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Salmon River & Lake Ontario

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Winter / Spring Fishing

Salmon River at dawn

February is here — like it or not. The good news is spring is close and we will be back in open water soon! But before we put the drift boats up and get out the brown trout gear, we still have a little bit of steelhead season left.

The steelhead have already started to get into an early pre-spawn, which can be a tricky time of year, as the fish can become finicky as they start to spawn. This doesn’t mean they won’t bite, only that some days may be slower than others because of the spawn. The good news is by mid March they will be finishing spawning and looking to feed! After the second week of March, usually starting around the 15th, is prime season for our spring steelhead run and some of the post-spawn fish start dropping back to the lake, looking to eat anything in their paths.

I still have some March dates available, and if you are looking to fish spring steelhead, please make your reservation as soon as possible to get out on the water. Also we are booking for spring brown trout in Lake Ontario, which goes from April through June.

If you are interested in reserving a day of fishing or would like more information on what we offer give us a CALL at 315-529-4204. Also please feel free to TEXT us at 315-529-4204 if your call is not answered. We do require a deposit of $100 a day to lock in your reservation. For your convince you can use PayPal, Venmo, or a credit card to secure your day of fishing. We can also set up a time to talk, discuss the trip, and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to showing you and your group the best cold water fishery on the east coast!

Capt. Mark Ledden


  • New York Licensed Guide
  • USCG Certified Captain


Salmon River
Drift Boat River Trips
1 Person
Steelhead Fishing
Per trip $350
2 People
Steelhead Fishing
Per trip $500
1 - 2 People
Salmon Fishing
Per trip $550

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Fishing Trips

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.

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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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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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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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