Salmon River fishing report from this steelhead guide in Pulaski NY.

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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Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report Pulaski NY. – Steelhead fishing remains good and will continue into the Spring. We have some more fresh Steelhead. The majority of Steelhead are holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs.

It’s Prime Time for some Winter steelhead fishing action on the Salmon River. Few steelhead anglers fishing, which opens up additional opportunities for you. Ton’s of options on where to wet a line.

Currently 98% of your steelhead are in all the Prime Salmon River Winter Holding pools, producing Steelhead top to bottom of the river. Tutorial Video on Prime Holding Spots – Pools. Even I….. could probably catch one…..

The drift boat – wade fishing for steelhead continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and slow for some-others. We will continue to see more fresh Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River as the season progress’s. With our past higher water flow levels we have received some more fresh Steelhead!
More Welcome Snow has arrived! This will help with your Spring Water flow levels when we want colder water and above normal flows to extend your steelhead fishing season.

Today’s Salmon River Steelhead Tip: If there is no Slush from Mid. River down, I’d highly recommend fishing it! Due to our past “almost daily” slush from Pineville down, it made if tuff for anglers to fish these areas. Leaving you presently with a lot of uneducated steelhead. Also, due to the above, most anglers have been pounding the upper river. Causing the steelhead to become extremely educated and more difficult to fool.

Standing on Shelf Ice while fishing Warning. Be careful! It might not support your body weight. A normal practice when standing on any shelf ice to fish is to MAKE SURE the depth of water below you is no deeper than thigh deep. ALSO, there are NO fast currents underneath you.

Give your favorite fishing buddy or guide a ring. The steelhead (8 to 12 lb. average) are here and just waiting for you.

All in all, things are shaping up very nicely for some SUPERB Spring steelhead fishing!
Looking forwards to a Fish ON with YOU in 2019!
Best Fish’s, Randy Jones

Todd’s Anticipation of what the Steelhead day would bring?

Todd’s Anticipation of what the Salmon River Steelhead fishing day would bring?

and ON!

Todd yells FISH ON and ON and ON while steelhead spin fishing on the Salmon River near Pulaski NY!
Todd lands a nice Salmon River NY steelhead.
The steelhead rewards were many with Todd’s biggest fish being this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead!

Todd’s Biggest was this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead!

The Steelhead rewards were many! Congrats Todd!

Here are some things to consider when fishing here in the Winter. The Salmon River is a dam-released river, so it never totally freezes over.

Salmon River Slush – Planning your Steelhead fishing day around it.

No it’s not the stuff you put in a cone and eat but rather a winter occurrence that causes certain area’s of the Salmon River to be unfishable.

Knowing current water-air temp., current water and future water flow level’s, tonight’s predicted lows with tomorrow’s highs will help you decide where to begin your day of steelhead fishing.

Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 335-500 cfs. Evening low temp. is 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast) The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the Salmon River.

When slush is present at these air temp’s then normally by 10-11 A.M. the lower part of the Salmon River will clear out and make steelhead fishing possible. If you’re ever not sure than do what I sometimes do and go to the short bridge in Pulaski and have a look for yourself before planning your day. If air temp’s do not rise above 20 for the daytime high then you may have slush down river all day.

If I’m planning to start my Salmon River fishing at dawn, then I’ll start up top. And then later possibly move down river once the slush has had a chance to clear. If certain areas of the river are slushed up and you are the first to arrive after it has cleared than the chances of hooking-up are good. You will be the first angler fishing to fresh steelhead that have not been disturbed or pressured. Fish-on!

This same condition occurs on the smaller Creeks and Streams around the Salmon River in early-late winter. Many an early A.M. trip has ended with a return trip when slush was not considered. I will always check air temp’s the day before I plan fishing the creeks. Often, I will arrive at 10 A.M. and fish while the last balance of slush is clearing and getting first shot at the prime spots. Fish-on!

Hope these Tips help!

Hand Warming Trick – Tip. This one may surprise you.

Most folks including myself get cold hands when fishing in the Winter sometimes, so Ive found this the perfect solution to solving that annoyance.
Wrap around “one sided adhesive athletic tape” to any metal that is exposed on your fly/spin reel that your hand or fingers come in contact with. This barrier stops that frozen, painful metal from freezing your hands off. Additionally, how about wrapping a hand warmer underneath the athletic tape at first light. Now you have a heated hand warmer where you hold your rod. Believe it or not, you can many times fish in the Winter with no gloves on at all if you add the heating pad.

Why Steelhead don’t like your Winter Popsicle Leader-Tippet’s.

Whether using a fly, spin or float system. When its reeeeelly cold out and you hold your your leader – tippet out of the water for seconds. It freezes with ice.
Ice floats, so your leader-tippet is not in the water column of your choosing. Also, your leader-tippet looks like a Popsicle com’n @ your Educated line shy steelhead.
What I do to stop this is I leave my leader – tippet in the water for 5-10 seconds, then cast it as fast as possible before it has a chance to freeze again. Or, jus recast fast, after your retrieve and dont hold your leader-tippet out of the water.

Enjoy my Salmon River fishing report Humorous Guide Fish Tails for Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.

Enjoy my Salmon River fishing videos and Humorous Guide Fish Tails for Steelhead and Salmon fishing Pulaski NY image.

John told me a funny story about his wife and a 15 lb. Steelhead in April on the Salmon River NY. Turns out that as John rushed for the net. He ripped a big hole in his waders and cold water rushed in. When he dove for the Steelhead with the net, he fell in. When he tried to net the Steelhead for the third time he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock. Fish was netted, picture was taken and Steelhead was released.
I’m sure John’s wife was very appreciative of his efforts.

Randy, I had a lot of 2’s yesterday while steelhead fishing on the salmon river. 0 for 2 I was, it was 2 cold, 2 wet (baptized myself in 10 degree weather) and 2 hard to walk cause everything was Ice. Still , Beat the hell out of work. May all your flies get bitten! John
Hi John, Thanks for the chuckle, you’ve made the web site again!! Maybe I should just ask you to write them for me! Congrats! Randy

Guiding Dave off the Salmon River Drift Boat for Steelhead.Sub-freezing temp’s, swimming in 33 degree water and a Near Death drift boat experience.

Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced snowy day. (Abominable snowman imitation?)

Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced Pulaski NY drift boat snowy day.
Salmon River drift boat guide abominable snowman imitation?

12/14 – Guiding Dave brought fond memories of our best day of Steelheading ever. Last March we started out the morning fishing through the slush. I think it was Pucker Brush Creek South GEO Location #3.00235%? Anyway, by days end we had landed a BUNCH of fresh run Steelhead!
Today was a combination of re-learning, fishing, catching and having a lot of laughs.
I kept reminding Dave to cast @ 12 O’clock. And that 12 O’clock was straight across the river and not up river! I think he must a been on West coast time, forgot to turn his clock back, uses a digital watch, uses a sun dial or flunked “when the big hand is on the 12.”

Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead off the Salmon River drift boat today. Unfortunately, Dave took a nice fall into the water while he fought his last steelhead of the day.
(We call it a Salmon River Baptism and I “proudly” get mine every single year)

He managed to keep his tip up and was rewarded with this Salmon River steelhead. Congrats Dave!
Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead off the Salmon River drift boat today.

12/15 – Dave joined me again, for another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the Salmon River drift boat. Where do I begin……..
Well, how about the very first cast of the morning resulting in a steelhead! We had a fresh 25 lb. King Salmon on, that took us under a log jam and broke us off. Then a Brown Trout was an unexpected treat. It was a female and full of eggs.

Dave was in Chrome heaven by landing a bunch of steelhead – Ya-hoo!

I guess all that learn’n yesterday, paid off for Today’s feast of jumps, runs, bent rods and scream’in reel’s. Nice one Dave!

Another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the Salmon River drift boat with Dave who found some steelhead, brown trout and King salmon to play with!

The other Salmon River drift boat highlight (?) of the day. Will be one I will not forget, nor hope to repeat anytime soon.

Remember the old saying, up a creek with out a paddle? How about up a creek with out 2 paddles.
There is a spot in the Salmon River called the trestle hole. You drift and drop through a slot of fast white water rapids before digging heavy on your drift boat oars. To miss an intimidating 20 foot high by 6 foot wide cement pillar dead ahead. As we made the drop I was on my second BIG dig on the wooden oars. When snap went my left oar blade.
With the white water rapids taking control of our fate, I YELLED (politely-yukyuk) HOLD ON!, were going to hit the trestle! I noticed a slight jump in Dave’s normally calm disposition.

With about 1 second before impact!! I jumped into a phone booth, spun and turned into “Super Guide Man.” I used my right wooden drift boat oar blade to fend off and break the impact. Of an aluminum Salmon River drift boat crunching into a solid pillar of “I hope my life insurance policy is paid up” cement.

Yup, you guessed it, there went my second drift boat wooden oar blade with a snap.

I dropped anchor and retrieved the broken blades from the water. The balance of the drift boat ride down. Was one of positioning the drift boat at the top of the runs. And then drifting with the current w/ my anchor slightly tapping bottom. And me poling the drift boat with my 10 foot net handle safely to the drift boat ramp.
Today was just another dull day in this never ending boring virtual ho-hum. Adventure aboard the Salmon River drift boat.
P.S. I no longer use wooden drift boat oar blades. I went to those nice expensive light high modular graphite ones. In case you were worried about your next drift boat trip with me.

12/16 – After yesterday’s trip. I was not sure if Dave was going to be a willing participant. For another adventure aboard the drift boat with new oars.
He came along with me at 6:00 A.M. with out much fuss. We left earlier than planned after yesterdays success’s. We wanted to lock-up the HOT spot. By getting there early and staking our claim to some PRIME Chrome hold’n real-estate! It worked in spades as Dave out did himself from the previous 2 days of steelhead fishing.
Dave only fell in once today, but boy was it a good one! He went up to his ears while fighting a Steelhead in the 33 degree water. He came out of it sounding like a choir boy, but with the biggest grin from ear to ear.

Getting into the Steelhead Holiday spirit!

Congrats again Dave!

Dave is getting into the Salmon River drift boat Steelhead Holiday spirit with himself and steelhead wearing a xmas hat!

That’s Steelhead fishing for ya, it can be addicting.

Why else would people brave sub- freezing temp’s, swimming in 33 degree water. And a near death drift boat experience.

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Winter into Spring – Steelhead Fishing Creeks, Streams and the Salmon River. 

End of Feb., March and all of April is “Prime Time” for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River and other optional local creeks and streams.
(Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday).

Feb. and March – There are not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of Spring time steelhead.

March into April – You will see a transition of Steelhead from the holes onto the gravel, where they will spawn. If they survive the spawning ritual, they will then turn into drop-back Steelhead. The Steelhead’s appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the Salmon River into lake Ontario.

When the Salmon River is running high due to run off. Its prime time to walk and fish 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!

Amazing Spring Steelhead Video!
Spring is just around the corner!

Salmon River fishing report Amazing Spring Steelhead Fishing Video Pulaski NY
Salmon River 21 lb. Spring Steelhead landed with Pulaski NY fishing report steelhead guide.

A Trophy 20 lb. Spring Steelhead.

Very Rare – But you never know! 

Spring 16 lb. Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead landed with this Salmon River steelhead fishing report drift boat guide.

Anton’s 16 lb. Spring Steelhead. Ye-Haa!

Yup, time to schedule a fishing trip this Spring. Get in on some awesome steelhead fishing from the end of Feb. thru Mar. and April.

$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.

Spring Steelhead Spawn and Drop Back Steelhead fishing 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.

Top Secret Guide Tip – You owe me – Fishing for 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 Steelhead!

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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.

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BONUS Salmon River Steelhead fishing report Pictures and Videos.

Check out all the Monster fish you will catch up here!

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3 Prime and Basic Salmon River Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish.

#1 Place to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

I’m the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested. FISH OFF!

My Video Jokes for Today.

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Fishing Report Testimonial: 

Randy, You Rock!! Your writings resonate with so many. The humor, the professional P.O.V. and experience you share is invaluable.
Hope to secure a spot with you soon. Jim – Thanks Jim! I hope other viewer’s feel the same. Best fish’s, Randy

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John Battles Numerous Salmon River Steelhead off the fishing guide drift boat in Pulaski NY.

Good day Randy, What a great day, just when I thought I knew a little something about steelhead fishing. I had to fish with you. You really are a class act. I really appreciate you sharing your steelhead guide expertise and patience as well as some of your Salmon River “honey” holes with me. I would encourage any steelhead fisherman, novice or expert, to fish with a drift boat guide even if it’s just once.

If you can get drift boat guide Randy Jones you’re in for a great day. There is so much to learn about steelhead fishing. And you can trim years off the “learning curve” by steelhead fishing with a pro. guide such as yourself. Thanks again for the fun and truly a learning steelhead fishing experience in Pulaski NY. Thanks again! John.

John battles his first Salmon River NY Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat in Pulaski.
John lands his first Salmon River Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat in Pulaski NY.

John’s tight to his first Steelhead on the Salmon River and lands this Steelhead beauty!

John lands another Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat.

Another Salmon River NY Steelhead for John!

John lands a 16 lb. steelhead off this Salmon River fishing report guide drift boat!

John’s honk’a Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead! Great way to end the Steelhead Fishing Day!

Congrats John! Thanks for your many kind and generous words! My head almost didn’t fit thru the front door after that one. Best Fish’s, Randy

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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
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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.

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Randy Jones is the Owner, Author and Publisher of 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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