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Salmon River Fishing Report for King Salmon and Coho Salmon from this Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide in Pulaski NY.

Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.

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OK, Good to Reeeeeel Good #’s of Salmon Top to Bottom of the Salmon River.

Normal #’s of Salmon continue to enter the Salmon River during both low-light periods.
This last week at the mouth of the river. Its been either a consisting trickle, good to real good run of both King Salmon and Coho Salmon. No major run yet.

Still lots of Salmon in Lake Ontario and the Estuary staging, before they enter and run the river. The fish told me they are all waiting for YOU to get here, before they make their BIG RUN! 😉

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Seeing Salmon running the shallow rapids while transitioning up the river during both low-light periods. Lasting for 30 minutes, up to 1 to 3 hours. With varying #’s of Salmon each day.
In the Salmon’s Middle of the day resting and holding locations. I’m seeing and counting a few here and there. Ok to Good #’s, to AMAZING – LOADED #’s of Salmon. Everyday this last week these #’s of Salmon have varied on a per spot basis’s.
The highest concentrations of King Salmon and Coho Salmon are in the Major Pools. Along with the highest concentrations of anglers 😉 If you prefer fishing less crowded waters. Go for a walk above or below these major pools and I guarantee, you will find some Salmon.
Couple Salmon on the Gravel Spawning. More Oct. 1st and even more mid. Oct.

What we saw this week is an exact duplication on what you will find on the rest of the River.

For Expert Analysis Video’s of these Specific King and Coho Salmon Holding Locations on the Salmon River. Please see the bottom of this Blog @ Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout?

Some anglers having no luck, other anglers having some luck, while some other anglers are having a LOT of luck.

Latest on Your Steelhead and Brown Trout.

We have a few Steelhead and Brown Trout here and there being caught. Nothing to get excited about this early. But you never know.

Shane Muckey who runs a lodge in Altmar and also runs a fish fillet station reported. – Already cleaning steelhead, and with stockings numbers up for salmon river 3 years ago, and more guys targeting salmon on the lake this past summer, expect a very good October threw December steelhead run, mostly cookies probably 4-7lb fish, but they should be plentiful.

With a Few Steelhead and Brown Trout around. Its a good time to try for a Grand Slam!

(Grand Slam = All by yourself in a single day. You land a Brown Trout, Steelhead, Coho Salmon and King Salmon). 
Not easy to do, but FUN Salmon River fishing to try!
Sorry, your WORLD RECORD TROPHY Suckers and Dace don’t count. 😉

Matthew Laughton writes about his first experience fishing for Salmon on the SLAM’N SALMON RIVER this week.

Just completed my first get away fly fishing trip to the Salmon River in Pulaski NY a tributary of Lake Ontario. I wanted to get away from the weekend crowds and planned to fish Wed and Thurs this week. There’s definitely a steep learning curve but after several hours of repeated 10-2 and learning the proper drift technique I landed my first Chinook Salmon at around 20 pounds. What an incredible rush!!! With a 1x1 gear ratio the fly reel is the only way to go in my book. The average fight about 10-15 min. I’ve never experienced anything like it from a fishing stand point. With the fly reel handle spinning at a knuckle busting speed. The drag screams while you’re trying not to trip over wet rocks as a giant fish pulls you down river. Ha! Get some!!! 🎣
In all, my buddy and I had around 30 hook ups and landed 4 fish each. 5 chinooks around 20-25 pounds and 3 Cohos averaging 15+ pounds. Shout out to Salmon River Sports Shop for some great tips and setting us up with the gear we needed. Big thanks to a couple other guys out there that put me in the right direction.

Ive never been so sore or worked so hard to catch a fish. But if the tug is your drug, the Salmon River in Pulaski NY is the place you want to be.

Congrats Matt! Sounds like you left a few for the rest of us. 😉

Today’s Video is on Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools. These are Current Breaks in a Pool, that all species of fish use after they have run the river. These C.B’s are often used for an extended period of time and should always be fished by you on the Slam’n Salmon River.

They’re pretty much the deeper pools and runs we have on the Salmon River. They are easy to find. Just look for the most anglers and or the angler parking lots that are all around and usually a short walk to these major pools. The internet and local shops around here also have maps of the larger, more well know pools on the Salmon River.

Typically, these areas are fished once we’ve had some fish enter and run the river and are starting to hold in these Prime Locations. These locations should be fished all Fall, Winter into the Spring and well normally have the largest concentrations of fish for you to catch.

These Prime Holding Locations provide the fish with everything it needs to meet and satisfy there survival instincts for an extended period of time.
A Prime Holding Location consists of:
1. Deep water for safety from predators.
2. A good enouph C. B. to decrease the amount of energy it needs to expend to maintain this position.
3. Enouph food in the case of our Steelhead and Brown Trout.

One simple fishing strategy would be to just fish these pools for the day as these fish are not going anywhere soon. And leave the Prime Transitional Resting and Holding area’s and the Temporary Transitional Resting Spots to someone else.


Other areas to fish are covered more thoroughly towards the bottom of this Blog in. – Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout?
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Local Salmon River Fishing News Updates.

They stocked a bunch of Atlantic Salmon Fingerlings in the river this week. Thanks to Paul and the rest of the volunteers!

Sept. 14 – Salmon Run 2017: Is it time? ‘Yes’ on the Salmon River and other waterways.

Sept. 21 – Lake Ontario’s world-class salmon, trout fishery starts at Salmon River Hatchery.

Today’s Salmon River New Angler Tips for Salmon and Steelhead.

Increase the odds of landing your Trophy Salmon or steelhead when others are near. – Call your fish out!

When the river gets busy during Salmon and Steelhead Season, its much more enjoyable when all anglers fishing and hooking up communicate well with each other.
This cuts down on someone accidentally casting over your line when your fighting your fish and causing you to lose it, in all the excitement.

5 Basic LOUD Communicating Terms.

1 – Fish ON!! (Don’t be a sissy and whisper it, know one will hear you 😉 HOLLER IT and be PROUD!
2 – Com’n Down! – Means the fish is running down river, so those anglers below you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
3 – Com’n Up! – Means the fish is running up the river, so those anglers above you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
4 – Com’n across! – Means the fish is moving across the river, so the opposing anglers across from you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
5 – Fish OFF! This is a polite way of letting those anglers that stopped fishing to allow you to fight your fish, to be able to fish again.
Repeat the above as needed

If everyone communicates, then it makes for a fun and exciting time and allows everyone an increased chance of landing that TROPHY fish of a lifetime, when other anglers are present.

P.S. – The person with the Fish On always has the right of way and all other anglers should be aware at all times of what is going on around them. This means up river, down river and across the river.

Even tho the angler with the fish on has the right of way. That does NOT give them the right to blindly walk right thru where you fishing. I always back-up towards the bank and follow – fight my fish up or down the river, communicating with others as needed.
Some folks dont call out there fish, so thats why its important to pay attention at all times. I’d hate to be the one responsible for breaking off the only fish the angler hooks all day and vise versa.

If someone DOES cast over your line while your fighting your fish, then 99.99% of the time, its because either YOU didnt call it out (repeat if necessary) or LOUD enough or the angler was standing in the rapids and could not hear you or the angler is older and a lil hard of hearing or they are new and didnt know any better.

Its never done on purpose, mistakes happen and no one is perfect……….. so its reeeelly no big deal and should be treated as such, in my opinion.

Now, if the same guy cast’s over your line 3-4 times, then……….. 😉

VERY Common – New angler standing to deep in the hole, causing the fish not to hold and blow right past you hurting everyone in the pool.

My first step is to ask the angler (who is obviously new) if I might offer him a few tips on how he could catch a few more fish.

I find being overly polite, works much better than the other way…… 😉

Then I explain how he could increase his odds of catching a few more fish if he was to take a few steps back so the fish will stop and hold. They have always been very appreciative and usually thank me again after they hook-up or hire me for there next guided trip up here.
We were all new once and I was probably guilty of standing to deep in the excitement of it all.

Today’s Humor and Fishing Etiquette.

Are YOU a Poser? 😉
Some of us have a term of endearment for anglers who just stand there with a fish on below them for a long time, in a good spot with other anglers being polite and giving that angler room, unable to fish as there line is in front of them.
We jokingly call them “a poser”. Like they are posing for a picture, instead of following there fish and trying to stay even with it or putting the wood to’m.

Hey Randy,
I was fishing a popular spot. A lady with some guy friends started to fish above me. She hooks a Steelhead and just stands there. The fish moves down the hole and she just lets it sit there. Tying up the hole and know one could fish as her line was covering the entire pool. This lasted about 15 minutes. No one suggested anything to her. No one could fish with her line in front of everyone. Shouldn’t she have “put the wood” to it? Tried to stay even with it?
Unhappily, Fred

Well Fred,
Lot’s of new fair weather anglers out on Sat. (Good for the local economy!)
We were all new once 🙂 Thats how I usually look at it.
After 30 some years of fishing here, it keeps me from getting irritated. 🙂

I agree, put the wood to it.
Getting it in fast’r and not tying up the fishing for everyone else.
Or, like you said, try to stay even or below the fish. (Tires fast’r) Listen to the fish and it will tell you what to do.
If all the anglers in a specific spot can not follow there fish due to deep water, then we all simply take a lil break. Everyone works together.
Once in a blue moon Ill suggest “politely” getting even with it. Better for the fish, better for the angler, for many reasons. Plus, everyone can fish.
I always get a thank you in return.

Realistically, I find that if you dont know this and have never had it explained to you, then you simply dont know.

Sounds like the guy’s could – should have given her the above tips, then everyone would have been happier, especially the fish.
We were all new once. 🙂 and I probably was a poser then too. Didnt know any better until it was explained to me. 🙂

On a reeeel funny note:
Years ago during the height of Salmon season I’ve heard tails of an angler that would simply walk out into the river and cut there line. 🙂
On a positive note, maybe our insight will help others who are new to this amazing fishery!
Best Fish’s,
For more FUN on this, check out Salmon Time –

Another angler standing uncomfortably to close to you?

During the height of Salmon Season, in a good spot, some anglers will stand uncomfortably to close to you. I figure in this scenario, if I have a rods length between myself and the next angler, Im good! (In my opinion)
BUT, if the angler wants to try shoulder to shoulder when you were there first, here is a funny comment you can try, that might get ya a lil more room!
You know sir, if you stand any closer, we will have to get married 😉
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Mail Bag Humor and Tip to not Break your Rod.

Hi Randy, Mark and I are excited to go fishing with you later this month in the drift boat, Steve
Hi Steve, Me too! Please remember, you should be on your diet now, so I don’t have to row your fat ass’s around all day (yuk-yuk)

Sooo Randy, What’s the very-very best way to keep my rod from exploding when fighting and doing battle with a BIG King Salmon? Joe
Hi Joe, Im glad you asked, Jus hand me your rod – yukyuk 😉

((Great, after my sarcastic joke….. now I feel obligated to write the below for you))

TOP 3 WAY’S to avoid EXPLODING your rod on any fish, of any BIG size and weight. Im talking from experience here folks 😉

#1 Rule – Rods will easily explode on you when you put your hand ABOVE the cork (hand grip) for extra leverage on rod blank. Sure, on lil trout you measure by the inch, it’s never broken. But, how about a 30 plus pound King Salmon. Even a 10 pound Steelhead will cause your rod to break – explode if it’s mishandled by you.
Dont blame the manufacture, its your fault! These fish are equal opportunity rod breakers and dont care how much or how lil you spent on your rod. Rods are meant to be flexed fully. So by placing your hand above the cork, it isn’t and it will EXPLODE!

2. Check your ferrals thru out the day. (A ferrel is where the pieces of your rod join together) No matter the price you pay for your rod, they do come loose thru out the day. By checking them every few hour’s you should be ok.
If your ferrules are loose and your rod is doubled over on a BIG fish, it will break everytime.

3. Remember when your rod fell off the roof of your car? Or, got a nick in it from a split shot or lead eyes on your streamer? Even if you do all of the above, that nick, is your weakest link. I will guarantee you, that that is where it will break when your rod is doubled over on a BIG fish!

In closing,
When you drop your grandmas finest china on the floor, it breaks. Her china was not made to be dropped on the floor. Your rod is no different. If you remember that your fishing rod is similar to your grandma’s finest china and follow rules #1 and #2, you’ll be ok. Many anglers bring 2 rods when fishing up here.

A GREAT way to start your morning off over a cup of Joe!

Here are a few Salmon River Fishing Report websites I enjoy, that you would like also.
Nice Current Salmon River Chat room I enjoy. Ask a Q, post a fishing report or follow the threads that interest you –
This site gives you a reel nice over view of the entire area’s fishing, plus more –

These folks give great reports for the fresh fish entering the mouth of the lower river where they are located. –
Here are some Local Shops that all have Unique Fishing Report Content, written by Expert Anglers in the know.
Whitaker’s Sports Store and Motel –
All Seasons Sports –
Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop –
Salmon River Sports Shop –
Fishing all of the above Business’s a profitable season!
Randy Jones

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BIG SALMON RUN! I made this Video for you. It explains what helps and encourages the Salmon to make a BIG RUN!(Might help you plan your trip?) 
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Day 2 The Kings – Entertaining Salmon River Pulaski NY fish story.

When the Lake Ontario salmon come up through the Salmon River, the first couple miles are through the Douglaston Salmon Run, a privately-owned, fee-fishing area. I decided to try this on Saturday morning, maybe get lucky with a fresh run of salmon. Fewer people spread out over a greater distance than the previous day, so I was able to find a place by myself. If you’ve never stood in a swift, black river on a crisp, autumn morning waiting for the sun to come up, I recommend it.

I hooked a very strong fish on about my third cast but lost him quickly. A half dozen more passed me, heading upstream in short bursts of wild energy, throwing themselves up and forward towards one of two final destinations: a spawning bed or a smoke house. But by the time it was fully light out the fishing was slow and stayed that way so I headed back to the previous day’s spot, where I finally hooked and landed a decent King Salmon. That’s me, for some reason, seemingly playing air guitar with my catch. It’s hard to land these fish when you’re by yourself, I got this one sort of beached in a shallow area and a nearby angler helped me out and then snapped the picture for me.

It was rewarding, after spending ten minutes or so fighting a fish, to get to hold it. And finally getting a photo of a fish was a relief, so I broke for lunch.

Going in to the afternoon I was relaxed. If I didn’t catch another fish I had already enjoyed myself thoroughly, fought several fish, landed two and photographed one. Anything more would be icing on the cake. Well the icing came fast and furious, as I found a great spot and started hooking big salmon left and right. And people around me were hooking up too, huge fish jumping and splashing everywhere, the sound like kids cannonballing into a pool one after the other. One fish I hooked not more than ten feet from where I was standing, he bolted across the river and took 90 feet of flyline and half my backing with him. Then he charged straight back to me.

The immediate and unexpected slack in the line, coupled with my furious reeling to regain it, resulted in the backing getting tangled around the tip of my rod. This would instantly result in a shattered rod once the fish took up the slack, and that event was going to happen very quickly. So I put the reel-end of the rod down in the water behind me and quickly tried to free the rod tip before my hand became part of the equation and really ruined the rest of the weekend. Success! I got control of my equipment and the fish, and landed him in a nearby shallow cove with the help of a kid who had been watching the whole fiasco with interest and/or amusement.

My arms still burning from that one I flipped my fly into the water to rearrange some equipment and gather myself, and hooked up again. This one headed upstream and I waded upstream after it, chatting some nice guys along the way. Then the fish turns around and as I pass the same guys again it really dawns on me: these fish just have a plan, and I’m not part of it.

That afternoon marked the first time my arms ever got really, really tired from fishing. My best half day of salmon fishing yet, could it get any better?
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ENJOY a fast forward and fun guide drift boat trip 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 video! 😉
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Latest on our Steelhead.

Once again, the Capt’s on the Lake are reporting decent #’s. Better than the last 2 summers. Should see mostly 6 to 10 lb. Steelhead in the river this season. From the big stocking they did a few years back. Fingers crossed! 🙂

Lots of Steelhead Open Dates presently – Starting the Last Week of Oct. thru the Winter into April.

When is the BEST time to fish for Steelhead?

Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday).

There really isn’t any BEST for Steelhead, its all angler personal preference.

I start guiding for them at the end of Oct. Which usually means less anglers and normally less fish. Later in Nov. it means more anglers and more fish, so it all sort’a even out’s.

In Nov. we start to see more Steelhead and more anglers. It’s the busiest angler Mo.. 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 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 steelhead anglers out. During these colder Mo’s. = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.

Spring Steelhead (Mar. and April) it starts to warm and we see a few more anglers out. But not as many as Nov. The Steelhead’s appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the river to lake Ontario. Sight fishing is an optional treat.
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Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout? Enjoy my Expert YouTube Fishing Tutorial Video’s for your Guaranteed BEST fishing opportunities.

3 Basic fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Salmon and Steelhead.

1. When the Salmon and steelhead are running the Salmon River. Fish there “Temporary Transitional Resting Spots” as they make there way up the Salmon River. Otherwise, you are fishing to Salmon or Steelhead that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly. Tutorial Video on Temporary Transitional Resting Spots.

2. Once the Steelhead or Salmon stop running the Salmon River to hold during the middle of the day. – (From approx. 9:30am. to 5:30pm.) Fish these “Prime Transitional Holding Spots”.
Tutorial Video on Prime Transitional Holding Spots.

3. Once the Salmon or steelhead have stopped running the Salmon River. And have found a spot that satisfies all their survival instincts. Fish these “Prime Holding Spots” – (Pools). Normally, the most fish and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Tutorial Video on Prime Holding Spots – Pools.

4 Advanced fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Salmon and Steelhead.

Tutorial Video on EXPERT Fish Locating Habitat. – (These are areas I look for on the Salmon River when guiding folks like yourself.)

4. Find a spot that is a combination of all 1 thru 3. (Or, a spot that has all 3 in close proximity. So you can jump around according to what the Salmon or Steelhead are telling you to do.)

5. Combine 1 thru 4 and find a spot above a looong stretch of rapids. The fish get tired after running these Salmon River rapids and will hold here for an extended period of time.

6. Include 1 thru 5 and make sure that your spot has 98% of the Salmon or Steelhead in a transitional stage. Move into it. (Funnel or Pinch point in the river.)

7. My #1 Spot! Combine 1 thru 6 and pick a spot that compresses and or concentrates them. On a dime, like a sardine can, trash can lid or the size of a Volkswagen beetle or bus. This cuts down on all the guess work. And it allows to to present your offering to all the Steelhead and Salmon on every drift.

8. The VERY BEST place to Salmon or Steelhead fish? Is anywhere I’m not! yukyuk

By utilizing the above. You will have the most Steelhead or Salmon in front of you for the greatest period of time. In a concentrated area offering you the greatest opportunity to present your offering to ALL of them. Fish ON and ON and ON! Now you know what “This Salmon River Fishing Guide” look’s for normally.

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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 for your many kind and generous words Jim! Randy

Looking for a place to Stay in Pulaski NY?
Pulaski Condo Lodging Avaiable from Sept 15 thru Nov. 15. for Anglers.
Fully Furnished, 200 yards from the Ball Park, sleeps 4.
Phone – Laurdon Heights 315-450-4800.
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Clint fish's the Salmon River and lands a BIG 30 lb. King Salmon.
Clint fish's in Pulaski NY and lands a steelhead on the Salmon River.
Guest Testimonial.

Randy, it was amazing how effective our group was. I did not see anyone even come close to the amount of fish we handled and, in many cases, landed. Thanks for your patience and consistent sharing of techniques. Bottom line; best guide, best location, best dates, best gear,—big fish! See you next year if not before in Pulaski NY. Thanks! Clint Woods
Clint lands a beauty King Salmon of approx. 30 lb’s. Steelhead too! Congrats!

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The Steelhead and Salmon 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: – 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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