Welcome back, everyone. This is the first Salmon River Fishing Report for 2019. I hope everyone has had a good summer. As we came into August, social media started to light up with anglers getting excited about the coming fall salmon fishing season on the Salmon River in NY. As most anglers are getting ready and excited, usually the excitement builds until about the late part of August and the first week of September when there are few sightings. Eventually, around the middle of September, you start seeing some of the local anglers get into a few salmon. However, this year on August 11, 2019 Eddie’s Salmon River Lodge posted a pic of their guest Norbet Samok
Douglaston Salmon Run reported the same day that anglers were sighting a small group of fish enter and run through the lower section of the run. Some anglers were able to hook into fish, but there were more sightings than hooking up.
Based on reports it looks like Tuesday based on reports from Douglaston Salmon Run, some guides and anglers that I spoke with there was a decent amount of fish that started moving in relation to the number of anglers fishing the lower part of the river. By that, I mean that we are talking about a baker’s dozen of fishermen. This means that this is not a primary or mini-run of fish; it just means a few fish entered and a few anglers were able to get into some action.
On Wednesday there appeared to have been a few more fish entering into the river as reported by All Season Sports Inc. Check out this video and report.
What better way to know then do it yourself.?
Store employee Austin went down to the DSR early this morning to see if there was anything moving.. Around 8:15 he called me and said he’s seen about 30 Kings go by him this far, So I walked down to see for myself, I was here no less then 20-30 mins and have seen 10-12 big nasty kings busting up thru the shallows, Austin has hooked around 10 fish landing 4..
Again not a major run!!! But they are here!!!
4th straight day with fish movement..
Today on Thursday based on reports it looked like things were a bit slower but a few anglers were still able to get into fish.
Image from Ryan Denson on Instagram. You can follow him here https://www.instagram.com/_ryan_denson_/
This fish looks so silver and fresh. This is why this is my favorite time of the year to fish. Warm weather, wading in shorts and angry fish that will take you on a run.
If you are planning to get into this early action, here are five things to remember.
1. Be prepared to be skunked. This is not the run where hundreds of fish are moving; this is a few fresh and angry fish moving into the system. You could get skunked.
2. Purchase a pass at Douglaston Salmon Run. Currently, the water is low and warm, so fish will be most active down by the DSR. If you want to get into fish this early, then you need to be there. Before August 15th it was 15 dollars and after it will be $40 before it goes up again as you go into the peak of the season. I think $40 is reasonable for a whole day of fishing.
3. Be prepared to be up early and stay late. This is probably something you already know but its important to hit the water as soon as possible because during low water and hot sun its essential to get down low and get fish on the move.
4. Be prepared to walk and work during mid-day and look in deeper holes and shaded areas.
5. Dress appropriately and hydrate. Its hot out there so wear sunscreen and shade along with making sure you are drinking enough water. You don’t want to get heat stroke.