Hi everyone, Water is running @ 500 cfs…Fishing has picked up!! Not great, but better then the last few weeks. Every day new fish have been coming in. Lower class fish 4 to 6 pounds some Steelies 8 to 12 pounds. Warm weather worms have produced some strikes. Red worms, Wax worms, meal worms can all be ran under a float!! Right up there with egg sacs, worms work!! The 3 inch bait worm real or fake has to be in your rotation. For fly fishermen we ty San wan worms in orange, blue, pink, and light brown. We also ty a worm tale that looks like a spike into an egg pattern. The kids call them smashers!! Reports of stone flies hanging onto egg sacs. We did have a hatch this weekend and we are a year round stone fly hatchery. Several baits and imitations you can try when trout are being finicky!! Worms In stock Night crawlers, red dug, wax worms, meal worms, dillies and soon to come butter worms. Other baits in stock, salted minnows, fatheads, spikes, leeches, and oak leaf grubs. Sometimes just changing up your baits gets Fish On!! Happy Fishing srss j button
Salmon River Sports Shop’s photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop’s photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop’s photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop’s photo.

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 500 cfs…Steehead are in the river!! Tough bit for those who have been battling the leaves. Spurts of good fishing here and there but mainly working for them. Best reports are out of the pools! Pink bubble gum worms on a slow drift has produced catches. These Steelhead are a trout and sometimes finicky on a bit. Remember they don’t spawn and die, they have been here before. Steelhead return every year to feed and spawn in the spring. If I shocked these waters there would be more fish then you would think!!! Weather there biting are not is the question. Switching up baits, tipping light line, moving and slowing down presentation are all good tips when fishing hard for trout. I just got in a fresh batch of egg sacs in all assorted colors. Sometimes just changing to a color they haven’t seen will produce a strike. Keep working in Brown trout colors. Browns love brown!! We ty flies in several different shades of brown the milking egg biscuit is our favorite. Keep working hard and keep fishing you’ll get them!! srss j button

Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 500 cfs….Is there fish in the Salmon river? Not on every cast!! Fishermen working hard for Browns, Steelhead, Salmon and the occasional Rainbow trout got fish. Most hooked, seen or landed fish. Sticking on the river from dawn to dusk produced catches. Little pushes of Kings mixed with a few browns. Mid day late afternoon I saw movement three days in a row with some Steelies laying in the Town pool. Every day is a new day on the Salmon river and remember I’m right here teaching helping fishermen 16 hours a day. All fish are heading ONE WAY to spawn, feed or die. With a little bit of patience and determination you’ll catch fish. Brown’s tight in the skein with lake colors will move in to spawn and we have the water for them. Sometimes when there getting there spawning colors on the lower they will loosen, spawn and release back into the lake. There’s a whole spawning month ahead of us and the leaves aren’t off the trees. When we are battling leaves we are battling browns. We had our first cast and blast weekend!! Hunt one day fish the next makes for a ton of fun. Guides worked hard and did well. There was action on duck, Goose, Deer and fish!! My girlfriends brother got a ten point buck this weekend I’m waiting on a pic good job Andrew!!! Pics are from this weekend. Happy fishing!! srss j button

Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 500 cfs…Good float water and fly water!! I have seen a couple nice catches. I feel float fishermen had the upper hand today on more of a natural feed. The Night crawler of Trout beads Glow row hit for some. Nice to see more rods in the water as the weather is starting to pan out in our favor. Mid day bite has been best!! The warmer weather should open up that window into longer feed. Salmon still a few here and there.. Got a big bucket of fresh eggs nice and loose well mature!! Check several spots and you’ll still come across them. A mixed bag on the lower but working for them. Browns, Steelhead and a few Salmon! One’s and Two’s mainly. Fly fishermen ran mainly glow bugs Steelhead Orange and Blue Estaz eggs. Pocket picking in slower moving kiddie size pools light drift with an indicator spurred on some strikes. The fishermen tipping down to 6 pound fluorocarbon got a few hits. To only think like a fish!! Get fishing there not gonna jump on your line there’s fish get after them. Happy fishing!! srss j button

Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 500 cfs…Better water better fishing!! The storm we had over the weekend pulled in a lot of fresh King Salmon both river and tributary’s. Mainly up river from Pineville to the fly stretch!! A few fresh Salmon on the lower. If your thinking about getting your last licks in on Salmon now is the time. Were’s the Steelhead and Browns? Right in front of you!! The river has flipped over. We are riding on the first real cold front of the season and this will lock jaw the trout. We need to peel off the heavy line and tip down to 4 pound get them on first. Slow down presentation with fly line, floats, and indicators. Run smaller hooks tens and twelves during cold fronts. Ride the warm ups middle of the day look for sun to warm up the water and turn on feeding frenzies. These fish will get lethargic as there heart rate slows in colder water. Orange is the color of choice as they are here to feed on Salmon eggs. Browns will hit Night crawlers, dug worms, wax worms, and meal worms!! We have all these in stock!! We are bait savvy Leeches, Salted minnows, Spikes, fat heads and a few crayfish in stock. Ware out a pair of boots and Get fishing!! srss j button

Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.
Salmon River Sports Shop's photo.

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 1800 cfs….From one extreme to the other!! From low to high water makes it tough to fish the main river. The best places to fish are off the beating path! Back eddies, side streams, behind islands, creeks and behind or up to abutments. This high water will push fish in. Hopefully it will be down by the beginning of the week so we can get back on the main river. Drift boats are fine to run high water they can get into slow moving spots were people can’t. We are still stocking the store and getting ready for when the water comes down!! We have cut back to regular business hours 5am to 9pm We had a hell of a run and we aren’t done yet by any means. Fish are right up under your feet right off the banks find a slower moving spot and you will find fish!! Fish will rest right along the banks easy to hook harder to land. Browns love current and are coming into spawn we will keep an eye out for Browns. A big thank you to all that supported us this season and hope to see you soon for trout!! Happy fishing! srss j button

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Update for the morning:

The normal, fast flowing sections of the river are apparently very rough conditions. There are a lot of Kings moving throughout and the guys that are hooking up have said it has been crucial all morning to have enough weight on your line. Always use caution when walking the river.

If you think the main stretch of the river might be a little to much right now, think about heading to the creeks. North and South Sandy have been giving us good reports and the tribs seem to be puffed up enough from the rain to hold fish

Just a reminder to everyone that while Waterline is reporting the flow at a normal 335 cfs, that only pertains to what is being released. We have to take into account the the rain and remember to use caution as always when fishing the river. The extra run off has picked the fishing up considerably in the fast water areas like the ballpark, and while the river is still very fishable, you may not be able to cross in areas that have been accessible all season. There are plenty of fish throughout the river and we hope everyone has fun and above all stays safe!

Just a reminder to everyone that while Waterline is reporting the flow at a normal 335 cfs, that only pertains to what is being released. We have to take into account the the rain and remember to use caution as always when fishing the river. The extra run off has picked the fishing up considerably in the fast water areas like the ballpark, and while the river is still very fishable, you may not be able to cross in areas that have been accessible all season. There are plenty of fish throughout the river and we hope everyone has fun and above all stays safe!

Salmon River fishing scene: Low water, but lots of big fish being caught

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Mike Bernd, of Hornell, NY, caught this 40-plus inch Chinook salmon on the Salmon River on Sept. 30 using one of his custom comet fly patterns. It weighed 28.5 pounds. (Special to nyup.com)

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Pulaski, NY — Yes, the Salmon River is lower than many would like because of drought conditions.  Yes, the anglers are in many places fishing shoulder-to-shoulder.

And yes, there are lots of salmon being caught this week – with anticipation that things are still going to get better in coming weeks

That sums up the feelings of contacts at two local sports shops and a staffer at the Douglaston Salmon Run today about the status of the river’s fishing scene going into the Columbus Day weekend, which is usually the peak time for the annual fall spawning run of Chinook and coho salmon.

pulaskiscene.jpgAnglers fish off the bridge and along the shore of the Salmon River in downtown Pulaski earlier this afternoon.

One of the most heavily fished places is the Town Hole in downtown Pulaski, where anglers today were “stacked up like the fish,” said Jim Button, owner of the Salmon River Sports Shop, located right on the river.

The weather, though, has been tough, Button added. The river is only flowing at 185 CFS (cubic feet per second). During most of the day, the fish are holding up in all the deeper holes, moving up the river during the late evening until first light.

The low water conditions recently resulted in the state Department of Environmental Conservation closing down until further notice the Lower Fly Fishing Area, located upstream just below the DEC’s fish hatchery at Altmar.

Downstream at the Douglaston Salmon Run, staff member Dan Aguilar said Douglaston is sold out through the weekend – has been for weeks. The privately run stretch limits ticket sales to 250 anglers per day.

“The estuary is full of fish and there’s been a constant trickle into our stretch for the past couple of weeks. Let’s just say the trickle is getting stronger lately and there are fish throughout our stretch providing action for our clients,” Aguilar said.

Upstream at Pineville Sporting Supply, manager Dale Wheeler said although the water is low there are lots of fish in the river, from top to bottom.

“Yes, around many holes it’s combat fishing. There are a ton of people. But many are catching fish. Our fish cleaning station started cutting up salmon beginning at 8 a.m. and have been busy ever since,” he said.

Wheeler, Aguilar and Button all noted reports of numerous fish in the estuary and nearby out in the lake. That means more fish to come, they said.

“We’re definitely going to have a later season than usual the way Mother Nature is playing with the low water and no rain. It’s going to be hot and heavy up here for a couple of weeks,” Button said. “Those on the lake are still getting salmon in 40 feet of water and drift boat trips at night in the estuary are hitting a lot of fish.”

Tips for fishing the Salmon River this weekend?

pulaskiscene2.jpgAnglers line up to fish the big pool in downtown Pulaski on the Salmon River this afternoon.

“The rule of thumb is that on sunny days when the water is gin clear, go with black, blue or blood-red colored flies or egg patterns,” he said. “On overcast days, go with chartreuse, pink and bright orange.

“Best time to fish is early morning and during the rest of the day fish the deep pools throughout the river.”

Button, along with this prediction of a later season for the salmon run, he noted the river will soon be filled with steelhead from the lake going after the numerous salmon eggs in the river. One thing would top the situation off, he said.

“We need rain,” he said.

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