Captain Mark Ledden fishing Lake Ontario Estuary

Over 20 years experience

Inshore Fishing Trips

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Inshore fishing typically starts in 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 baits. The action is fast and multiple hooks are sometimes the norm. Also these browns are some of the best eating fish, with a bag limit of three fish per person.

March - May

Another great option during this spring lake season is targeting other species of fish. Having the ability to slip offshore gets us to where king salmon and lake trout live and some days the action on kings and lakers can be just as good as the brown trout.

The lake brown trout come in from the deep cold water of Lake Ontario to feed on the bait fish that go into river estuaries and bays to feed and spawn. We target browns by trolling tight to the shoreline with a large spread of gear out. It is common to have as many as four or five fish on at a time, making the action fun and intense! This fishery goes into June or until the inshore water gets too warm and the bait fish head for deeper water.

Late Summer & Early Fall

Starting early September the king salmon fishery around the eastern end of Lake Ontario is one of the best times to target large kings before they hit the river and all the crowds. This time of year king salmon are very aggressive and will hit almost anything that resembles a baitfish. These salmon are congregating around the mouths of the creeks and rivers of their origin. They are staging here before they start the upward journey to their spawning grounds.  Depending how high or low these tributary streams are at this time will influence when the salmon move up them. If it’s a high water year, they will move up faster and the fishing will dry up. If the water is low, the fish will stay out in the lake longer, giving us more time to fish them. We target these staging fish in the lake with drift boats. During the day we troll spoons, flies, j-plugs and anything else that may attract one of these magnificent Great Lakes salmon to strike.

As the sun gets low and the bite picks up, we switch to our night gear and night troll spoons and stick baits. We start our night trips just before sundown. This gives us the best chance to get in on the early night bite that can be explosive. It also gives us a chance to see jumping salmon everywhere and some of the best sunsets in the world. From here we troll well into the night chasing schools of aggressive kings. We end our trip around one in the morning, giving you a great opportunity to see some of the clearest skies and amazing shooting star shows.  The night trolling can be extremely productive and as fun as salmon fishing gets. These fresh water monsters never sleep, nor do we when the bite is on. This fishing lasts until the majority of the salmon push up the river toward their final destination.

Prepare for Your Trip

Our In-shore and off-shore trips will meet at the Light House Marina in Port Ontario (5 Lake Road Extension, Pulaski, NY). The marina is about 5 miles west of Pulaski.  Our meeting time varies depending on the time of year but normally it’s in the 5 am to 6 am range for morning trips and about 1 pm to 2 pm on our afternoon trips.  Please be on time for our departure.  Being on time will greatly help and being ready to go as soon as we meet will also help make sure you get your complete time on the water. If you are going to be late just shoot me a text and let me know.

outboard motorboat Salmon River Estuary
Lake Ontario Inshore Trips
BROWN TROUT   March 15 - May 1
1 - 2 People $400
3 People $500