Captain Mark Ledden's drift boat

Over 20 years experience

Driftwater Fishing

Salmon River & Lake Ontario

Winter Fishing

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Capt. Mark Ledden rowing driftboat on Salmon River

Welcome to the 2021 salmon and steelhead season! Currently I am running drift boat trips on the Salmon River for steelhead and other trout species. Fishing has been decent with some good days and some tougher ones too. Fishing should pick up as soon as we get some consistent water flows and weather. Regardless, it’s still a great way to get out and go fishing.


I will be running steelhead trips on the Salmon River through April. Also we will have the charter boat in the water by mid March if you are looking to target early lake-run large Brown Trout.

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 nonrefundable deposit is required, payable by credit card, Venmo, or PayPal: $50 driftboat trip; $100 lake trip.

Capt. Mark Ledden

Captain Mark Ledden

  • New York Licensed Guide
  • USCG Certified Captain
Drift Boat River Trips
January 1 — March 15
1 Person $250
2 People $350
Lake Ontario Trips
March 15 — May 1
1 - 2 People $400
3 People $500
May 1 — October 15
1 - 4 People
6 hours | May - June $550
6 hours | July - Oct $600
8 hours $800
Max Anglers 5 Per Boat
Extra 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

Fall - Winter - Early Spring

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

Lake Ontario Trips


Lake Ontario fishing typically starts early April and goes until May or 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

Lake Ontario Trips


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

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