Captain Mark Ledden's fishing charter boat

Over 20 years experience

Driftwater Fishing

Salmon River & Lake Ontario

Still on the lake!

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three men each holding large slamon on Capt. Ledden's fishing charter

September is here and so are the Salmon! We are now into the last month of lake fishing for salmon. These “staging” fish are starting to get the urge to run the river to spawn. Before they do, they will move closer and closer to the river mouth.  Some will hang around or stage for weeks before they decide it’s time to run. This is a great time to target these fish because they become very aggressive and they will bite almost anything presented to them. If you are looking for a fun way to spend a September day, come try fishing for salmon on the world famous Lake Ontario and Salmon River.

Trip details. All Lake Ontario salmon trips will meet at the Salmon River Lighthouse & Marina in Port Ontario (5 Lake Road Extension, Pulaski, NY). The boat name is Drifter; it is located on the left side of the boat ramp, five boats down the dock. You will need a valid NYS fishing license. You can bring a small cooler for your snacks and beverages. Alcohol is allowed, just no glass or hard liquor. It is also recommended that you have a larger cooler to bring  your catch home or to the fish processor. All tackle is provided.

Meeting times for trips. Meeting time for 6-hour half-day trips will go as follows. The morning trips will all meet at 5:30 am, and we will be back to the dock at 11:30. All afternoon trips will meet at 1:30 pm, and we will be back to the dock at 7:30 pm. All 8-hour trips will meet at 5:30 am, and we will be back to the dock at 1:30 pm.

We will be starting drift boat river trips as soon as the last salmon leaves the lake. We are also booking for the 2020-2021 fall, winter, and spring Salmon River Steelhead trips. Come enjoy the best fishing New York has to offer!

Look over my rates for trips, check my fishing calendar for open dates, and call/text (315-529-4204) or email to book your fishing adventure. To reserve your trip, a $100 nonrefundable deposit is required, payable by credit card or check.

Capt. Mark Ledden

Captain Mark Ledden

  • New York Licensed Guide
  • Alaska Licensed Guide
  • USCG Certified Captain
Lake Ontario Offshore Trips
SALMON   May 1 - September 30
1 - 4 People
6 hours | May - June $550
6 hours | July - Sept $600
8 hours $800
Extra Anglers Up to 5 Per Boat
Per person $100

Fishing Trips

Our trip offerings have grown! In addition to offering river and lakeshore trips, we now offer lake trips using the newest member of our fleet, a Tiara 27 Pursuit charter boat. The trip you select will depend mostly on the time of year and the type of fish available, as well as the hours you want to fish. To decide which trip is best for you, click on a link below for more information.

driftboat in Salmon River

River Trips

River fishing goes from late September to early May. September and October is the time for king and coho salmon. November through May is steelhead and other trout species. We are normally casting with spinning rods, using fly rods or plugging. We will use what ever method works best to get the best results for your group.

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fishing boat at Lake Ontario Estuary, Selkirk boat launch

Inshsore Trips

Inshore fishing typically starts early April and goes until June. This is the time for big lake brown trout near shore. We target these fish by trolling a large spread of spoons and stick bait. The action is fast; multiple hooks are sometimes the norm. These browns are some of the best eating fish, with a bag limit of three per person.

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charter boat Lake Ontario fishing

Offshore Trips

Offshore fishing on Lake Ontario for king salmon normally goes from May to mid September. This is some of the best action of the year. The fish are big and hard fighting. The bag limit is three per person, and these fish average around twenty pounds! We are trolling with down riggers and targeting these fish in deep water.

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