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This is a salmon river fishing reports for September 18, 2019. Fish are spread out from top to bottom in an advantageous ratio to the anglers that are fishing the river. The ratio is critical to note because if we are looking at the sheer number of fish in comparison to a peak of the run in October than the numbers are not as high. If you are confused with this, then you will have unrealistic expectations.
Fishing Reports broken down by Salmon River zones.
Fish continue to stage at the mouth of the river and fish continue to move into the Estuary. Today the fish were moving back and forth however they continue to trickle in. Enough fish are coming into the Douglaston Salmon Run.
Douglaston Salmon Run
The fish that are filling up the Estuary is not necessarily all coming into the DSR. Most reports are using the word “trickle,” meaning that they are just entering slow. They are not bursting in like a traditional run. However, there is enough fish in ratio to the anglers that are making fishing a good time if you know when and where. Currently, fishing is best at the crack of dawn, and fishing is best around 8 AM but begins to die down around 10 AM. The action starts back up in the late afternoon. Most fish spread out during the midday and if you are willing to walk, you can get into fish and have a good time.
Staircase, Town, and Ball Park.
If you like fast water fishing then Lower Staircase, Long Bridge and Uppper Town and Ball Park all fish really well in the morning. During the mid day they will hole up in the slower deep water.
81, Mid River, Altmar and Fly Zones
Multiple guides who float the river every day have reported that the fish are concentrated mid-river between Pineville and lower Trestle. As fish continue to migrate up they should be filling up the School House, Ellis, Altmar and Fly Zones. If you are fishing the fly zones please be aware of the regulations and the extra pressure.