Salmon River Fishing Report, Pulaski NY Fishing Report for Steelhead and Salmon.
Salmon River Fishing Report for Salmon and Steelhead from this Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide in Pulaski NY.
Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.
I hope you find my Salmon River fishing report, articles, tips and videos entertainingly informative or mildly educational.
Randy Jones the Yankee Angler.
35+years of Pro. Fishing Guide Experience.
Author and Publisher-Salmon River Fishing Report.
Join this Salmon River fishing report guide for a 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 fishing seasons. Enjoy learning Advanced fishing techniques for Spin Fishing, Fly Fishing or Float Fishing and Exact Salmon River fish habitats. I always enjoy sharing my wealth of fishing knowledge with all my guest’s.
Sincerely, Salmon River fishing report guide, Randy Jones.
Salmon River Fishing Report for Steelhead and Salmon – Sept. through April.
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Salmon River Fishing Report Tips, Humor, Articles and BEST Fishing Months for the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.
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 Report Guide” look’s for normally.
I hope you found my “Guide Tips” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Salmon and Steelhead!
Best Fish’s, Salmon River fishing report guide, Randy Jones.
What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon on the Salmon River?
This might help you plan your Salmon River Steelhead or Salmon fishing trip.
Salmon River High Water Steelhead and Salmon fishing Tip.
Sometimes this high water flow spreads the Steelhead or Salmon out. While other times it concentrates the Salmon and Steelhead. Fish behind any high water current breaks or speed of water changes on the Salmon River.
Fish behind any BIG boulders or Large current breaks. On the seams (where the fast water meets the slow water). And tails of holes (water moves slower) combined with deep water. We call them high water spots.
On the Salmon River, we have low water fishing spots, medium water fishing spots and high water fishing spots. The Salmon and Steelhead change where they hold according to the water level. Combined with the effect of its current breaks.
When the Steelhead and Salmon change where they hold due to higher water flows, then so should you, for Best Results!
Fall Steelhead fishing Tip – Warm Water (above 43 degrees.)
Most of the Steelhead will be in rippled – choppy water 3 to 6 feet deep or the Rapids (heat). Our Steelhead don’t show up in the Pools until the Water Temp. has dropped below approx. 43 degrees.
Winter Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing Tip – Cold Water (below 42 degrees.)
Most of the Steelhead will be in the Pools.
1 – Steelhead want. Deep water for safety from predators.
2 – A food source.
3 – Less current to conserve their energy.
(You can find our Salmon River NY Steelhead mapped named pools, parking and access roads. By doing a search on the internet or most of the Local Shops up here have them.)
Fly Fishing – Spin Fishing Creeks, Streams and Rivers, Winter into Spring.
End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead spin or fly fishing. As there is not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of Spring time steelhead. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead. When the Salmon River is running high due to run off. Its prime time to walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10 pound Steelhead in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Sight fishing is also and optional treat!
Spring Steelhead Spawn and Drop Back Steelhead on the Salmon River.
(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.)
What’s interesting about the Salmon River at this time of year. The Steelhead we have are spread out over 100% of the Spring habitat’s thru out the entire river. Top to bottom and from 1 side to the other, within reason.
Drop back Steelhead will be in all the normal current break spots for the current water level.
The Flats will be exploding with fish! (within reason.) Sight fishing is an optional treat!
Your Best fishing opportunity is all Spring until approx. 3rd week or last week of April, normally. Maybe first – second week of May? In May, fish the lowest part of the Salmon River for your best Steelhead fishing opportunities. (From the Papermill down thru the D.S.R.)
Mother nature will decide its 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.
Pulaski NY April Steelhead Fishing Tip.
With Suckers starting to spawn. Try some yellow egg sacks, yellow glow bugs (flies) or beads to imitate their eggs. The Steelhead will be eating them. The Drop Back Steelhead will also be eating other Spawning Steelhead eggs. So try some of those colors in sacks, flies or beads when fishing around the Pulaski NY area.
When the Salmon River is Flooded in April. Steelhead Spin Fly Fishing Tip.
When the water is rip’n and chocolate on the Salmon River or our local smaller steelhead hold’n waters. Many times a drive up to the head waters or the first impassible barrier will be fish-able. Due to less run-off and Tributary impute. Also, many times you can spin or fly fish the smaller tributaries that feed into these larger creeks, brooks or streams. That will be hold’n steelhead. Sight fishing is an optional treat!
Top Secret Guide Tip – You owe me 😉 – Spring Steelhead Drop Backs.
Posted for only you to read and no one else. 😉
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 Salmon River NY and turn into drop back Steelhead.
Adding more Steelhead for your Spring fishing pleasure. Shhhh! 😉
I hope you found my “Salmon River fishing report Guide Tips” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Salmon and Steelhead!
Salmon River fishing report GUIDE HUMOR.
If I’m not available to guide you, then you can request to be guided by Treasure. 🙂
Hey Randy, is Treasure available to guide me? Yes, but you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht. 😉
King – Coho Salmon Fish Tale? – A.P. 9/30/17. Rare Migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in NY on Lake Ontario.
Why are you catching less King Salmon and Coho Salmon? Here might be the reason why. I took these pictures of a whale and seal out in Lake Ontario. In front of the mouth of the Salmon River NY.
They were gorging themselves on YOUR King Salmon and Coho Salmon!
Randy, quick Q for you. You would never on purpose pull our legs on here, now would you buddy? Joe
Joe, what’s reeeeelly funny is, about 15 years ago was the first time I posted this Joke. A local shop then got 10 phone calls. Asking about the Seals and Whales eating King Salmon and Coho Salmon in Lake Ontario. True story! I hear the Lobster and Blue Fin Tuna fishing is pretty good! 😉
Did you know? There is only 1 BAD side effect from eating our Salmon or Steelhead, Genital Shrinkage! 😉
Enjoy a fast forward and fun drift boat guide fishing trip video down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall Salmon and Steelhead fishing seasons.
😉 CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of Salmon River drift boat fishing guide video! 😉
Salmon River fishing report ARTICLES. – Different Fly Fishing Presentational Methods and Spin – Fly Fishing Flies for Salmon or Steelhead.
Salmon are suckers for fly fishing wares – They’ll hit on all types of flies right now on the Salmon River.
The Syracuse Post-Standard – By J. Michael Kelly.
Fly fishing for King Salmon, Coho Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River. Isn’t as difficult as it appears to non-practitioners. In fact, there are at least three effective ways to go about fly fishing for your Steelhead or Salmon. You can high stick-dead drift using a running line. Rely on a strike indicator or swing a few coneheads through your favorite Salmon River riffle.
And don’t worry about that burst of fly fishing jargon; translations are just a few sentences away.
Keep in mind that the 10- to 30-pound Chinook King Salmon. Smaller but equally feisty Coho Salmon and Acrobatic Steelhead. That swim up the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario feeder streams this time of year to spawn. Can be caught on many things. They are especially vulnerable to artificial flies made of real fur and feathers. Or synthetic fly materials such as tinsel and fake hair.
“They’ll hit all sorts of flies,” said Fran Verdoliva, a former Salmon River fishing guide. Who is now the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Salmon River program coordinator.
Verdoliva is partial to neon-bright, weighted streamer flies, himself. But Mike DeTomaso, the manager of the White River fly fishing department at the Auburn Bass Pro Shops store. Takes his share of salmon and steelhead on small artificial nymphs and fingernail-size yarn puffs called glo bug flies. And Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead and salmon fishing guide Randy Jones. Generally uses simple flies, made of Estaz tinsel chenille. That closely resemble nothing in nature, but irritates salmon into hitting them. With their naturally ingrained instinct behavior pattern of being territorial or getting irritated.
The three fly fishing anglers employ different fly fishing methods and tackle, as well as radically diverse fly patterns.
Fishing guide Randy Jones’ bread-and-butter salmon and steelhead fishing method is the high sticking-dead drifting using a running line. A running-line expert uses one or more split shot to quickly sink a fly in swift, deep water. Instead of a thick fly line that would retard the sinking rate. The method calls for a thin-diameter line that knifes through the water with minimal drag.
The running-line method is sometimes referred to as “chuck and duck”. Because its aficionados have to watch out for the split-shot missiles they’re slinging past their own ears.
Jones contends the fly fishing rig is perfect for the tumbling, white-water pools and pockets that are common throughout the Salmon River.
“The quicker your fly gets into the strike zone, any species of fish, anywhere in the world. And the longer it stays there, the better your odds of catching some salmon or steelhead,” said Jones.
He hands his clients long rods, and instructs them to raise the sticks high immediately after completing a cast. The angler should then follow the line with rod tip held high.
To facilitate a long drift and improve the odds of landing a hooked salmon. Jones employs either a standard 9-foot, 9- or 10-weight fly rod or a two-handed, 13-foot spey-style fly rod. His leaders usually have 2- to 4-foot-long tippets rated at 10-pound test.
Jones also enjoys traditional fly fishing. But adds, traditional fly fishing works best in the shallows of the Salmon River. And with many of the holes on the Salmon River being 5 to 10 feet deep, with current. It helps to have your fly on the bottom, where most of the Salmon and Steelhead are. Which vastly increases your odds of hooking up.
The running line technique is much more productive and can also be used in the shallows. It also takes 2 seconds to learn, unlike other fly rod fishing methods.
DeTomaso likes spey rod fly fishing on the Salmon River for steelhead and salmon, too. But he attaches a bright orange plastic foam bobber onto the butt segment of his tapered leader. And uses only one or two small split shot, either BBs or 3/0-size weights. To dangle the fly directly beneath the float, which is called a “strike indicator.”
With the marble-size indicators he uses. DeTomaso can recognize the most subtle interference with his drifting fly. Any sudden wiggle or wobble of the float may mean that the fly is merely stuck between two rocks. Or it could be the start of an epic battle with a biting salmon or steelhead on the Salmon River.
To put the fly in the spots where salmon and steelhead rest. DeTomaso relies on a spey rod or a 9-foot-long fly rod and a floating, tapered fly line. Typically, only the lower half of his leader is allowed to sink during the drift. The leader butt and fly line are usually at the surface. Making for a smooth pick-up and a quick repeat fly cast.
“I get a more natural drift with a strike indicator. And I also like the fact that I can use less weight. Than you do with the running line,” DeTomaso said.
Verdoliva has used both the indicator and running-line tactics to take salmon and steelhead. But now is more apt to employ a weighted fly, a sinker-less leader and a floating line. Especially when he’s fishing water of medium depths and speeds on the Salmon River.
Traditionally, salmon flies were weighted with wraps of lead or copper wire around their shanks. But Verdoliva now has fly boxes full of streamers which sport barbell-shaped “lead eyes” or tungsten cones “coneheads”. Secured just behind the eyes of the size 2 or 4 hooks. These flies sink quickly but are more streamlined and easier to cast than the lead-wrapped fly patterns of yore.
“I guess you could say they’re fly fishing’s version of a jig,” said Verdoliva. If he has trouble getting one of his weighted flies to the bottom in a given spot on the Salmon River. Verdoliva either pinches a small BB shot on his leader, which is usually tapered to about a 12-pound tippet. Or puts a short, quick-sinking piece of line called a “shooting head” between his fly line and the leader butt.
Reprinted with permission The Syracuse Post – Standard
Thanks for the nice article Mike! Where does this Salmon River fishing report guide send the check for mentioning me?
Salmon River NY Fishing Guide’s job is his life. (About Randy Jones the Yankee Angler.)
by Morgan Lyle For The Daily Gazette.
Reeeeeel hum-dinger of a Steelhead. Nice!
Want an idea of the demand for a good “Full-Time” steelhead and salmon fishing guide on the Salmon River?
“I have already had to start scheduling my days off. A year in advance, believe it or not” said Randy Jones, aka, “the Yankee Angler”. One of only a handful of “Full-Time” guides who take people Steelhead and Salmon fishing on the Salmon River NY. From the start of salmon season in September right through to the end of steelhead season in the spring.
There are good reasons to envy the lives of fishing guides. They make a living doing what the rest of us do for fun. Their workplace is a drift boat on a river, and their only boss is Mother Nature.
But most fishers also realize it can be a tough life. One that could burn a person out on fishing altogether. Jones used to work every weekend and holiday. Now, because his fishing guide business is so successful and popular. He takes those days off and only guides mid-week. He’s in bed every night at 8 and up every morning at 3.
All through the winter. Long before most people have clicked their remote car starters and sat down to a cup of coffee. He’s backing his drift boat trailer into the inky Salmon River in the frigid dawn. With anxious, bundled-up fishing client’s dreaming of leaping silver Steelhead.
Even at the slowest times of the year. Drift boat guide Randy Jones is competing with dozens or hundreds of fishing anglers for fish. Steelhead are tricky to find, difficult to fool and very challenging to land on the Salmon River.
When he’s not out with clients (some of whom have precious little fishing experience). He’s working on his fishing web site’s or lining up the speaking engagements at Trout Unlimited functions. And other gatherings that help promote his fishing guide business and keep his guide schedule full.
So it was nice to learn that the daily fishing guide grind hasn’t blunted Jones’ passion for the sport. When I asked him when would be a good time to get some pictures of him on the Salmon River. He said,”I’ve got a day off scheduled Wednesday. Let’s go out in the drift boat.”
Dime bright fresh Silver Bullet Steelhead!
“It takes an enormous amount of time and energy,” he said. “But what originally got me into the sport as an angler is still there. The love of being outdoors, the excitement of the Steelhead and Salmon fight, the challenge of it all. Basically just having a love of the sport that I haven’t lost after 35 years. And sharing that passion with others who have the same Salmon and Steelhead fishing interest’s as I do.
Jones, 57, an Iowa native. Who lived and guided in Vermont and Cape Cod for 12 years before moving to Pulaski NY. May be one of the best-known of the hardy Salmon River fishing guide corps. Randy has 35 plus years of experience as a fishing guide. Which has helped him to acquire a vast and diverse Steelhead and Salmon fishing knowledge base. While he’s relaxed and good natured with his clients, as a good fishing guide should be. He is also very much a hard-nosed businessman. Always on the lookout for an advantage or a new way to promote his Salmon River guide service.
His Social Media sites offer expert Salmon and Steelhead fishing informative articles. Based on Jones’ years of daily guide experience on the Salmon River. About flies, spin fishing, fly fishing, float fishing, rigging, techniques, fishing habitats and finding fish.
As free as he is with general spin and fly fishing advice. Jones keeps things like Steelhead and Salmon honey-holes. And productive bait, bead and fly-patterns secret, to be shared only with his fishing clients. He doesn’t waste a client’s time on a Salmon River hole that was pounded the day before. And he watches each cast carefully. To make sure the sport has covered a good fishing lie thoroughly before moving on.
Most of Jones’ clients seem to land Salmon and Steelhead. But of course, there is more value to fishing with a guide. Than simply being chauffeured to a good fishing spot on the Salmon River in a heated drift boat. You learn things it would have taken you years to learn by yourself. And you can come back confident and informed on your own.
What’s it like to be a Salmon and Steelhead fishing guide?
“It can be a variety of different things. From total satisfaction that you’ve taken someone with lots of fishing experience to no fishing experience. And brought their fishing ability level up to meet their expectations or above. The same way a teacher would feel when their students get an A on a test. To the thrill and the excitement of the Salmon or Steelhead fight. The rewards of running a profitable fishing guide business. To sometimes the feeling of inadequacy when you have a slow fishing day on the Salmon River,” he said.
His Salmon River Social Media Sites. Facebook, YouTube and Google+ draw thousands of Salmon and Steelhead fishing visitors a day. They are worth a fishing visit:
Jones can be reached at (315) 963 – 2065. Along with his own fishing guide business, he offers a referral service to 6 other local top fishing guides. That he keeps busy while taking his client over flow. The Schenectady Gazette.,Schenectady, NY. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
There is no Nookie like a Chinookie!
(Me and a King Salmon)
About Me - Randy Jones
Salmon River fishing report – BEST FISHING MONTHS. For Chinook (King Salmon), Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout.
The following Salmon River fishing Months and Species are general and depend on temps and water levels.
Credit – Jeff Pierce of https://www.scientificanglers.com/.
June – August Salmon River fishing.
Skamania (a summer run strain of Steelhead.)
Atlantic Salmon in small numbers.
Chinook (King Salmon) also start to show as early as July on high water. But number’s grow with good water conditions in late August.
September Salmon River fishing – Chinook (King Salmon) and Coho Salmon start coming in in good numbers on the Salmon River.
Steelhead start coming in in decent numbers.
A few Brown Trout start showing.
October Salmon River fishing – This is the prime month for fishing Chinook-King Salmon. They come in in large numbers now. Coho Salmon are also coming in in good numbers.
Steelhead really begin showing in good numbers now.
Brown Trout also start coming in in decent numbers but Nov. is peak for them on the Salmon River.
November – Dec. Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing on the Salmon River.
Most of the Chinook King Salmon are dead or near dead but a few fresh stragglers do come in. While the Coho Salmon run is over for the most part. They remain in decent shape and hold up longer than the Chinook. This is a great time for Steelheaders! As the Salmon River crowds are gone and the numbers of Steelhead are normally good.
The Brown Trout fishing is also pretty good, although not as good as tributaries more to the west.
Dec – Feb. Salmon River fishing.
This is obviously the coldest period. The fishing can be great for Steelhead depending on water temps and levels on the Salmon River. You are best off fishing from late morning through the afternoon at this time of year. As the suns rays help to warm the water slightly, making the fish a bit more active. Brown Trout are often caught this time of year as well.
March – April fishing for Steelhead on the Salmon River NY.
The water starts warming and the Steelhead start coming in in greater numbers. The spawn begins as the temps rise and often a small run of Brown Trout come in to feed on bait fish and Steelhead & Sucker eggs. Don’t be surprised if you hook a Chrome Steelhead freight train that takes you for a ride! This is a GREAT time to target drop-back Steelhead on the Salmon River NY! These are spawned out Steelhead who are now eating everything in sight. As they work their way back to Lake Ontario. The numbers of Steelhead caught in a day at this time of year can be amazing. There are SPRING run Chinook in small numbers that show up at this time.
May Salmon River fishing.
Usually some Drop Back Steelhead still around. Great time to fish if you enjoy solitude on the Salmon River NY.
The first Skamania and Atlantic’s can be caught at this time as well.
(Salmon River Fishing Report.)
Salmon River fishing report – Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski New York. Chinook (King Salmon), Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout.
Credit – http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html.
The Salmon River in Pulaski NY is located in Oswego County. And stretches 17 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar. To where it empties into Lake Ontario at Port Ontario. There are 12 miles of Public Fishing Rights along the Salmon River. The Salmon River offers some of the finest sport fishing in the country. Two major fish records have been set in the Salmon River. The Great Lakes record Chinook King salmon (47 lbs. 13 oz.) and the world record Coho salmon (33 lbs 4 oz.).
General Fishing Information.
Chinook (King Salmon) and Coho Salmon Fishing on the Salmon River.
Maturing Chinook (King Salmon) and Coho salmon returning to the Salmon River. Usually begin to stage off the Salmon River mouth in late August. Chinook (King salmon) are the main attraction this time of year. They range in size from 15-30 lbs., averaging around 18 lbs. The Great Lakes record Chinook salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 47 lbs. 13 oz.. Coho salmon are generally smaller and range in size from 3 to 10 lbs., averaging around 8 lbs. The world record Coho salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 33 lbs. 4 oz.. Trolling in the estuary with spoons, dodgers/flies, cut-bait and plugs works well for these staging fish. Salmon usually begin entering the Salmon River around Labor Day.
Once salmon enter the river they are no longer actively feeding. Despite this, the King Salmon and Coho salmon do exhibit behaviors that make them vulnerable to traditional sport spin and fly fishing techniques. One of these behaviors is aggression, or territoriality. And the other is their attraction to fish eggs or egg shaped lures. The peak of the King and Coho salmon spawning run. Usually doesn’t occur until the latter half of September and the first half of October.
King and Coho Salmon are generally spread throughout the Salmon River depending on the spawning stage they are in. Some King Salmon and Coho Salmon will be making their way up the Salmon River. Often referred to as running. Holding in deeper pools and actively spawning. Fish engaged in the first two activities can be caught on egg sacs, egg imitating flies or plastics and streamers. Fish that are spawning, especially the male Salmon. Can become very aggressive and will strike gaudy streamers swung past their spawning redds.
Salmon River Steelhead Fishing.
The Salmon River offers the opportunity to fish for two strains of steelhead. Washington strain and the Skamania strain. The Washington, or winter run, begin entering the Salmon River in late October and continue through Spring. They feed aggressively on the abundant salmon eggs in the Fall. Thus making it a very good time to go steelhead fishing. Using egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are your best options. Steelhead that entered the river in the fall. Will hold over in the deeper pools of the Salmon River throughout the winter. Fishing the deeper pools with egg sacs, egg imitating flies or nymphs works well this time of year. Warming periods during the winter will bring new Steelhead into the river.
Steelhead spawning usually takes place during mid-March and through April. After spawning the Steelhead begin to drop back to Lake Ontario. These Steelhead can be very aggressive. These fish feed heavily because they are hungry and finished spawning. They can be caught on plugs, spinners, flies, egg sacs and night crawlers. Summer run skamania steelhead begin entering the Salmon River around June. They tend to run during periods of increased flow. Your best chance to encounter fish is after a heavy rain or planned water release from the hydro plant. The fish remain in the river until they spawn the following spring.
Salmon River Atlantic Salmon Fishing.
The Atlantic salmon was native to Lake Ontario. Atlantic salmon are fall spawners and start their spawning run up the Salmon River as early as July. Atlantic salmon can range from 5 to 20 lbs. Fishing techniques are similar to steelhead fishing methods.
Salmon River Brown Trout Fishing.
The Brown trout enter the Salmon River from mid-September to mid-November. Brown Tout are also on a spawning run, but will feed heavily on salmon eggs. It can be difficult to target brown trout. But one option is fishing down stream from actively spawning salmon with egg sacs and egg imitating flies and plastics. Brown trout range from 2 to 20 lbs.
Salmon River Fisheries Management – The five major game fish are. Chinook (King Salmon) and Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon (or landlocked salmon), Brown Trout, and Steelhead. Smallmouth Bass are also found in the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
The Salmon River is stocked yearly with around 300,000 Chinook salmon. 80,000 Coho salmon. 120,000 Washington strain steelhead. 40,000 skamania strain steelhead and 30,000 Atlantic salmon. Natural reproduction does take place on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. But to what extent this adds to the Salmon River fishery is not known. The Salmon River is an important part of the Lake Ontario salmon and steelhead fishery. Some of the returning salmon and steelhead to the Salmon River make their way to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar. These fish are then used for egg collection. And the resulting Salmon and Steelhead are stocked into many Lake Ontario tributaries. Along with the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. A total of 1.76 million Chinook King salmon are stocked annually by NYSDEC into Lake Ontario.
(Salmon River Fishing Report.)
Thumbs up from this Salmon River fishing report guide with a Very Happy Steelhead Guest.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams…… ………… we’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
The Salmon River, where Memories are Made!
INFORMATION| The Yankee Angler
Randy Jones is a Full-Time Professional Drift Boat Spin - Fly fishing Guide with over 35 years of Experience.
Rates, Reservations and Deposits:
$275 for 1 angler $350 for 2 anglers Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 check deposit (per day) within 7 days of booking to hold your date. Check Payable and Mailed to: Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114 No credit cards being excepted at this time.