The Salmon River can be fished by anglers from shore, by wading, or by driftboat. If wading the river be sure to use corkers these are metal cleats that attach to your boots. The rocks on the bottom of the river at flat and very slippery. Water levels are prone to rise quickly since its waters are used to generate hydro electricity. Be prepared to exit the river if water rises quickly.
Fishing the Salmon River is a experience of a lifetime. The river holds the NY state record for Chinook Salmon. This fish was caught by Kurtis L. Killian on a orange fly from the Salmon River September 07, 1991 this awesome fish weighed an amazing 47 lb. and 13oz. The river is also known to give up many steelhead over 20 pounds each year.
All of this fantastic fishing is made possible by the Salmon River Hatchery, located in the Village of Altmar in Oswego County. It is here that the DEC will collect the eggs of the migrating Atlantic Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. The Salmon River Hatchery produces about four million trout and salmon each year.
The fish that are raised at the hatchery are stocked across the state at various locations, and are the source of the successful pen rearing projects that have helped to return fall salmon fishing to the streams of the western end of Lake Ontario. This project was started because the fish had become so imprinted on the Salmon River that all the fish were returning here. By raising the salmon in the pens in other streams for a few months they are able to imprint on that stream and will return back there in the fall creating more fishing opportunities for NY fisherman.