert Salmon and Steelhead fishing – Professional sales and marketing of his vastly successful Salmon River Guide fishing 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)
Salmon River Guide Randy Jones – 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114 – Phone: 315-963-2065.
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