Salmon Run 2017: ‘Plenty of fish in the river for the weekend — fish on!’

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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.

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