Yankee Angler Fishing Report – Steelhead.
Yankee Angler Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY.
By Randy Jones – Author of Yankee Angler fishing report w/over 33 yrs. Total Pro. fishing Guide EXP.
Enjoy my Yankee Angler fishing Reports. For Current Salmon River Fishing Conditions, Fishing Articles, Videos and Tips from Pulaski NY. I hope you find my Yankee Angler Fishing Report. For float fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing entertainingly informative. Covering Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout.
When you’re ready to come fishing, give me a call!
The Steelhead and Salmon Fishing of your Dreams…. ….We’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeel.
Best Fish’s, Yankee Angler fishing report guide Randy Jones.
Yankee Angler Fishing Report Salmon and Steelhead. 2023.
Great News! It’s Heating Up!
We have MORE Salmon in the river now, than we normally would at this time of the year!
With some ok to decent runs of mostly King Salmon with a few Coho Salmon from August to Now Sept. 11. With a few Brown Trout and Steelhead mixed in with the Salmon.
Over the last couple weeks, we received different #’s of Salmon entering the river on each individual day. Providing a mix of low #’s – ok #’s to good #’s of Salmon.
For this early in the season.
***The river is not loaded and you will have to work for them. And possibly, cover a bunch of water.***
Anglers are finding the fishing either slow, ok, good to great! Depending on a # of variables.
Mostly, steady sprinkling of Salmon spread throughout the entire river.
With most “holding” spots having anywhere from a few Salmon to many. Depending on the size of the spot and fish movement.
We also have daily movement of “some” Salmon that are in transition, as they run the river.
Many of these “Transitioning” Salmon are holding in their middle of the day, resting areas. Between approx. 9:30am to 6pm. Caused by sun light and their safety concerns.
Before continuing up the river until they have found a spot that satisfies all their survival instincts. (Normally the Pools)
These “Pool” Salmon will normally remain until approx. Oct. 1. When many will start to transition into the final stage of their life to reproduce.
Good reports out on the Eastern part of Lake Ontario from the Charter boats. More King and Coho Salmon are arriving daily.
Salmon fishing on the Lake has been over all good with some Lake Trout, Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.
We also have a BUNCH of Salmon staging out in front of the Salmon River in Lake Ontario. That are getting ready to enter the Estuary.
And then make the run up the river, once you arrive!
Expect a Good Run of Salmon if they raise the water level in the river. If they Flood the river, look for a MAJOR RUN!
Because ALL of these staging Salmon will RUN all @ once! With 3,000 Salmon in a day likely.
Everything is right on schedule for your Salmon River fishing trip! We still have a TON of Salmon yet to come!
For the ENTIRE FISHING REPORT. – Please see. – https://www.yankeeangler.com/salmon-river-fishing-report/
It’s Been a Sincere Pleasure! Sharing my 33 years of Drift Boat Guiding EXP. with you.
I hope you found my “Yankee Angler Fishing Report” entertainingly informative or mildly educational.
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Catch MORE STEELHAD! Check out my Oct. 16 Blog Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY. – Oct. 21 Salmon River Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.
Nov. 4 Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY. – Dec. 5 Salmon River Steelhead fishing Report. – Jan. 6 Winter Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY.
Jan. 19 Winter Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY. – Feb. 14 Spring Steelhead fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY.
Did you know?
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
(7/25/2023 AP) The N.Y. State D.E.C. just came out with a new report about 1 MAJOR side effect of eating Steelhead. – Genital shrinkage!
BREAKING NEWS! – The State plans to stock more Steelhead this year to help feed the Orcas in Lake Ontario.
If you lie about the size of your fish, I’ll swear to it!
There will be no Steelhead fishing in the cemetery. So you better do your fishing now, while your still able.
TOP SECRET (edited) FISHING REPORT. – LOADED with Steelhead!
I went 3 for 6 on Steelhead @ (edited for content) in the afternoon. All were caught using (edited for content).
This morning I fished the (edited for content) and was 2 for 5 on Steelhead using (edited for content).
The last spot I fished was LOADED with Steelhead @ (edited for content). – har har.
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Video Links – Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Tips.
1) Ever wonder where the Steelhead stop to rest at? While running the Salmon River for only a Brief period of time?
2) Find out where the Steelhead hold at. During the Middle of the day, once they have stopped running the Salmon River. From approx. 9:30 am until 5:30pm.
(Skip the repeated Intro. @ 1:11).
3) Where do the Steelhead hold at for Extended periods of time on the Salmon River? (Skip the repeated Intro. @ 1:11).
FUN Salmon River STUFF!
The Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar is now open for you to visit. They made some very nice improvements. Take an AMAZING Tour @ https://www.facebook.com/NYSDEC/videos/880965382889230/
These MONSTER FISH await you! – https://www.yankeeangler.com/salmon-river-fish-pictures-photos/
Expert and Advanced U-tube video on Best Places to fish for Steelhead. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=9
Amazing Spring steelhead video. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Check out my Office. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ka5bauBb3o
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. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams.. ..well mak’m reeeeeel!
May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Steelhead!
Steelhead Fishing you Success! Salmon River Guide Randy Jones of Yankeeangler.com from the Salmon River Drift Boat.
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Established in 1980. I have 33 yrs. of Pro. Salmon River guide drift boat fishing EXP. in Pulaski NY.
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Enjoy my Yankee Angler Fishing Report. Humor, Tips and Article for the Salmon River Pulaski NY.
Yankee Angler Fishing Report – HUMOR.
King – Coho Salmon Fish Tale? – A.P. 9/30/23. Rare Migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski 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.
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 25 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, Genital Shrinkage! Unfortunately, I’ve experienced it! – har har.
I hope you enjoyed my Yankee Angler fishing report Humor.
Yankee Angler Fishing Report Guide TIPS for Steelhead and Salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY during the Fall, Winter, Spring and April.
Yankee Angler Salmon River High Water Steelhead and Salmon fishing Pulaski NY.
Sometimes this high Salmon River 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.
Like behind any BIG boulders or on any 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 Pulaski NY. – Warm Water (above 43 degrees.)
Most of the Fall Steelhead fishing will be in rippled – choppy water 3 to 6 feet deep or the Rapids (heat) in Pulaski NY. Our Fall Steelhead don’t show up in the Pulaski NY Pools until the Water Temp. has dropped below approx. 43 degrees.
Winter Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY – Cold Water (below 42 degrees.)
Most of the Winter Steelhead fishing will be in the Pools in Pulaski NY.
1 – Winter Steelhead want Deep water for safety from predators.
2 – Less current to conserve their energy.
(You can find our Pulaski NY Steelhead mapped named pools, parking and access roads. By doing a search on the internet or some of the Local Shops up here have maps.)
Yankee Angler Fly Fishing – Spin Fishing Creeks, Streams and Rivers, Winter into Spring.
End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for Spring steelhead spin or fly fishing. As there is not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh fishing runs of Spring time steelhead. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead into the Salmon River to Spawn. 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 Salmon River 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 fishing on the Salmon River NY in April.
(Drop backs are Spring Steelhead that have successfully spawned in April. And are on their way back down the Salmon River NY to Lake Ontario, Feeding aggressively along the way.)
What’s interesting about the Spring Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing at this time of year. The April Steelhead we have are spread out over 100% of the Spring Steelhead habitat’s thru out the entire Salmon River NY. Top to bottom of the Salmon River and from 1 side to the other, within reason.
Drop back Steelhead will be in all the normal Salmon River current break spots for the current water level. The Flats will be exploding with Steelhead! Sight fishing Steelhead is an optional treat on the Salmon River NY!
Your Best Steelhead fishing opportunity is all Spring until the last week of April. In early May, Steelhead fish the lowest part of the Salmon River for your best Steelhead fishing opportunities.
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! Yankee Angler fishing report guide, Randy Jones.
April Steelhead Fishing Salmon River NY Tips.
In April the Suckers are 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 April Drop Back Steelhead will also be eating other Spring Spawning Steelhead eggs. So try some of those colors in sacks, flies or beads when your April Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY.
When the Salmon River is Flooded in the Spring.
When the Salmon River is rip’n and chocolate, along with our other 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 in the Spring when the Salmon River is flooded.
Spring Steelhead Drop Back fishing Salmon River NY. Top Secret Yankee Angler Guide Tip. – You owe me.
Posted for only you to read and no one else.
After the Salmon River NY Hatchery collects the eggs from the returning Steelhead in the Spring during April.
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 and turn into Spring drop back Steelhead.
Adding 1,000’s more Steelhead for your Spring fishing pleasure on the Salmon River NY. Shhhh!
I hope you found my “Yankee Angler fishing report Guide Tips” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Salmon and Steelhead!
Yankee Angler Fishing Report Article. – 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.
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.
Yankee Angler 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 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 Yankee Angler fishing report guide send the check for mentioning me?
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Trips are 8 hours from the time we meet – 2 person Max. on boat. – Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass’s and Chest Waders. – Final payment preferred in cash. – Fishing License and Chest Waders required. – Please make your local lodging reservation A.S.A.P. – Spikes, Korkers, cleats or chains are ok in the Boat.
Reservation and Deposits – Your Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $150 Check deposit (per day). It MUST be received within 7 business days from time of Booking.
Check payable and Mailed too: – Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114. (Sorry, no credit cards excepted).
I’ll confirm receipt of Deposit with you by email.
Then 1 to 2 Months before your fishing trip, I’ll email you with meeting time and place. Usually Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel (Rt. 13 in Pulaski) in the dark.
Author Biography – Established in 1980.
Randy Jones has over 35 yrs. of Pro. Fishing Guide Experience. He is also the Owner, Author and Publisher of Salmon River Fishing Reports 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 Salmon River fishing guide business and local fishery. S.E.O. and Social Media. Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114.
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