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When the Salmon River’s dam release (h2oline) exceeds 2,000 cfs, the DSR will be closed to fishing and open only for office hours. DSR will return to posted fishing hours once the dam release is less than 2,000 CFS.


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Fishing Report 12/14/18
Fri, December 14, 2018

Reports from today indicated a slight uptick in angler's success, even over yesterday's success. Anglers reported a mix of mostly fresh, large chromers as well as a few that were colored up, with a ...

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Popular Sport Fish Species of the Salmon River

Check out this handy, printable identification guide for all Salmon and Trout of Lake Ontario; visit NY Sea Grant.





Chinook or King Salmon

Thanks to ample stocking, the Chinook or King Salmon is both the largest and most abundant fish in the Salmon River. Well known for its tenacity and unstopable runs, it’s no wonder that the king salmon demands so much attention as a sports fish.

 

Fished during the fall salmon run from September thru early November, Chinook make their way upriver to spawn after an average 3-4 years growth period. Some individuals tip the scales at over 40 lbs, with many fish in the 20-30 lb range. Smaller, one year old males, called jacks, weighing 5-12 lbs are also known to make the spawning run with their adult counterparts.

 

Kings are easily identified by their black mouths and lips. Early in the spawning run they are known for a silvery grey complexion turning to a brownish-gold when spawning. Like the Coho, Chinook die after spawning.

 

Coho Salmon

The Coho Salmon is the smaller of the two Pacific salmon species introduced to the Salmon River. Typically weighing 6-15 lbs, the world record Coho, caught on the Salmon River, tips the scales at over 33 lbs.

 

The Coho is known as an acrobatic sports fish, leaping into the air and changing direction without notice. Like the King salmon, black lips and interior mouth also identify this Pacific species. Black spots on only the uper tail distinguish the Coho from the King. A silvery complexion turns to a deep red and purple during the spawning run.

 

Prime season for Coho is September through October. Both the male and female Coho salmon die soon after spawning.

 

Atlantic Salmon

Extirpated from the Great Lakes at the turn of the 19th century, Atlantic salmon were once the most abundant sports fish in Lake Ontario. Overfishing, invasive species, and habitat degradation depleted the population.

 

Since 1983, the species has been the object of restocking efforts by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and other wildlife conservation groups. Recently, Atlantic salmon numbers have been increasing as more anglers every year report catching them.

 

Atlantics are most easily distinguished from their Pacific counterparts by a white mouth and gum line. Prominent black “X” shaped spots throughout the body also identify this species. Atlantic salmon can be found in the Salmon River from early spring through fall.

 

Steelhead

Steelhead trout are multi-cycle spring spawners, making the migratory trip upriver and back to open water three or four times in its life.

 

Identified by distinct dark spots on its back and white interior mouth, 'steelies' are prized among sports fishermen for their fighting spirit. Fish fresh from the lake are bright silver, but become darker and more colorful as they spend time in the river. Steelhead grow up to 40 inches and 40 lbs, though most weigh 8-12 lbs.

 

Two strains of steelhead migrate through the Salmon River, the late fall/winter Washington strain and the summer run of Skamania steelhead.

 

Brown Trout

 

One of the five major gamefish of the Salmon River, brown trout migrate from mid-fall through December. Brown trout are abundant in Great Lakes waters and tributaries, having adapted well to the environmental pressures and other introduced species.

 

Typical markings of this popular game fish include large black and sometimes red spots on a brown or yellow background along with a white mouth and gum line.

 

An average brown weighs 4-8 lbs but many larger fish have been caught and released in the Salmon River in recent years.