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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Better Steelhead and Brown Trout #’s around on the Salmon River. King and Coho Salmon fishing winding down.
The Start of Steelhead season is looking good!! We are seeing more Steelhead daily on the Salmon River, with many more to come!
Prime December Steelhead dates are available! Dec. 4, 6-7, 10-11,13-14, 17-18, 20-21, 24-25, 27, 31.
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With decent #’s of Steelhead entering, running and spreading out on the Salmon River for late Oct. You might try coming up now thru the end of Oct. before the Nov. Steelhead crowds arrive. As I floated the Salmon River in the drift boat, many Steelhead spots were WIDE OPEN! (mid-week). While other larger Steelhead spots, only had 1-2 anglers targeting Steelhead.
For the last month, Steelhead have been entering the Salmon River to eat ALL the King and Coho Salmon eggs.
These #’s of Steelhead will increase in Nov. (along with more anglers). November is also when the Brown Trout will spawn. Dropping their eggs that the Steelhead will also target.
In December, we will see even more steelhead. The Bonus of Steelhead fishing in December is you will see less angler’s fishing due to colder temp’s. and the upcoming Holiday’s. Offering you greater Steelhead fishing opportunities on the Salmon River.
The rest of the Steelhead will enter when there biological clock tells them too. Or, when we have a higher water release from the Salmon River dam or Natural run-off.
(What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead? Check out my Video below, for an Expert Explanation of this).
Presently, If you can hook 1 or 2 Steelhead in a day you did good. 3-4 in a day, you did great!
Some Steelhead anglers are doing bigger #’s.
Things are looking Good, for your upcoming Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing adventures on the Salmon River.
SALMON RIVER FISHING REPORTS
For the last week, we have seen steady #’s of Dime Bright fresh Steelhead entering and running the Salmon River.
1. Prime Time to fish their – Temporary Transitional Resting Spots. (Where the Steelhead rest for a very short time, while running the Salmon River during both low-light periods).
2. Good Time to fish their – Temporary Transitional Holding Locations. (Where the Steelhead hold mid-day, normally between 9:30 am. until 5:30 pm).
3. Super Time to fish their – Prime Fall Habitats. (Where the Steelhead hold for an extended period of time).
4. Great time to fish for Steelhead behind any spawning Salmon on the gravel. Or the closest deep water that has a major gravel influence around it.
5. Don’t forget to fish the AMAZING Salmon River HEAT! (Rapids)
6. Don’t waste your time fishing the Major Pools. (The Major Pools wont have Steelhead until the Water Temperature drops more).
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?
Still a few fresh King and Coho Salmon entering and running the Salmon River.
This is great news! These Salmon will be our late spawner’s. Providing a smorgasbord of fresh eggs trickling down the Salmon River for your Steelhead. This makes it a lot easier to fool Steelhead with your egg sacks, beads, glow bugs and skein. Whether your fishing the bottom, under a strike indicator or under a float.
Presently, the Salmon River is a 5 Star Restaurant for your Steelhead. Top to Bottom of the Salmon River.
A few Salmon in the holes, with many on the gravel spawning. I’m hoping for a higher water release from the Salmon River dam, to flush all the dead smelling Salmon down river TO YOUR SPOT. P-U! 😉
Most Salmon are getting old and beat up looking. We call them Zebras or Palominos. If they are a solid color, they are ok to eat. BUT, if they are all beat-up and moldy looking. I wouldn’t risk my health eating them. Could get ya sick!
The MAIN side effect of eating them is Genital Shrinkage! 😉 Unfortunately, I’ve experienced it. 😉
SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE FISH IN THE PICTURE? 😉
I can’t 😉
Trophy Salmon River Steelhead are anxiously awaiting You!
(avg. 8 to 12 lbs.) – (Oct. 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!
FUN SALMON RIVER FISHING STORY. – Fishing Steelhead during the Fall, Winter and Spring off the drift boat in Pulaski NY.
Anton was my 1 guest fishing off the drift boat today on the Salmon River. He Hammered the Steelhead! Ye-haaaa!
It wasn’t long before Anton had his first Steelhead on for the day, of many. After the next 15 minutes of no Steelhead for us to play with. We decided to get out of the drift boat and wade fish this productive Salmon River spot. 5-6 feet at a time. Working our 30 foot window of fishing opportunity. We picked away at the Steelhead with 1 here and 1 there. After Anton and I had moved down river approx. 100 feet from where we had started off the drift boat. We found a pod of Salmon River Steelhead in this normally productive fishing area. I watched Anton’s fishing presentation thru out the day and suggested a few reminders and tips.
Try this, then like magic, “FISH ON” – We both would chuckle. 🙂
At one point we were hitting Steelhead on almost every drift. WOW!
Then, all of a sudden nothing! We poked around for the next hour with not’a nibble. Looked at my watch and it was time to hit the drift boat ramp.
All the other drift boats and shore anglers were all smiles as we slowly drifted down the Salmon River past them, joking and laughing. It was nice to see everyone out enjoying this World Class fishery!
Another one of many, Day for Kings!
Anton’s Electric Silver Bullet Steelhead!
Nice Spring Galvanic 16 lb. Trophy Male Steelhead!
Salmon River Steelhead Habitat Current Breaks. To help you – CATCH MORE TROPHY FISH!
One of the most important aspects of Steelhead Habitat on the Salmon River, is to figure out the relationship between all of the different water levels and all of the individual and different current break’s. How each current break effect’s the water movement and then how the Steelhead relate to each current break.
By having a clear and precise understanding of this, allows the knowledgeable angler to understand our steelhead’s survival instincts and then exploit them.
The reason a current break is so important to the Steelhead is that it decreases the amount of energy they need to expend to maintain it’s position in the Salmon River, creek or stream. If the steelhead has to expend to much energy they will die. You can see how these current breaks can be the difference between life or death for a steelhead. And why it is critical for them to use them and for us the angler, to understand this relationship on the Salmon River.
The steelhead change their lies every time there is a major change in the Salmon River’s water flow in most holes. Due to the effects that the current break has or does not have on this new flow of water. (Our Salmon River steelhead will also change their preferences due to time of year, fishing pressure, temperature of water and their biological clock to name just a few.) When the water flow increases, their current break change could be as little as moving from the head of the hole to the middle of the hole where the Salmon River’s current is not as strong. Or, when the water flow increases even more. The steelhead can move to the tail of the hole, the deepest part of the hole or to the seams of the hole. During extreme water flows they can position themselves directly along the bank of the Salmon River. You can simply reverse this order of movement when the water flows decrease.
We have low water current breaks and high water current breaks on the Salmon River. Many times a current break is not large enough to effect the high water and the steelhead’s relationship to it becomes useless. Just the opposite can be said for larger current breaks during low water. A prime example of this would be Snaggers Hole. During low water this large Salmon River hole is normally not used by the steelhead because the water moves so slowly that there is no current for the fish to need it. But, during high water when the current is really moving, this spot is used by the fish because it provides shelter (a current break) for the steelhead to conserve their energy as they move up or down the Salmon River or hold in it. So, we have high water spots (current breaks) that we only fish during high water and low water spot’s that we only fish during low water.
The small island you stand on to fish the hole in low water is now the current break for the steelhead in much higher water flows. The small boulder on the bottom of the Salmon River holds fish behind it in low water flows, but becomes useless during high water.
So the trick is to know when each spot (or part of the spot) is productive and only fish these target area’s during the correct water flow.
I hope you found my “Salmon River fishing report Guide Article” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Steelhead!
Advanced – Tying of Salmon River Egg Sacks for Steelhead. You owe me for this nugget! 😉
Steelhead Love Egg sacks! Here are some guide tips if your tying up some egg sacks for your Salmon River Steelhead.
Natural color of eggs or Natural egg cure is considered the best color over-all.
Fall and Spring Salmon River egg sack size – normally quarter sized. Winter – Dime sized (2-5 eggs).
Over-all Best colors of mess netting. Pink for fresh steelhead. Blue for Winter steelhead. Chartreuse for dirty water. White to imitate dead eggs. Cream – (peach) to imitate a natural egg in the Salmon River.
Im a believer in not transferring my negative human scent thru the entire egg sack tying process. I wear surgical gloves.
Break an egg when putting the egg sack on the hook, so it milks. 5 minutes later, twist the hook to break another egg.
How to safely handle your Trophy Salmon River Steelhead when taking a pic. and releasing it.
I use this, with a wet hand, even in the Winter on the Salmon River.
100% better than a dry hand or a Winter glove that can cause injury and possible death by infection from removing the slim on your steelhead. These are also cheap and all of you should be using them if you Catch and Release your steelhead on the Salmon River. Better than a bare wet hand because this gives you a good grasp and the steelhead wont fall out’a yer hands and smash their brains on the rocks. Causing injury and probable future death. (FYI – Just because the Steelhead you accidentally miss handled swims off strong, does NOT mean I wont see it 2 miles below you dying or dead).
Tip – Always kneel over the water when taking your steelhead pic. In case it does slip out’a your hands when practicing Catch and Release. (FYI – I only hold the Steelhead out of the water for as long as I can hold my breath. Any longer and you ARE causing injury and it’s possible death, even if it swims of strongly. I applaud all of you who do practice C and R correctly!
Lull in the Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Action with a Presence of Fish.
Most everyone feels a Lull is a negative thing while steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I look at this completely opposite and feel it is very positive. It’s not to hard to know if you have a presence of steelhead or not. If you feel there are fish present and your having a lull, the steelhead are simply trying to tell you something. They are normally not off the bite, they simply want and need you to adjust.
There could be 10 or so different variables to consider when experiencing a lull on the Salmon River. If you can adjust, understand, acknowledge and implement this important 1, maybe 2, 3 step process of changing your format to meet the fish’s request’s. You will soon be on your way to “Fish On.” (This is providing the basic skills of steelhead fishing are being accomplished).
Maybe the Salmon River steelhead are suspended and you are fishing below them, like in Nov. (To much weight?)
Maybe the steelhead are on the bottom and you are not reaching them, like in the Winter. (To lil weight?)
Maybe you are not running 100% drift. Only fishing 50% of your drift means in 8 hours you only actually fished for 4 hours. 😉
Maybe your presentation is swinging and not dead drifting to imitate something naturally drifting in the Salmon River’s current.
Maybe its a fly or bait concern. Color? Size? Rigging? Presentation? Habitat?
Maybe………….. As you can see their are approx. 10 or so things that can cause the steelhead to ask you to change and or adjust. Again, I see this as VERY positive and welcome a short lull. Learn from it, be flexible, change up, switch things around.
I do this on an almost daily basis on our Salmon River steelhead, its that normal. The trick is having a complete and thorough understanding of it all and correct presentation for whatever fishing tool you enjoy using.
One day we experienced a “Short lull in the action” while steelhead fishing the Salmon River. Made 1 quick and simple change to our presentation and on the first cast (and the following 2) my guest’s were tight to another bright fresh acrobatic steelhead. During the next lull, we made a rigging change and hooked up a couple more steelhead. Next lull, we changed our habitat by moving 15 feet further down into this Salmon River hole to find some fresher chrome and hooked up a few more. Then, after the 4th lull, we made a color change over these “now” educated steelhead with several more rewarding us all.
We experienced another short lull the other day, as usual. We made 1 change with one of my guest’s and two changes with the other.
One was rigging, One was color and the Last one was presentation.
Within 1-2 cast’s both of my client’s were hooked up immediately and we did not experience any more lulls for the entire day. Actually, and Im not bragging, they had one of those “Days for KINGS!”
While all the other anglers stayed with that lull. We actually got to play with MORE fish AFTER we listened to them, then before the lull.
So again, a lull is a very positive thing providing you can read it, learn from it and understand what the fish are plainly trying to tell you.
By listening to the fish, you’ll be on your way to yelling “Fish ON and ON again! 🙂
I hope you found this post entertainingly informative or even slightly educational. Best fish’s, Randy
(P.S. The other thing that can cause a steelhead and or salmon lull in the action can be “Pressured Fish”. I’ll save that Tips-Article for another day. Its a good one!)
Enjoy a Scenic drift boat trip down the Salmon River.
Fun and Fast – Covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Fall and Winter.
What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead?
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? 😉
Salmon River Brown Trout and Steelhead Fishing Seasons.
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 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 Steelhead fishing report Pictures and Videos.
Check out all the Monster Steelhead from the Salmon River 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
Ted’s Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report and Testimonial.
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge to make our salmon river trip an unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 steelhead hookups, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 that is more steelhead on in a single day than some people have for an entire season. I’m a true believer in that hot spot on “Pucker Brush Creek. 🙂
As a matter of fact Tim and I went back on our own the next day and the steelhead were there waiting for us just like you said they would be. Again we had a combined count of over 10 steelhead hookups and Tim had the hot hand that day with his 6 weight fly rod. Our only regret was that we did not have enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage steelhead areas you showed us as we had to go back to work sometime.
Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?:) Tim and I have been coming up to the Salmon River for over 15 years, and yet we still learned a few valuable lessons from you, thanks again.
I would highly recommend you to anyone, beginner or experienced steelheader, it’s the combination of little things and techniques that make all the difference in the world. Feel free to pass on my contact information if you need any references for anglers, I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism, knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime.
Thank You, Ted
Ted, Thanks for the fishing report and your many kind and generous words! My head almost didn’t fit thru the front door after that one. 🙂 Randy
Steve’s Salmon and Steelhead Salmon River Fishing Report and Testimonial.
Randy: Just wanted to let you know that we all had a good time Salmon and Steelhead fishing while being Guided by you off the Salmon River drift boat. We learned a lot too. We went back to where we fished with you yesterday and hooked a lot of fish! I hooked a bunch of king salmon (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 Salmon River 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.
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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.
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