The big question that I have been getting is should I drive down to Pulaski from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Tim Buk Too? I cannot answer that question I can only give you what the current conditions are.
Here is my report after fishing yesterday for a few hours. There are a few fish that I believe have been sitting in the estuary. I’ve spoken to DSR river walkers and other more experienced anglers, and they all say that there are always a few salmon that come into the estuary and hang out. Just like there is that friend that shows up to the party way too early there is also salmon that come in early. These salmon that are in the estuary, they cook in the high temp water which is why they look older. Last year, I was fishing middle of September which is relatively early and some of them where coming up pretty colored up. I was picking up kings down low in the DSR, and they were not beat up, but they were darker than I would have expected.
So as the water is starting to rise due to steady rain, it’s causing these early kings to start moving. Are there are a significant number of kings making a move? No, there is not a substantial number of salmon running but the fact that its this early makes it exciting.
So to answer the question that you have if you are a distance away. Should I race down to fish? I’m not sure that is up to you. From my door to the river, it is 45-55 minutes, so I’m driving to the Salmon River as much as I can. For me, fishing early is something that I enjoy because there are only a few anglers and the style of fishing I prefer is excellent where there are no anglers. It is a great time to swing for kings and not be shoulder to shoulder or deal with the rude attitude of some.