The fall salmon run on the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario tributaries traditionally peaks this coming weekend. All reports point to that occurring – and mostly continuing for a bit.
Wednesday night’s rain in some areas and recent cooler temperatures at night should help on the Salmon River and other waterways as well. In the above photo, Timmy Powers, of Hastings, N.Y., holds up an impressive salmon he landed recently in the Salmon River.
“Get ready for another slug of fish to arrive in the Niagara River and area tributaries off Lake Ontario! Both wind and rain are in the forecast and that could be the trigger to bring some more fish into area waters,” wrote Bill Hilts Jr. in his Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report send out Wednesday evening.
Among the surprising facts about this fall’s salmon run is anglers fishing in the Lower Niagara for the first time in a while are seeing an appreciable number of cohos among the Chinooks, Hilts said. Salmon River anglers, where action has been superb for weeks, also reported on the increased number and size of cohos in that waterway beginning last month.
Bottom line: Expect a lot of anglers out this weekend. The following is a rundown of the latest fishing reports from bait shops, salmon fishing websites and guides.
Katie Sullivan, from Saugerties, N.Y. caught this Chinook salmon in the Salmon River recently using a red, hand-tied fly.
This morning’s 7:30 a.m. report from the Douglaston Salmon Run at the lower end of the river reads: “Upper section seeing action, somewhat slower than yesterday, but fish are present and holding – middle section seeing the most action, with clients enjoying very good action, and Coho are being seen in the mix of fish – lower section has fish loaded up, with some moving into the run – 68 today, cloudy, light winds, CFS remains at 335 / 419. (Editor’s note: the report from the end of the day Wednesday noted: “there are still more than enough fish to keep everybody happy, occupied, and tired at the end of the day. Still seeing mostly Kings with a few Coho in the mix. It’s been an excellent season so far and there is every indication that the great fishing will continue into the foreseeable future.”)
Jim Button from the Salmon Sports Shop in downtown Pulaski noted simply on his fishing report: “Plenty of fish (in the river) for the whole month of October. Fish on.”
Further upstream, Dale Wheeler at Pineville Sporting Supply told me: “It’s going great. There was another geeat run of cohos, mixed with kings at the lower half of the river this morning. As for the upper half of the river, everyone keeps coming in and saying there are a lot of fish and that they’re having a good time. We’ve been cutting up fish here at our fish cleaning station since 8 a.m. this morning.”
Tom Wojslaw at Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop in downtown Oswego said: “Things are the same (since earlier this week). It’s like a broken record. Lots of fish up at the dam and there’s more fish in the river now since that rain last night. It just keeps getting better. Things are going to be really busy this weekend.”