New York Salmon Fishing
New York features a number
of top Salmon Fishing Lakes throughout the State and the world
famous Salmon River. With access to both Lake Ontario and
Lake Champlain, New York anglers have great opportunities at world
class Salmon fishing. New York Salmon Fishing is typically
at it's best during the salmon runs in May through July.
Salmon River Fishing
The Salmon River
is known for outstanding Salmon Fishing. Two Salmon Fishing
Records have been set in the Salmon River: The Great Lakes Record
Chinook Salmon at 47 lbs. 13 oz., and the World Record Coho Salmon
at 33 lbs. 4 oz.
Saranac River Salmon
The Saranac River
is known as the top tributary for Landlocked Salmon fishing.
Spring anglers focus their efforts near the river's mouth and
in the fall anglers find good salmon fishing over the 3 mile stretch
of river to the Imperial Dam.
Top New York Salmon Fishing
Features great King Salmon and Coho Salmon
Fishing in the deep waters of Lake Ontario. In the summer,
trollers can catch big mature King Salmon in 70-100 feet of water
with flasher-fly or flasher-cut bait combos.
Salmon move into the shallows after ice-out and can be caught
by trollers using spoons or minnow plugs. In the summer,
salmon suspend near the thermocline where they feed on schools
In early summer, salmon move to
areas of bottom weeds around the 30-foot depths where they feed
on young smelt. The most effective summer technique on Lake
George has been to run streamer flies or small spoons on downriggers.
In the fall, salmon return to tributary mouths where anglers target
them with live shiners.
New York Salmon Fishing
Atlantic Salmon is a hugely important gamefish to New York anglers
and a highly prized catch. These fish can grow to very large sizes
and are known as powerful swimmers, built for endurance and speed.
Atlantic Salmon returning to their native rivers to spawn must
swim against the current of the river and they often must leap
spectaculary up rocky falls or other obstructions to reach the
Top NY Atlantic Salmon
highly prized game fish are also known as King Salmon and are
very hard-fighting, powerful fish. They can often be caught in
big numbers when large shoals are found. Like most salmon, chinook
do not feed when entering river systems, so the angler must get
the salmon to take flies or lures when they would not do so naturally.
Top NY Chinook Salmon