Fish Species

Salmon

Rod + Line Combos 10-12wt rods, all line types (floating, intermediate, and sinking). We also use conventional tackle - light action rods and spinning reels
Flies Lake Ontario baitfish species patterns, jointed crank baits, eggs
Peak Season

Spring and Fall

Tactics Open water casting from the boat to schooling fish (spring and fall), Walk and wade the Lake Ontario tribs (fall)
Size lbs in the high teens but fish over 20lbs are common
Habitat Big water and lake tribs

The Brookdog Perspective...

Salmon Charters on the Lower Niagara River: Fall Fishing at its Finest

In the 1960s, New York introduced Pacific salmon, primarily Chinook and Coho, to Lake Ontario in order to boost the sport fishing economy.  This was the birth of salmon charters in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Both known on the west coast for their size and voracity (the Chinook being the larger of the two often tipping the scales at over 20 lbs), these fish have lived up to their reputations. New York State maintains this vibrant fishery by stocking over 250,000 salmon fingerlings annually on designated Lake Ontario tributaries.

Like their steelhead cousins, these fish are anadromous and roam the depths of Lake Ontario feeding on smelt, alewifes, and other baitfish and stacking on pounds in the process. When these baitfish move to the shallow waters of the lake to spawn, the salmon follow and present exciting opportunities to hook a beast in open water.

Also like steelhead, they begin their spawning run when the water in the tributaries cools down – about a month earlier than the steelhead. It is early in the run that these fish become a target for fly anglers.

One of the differences between steelhead and salmon is that after the spawn, salmon die, making this window of opportunity short lived. When you hook up with a fresh fish – your drag will scream and so will you. Don’t worry, we’ll be there for moral support and to net the fish afterwards.

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We Pursue Nearly Every Species the Niagara River, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and their Tributaries have to offer!

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Pacific Salmon Fish Species

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