Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Okay, I’ll admit this right away, I am not someone who truly enjoys fishing. I don’t eat fish (multiple allergies) so I don’t feel it’s right for me to try to catch them. They are perfectly fine living their lives in the water and I’m good sitting next to the water reading a book. It’s a symbiotic relationship.
However, I am aware that there are many people who LOVE fishing for everything from sunny’s to salmon and I appreciate their passion. With all that said, I found a place that you will want to check out this fall, If you like to fish.
#TheSalmonRiver in upstate New York is an anglers dream.
The Salmon River is located in #OswegoCounty, New York. If you’re looking on a map, think of New York State as an up-turned arm. Oswego sits on the crease of the elbow. Then look for #PulaskiNY - the Salmon River runs right through it. The Salmon River is 17 miles of untouched beauty that starts near the tiny town of Altmar and eventually dumps into Lake Ontario at Port Ontario. There are about 12-miles of public fishing along the river with large well defined trails leading to the water, convenient parking lots next to the trails as well as a few handicapped accessible areas.
While my husband was attempting to fish, I found this beautiful ighthouse at the Port of Ontario (see, I told you it was a symbiotic relationship). The #SelkirkLighthouse sits at the mouth of the Salmon River and was built in 1837 at a cost of $2,999.94 to warn boats and guide them from Lake Ontario into the Salmon River. This lighthouse is only one of four in the U.S. that has retained it’s original bird-cage lantern system. The light is still used as a navigation aid for the port.
Back to Fishing. The Salmon River has a number of species of salmon, including Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Atlantic Salmon (A.K.A. landlocked salmon). In fact, there are many fish, big enough to pull from the river to eat, mount and adore. Seriously, One lucky angler pulled a Chinook Salmon from the river weighing in at 47 lbs., 13 oz. which holds the Great Lakes record and yet another holds the worlds record for largest Coho Salmon weighing in at 33 lbs. 4oz. - That’s some big fish! Salmon River Anglers have also been successful in taking home Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Fall Fish, Shorthead Redhorse and White Suckers.
Another fun feature of the Salmon River is the #SalmonRiverFalls.
This 110 foot waterfall sits in what New York State refers to as a “Unique Area” and they were correct! Visitors can walk the half-mile trail right up to the waterfall and play in the shallow waters that lead to the drop. Kids and pets need supervised so they don’t get too close. The view is amazing and sure, you can fish here too.
Something to understand about salmon is, they really like cold water! As mentioned, my husband was fishing while I was being symbiotic :) and much to his surprise after purchasing his license, bait and putting on his awesome fishing vest, he came to realize that most of the salmon are hiding in the deep, cold waters of Lake Ontario In mid-July. So, if you want to catch the big fish, you have to go in late fall or early spring with your long johns, wool hat and extra gloves.
We have a long running joke in our family about John and fishing. When he puts on his fishing gear we usually laugh and say, no fish will be harmed today. If you have better luck in catching fish than my husband does, then head to Pulaski, NY and tell them the Fun Chasers sent you.